Erskine's Resume Building, Terps Intrigued

Barnegat (N.J.) junior quarterback Cinjun Erskine figures to be one of the most sought-after gunslingers in the region, and he already has numerous programs keeping close tabs on him. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound dual-threat claims early verbals from Miami and Massachusetts, while the likes of South Carolina, Maryland, Boston College and Pittsburgh, among others, are showing plenty of interest.

Barnegat (N.J.) junior quarterback Cinjun Erskine figures to be one of the most sought-after gunslingers in the region this offseason, and he already has numerous programs keeping close tabs on him. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound dual-threat claims early verbals from Miami and Massachusetts, while the likes of South Carolina, Maryland, Boston College and Pittsburgh, among others, are showing plenty of interest.

"I actually picked up the Miami and UMass offers the spring of my sophomore year, though I'm not too sure about the UMass one because they have a new head coach," Erskine said. "But Miami is on the table; I'm in touch with their coaches, although they're not sure if they want me for quarterback or another position. They're going to figure all that out when I get down there. I definitely want to visit them, because they were my first offer."

Although it's still a recruiting dead period, Erskine said his coach has let him know of several programs that plan to stop by Barnegat when staffs are once again allowed to visit high schools. Only Michigan came through during the December open period, but that was just to speak with Erskine's teammate, four-star tackle Sam Madden.

"Some other schools might have come in [in December], but my coach doesn't always tell me about all those," Erskine said. "But my coach did say Boston College, Pitt, Alabama and South Carolina will be stopping by in January when the dead period is over. Some others might come in too."

Erskine isn't sure which programs will actually offer, but he's had the most contact with Pitt, Maryland and Boston College. South Carolina is also kicking the tires on him and might eventually verbal as well.

"Pitt said they were looking into offering and I know they haven't offered any other quarterbacks in my class yet," Erskine said. "Boston College has been in close contact and they sound really interested too. And South Carolina, their coach came to one of our playoffs games, and he's told me they might take two quarterbacks in my class, so I'm hoping [USC] comes through too."

As for Maryland, assistant Keith Dudzinski has been in touch with Erskine via text, social media and the like. The Jersey signal caller said the Terps have indicated they have legitimate interest and might pursue in earnest should their top 2015 quarterback target commit elsewhere.

"Coach Dudzinski was saying they offered one kid in my class already, the kid whose dad is the offensive coordinator [Kai Locksley, son of Mike Locksley]," Erskine said. "If they don't get [Kai Locksley] – and they're not sure he wants to play for his dad or not – then they said they'll definitely be looking at me."

Erskine was actually in College Park, Md., last fall when the Terps took on Clemson. He said he enjoyed being in a charged atmosphere, talking to the coaches and interacting with a few other recruits and players.

"I really liked the game and I really liked the area," Erskine said. "Maryland lost, but they had a bunch of injuries to their top two receivers and quarterback. I was impressed how they hung in and almost beat Clemson. I liked what I saw out of the team.

"And I noticed Maryland likes to run their quarterbacks, and I'm a zone-read guy. I feel like it's an offense I could fit well into."

Although he didn't get to see the entirety of the school, Erskine did have a chance to walk around campus a bit. Plus he liked that College Park wasn't too far of a drive from his home.

"I loved it down there. Everyone seemed really nice, and I actually have a couple friends at Maryland who run on the track team," Erskine said. "It would be cool to hang out with those guys again. It's a good school; it's a place I could see myself at."

Other than Maryland, Erskine went to games at Penn State and Pittsburgh this year. Both times, he experienced a huge victory by the home team.

"I went to Penn State-Purdue and Pitt-Notre Dame. Penn State was awesome. They didn't play a huge team in Purdue, but the place was packed and the fans were into it. It was great down there," Erskine said. "I actually went to a camp at Penn State last year, too, and that was a lot of fun. And Pitt, they beat Notre Dame, which was awesome. The fans were going nuts and it was packed. I loved it there."

This offseason Erskine already has junior days planned for Pittsburgh and Boston College, and he's trying to set up a Maryland visit with Dudzinski. He also wants to check out Miami, North Carolina and South Carolina at some point.

"I'm running track right now, so it's been kind of hard to get out, but I'll try and make it work," said Erskine, who threw for 1,200 yards, rushed for 650 yards and had 21 total touchdowns last year. "I'm going to try and hit a few schools and hopefully I'll get a few more offers too."

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