Ealey Gaining Steam on Recruiting Trail

Tight end/outside linebacker Amir Ealey, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound brute, holds early offers from Rutgers, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Temple, Virginia and Syracuse, while programs such as Maryland, NC State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, ECU, UNC, Georgia, South Carolina, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Purdue among others are showing interest.

Given Maryland's connections to the school, it was no surprise Terps assistant John Dunn stopped by Coatesville (Pa.) High early during the spring evaluation period. But while safety Jazzee Stocker figures to be UMD's prime target out of the talent-rich program this year, there is another recruit who is quickly gaining steam on the recruiting trail.

Tight end/outside linebacker Amir Ealey, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound brute, holds early offers from Rutgers, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Temple, Virginia and Syracuse, while programs such as Maryland, NC State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, ECU, UNC, Georgia, South Carolina, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Purdue among others are showing interest.

"Maryland just came up to my school [April 16] to talk to my coaches," Ealey said. "I was in a workout at the time so I didn't see him, but I've been talking to Coach [John] Dunn for a good minute now. He was talking to me back during basketball season. I know he, like a lot of other coaches, likes me as an athlete, though I think they might want me for defense. I know they like me as a tight end, too, but they were hinting at defense. Either way, Coach Dunn has been in touch and we've been talking about me going down there."

Ealey was most recently in College Park, Md., last month for a junior day. He said it was an overall good experience and allowed him to familiarize himself with the school and how the program works.

"I met the coaches, watched some film with Coach Dunn and talked to Coach [Randy] Edsall too," Ealey said. "I enjoyed it; it's a program that's up and coming and moving to the Big Ten, which is a great conference. I loved seeing all the uniforms there. Under Armour is a great brand, and the uniforms are pretty tight.

"My teammate, Tyler Burke, he's going there, too, and I think it would be pretty cool to play on the same team as him again. He always says it's a great school and a great place to be."

The Pennsylvania product said the Terps probably won't offer unless he attends a camp, however. He plans to do just that at some point in June, though a firm date has yet to be established.

"Maryland is interested and they said if I do well at the one-day they're going to look more into offering me," Ealey said. "I'm definitely trying to get back down there for that [camp], because Maryland is a school I'm considering." But while UMD is just working its way into the game, several others are already firmly entrenched. That includes Virginia, a personal Ealey favorite early in the game.

"I'm still keeping things open, but UVA is at the top right now," Ealey said. "They're really recruiting me hard. Coach Fairchild, who recruits me, he loves me and he wants me there real bad. When I was down there for a visit I met his wife and everything. He said if I work hard I have a chance to play real early there."

Ealey attended a junior day in Charlottesville and had a chance to watch a practice and meet the players and coaches.

"It was a nice experience and I really liked it down there," Ealey said. "I thik I could fit in real well there with what they have going on. I liked the campus, the facilties, the coaches. It was great."

The Coatesville product has also visited Temple and Rutgers this spring. He is visiting UConn April 17 and will hit Syracuse soon after that. "I liked Rutgers a lot too," he said. "Their facilities were great, and Coach Panagos who recruits me is very outgoing and very involved. That's a great program going to the Big Ten too.

"And Temple, their coaches say I can play early, and it's an up-and-coming program. They're really trying to keep the city kids like me home. I'm visiting UConn [April 17], and I'm looking forward to learning more about what they bring to the table. I know they're looking at me for outside linebacker, so we'll see what they say about [my role]."

Last year, Ealey visited the likes of Clemson, South Carolina and Florida for camps. Evidently he used ot live with his uncle in South Carolina before relocating to Pennsylvania last November in order to live with his father.

"Basically I wanted to be around my dad my last year in high school and have that experience of him being able to watch me play football," Ealey said. "I lived down south for a few years because my uncle played football in college, and we thought it was best for my athletic career if I learned from him. He made sure I was up at 5 a.m. working out, and he gave me the insight how to be successful at the next level. I mean, he had me take my SATs in 10th grade, and I'm already qualified on that end.

"So it was a great experience down there, but now I'm here and looking to show out my last year at Coatesville."

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