Deltron Sands still can't stop laughing. After speaking with Maryland assistant coach Andre Powell Feb. 27, the St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) running back was almost as thrilled about the Terps' offer as he was about Powell's comments towards him.
"So, like, first Coach Powell was talking about Maryland and all that good stuff, and then he was saying how they [the Maryland coaches] were watching my film and the one coach there always imitates this character from an old TV show," Sands said. "[Powell] said after they watched my film, he was like, ‘Shazam! we gotta offer this kid. Shazam! (laughs)."
And so they did. Maryland is likely to take just one running back in the 2015 class, and while there's still a ways to go, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound bulldozer could very well be that back.
"When the offer came in it was a real honor because I always wanted an offer from Maryland. It's like my dream school," said Sands, who also holds offers from Syracuse and Western Michigan. "When I was younger I always liked the Ravens because my dad is a big Ravens fan. So I always wanted to go to school up there because I know Maryland is close to Baltimore. Also, I have family that lives in College Park, and my mom actually lived there for awhile with my grandmother before she [his mother] moved down here to Florida."
Beings that he has relatives in College Park, Sands has actually been on campus once before. Last year he took a random visit just to walk around and see what the school was like.
"The one part of the campus I've seen I really liked. It's a nice school from what I can tell," Sands said. "I'm going to try to get back in the summer to see it again, but I'm not sure I'll be able to. If not, I'm definitely taking an official there after my season. I'm not doing anything during the season because I just want to worry about football then, not recruiting."
Sands has already done a fair amount of research on the Terps. He knew quite a bit prior to UMD's interest in him, but ever since assistant Brian Stewart visited his school last month he's focused in on Maryland.
"They have a great coaching staff, Coach Powell has coached running backs that are in the NFL right now, and I know Stefon Diggs is there," Sands said. "I know they're going to the Big Ten too, and that gets me pumped and makes me want to work harder because I know if I go there I'll be playing against great competition. And the Under Armour uniforms, I love the Under Armour uniforms. When I told my friends Maryland offered, everyone was like, ‘Oh, you just want to go there for the uniforms.' And I'm like, the uniforms are nice, but that's not why I want to go to Maryland."
Apparently Sands isn't opposed to leaving Florida either. While many Sunshine State recruits grow up dreaming of playing for Florida or Florida State, Sands said he would rather leave home for college.
"I'm not one of those guys who wants to stick around. If I stay here, I'll know too many people and they'll be all over me," Sands said. "I don't want to be overwhelmed with friends and that stuff. I want to concentrate on football and school in college, and that will be easier to do if I'm not around my high school friends."
But while Sands sounds like he's legitimately interested in Maryland, there's a long way to go in his recruitment. He said West Virginia and Auburn have been in close contact, and he would love to get offers from them too. In addition, schools throughout the Big Ten and ACC have kept tabs on him, with Miami, Michigan State, Michigan, Clemson and Ohio State being a few of them.
Interestingly, he said he isn't really focused on his two other offers.
"I haven't really looked closely at Syracuse or Western Michigan. It's mainly been Maryland, and then WVU and Auburn since those are the schools I'm interested in," Sands said. "I think WVU and Auburn should offer soon once they get through with my tape. We'll see though."
Sands is coming off a season where he rushed for 639 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He rotated in with another running back, Madre London, and only received 58 carries. However, Sands expects to be the workhorse back this year.
"I'm a primetime athlete," he said. "I'm ready to show out. I've got speed, I've got power, I can run by you, I can run over you. I'm ready."
Sands Calls Terps Offer "A Dream"
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