Emerging RB Building Relationship with UMD

Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) running back Kesean Strong is starting to emerge, and Maryland is involved early, hosting him for a basketball game most recently.

Maryland is monitoring numerous 2015 running back prospects, including several high-profile recruits with offers already on the table. But there's one intriguing under-the-radar player who has caught their eye from nearby Potomac High School (Oxon Hill, Md.).

"Maryland is looking at me pretty hard right now," said the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Kesean Strong, who has a Ray Rice build and 4.4 40-yard dash speed. "They've sent me a lot of letters and Coach [Mike] Locksley wants to stay in touch. They've had me out for football games, basketball games, and it's been good."

Strong was most recently in College Park for Maryland's hoops game against Pittsburgh. Before that, he attended the Terps-Boston College football bout last fall.

"The basketball game was great; I really like [Comcast Center] and the fans are really into it," Strong said. "I got a chance to talk to Coach Locks when I was there, and that was good. We didn't really talk about recruiting – just my game, how I like the school, things like that. It was real nice."

The Potomac back said he's not sure if Maryland is ready to offer or not, but "I think they eventually will. At least I hope they will."

Strong said he grew up watching the hometown program and wouldn't mind suiting up for UMD one day should he be given the opportunity.

"It would be a top school to think about [if Maryland offered]," Strong said. "It's right by my house, my family could see me, they're going to the Big Ten and they have a lot of players from my area on the team. It's a real good school."

Maryland isn't the only school looking at Strong, however. He attended numerous camps last offseason and said he caught the eye of staffs from Northwestern, N.C. State and Ohio State, all of which have stayed in touch. His dream schools, Florida and Miami, haven't shown interest, however.

"Of the schools that are actually looking at me, Ohio State sounds really good; I'm really hoping they come through," Strong said. "And Maryland, that's up there for me too. But I'm pretty open to anything right now. I'm just waiting to see what offers I get. And I haven't taken any unofficial visits yet besides Maryland, so once I do get around I'll know more about some of these schools."

Strong may not have visited campuses per se, but he did camp at Tennessee, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Temple, in addition to the aforementioned Terps, Buckeyes, Wildcats and Wolfpack. He said he'd like to return to Ohio State, N.C. State, Maryland and others this offseason but he hasn't set his schedule yet.

"Our coach, Coach [Ron] Crump does a good job setting everything up and taking us all around," Strong said. "We haven't set our tour this year yet, but we'll hit the road in April or May and see a bunch of these schools."

Last year Strong lit up Prince George's County to the tune of 1,353 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns. In addition, he had seven return touchdowns as he lined up as both a kick and punt returner.

He said his best run came against rival Douglas (Upper Marlboro, Md.), when he broke off a 60-yarder to tie the game before Potomac lost in double overtime. Strong's No. 1 return came against Crossland (Temple Hills, Md.), when he juked out numerous pursuers on his way to a 99-yard score.

"I did a little bit of everything well last season," Strong said. ‘But mainly I tried to be a leader for my team, put them on my back and try to carry us to the playoffs. It didn't work out, but this offseason I'm working hard every day so we can get there this time."

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