Coatesville (Pa.) linebacker/tight end Amir Ealey was back in College Park, Md., for the first time since a winter junior day, and this time he called the experience an "eye opener." The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, who claims verbals from UMD, Cincinnati, UConn, Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse and West Virginia, stayed on campus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 12.
"The visit was really long, but it went great," Ealey said. "I saw every aspect of the school and learned a lot about the education. I liked everything about it, and this [trip] definitely put Maryland in my top five. They were already in my top five to begin with, but after this their chances are looking good. I'm still keeping things open, but I like Maryland a good amount right now."
Ealey spent much of his time touring the campus with UMD assistant Ryan Steinberg. The Keystone State recruit said Steinberg showed him a good time and made it an enjoyable experience.
"The campus was great, just seeing the whole school. I really liked how the students were there, and how they were very involved," Ealey said. "I learned a lot about the academics too, and my major, kinesiology. I picked the brain of a couple professors, and found out they have a really good program there. A lot of what I saw [May 12] was about the academics."
The Pennsylvania product did not have a chance to meet any positions coaches, however. Ealey said UMD's assistants were out recruiting and wouldn't be returning to campus that day.
"But the head coach, Randy Edsall, was there and he said he really wants me," Ealey said. "He loved my film, and said I'm very athletic and can play either side of the ball. They offered me at WILL linebacker, but [Edsall] said I could play different positions, and that was cool because I like to have that kind of option.
"[Edsall also] said [Maryland is] a great opportunity to play with my teammate, Tyler [Burke], who is going there. He was talking about how I have a good chance to make an early impact too, and with my versatility I should be able to get on the field right away."
Ealey spoke to Maryland's strength coach as well.
"I really liked the strength coach's philosophy. It's different than a lot of other programs," Ealey said. "He's with the ME generation of exercising your body and getting you fit. Most strength coaches just want you to lift, lift, lift, but he stresses a lot of movement."
The new indoor facility, which Ealey saw plans of, caught his attention too. He said those kinds of improvements, along with the Big Ten shift, show Maryland is moving "to the big time."
Next up for the Coatesville talent is a trip to Syracuse. He's also looking to get to UVA, a personal favorite, WVU and Cincinnati. Michigan State, a school that's shown increased interest, figures to garner visit as well.
"Michigan State would be a real big offer for me," Ealey said. "They're taking a look at me and have been in touch."
Ealey is also hearing from Indiana, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Arkansas and Vanderbilt.
But even if he secures more offers and is impressed with schools following visits, Ealey said he isn't going to commit anytime soon. He said his plan is still to wait the process out, see what other suitors emerge and make a decision after the season.
"I'm in no rush," Ealey said. "I want to take my time, take it all in and see what happens."
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