Crest Takes in Terps Scrimmage

Maryland held an open scrimmage at Dunbar (Baltimore, Md.) High on April 2 and Poet's quarterback William Crest was there to watch the Terps' practice on his home turf. The experience had a surprising impact on Crest, he discusses that and more here…

Over 1,000 people came out to Dunbar High (Baltimore, Md.) to watch Maryland's spring scrimmage on April 2. One of those in attendance was the Dunbar High three-star quarterback, William Crest.

Dunbar quarterback William Crest watched as Maryland ran out on to his home field for their spring scrimmage on April 2. The experience had a significant impact on the Poet's signal caller.

"I kind of got chill bumps watching them out there," said Crest. "It means a lot have a college come to your school, practicing on your field, where you play. Not too many schools do that and it was a good experience."

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall has made a concentrated effort to build stronger ties to the community and the feeling of state pride is beginning to spread.

"Thinking about seeing myself in the state colors, that is a big honor," said Crest. "It is something I would like to be a part of. I think what coach Edsall is trying to do keeping the Maryland kids in Maryland is big, not to many kids get to play for their state school."

"Look at Stephon Diggs, he is a hot commodity now at Maryland," said Crest. "When everyone thinks of Maryland, they think of his name and that's what I look at."

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Crest said he has a good relationship with the Maryland coaching staff, especially his recruiter, Andre Powell.

"I spoke to Coach Powell Thursday about how important the program is," said Crest. "He said they liked me and want me as their guy."

While Maryland's scrimmage at Dunbar left a strong impression on Crest, he is not ready to list the Terrapins as a favorite right now.

"I am not making a list yet and not narrowing anything down yet," said Crest. "I just want to keep my options open to staying open to other schools and that's about it

Crest does however have a list of criteria he is looking for in a school;" First, I am looking for brotherhood and family," said Crest. "Second, [I want] schools that are honest and truthful with me. I don't want a school saying one thing and then I get there and it's completely different."

"Finally, atmosphere is a big thing, you don't want to play at a stadium where you're the state school but you don't have as many fans in your stadium and their not supporting you. That shows a lot to me."

Crest visited West Virginia last week and hopes to get to some more schools this summer.

In the mean time, Crest is staying busy hitting the gym for some grueling off-season workouts. After spring break, "the rubber meets the road," said Crest. "I will be working out every morning and working out every evening."

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