The countdown is on. Just one season remains until Maryland leaves the comfortable confines of the Atlantic Coast Conference for the uncharted waters of the Big Ten Conference. With that in mind, Maryland's coaching staff has made a push to expand its recruiting efforts in their future stomping grounds of the Midwest.
The latest prospect to emerge from Big Ten country in Stevenson (Ill.) 2015 defensive tackle Nick Dillon. Maryland recruiter Tom Brattan stopped by Stevenson to check out the 6-foot-2, 245-pound tackle during the evaluation period and he continues to build a relationship with the Terps coaching staff.
"I actually took a visit a couple weeks ago with Coach [Tom] Brattan," Dillon said. "He showed me and my parents around the facilities, the business school and everything."
Dillon was impressed with both the athletics and academic opportunities at Maryland.
"I loved it. It was very pretty and I could definitely see myself going there in the future, especially because they have strong academics," said Dillon, who plans to pursue a degree in business. "That is really the main thing that is important to me. The business school is a huge factor and I am really looking at that at every school I am interested in."
During the visit Dillon got a chance to sit down with defensive line coach Greg Gattuso as well as his recruiter Tom Brattan.
"He said he likes my quickness, my speed off the ball and my hand moves," Dillon said. "They told me to keep in touch and asked me to come camp for camp."
Dillon took Gattuso and Brattan up on the offer to return to campus for Maryland's one-day camp on June 26.
"I have family down in Potomac, so Maryland is really close to them and its just convenient to come down here (to College Park)."
College Park and Chicago are not exactly neighbors, but Dillon's family ties to the area make it feel a little more like home. In addition, Maryland will be traveling to the Midwest for a number of games when the Terps move to the Big Ten.
"If I played for Maryland it would be really convenient. My dad would get to see me play against Michigan State, Illinois, schools like that," Dillon said. "Those are all close to where I live so it would really help a lot."
Dillon has been hearing from a few other Big Ten programs, including: Michigan State, Ohio State and Northwestern, but he is still looking for his first his first offer
"I am not focused on offers. I am just focused on working hard right now," Dillon said. "I have been doing a lot of off-season conditioning. I am doing resistance bands, lifting and speed work and just working to do the right things to improve on the field.
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