In April, the Terps went down the road to Washington, D.C. and landed a commitment from St. John's College High three-star quarterback Will Ulmer and now Maryland has its eye on Ulmer's teammate junior athlete Omar Truitt.
"I went up there for back-to-back- visits last week and when I met with Coach Edsall he told me they wanted me and they were offering me a full scholarship," said Truitt, who officially picked up the offer from Maryland on May 21. "I honestly didn't expect the visit to go so well. The things they were telling me were the things I wanted to hear. Not just that (what I wanted to hear), it was the truth."
During his first visit, Truitt spent over an hour talking with his recruiter Mike Locksley.
"Coach Locksley and I talked about a lot, he is really more like a father figure," Truitt said. "We talked about how they could use me, what I could get out of going to Maryland and just what they are trying to do as a program."
After talking with Locksley, Truitt spent some time checking out some of the athletics facilities. Maryland is in the process of making some major renovations to the locker room at Gossett Football Team House. The locker room is the third major overhaul to benefit the football program in as many years. While construction is just getting started, Truitt could see the bigger picture.
"The facilities were good, they are really expanding more now that they are going into the Big Ten," Truitt said. " They are building an indoor facility, making more jerseys, and new locker rooms. They are making the progress they need to to contend with the big boys in the Big Ten."
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound athlete returned the following day and spent over an hour and a half talking with head coach Randy Edsall before getting a full tour of the campus.
"Coach Edsall made things really personal, we talked about family, academics, God, mostly just life. He is…he is just a really great guy," said Truitt, who is being recruited primarily as a cornerback. "He said they are low on DB's so if I go there I could start right away."
While Locksley and Edsall both impressed Truitt with their sales pitch, the coaches are also getting some extra help from Truitt's teammate and 2014 Maryland commit, Will Ulmer.
"Will has been in my ear every day trying to get me to go to Maryland," Truitt said. "He is always telling me, ‘we can have the city on our backs, play together as true freshman and be roommates'…all that kind of stuff."
There are several other factors working in Maryland's favor as well.
"Academically it is great for me because I want to do accounting and they have one of the best business schools in the county, " Truitt said. "Plus, it's local I have a big fan base in my family so they can come see me play and that would be wonderful. It is just a good fit so everything looks good right now."
Truitt was not the only one blown away by his visit to College Park. His father Olanda, who played for Pittsburgh and Mississippi State and spent a number of years in the NFL, was also impressed with what he saw at Maryland.
"He was surprised, none of us really expected the visit to go so well," said Truitt, who also holds offers from Syracuse and Richmond. "He was pretty excited about what the coaching staff had to say, they definitely got his attention."
The three-star athlete said he has also been hearing from a number of other schools, including: Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Rutgers and his father's alma matters Pittsburgh and Mississippi State. Truitt said he plans to visit Pitt on June 7 and also hopes to return to Maryland.
"I definitely want to take some more visits there (to Maryland)," Truitt said. "They are right down the street so I can go check them out as many times as I want."
After his recent visit, the Terps are in good position with Truitt.
"I would say they are my top school right now," Truitt said. "I still need to check out the other schools and see what they have to offer, but I am going to decide what school I am committing to in July."
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