Ezeagwu Meets Stewart, Set to See UMD

Daniel Ezeagwu admitted he was "pretty close" to committing to the University of Virginia during his first official visit last weekend, but the 6-foot-2, 200-pound cornerback from Stafford (Va.) Colonial Forge is going to give Maryland a fair shot. The late-emerging star is set to see College Park, Md., for the first time this weekend, before ending with an official at James Madison Jan. 31.

Daniel Ezeagwu admitted he was "pretty close" to committing to the University of Virginia during his first official visit last weekend, but the 6-foot-2, 200-pound cornerback from Stafford (Va.) Colonial Forge is going to give Maryland a fair shot. The late-emerging star is set to see College Park, Md., for the first time this weekend, before ending with an official at James Madison Jan. 31.

"I was thinking about committing to UVA, but I didn't want to rush into anything," Ezeagwu said. "I want to see both schools [UVA, Maryland] first before making any type of decision. I want to give the other places a chance. I still want to see JMU the weekend after Maryland. Old Dominion, though, I don't know about them right now."

The Terps did their part in ensuring Ezeagwu didn't have second thoughts about his Maryland visit. On Jan. 20, UMD defensive coordinator Brian Stewart had a productive in-home visit with Ezeagwu and his aunt and uncle, who will accompany him on the visit, along with his twin brother, outside linebacker David Ezeagwu.

"It was a real good visit. I've been talking to Coach Stew, so it was good to meet him and go over everything Maryland had to offer," Ezeagwu said. "He showed me the school, the players, what they do there. He was telling about some of the guys he's worked with that are in the NFL, he was talking about the visit, what he sees me playing there and things like that. My parents liked him, too. They thought he was a genuine good, a real good guy."

Ezeagwu went on to describe how Stewart gave the family a sneak peak of College Park before they laid eyes on it first hand.

"Coach Stew brought his iPad down and he showed us pictures," Ezeagwu said. "He had photos of the new indoor facilities, the uniforms, highlights, things like that. It was definitely pretty cool, and we're definitely excited to get up there and see what Maryland is about."

Last weekend, though, Ezeagwu got a real good idea what the Cavaliers were about, and apparently the program left quite an impression. Ezeagwu said both his aunt and uncle were impressed with the school, while he and his twin, outside linebacker David Ezeagwu, bonded well with the players and coaches.

"The people at UVA were just really good people," Daniel Ezeagwu said. "They're really genuine, and they tell you what you need to know, and they're really cool. My host, Anthony Harris, he was great and treated me very week. Like, we had a huge Madden tournament, and that was great. I was on fire – no one could beat me (laughs). I fit in really well there.

"And the coaches have a good plan for me, and showed me how I could make an impact there. They want me at receiver first, but they're giving me a chance to play defense if I want to."

The wildcard in this whole ordeal is Ezeagwu's brother, David, a solid player who has a Division I-AA offer from James Madison. As has been detailed at length, the two twins are extremely close and would love the opportunity to attend the same college.

In fact, the reason JMU is somewhat in play for Daniel is because the Dukes are willing to recruit both Ezeagwu brothers. But apparently UVA and UMD are warming up to the idea of recruiting David Ezeagwu as well – if it means Daniel is part of the package.

"UVA was saying Dave would probably have to go to Fork Union for a year and then they'd offer him after that," Daniel Ezeagwu said. "And Maryland, it's a numbers game with them. They have another offer out to another linebacker, and if he doesn't commit they could have a spot for David."

When asked if an offer for David would put either UVA or Maryland in the lead for his services, Daniel said: "Yeah, it probably would."

In the meantime, the Ezeagwus will trip to College Park Jan. 24, and after that Daniel Ezeagwu will have a better idea which school he's favoring. He could make a decision at any time in late January, though he might just wait until Signing Day to announce.

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