Edsall, Dudzinski Check Out Hatton

Maryland head coach Randy Edsall, along with Jersey recruiter Keith Dudzinksi, made the trek north and stopped in a few schools, including well-known hotbed St. Joseph's (Montvale, N.J.), home of junior center Tommy Hatton and junior linebacker Joe Giles-Harris.

The open period is only a couple days old, but Maryland's staff has already been spotted in numerous locals up and down the East Coast. That includes one of the Terps' prime recruiting areas, New Jersey, where Maryland has an established presence and obviously wants to continue building relationships with the Garden State high schools.

In fact, just yesterday [Jan. 17], head coach Randy Edsall, along with Jersey recruiter Keith Dudzinksi, made the trek north and stopped in a few schools, including well-known hotbed St. Joseph's (Montvale, N.J.), home of junior center Tommy Hatton and junior linebacker Joe Giles-Harris (TT profiled Giles-Harris earlier this week HERE).

"Absolutely it was good to see Coach Edsall and Coach Dudzinksi up here; it meant a lot that the head coach came up," said Hatton, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound three-star recruit who has offers from Connecticut, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Duke, Indiana, Rutgers, UMass, Temple and Syracuse. "I actually stuck around school a little longer just to wave hi to them. I wish I could have talked to them, but rules are rules, but it was good that they were here anyway to talk to my coach."

Hatton said neither he nor Giles-Harris received an offer, but he knows the staff is intrigued with both of them. Hatton, for his part, attended a Maryland camp last summer and then had a downright dominant junior season, where he earned all-state honors and helped Montvale to a state title.

"They've been saying they're going to offer, they're going to offer, they're going to offer, but they haven't yet. I'm not sure what they're waiting on," Hatton said. "I've been picking up ACC offers, I went to their games, I had a great year and I'm confident in my play. I went up against DeMatha this year and had a terrific game.

"I know [Maryland] has one O-line recruit in my class, E.J. Donahue, but he's more of a tackle and I'm a center. I know I'm a bit on the shorter side, but I've proven I can be a very good center. Hopefully they come through for me at some point here."

If so, Hatton admitted UMD would be one of his top schools. He's let it be known how much he likes the school and how much he enjoyed himself the last time he visited College Park.

"I like the campus, the facilities, the area, the coaches – everything," Hatton said. "I have a great relationship with Coach Keith, he's a really good guy. I liked the O-line coach, Coach [Tom] Brattan too, but I know he's not there anymore, but I hear good things about the new guy [Dave DeGuglielmo]. And it's a program that's building up, going to the Big Ten and has good academics."

Hatton has a family connection at Maryland as well.

"My one uncle actually played on Maryland's national championship lacrosse team," Hatton said. "And I had another uncle that went to school there too. They both loved it there."

The Jersey center, however, does not plan on visiting College Park right now unless the Terps offer. He said he has a busy offseason planned and wants to get out to all the schools that have come through with verbals or indicated they'd offer in person.

"I'm going to Boston College [today], then in February I'm getting out to Duke and Georgia Tech," said Hatton, who had previously been to BC, in addition to Rutgers, Connecticut and Maryland. "I'm going to a junior day at Miami, and I want to visit South Carolina as well."

Though he doesn't have any set-in-stone leaders, Hatton is intrigued by Georgia Tech, Duke and Boston College. He said each of those schools have pushed the hardest for him and stay in close contact.

"Tech has recruited me hard for awhile and I was excited when they offered," Hatton said. "Duke is a great school and they offered me pretty early, and that's important to me because it shows they trust me and want me. And Boston college, they've been on me too for a good while. I liked it up there when I visited before."

In addition to taking in a few campuses, Hatton will be working hard on his footwork and hitting the weight room this offseason. He said he wants to boost his profile even more and be known as a national recruit.

"I saw that I'm only a three-star guy, and that makes me sick to my stomach," Hatton said, chuckling. "I'm going to dominate the camp season and have another great season and hopefully I'll boost that up."

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