The Terps certainly aren't shying away from the junior college ranks this year. We reported last week on Maryland's early offer to Butler C.C. (Kans.) defensive end Ulric Jones, and apparently UMD extended another verbal to an edge rusher in Texas. Quincy Vasser, a New York native, is currently at Navarro College (Corsicana, Texas) and just picked up his initial offer in late February.
"What happened was Coach [Brian] Stewart from Maryland had heard about me and had watched my film, and he called Coach [Brian] Mayper here at Navarro," said the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Vasser. "Then Coach Mayper told me how Maryland wanted to offer me and that [Stewart] wanted to personally speak to me. So I talked to him, and he told me he liked how physical and athletic I was and how he wanted me in the program."
To which Vasser was receptive. He said he hasn't done much research on Maryland yet, but he indicated it is an option for him, especially since it's his only scholarship to date.
"It's four hours from where I actually live in New York, so it's close to home and my family can see me play fairly easily," Vasser said. "[Maryland] offered first, so they've showed a high level of interest, which is great. But I don't know yet; I have to find out more about the school first. All I know right now is they're going to the Big Ten and they have the Under Armour uniforms, but that's about it."
Vasser went on to say that he'll try to visit College Park, Md., late spring or in the summer.
"But I haven't even discussed all of that yet," Vasser said. "I don't know exactly when it will be. I have to see what happens with this whole [recruiting] process."
Right now Vasser said he's receiving interest from Pittsburgh, Georgia and West Virginia, with others working into the game as well. He said he'd like to hear from the likes of Florida or Louisville, two schools that caught his eye last season, and would love an offer from WVU as well.
"Florida, Louisville, programs like that in the south, I wouldn't mind going there where the weather is nice and they play great football," Vasser said. "I know what it's like in New York, and I'd rather be in warm weather (laughs).
"But I do like West Virginia a lot too. It's not far from home, and I have family out that way. Growing up I just liked them, and I saw them when I was at Hargrave [Military Academy] last year too. I actually talked to a coach from West Virginia, but I'm not sure how serious they are [about offering]."
Vasser began his journey to Navarro at Nyack High in Upper Nyack, N.Y. While he wasn't a highly-touted prospect, Vasser said he did enough to attract strong looks from Rutgers and Connecticut.
"They were actually going to offer me, but I really didn't know anything about the Clearinghouse in high school," Vasser said. "I found out about the academics and what exactly I needed for my test scores, and I didn't score high enough [to qualify]."
Thus, Vasser spent a year at Hargrave in Virginia. But Hargrave's roster was already loaded with SEC-caliber defensive linemen, and Vasser did not receive much playing time. Naturally, he didn't attract much college interest, although Syracuse thought enough of his raw potential to take a flyer on him.
"But I scored four points too low on my ACTs and couldn't enroll [at Syracuse]," Vasser said. "So I had to go to JUCO for a year."
Vasser said that SU has not been in contact since he's been at Navarro. But the edge rusher isn't all that concerned with the Orange, because he figures to have plenty of options before it's all said and done.
After racking up 28 tackles and seven sacks in just six starts last fall (he had to earn his way into the starting lineup and did so around midseason), Vasser made honorable mention All-JUCO for defense, and one publication even named him one of the top junior college pass rushers coming out this year.
"I'm just doing my best to get up and out of here," Vasser said, chuckling. "I appreciate what I've learned at Navarro, but now I'm ready for the next stage."
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