During the past month, Maryland added a number of new commitments, however, the Terps have yet to land a defensive back for their 2014 class. One possible prospect is, Forestville (Md.) High cornerback Marcel Joly, who picked up an early offer from the Terps.
"I have been talking to Coach Locksley a lot," Joly said. "He has been sending me messages on Facebook. I don't live too far from there so its easy for me to go down to campus if I want. "
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound prospect recently reconnected with Maryland's coaching staff in person during a trip to College Park.
"I was out there for Maryland's 7-on-7 (June 22), and I saw some of the coaches," Joly said. "We got to talk for a little bit, they said they really like me as a player and they think I am really versatile. They told me they are going to stay in touch and everything."
Versatile is a good word to describe Joly's game. Last season when Forestville was in need of a running back, Joly rushed to the scene. Joly spent the majority of his fall at running back, and he accounted for over 900 total yards and nine touchdowns.
Unfortunately, that meant he Joly saw less time on defense but he has been working hard this off season to make up for the lost time.
"I have been doing a lot of quick feet drills this off season, since I spent so much time playing running back last year," Joly said. "I am trying to do work on getting my feet straight, my technique, and just focus on defense for the coming up season."
In addition to running back and corner, Joly is also plays safety.
"Vanderbilt is talking to me about playing strong safety because they are loosing one they year I would come in, but they are really the only school looking at me as a safety," said Joly, who holds offers from Vanderbilt, Maryland, Iowa, Temple and ODU. "I might go down there later this summer with my coach to visit, but I am not sure right now."
The Forestville standout has only made two visits this summer, one to Maryland and the other to Temple.
"I just went up to Temple for a visit and I have been hearing from them a lot," Joly said. "I had a great time on the visit. I got to see the campus and talk to some of the coaches."
Temple is making a push for Joly, so could the Owl's jump Joly's hometown team?
"Right now Maryland is my top school," Joly said. "They are right down the street and I would like to stay home so my family can watch me play. "
While Joly is high on the Terps, he is not ready to make a decision anytime soon.
"As of right now I am thinking more towards the end of season," Joly said. "Right now I am focused on working out and getting ready for the upcoming season."
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