More than 30 recruits trekked over to College Park, Md., for the Terps' hoops game against Virginia March 9, including a Delaware product with a heavy interest in Maryland. Wide receiver Elisha Sewell, who is currently at Middletown (Del.) High but will transfer to Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) after the school year, came away raving after taking in UMD's overtime victory that included a student court storming.
"To be honest, I'd never seen anything like that before," the 6-foot-2, 200-pound Sewell said. "It was a nail-biter, and it came down to the wire. How it ended in regulation with Virginia's last second shot, and then the students rushing the floor when Maryland pulled it out in overtime, it was awesome.
"But just seeing the fan support they had there, and getting to talk to the [football] coaches beforehand, it was a great time. I had a really nice experience and got a good look at their program and learned a lot."
Sewell doesn't currently hold any offers, but he said the Terps have kept tabs. Delaware recruiter Keenan McCardell, who also happens to be Maryland's receivers' coach, has been in touch with Sewell via social media and has expressed interest.
"Coach McCardell actually reached out to me on Facebook and told me to come up for the game," Sewell said. "I was supposed to go up Feb. 22 for the junior day, but I couldn't make it then, so I went [March 9]. I got a chance to introduce myself, put a face to a name and talk to all the staff members there. I let them know who I was, and we familiarized ourselves a little bit. It was good."
The Middletown receiver said he'll likely have to attend a one-day camp in order to secure any type of offer. He plans to be at UMD's first summer session June 1, and hopes to do enough to garner a closer look.
"Coach McCardell is telling me to come back, come to the spring game, come to some practices, come to a camp, and it's something I'll definitely be doing," said Sewell, who attended a Terps camp last year as well. "I really would love to get an offer from them. It would be a blessing. I'm actually from Montgomery County, so it would be an opportunity to represent where I'm originally from. I'd probably commit if they did offer."
Besides UMD, Sewell is also getting looks from Temple, Old Dominion and Missouri. Of those, he said the Owls have recruited him the hardest.
"Their receivers' coach was impressed with my film and wants me to come to camp to further evaluate me," said Sewell, who runs a high-4.5 40-yard dash. "I think I'll get that one [Temple] after I go up there. I was just there for a junior day and had a great time, and I know they're interested."
Sewell, who left the state of Maryland in elementary school when his parents decided to move to Delaware, figures to garner even more exposure after transferring to ECA. He said Eastern Christian will help him develop athletically, while challenging him academically because "I have to really concentrate on time management with no teachers in the classroom. That will force me to be responsible."
"It's an amazing opportunity for me, and I'm going to make the most of it," Sewell said. "Hopefully in the end it pays off and I'm able to get a few scholarships."
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