Va. QB Takes in College Park

Maryland hosted several intriguing underclassmen recruits for its final home game against Boston College, including some who are currently flying under the radar but could eventually emerge.

Maryland hosted several intriguing underclassmen recruits for its final home game against Boston College, including some who are currently flying under the radar but could eventually emerge. One such recruit -- from Torrey Smith's old stomping grounds, Stafford, Va. -- was Mountain View dual-threat quarterback Elijah Burress, a 6-foot-1, 205-pounder with a big arm.

Maryland may be after Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) quarterback Kai Locksley and possibly Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) signal caller Nick Johns in its 2015 class, but if they don't pan out, a player like Burress could become a serious target. Right now, Burress doesn't hold any firm offers, but a number of programs are intrigued.

"Maryland, West Virginia, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion are showing interest," said Burress, who has thrown for more than 2,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. "Maryland is showing a little bit right now, just not sure if they're going to offer or not. I think they want to evaluate my film and then see me in the offseason [at a camp]. I think one of their coaches might be coming down to my school as well."

During the Maryland-BC game, Burress had a chance to talk to line coach Tom Brattan, his recruiter. He said he had a good time in Byrd Stadium and enjoyed meeting the coaches in person.

"It was a lot of fun; I had a really good time," Burress said. "I talked to Mr. Brattan before and after the game, and he was great. And the atmosphere was great and it was really exciting, even though it was a freezing day. I enjoyed it."

If the Terps did decide to pursue, Burress said he'd be all ears. He said he has cousins that currently attend the university and he used to live in Maryland before moving to Stafford a couple years ago.

"I definitely want to go back and check out the program more," Burress said. "Like I said, I really liked it there, and I would like to learn more."

Besides his trip to College Park, Burress also had a chance to take in Morgantown for a West Virginia game. He said he'll likely return to WVU as well this offseason.

"WVU was a lot of fun, too. They're showing good interest," Burress said. "I really liked it there and the atmosphere was crazy. They've had QBs like me come out of their system, so I could be a good fit there."

Indeed, Burress said every program giving him a look likes him at quarterback. Though his athleticism suggests he might be able to play a different position, he said his preference is to remain a signal caller.

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