Byrd Stadium erupted on Saturday when Maryland tight end Dave Stinebaugh corralled the go-ahead touchdown to give Maryland a 27-26 win against border rival Virginia, but there might not have been anyone more excited than Chardon (Ohio) tight end and 2014 Terp commit Andrew Gray.
Gray, who verbally committed to Maryland back in June, drove out from Ohio with his parents and his two younger for the Terps' game against the Cavaliers on Saturday.
"I had already been out to campus with my parents and stuff, but my sisters wanted to check it [Maryland] out and go to the game and stuff," Gray said. "It felt great to be back on campus, I just really love it there."
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Gray already got a full tour of Maryland's campus and facilities during his first trip to College Park, but this visit was more for his sisters.
"We pretty much just got another tour of the school and went around the campus so they could see the school and stuff," Gray said. "I already saw everything the first time around, so there wasn't really anything new, but going to the game was definitely an awesome experience."
After taking his family on a tour of the campus and the athletic facilities, Gray and his dad went over to Byrd Stadium to hit the field for the Terps' pregame warm ups.
"My mom and sisters went up to the shop and my dad and I went down to the field. It was great being down there on and seeing the team warm up up close and everything," Gray said. "It's definitely a step up from high school. It's just a lot bigger and it was just awesome. I like playing in front of a lot of people, so thinking about being out there next year…it was just pretty cool."
During the game, Gray paid special attention to how Maryland utilized its tight ends as both blockers and pass catchers.
"I was watching where they were lining them [the tight ends] up and just little stuff like that. They had him in the backfield a lot as an h-back," Gray said. "I noticed they had them up on the line too some, and of course I loved the game-winning touchdown pass. That was pretty cool.
"There are always some things you can do better, but they pulled out the win and that's what they were shooting for, so that was good."
Gray got to celebrate the win with the team in the locker room, and listen in on some of the postgame speeches.
"I was in there when they were singing the victory song in the locker room. That was a pretty cool experience," Gray said. "I have been around some great locker room speakers, like my high school coach, but its always exciting to hear the coaches talk in there [the locker room], especially knowing that I am going to be playing for those guys."
After the post game festivities, Gray caught up with his recruiter Greg Gattuso, tight ends coach John Dunn, and he even got a chance to chat with head coach Randy Edsall for a few minutes.
"It was game day, so coach Edsall was pretty busy, but he came over and said hi to me while I was eating dinner with my family. He said he was happy to see me. It was cool to see him and talk to him again," Gray said. "We just talked about the usual stuff, what I thought about the game and how I was doing, nothing really specific. "
Gray developed a strong relationship with recruiter Greg Gattuso during his recruitment, and the two spent a good amount of time catching up on Saturday.
"We talked about a lot of stuff, everything from how my game went to how they [the Terps] were doing and stuff [Maryland] is doing," said Gray, who plans to take his official visit to College Park after his high school season. "We spent a lot of time talking about how much I will be able to develop when I get there.
"Right now I have been really trying to put on some weight and its been kind of tough since I am just burning so many calories. Coach Gattuso said they have a great strength and condition program and they do a lot with nutrition and stuff, so I was really excited about that. I think it will make a big difference."
"I talked to coach Dunn for a while too about how my season was going and how I was playing and stuff."
So exactly how is the future Terp doing this season?
"My season is going really good. I don't know exactly how many passes I've caught this year, but I know its been a lot more than last season," Gray said. "I am actually playing defense this year too, I have had six sacks and one was for a safety."
However, just because Gray is lining up on the defensive side of the ball for Chardon, doesn't mean he will do the same in College Park.
"Coach Gattuso said he couldn't steal me from the tight ends," Gray laughed. "I am just playing defense this season because that is what my team needs, I am definitely coming to Maryland to be a tight end."
After watching Stinebaugh's game-winning grab, who can blame him?
Future Tight End Takes in Terps' Win
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