Off an MVP performance as a defensive back at The Opening Regional at Centreville High, Judson Tallandier is now looking at a pivotal spring evaluation period as his recruitment crystalizes.
At Tallandier's size -- he is 6-foot-2, 181 pounds -- he is a commodity because of his ability to be physical at the line of scrimmage while being able to open his hips for a smooth transition into pass coverage.
And a handful of schools are pursuing him the most
"Maryland, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Temple, Minnesota, Ohio State and Rutgers," said Tallandier, who holds an offer from all but Ohio State. "I do plan on committing before the season, probably before August. I'm open right now."
The program tied the closest to Tallandier is Maryland because of the pipeline between his school, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha, and the Terps.
They are separated by only a few miles, but a bunch of players committed and signed with the Terps in the last few classes.
"I feel like they're definitely on the rise, especially after my two teammates, Evan Gregory and Austin Fontaine committed (Saturday)," Tallandier said. "I feel like they need defensive backs, and I feel like I can come in and contribute early. There is a great opportunity there for me, and I definitely feel like they're rising in the Big Ten."
Tallandier made his first visit to Rutgers a month ago, and the lasting memory of the trip is the depth in the secondary.
"I can come in and contribute early," he said. "They only have five corners, and I think they have two leaving, so they are looking to find some guys. They've offered some guys from the area here, and I'm on the phone with (assistant) coach (Henry) Baker a lot.
"I text with coach (Chris) Ash. I talk to coach Ash. He's saying, 'We need you. You'd look good in red.' "
Another Big Ten school trying to make an impression with Tallandier is Minnesota.
New coach P.J. Fleck recruited Maryland during past coaching stops, and is back there with the Golden Gophers.
"Coach P.J. messages me just about every day," Tallandier said. "I talk to him a lot. He sends me videos, edits, pictures and he tells me about the program and what they're doing, and the facilities
"Minnesota is kind of far off so I wouldn't be able to visit as much as I would a place like Maryland, so he gives me the rundown on everything and we have real good conversations."
Whereas Minnesota is a newcomer to the equation, Syracuse sits on the other side. The Orange offered Tallandier before his junior season.
"I text (secondary) coach (Nick) Monroe, I call them a lot," Tallandier said. "I've been there before so I know a lot about them. Syracuse was my first offer, so I will always have love for them in my heart."