McClease Talks Up Terps Following Visit

Maryland hosted running back target DeShawn McClease (Oscar Smith/Chesapeake, Va.) May 23, and the 5-foot-10, 178-pounder left his five-hour stay raving.

Maryland secured a running back commit in Deltron Sands on May 24, and the day before the Terps hosted another primetime runner for a campus visit. Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) three-star DeShawn McClease took his first trip to College Park, Md., and spent about five hours walking the grounds, talking to the UMD assistants, meeting the academic advisors and taking in all the school had to offer.

"It was a great time; I had a really good tine," the 5-foot-10, 178-pound McClease said. "I was there for awhile, and pretty much saw everything. Overall it was a big plus for Maryland, and it definitely puts them up there. I'll tell you, I really like Maryland right now. I didn't expect [the visit] to be like that."

McClease, who also holds offers from Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Indiana, Louisville, Purdue, Temple, Wake Forest and others, said he spent most of his time with his recruiter Chad Wilt, running backs coach Andre Powell and Ryan Steinberg. He said head coach Randy Edsall was not there as McClease arrived late and missed him.

"The coaches were really cool," McClease said. "They answered all my questions and really told me a lot about Maryland. Everything about football, the academics, the business program…

"Coach Powell was saying how he needs me there and thinks I can make a big impact there. Coach Wilt, I already had a good relationship with him, and it was good to see him again. And Coach Steinberg was really cool and he's a funny guy."

The Virginia back also met with a business professor. He wants to major in business and find a school that will offer him a solid degree in that field.

"The business professor I talked to gave me some good insight into what's expected there," McClease said. "Maryland has a really good business school, and that stood out about them too."

He spoke to several current Terps as well. McClease couldn't remember their names, but he asked them several questions and received a good vibe from both.

"I talked to a fullback and a safety and they just said that it's great there," McClease said. "They were telling me what the coaches were like there and they said they all have your back. They said Coach Edsall is great to play for."

When McClease wasn't chatting up players and coaches, he was walking around Maryland's large campus. He mentioned how College Park has pretty much everything he'd need, and he liked the area in general as well.

"There's so much to do around there. D.C. is right there," McClease said. "They're a lot of pro sports teams there and just a lot around if you want to do something off campus. There's a lot of opportunities there."

McClease then saw the new facility plans and tried on the Under Armour jerseys. He praised the indoor complex and mentioned how his favorite jerseys were the all-black ones.

"The new facility looks really nice. It's a huge plus for Maryland in general with them moving to the Big Ten," McClease said. "They're going to need something like that. And the jerseys, I tried on the red ones and black ones. The black ones were tight – they had my number, 22, on the back too (laughs). It was awesome."

Next up for McClease are trips to Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forest. Tech and UNC are firmly in the running and in his current top three, along with Maryland. The Hokies are considered the team to beat, though McClease wasn't about to tip his hand.

"Virginia Tech is a great school, I've been there a lot and I have a really good relationship with the coaches," McClease said. "It's the hometown school and it's a good program. UNC, their coaches really want me there, and that's a great ACC program as well. I'm going to be getting to both of them soon, and I'll probably stop by Wake when I go to North Carolina."

McClease will attempt to visit Indiana and Louisville, two more schools he's interested in, this fall. He said he'll have to take early official visits because he wants to have his school chosen by October.

"I'm graduating from high school early, so I want to have everything squared away early in the fall," McClease said. "I'm going to be looking for overall comfort level, academics of course, how I get along with the coaches and other athletes – things like that.

"And playing time and scheme is big too. I know at Maryland I could play early, and I like their scheme. I'm not a huge back, so I'd rather not pound and pound over and over. I like how Maryland gets their backs in space and lets them do things in the open field."

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