Tanyi Has Terps On Top

Maryland is sitting in the pole position for George Bush (Sugar Land, Texas) defensive tackle Mbi Tanyi. Tanyi recently added two new offers and has Houston firmly in play, but he's leaning towards UMD and will return for another visit.

George Bush (Sugar Land, Texas) defensive tackle Mbi Tanyi added two new offers to his resume in the last week, giving him five total. Joining Maryland, Houston and LA Tech are Colorado and UTEP, two verbals the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder was not exactly expecting.

"Both kind of just came out of the blue, though I'm definitely grateful for them," Tanyi said. "I really don't know much about either school because they were a surprise. I'll have to learn more about them and see what they're about.

"But right now I'm thinking I'll be sticking with Houston and Maryland because they've been on me the longest and are my top two schools. I'll consider every school that offers me because those coaches took the time to recruit me and evaluate me, but Houston and Maryland are my top two."

Previously Tanyi said the Terps and Cougars were "50-50" following a trip to the UH campus. But now he said his brain is on Maryland, the first FBS school to offer him.

"I'm leaning towards Maryland right now," said Tanyi, who visited College Park, Md., for the first time for the April 11 spring game. "I plan to take an unofficial visit up there June 28 to see the campus again, meet all the coaches again and just take in the whole atmosphere again. I'm also going to be doing a camp up there so I can work out for them. So I'm looking forward to getting back up there because I really enjoyed myself the last time."

Tanyi said he still maintains regular contact with his recruiter, Keenan McCardell. He said the two chat at least once a week.

"We talk pretty regularly, and it's small talk about sports, school work, how I'm doing. It's everyday stuff, and it's always good to talk to Coach McCardell. He's a really good guy and a good recruiter," Tanyi said. "And Maryland in general is still fired up about me. Ever since they first started recruiting me they've been on me. They really want to get me back up there, look at me more from an athletic standpoint, and just show me around again. They really want me to be a Terp."

At this point, Tanyi sounds like he wants to be a Terp too. He said UMD has plenty to offer and he's encouraged by the direction of the program.

"I want to major in pharmacy or pre-med and I know Maryland has really good programs for that," Tanyi said. "Then the Big Ten move, it's a chance to play in a great conference. And when I was up there before they treated me really well, and I really connected with the coaches and some of the players. It's a beautiful campus, everyone is very welcoming and it's just a good place to be."

Tanyi is also looking to return to Houston at some point in June. He said the Cougars are still in the running for his services.

"I am looking into Houston's camp dates and I'll see if I can hit one of those," Tanyi said. "I have a lot of respect for their staff and how they've treated me. I had a great time when I visited there and like their plan for me."

Currently, the plan is for Tanyi to see Maryland June 28 and then announce his decision a day later. He originally wanted to wait until after his senior season, but has since changed his thinking.

"I decided June 29 mostly because that's when I believe I'll be able to go to some camps, take visits and see everything I need to see," Tanyi said. "Also, I don't want to keep the coaching staffs waiting when they want to get things done and get guys on board. I believe I'll be ready to make my decision by then."

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