Stocker Still Likes UMD, Eyeing Return Trip

Maryland has had an offer out to Coatesville (Pa.) safety Jazzee Stocker since last July, and while the three-star safety has since acquired about 14 more verbals he remains in close contact with UMD. The 6-foot-2 185 pounder has a rapport with recruiter John Dunn and is looking forward to visiting College Park, Md., again sometime this spring, perhaps as soon as April 11 for the spring game.

Maryland has had an offer out to Coatesville (Pa.) safety Jazzee Stocker since last July, and while the three-star safety has since acquired about 14 more verbals he remains in close contact with UMD. The 6-foot-2 185 pounder has a rapport with recruiter John Dunn and is looking forward to visiting College Park, Md., again sometime this spring, perhaps as soon as April 11 for the spring game.

"I'm trying really hard to make the spring game; I'm talking to my coach about getting down there," Stocker said. "I was there for the Clemson game [last fall], and that was a great experience, and I definitely want to get back down. The coaches are really interested in me and have been trying to get me down there again, but I've been so busy with track and school."

Stocker said he's stayed in contact with Dunn at least once a week via social media and the like. The Coatesville product mentioned that he knows Maryland's tight ends coach on a personal, friendly basis now since they've been talking so long.

"Coach Dunn is really cool. I've been building that relationship for awhile now," Stocker said. "I've talked to him in person a couple times before too. I like him."

There are several factors that Maryland has going for it besides the coach-player relationship, however. Stocker wouldn't put the Terps on any type of pedestal but acknowledged it is an attractive option.

"I'm definitely still looking at them," he said. "It's close to home; my teammate Tyler Burke is going there this year and he's always telling me great things about them; and I loved the campus when I was down there. They have sweet uniforms and the Big Ten move is huge for them. And I feel like I can play early there, and that's big for me."

Maryland was one of the first programs to offer Stocker, but he now holds verbals from the likes of Georgia Tech, Connecticut, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia and Wisconsin. He said Penn State, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Boston College and others have kept close tabs as well and could offer at some point this offseason.

Most recently, Stocker took in two of his Northeast suitors, UConn and SU.

"They were both really nice," he said. "Syracuse showed me a lot of love when I went there. It was real fun. I really appreciated how they came up to me and the head coach said he really liked me. And UConn, I really liked their facilities and everything there. The coaches were really nice, too, just like Syracuse."

Before visiting the Orange and the Huskies, Stocker tripped to in-state programs Temple and Penn State. Of the two, the Nittany Lions stood out, though PSU hasn't offered quite yet.

"I went to PSU with my head coach three weeks ago and it was really, really nice," Stocker said. "I really like their campus and it's the hometown school. Their new coach [James Franklin] is really energetic, and it's a great program. I really, really liked it there. I'm hoping they offer."

Stocker does not have any imminent trips planned, although he said Maryland, Wisconsin, Purdue, Pittsburgh and Indiana are on the radar. He's visited Pittsburgh before and mentioned that he's "still really interested" in the Panthers and wants to return this summer.

"Everyone has been trying to get me out for visits. I'm trying to see as many of the schools that have offered me as possible," Stocker said. "Like, all the schools that have offered are pushing the same amount. Just on Twitter, e-mails and stuff, they're all pushing for me."

While Stocker is know primarily as a defender, he did say some schools like him on offense. Maryland, for its part, has recruited the Coatesville athlete as a safety.

"Georgia Tech wants me at receiver, but almost everyone else is for safety," he said. "Honestly I don't care what position I'm at as long as I'm on the field playing. I want to play early, so I'm looking for a place that will let me do that."

Don't expect Stocker to make any kind of impromptu decisions, though, regardless of what kind of playing time he's guaranteed. He insists he's wide open in his recruitment and won't commit before next December.

"I don't have any leaders at all," Stocker said. "I want to take some officials, really develop a relationship with the schools and find out what they're really about. I'm probably not committing until next winter."

Stocker is coming off a season where he recorded 50 tackles and two interceptions to go along with 40 receptions and eight touchdowns.

He is currently running multiple track events, including a series of relays and the 100-meter and 200-meter. Stocker is currently clocking in with an 11.0-second 100 and a 22.4 200.

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