After running a laser-timed 4.4 40-yard dash at the NFTC combine in Clifton, Va., it was only a matter of time before Thomas Stone (Waldorf, Md.) cornerback Juwuan Briscoe started to see the offers roll in. Following early verbals from the likes of Toledo, Old Dominion and Rutgers, the emerging Southern Maryland speedster secured scholarships from Clemson, N.C. State and Maryland April 28-29.
The hometown Terps came in right after N.C. State, and he said the offer surprised him.
"It was really good to get that offer, but it kind of caught me off-guard," the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Briscoe said. "I mean, I heard from my coach Maryland could be interested, but I hadn't really talked to anyone over there before, so I was shocked. But it was definitely a good one to get."
Briscoe said he was called to the coach's office late during the school day April 29 in order to speak to Maryland head coach Randy Edsall. The Thomas Stone product said UMD's headman explained what he liked about Briscoe's game, how he could fit into the Terps' defense and also to make sure he stayed in the books.
"He was mostly saying how he liked my height, my speed and how I'm quick on my feet, move my hips well and can transition," Briscoe said. "He said I would fit in as a boundary corner at Maryland. I'm not sure exactly what [the boundary corner] does, but whatever he wants I'll do it."
Briscoe will visit College Park, Md., for a personal tour with his coach May 5.
"The coaches there want to take me around campus, show me the facilities and have me meet everyone," Briscoe said. "It should be a good time.
"I've actually been on campus before, but I just haven't seen the football aspects of it. My cousin, she goes to Maryland now, so I've been up to visit her. It's a nice campus, very big, and there are a lot of convenient things around there. I like it there."
While Briscoe is a local recruit, he's just beginning to learn about the program. He didn't exactly grow up a diehard Terps fan and hasn't attended any games before. But he does want to find out more and is intrigued by the direction of UMD football.
"The thing that stands out the most about Maryland is they're moving to the Big Ten," Briscoe said. "That's a great opportunity for me, and I like that about them. It's also close to home, and that's good because my parents can see me play. I'm not totally sure if I want to stay close or not, but it's not a bad thing."
Maryland is one of only seven options so far for him, however. Of the others on the table, Clemson seems to have caught his eye.
"Clemson is like my dream school," Briscoe said. "I just like everything about it, and it's a team I've always watched. The whole Death Valley tradition, the fan base, the history. It's just always caught my eye. I'm going down there in two or three weeks and I'm looking forward to it."
Rutgers, his first major FCS offer, is also under consideration. Briscoe visited Piscataway, N.J., for a junior day and will return at some point this offseason.
"Rutgers is definitely still in the running too. They were my first big offer, and I liked it when I visited and met the coaches," he said. " I'm actually going back up with my mother at some point to tour the campus again and so she can talk to the coaches too."
The third significant verbal Briscoe pulled in was N.C. State. Briscoe said he's in the process of researching the Wolfpack since he doesn't know much about them yet.
"I haven't really looked into N.C. State too much yet. I talked to their coach and he was telling me a little about the school and wants to get me down there," he said. "I'm going to visit there too, probably around when I go down to Clemson."
Briscoe has no other planned trips at this time, though that could change depending on what schools offer next. He said Ohio State has stayed in contact, West Virginia could be close to pulling the trigger, Michigan State is intrigued, Iowa is right there, and South Carolina is coming to see him work out.
Regardless of what programs offer, however, Briscoe said he doesn't want to end the recruiting process too soon.
"I'll have an idea most likely before the season what schools I'd like to go to," he said. "But I'll for sure make my decision after the season, because I want to see what happens when my film gets out."
Briscoe played both ways for Stone last year, though he was known mostly as a running back. He also lined up at safety and recorded 36 tackles and two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.
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