Maryland High In Echols' Eyes

2012 safety/wide receiver prospect Dondre Echols loved his vist to College Park

Although still early in the recruitment process, safety and wide receiver Dondre Echols has received a large amount interest from a number of impressive programs. The recruit has been in frequent contact with coaches from Georgia Tech, Duke, North Carolina State, UConn, and Maryland. However, Echols is still awaiting offers from all of those schools.

Echols, who is still trying to impress programs, cited University of Maryland as high on his list of schools. The recruit has seen the Maryland coaches, “more then any other program’s,” as Coach Franklin has visited Potomac High School on numerous occasions. Also adding to their communication, Echols and the Maryland coaching staff speak on the phone monthly. “I’d say we talk at least once a month,” said Echols. “We just have a normal every day conversations, while mixing in football here and there.” The recruit has been very impressed by the Maryland coaching staff up to this point, as he appreciates the phone calls despite the lack of scholarship offer. “It means a lot to me that they still treat me like a big name recruit,” explained Echols.

The recruit recently visited the Maryland campus to watch the football team’s prime time televised game against Florida State University. On his visit, Echols was very impressed with everything he saw, saying, “The visit made me want to go there.” Although the Terps were unable to win the game, Echols was extremely excited by the atmosphere that the students and fans brought to the stadium, “The atmosphere was unreal,” said Echols. “I would love to play in front of all those screaming fans.”

Up to this point, Maryland has been thoroughly impressed with Echols’ 4.35 second, 40-yard dash speed. Citing his speed, hands, and quarterback reading ability as his best assets. Despite the praises, Echols continues to stay modest; as he plans to continue to work hard in going into his senior season.

It is clear to Echols know what he wants in both a school and football program, “Maryland has everything that I could possibly want in a school,” said Echols. “With an ACC program, strong academics, urban atmosphere, and a beautiful campus, what more could I ask for?” For now, Echols is planning on working toward a scholarship, which he hopes will come before his senior season.

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