Kobe Marfo doesn't hold any offers yet, but it's only a matter of time before they start rolling in. And when they do, the Hayfield (Alexandria, Va.) cornerback knows where he wants his first one to come from.
"To get a Maryland offer would be a dream come true," said the 6-foot, 180-pound Marfo, who just at UMD's junior day March 9. "I remember growing up not too far away from there, and I'd watch Maryland on TV all the time. I always sat down when I came home and watched their games. So it would be really nice to get that one, play for the school you grew up watching. Plus it's only 30 minutes from my house, so I can have the family come up to watch me play, and the education there is great."
Though Marfo was a fan of the team, he hadn't actually been in College Park, Md., before the March 9 junior day. That was his first time seeing the campus, meeting the UMD staff and taking in a game, albeit a hoops game at the Comcast Center.
"I got way more out of that visit than I thought I would," Marfo said. "Meeting the coaches, listening to some players talk about their experiences there … and the basketball game was wild with how it ended and the atmosphere."
Although Marfo enjoyed the Maryland-Virginia bout, he said interacting with head coach Randy Edsall, his recruiter Lyndon Johnson and defensive backs coach Brian Stewart was his favorite part of the trip.
"They tell you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear," Marfo said. "That will make you a better man in the end, and I respected them for that. The head coach explained how at Maryland they really care about you, and they support you 100 percent, so that meant a lot too.
"Then after the basketball game I got some one-on-one time with Coach Stewart. We were talking about how the defense works, how I'd transfer from the high school to the college level, and if I was to get an offer and commit there how he'd help me grow and develop. Coach Stewart was great and knows a lot about the game. And Coach Johnson, we have a good relationship and he's a really good guy. I enjoyed talking to him too."
In order to secure a Terps offer, though, Marfo may need to perform at a prospect camp in June, which he plans to do. But there is a possibility one could come sooner, according to the Virginia corner.
"They were talking about the offer and they are looking at me," Marfo said. "Coach Stewart said they could come down to watch me run in May and might offer then, and they might even offer at the spring game when I go back there. Hopefully they do."
Maryland isn't the only school looking at Marfo, though. He said Wake Forest, Old Dominion, Central Michigan, Michigan State, Auburn, Northern Illinois, Penn State and Tennessee have all shown varying degrees of interest. However, he's only really been in touch with staff members from ODU, Wake and Maryland.
"I'm expecting Wake to offer, and I think ODU will too, and we'll see what happens with Maryland," Marfo said. "I actually think Michigan State might get involved because my head coach is good friends with the defensive coordinator there, and he's telling [the Spartans' assistant] about me."
Marfo has already visited a number of programs, including Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Richmond, Penn State and Old Dominion twice. Of those, he said the Deacons, Terps and Monarchs stood out the most.
"Wake Forest, when I went down there, they already knew who I was as soon as I walked in," said Marfo, who is setting up April visits to Michigan State, Northern Illinois, ODU and Maryland. "They showed me a lot of attention and I got a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches. They have a very good education program, a beautiful campus and I spoke to the players about what life is like everyday at Wake Forest
"ODU was same thing. They knew who I was, I'm very close to the recruiting coordinator, and they have a player there who I was teammates with in high school. Even though ODU hasn't been established yet, I could see good things happening there in a couple years."
Marfo is coming off a season where he recorded 80 tackles, five tackles for loss, three interceptions, 12 pass breakups and three forced fumbles. He currently runs a 4.55 40-yard dash.
"I feel like I'm solid in my covering, and my press-cover technique is one of my strengths." Marfo said. "I also pride myself on my tackling, and I feel like I'm strong in run support. I have to work on my off-cover technique in zone and my hip movements in a small area."
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