Strong Hearing More from Maryland

CLIFTON, Va. -- Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) running back Kesean Strong holds offers from Toledo and Buffalo and said Maryland and ODU are in close contact. Strong mentioned that Maryland is an offer he's looking for. He's visited UMD plenty of times before and will be returning for a camp.

CLIFTON, Va. -- Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) running back Kesean Strong injured his ankle halfway through the Washington, D.C., NFTC camp at Centreville High School, but the speedy 5-foot-10, 175-pounder still felt he put together a solid showing. Strong, who has caught the attention of numerous college recruiters this spring, boasts 4.5 40-yard dash speed and solid acceleration as both a back and return man.

"Well, I had a real good start [to the combine], and I got to run the 40, but that was pretty much it," Strong said, chucking. "I kind of pulled up there when I was running and I had to come out, but I still did OK."

Regardless of how he did at the April 26 event, Strong's speed and athleticism have already won him favor with the likes of Buffalo, Toledo and most recently Marshall.

"Marshall was a surprise offer for me," Strong said. "I hadn't really heard from them and when my coach told me they offered I was kind of shocked. I should be going up there on a visit soon, though, so I can meet the coaches and see what they're about."

Strong has continued to maintain contact with the two schools that have had verbals out to him for several weeks. In fact, the Potomac back just returned from a Toledo visit in mid-April and came away impressed.

"Toledo was real cool; it was better than I expected. I liked the campus, and I enjoyed talking to the coaches," Strong said. "I'm in touch with their one coach pretty often and he wants me up there. I call the Buffalo coach every now and again too, but I haven't set up a visit there yet."

While Strong is off to a good start with those three aforementioned scholarships, he's hoping two other schools he's heard from pull through. He said Maryland and Old Dominion could both "be close" [to offering], with ODU more likely to come in during the evaluation period.

"Maryland came through the school and Coach [Mike] Locksley stays in touch," Strong said. "He just messages me and tells me to work hard and just perform at camp. He was saying if I perform like I know how I'll be in position to get the offer."

Strong has already been to College Park, Md., numerous times this offseason for junior days and the spring game. He has plenty of familiarity with the campus and the program, and has been seeking a UMD offer for some time.

"I like it up there; it's comfortable. The coaches are cool and it's close to home," Strong said. "I don't necessarily want to be so close to my family, but it's not like it would be a problem. If Maryland offered, I'd definitely think about sticking around."

The local back went on to say that he can bring plenty to the table to a team like Maryland. He said not only can he run the ball, but he can move into the slot sort of like current Terps slot DeAndre Lane and also return kicks.

"I can do a lot of different things for you, and I think that's why [Maryland is] recruiting me," Strong said. "I just have to go to camp and run well and show out like I know I can, and hopefully the offer will be there."

Besides camping at UMD, Strong has a busy summer ahead of him. Along with his teammates and coaches, he'll be hitting the road for a tour through North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio. Along the way, the Potomac crew will likely see UNC, Clemson, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Georgia, Ohio, Ohio State, Tennessee, Cincinnati and possibly others.

"Nothing is set yet, but those are some of the places we've been talking about," Strong said. "We'll be all over the place."

It's conceivable Strong's recruiting could pick up even more after he visits some of these schools personally. Which is what the Potomac back is banking on.

"The recruiting is just starting to pick up for me, and I'm hoping the offers start rolling this summer," he said. "The University of Miami is like my dream offer, and I'm in touch with them a little bit. We'll see what happens."

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