St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) running back Deltron Sands has garnered some rather interesting headlines recently when he said he was thinking about taking all five of his official visits, even though he’s been committed to Maryland since May. Sands insisted the Terps were still his No. 1 school and it would take “a whole lot” to get him to decommit, but he still wanted to check out the likes of Western Michigan, Syracuse, UCF and Florida, the latter of which has not offered yet.
But the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder apparently changed his mind just a couple days ago.
“I did say [that I was going to take five visits], but then I thought about it, and I realized that probably wasn’t such a good idea,” Sands said. “Honestly, it would be like I was betraying Maryland, and that’s not the idea I want people to have. I was just thinking about [the other official visits], because I thought it couldn’t hurt to take them, but it just wouldn’t seem right. I’m not even thinking about those other schools right now.”
The Aquinas back has wavered on his Terps pledge before, but he said he’s not about to back out of his commitment. He recently spoke to both his recruiter, Andre Powell, and head coach Randy Edsall and let both know he’s fully on-board with the program.
Last year, when former Terps commit Jared Cohen (now a freshman at North Carolina) wanted to take other official visits, Edsall reportedly told him he had to decommit, but Sands said, “He [Edsall] didn’t say anything like that. He just wanted to see how things were going and said have a great season.”
Sands went on to say: “I talked to Coach Powell and Coach Edsall, and they checked in on me to make sure I was still with them, and I told them I’m 1,000-percnet with Maryland. Just the opportunity to play right away, the feeling I got when I visited the campus, the fans and the support they’ve showed me, and the relationship I have with the staff. And I loved the food too – I loved the crabcakes. Maryland is my school.”
Sands visited College Park, Md., for the first time in late June for the Big Show camp. He said that trip reinforced his feelings about UMD, and he plans to return again Oct. 4 for an official.
“I’m going up for the Ohio State game, and I’m excited about that,” Sands said. “I can’t wait to see the campus again, the coaches, and just meet some more of the players and spend more time with them.”
The Florida product said the Terps might have a rough start going against Big Ten competition, but he believes once the next recruiting classes begin filtering through they can be consistent winners.
“Maryland is going to be fine,” Sands said. “I think we can win big there with some of the guys we have coming in. I’ve been talking to some of [the other UMD pledges] on Twitter, and we’re excited to get up there.”
As for his senior season, Sands, who will be rotating in with two other backs, said his goal is 900 yards and 15 touchdowns. Aquinas begins their non-exhibition schedule next week, and Sands said his school is favored to win the state title.
“We’re loaded this year, and the offseason has gone real well,” Sands said. “I’ve been lifting, getting stronger and more powerful. The coaches are pushing us, and we’re pushing each other. It should be a great year.”
Sands: 'I'm 1,000 Percent With Maryland'
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