WALDORF, Md. – While the Terps aren't actively recruiting many southern Maryland prospects at the moment, the area does boast some intriguing talents who could work their way onto the radar. At the forefront is McDonogh (Pomfret, Md.) cornerback Josh Teachey, a 5-foot-11, 165 pounder who took in the UMD scrimmage at North Point High.
"I got an e-mail from Coach [Mike] Locksley and decided to come watch the team practice. I just wanted to observe, watch the team, see the people at my position, the type of schemes they run, things like that," said Teachey, who holds a Toledo offer. "I liked watching the defensive backs. Everybody is still working to get better, but I was pretty impressed by the DBs and really the whole time. Will Likely, No. 4, he's real good. It was a great time and I learned some things."
In particular, Teachey said he paid close attention to the schemes and the cornerbacks' responsibilities. He learned some of that at the Terps' February junior day when he spoke with defensive coordinator Brian Stewart, but this was his first time seeing the players in action.
"I learned more about how they do things, the language they use, the zone, the man-to-man," Teachey said. "It was real interesting; they fly around and get after it."
While Teachey doesn't believe he's close to a Maryland offer, he said he'd love to secure one. Right now he has UMD, Rutgers and ODU looking at him, in addition to the Toledo verbal, but he said the Terps would be the ideal fit.
"I'm very interested in Maryland," Teachey said. "One, it's Maryland, the home state. Two, it's close to home. And three, when I went to the junior day it seemed like a very family oriented place and the bond was real good. Four, I like all the coaches and Coach Locksley is very cool. And five, the jerseys, are real nice too."
In order to snag an offer, however, Teachey will first have to shine at a one-day camp and then show solid senior film. He plans to attend Maryland's prospect day in June.
"Coach Locks wants me to come up to one of the one-days and to test and all that. My recent 40 [yard] dash was a 4.6, so I have to run a little better at the junior day," said Teachey, who also plans to be at Maryland's spring game April 11. "I've been running track, working on my speed, so I'm trying to get faster."
While Teachey is taking a hard look at Maryland, he's also visited Rutgers and Toledo and has Old Dominion coming up. Toledo was of particular interest since he holds an offer from them.
"[Toledo] was real nice. It was cold, but it was nice," Teachey said. "The coaching staff was real cool. It's going to be one of my top schools when I decide, I really liked what they had to offer up there."
Teachey does not plan to make his college decision until after his senior season. His primary focus this offseason is improving his speed and also adding bulk to his lithe frame.
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