Woodbridge Senior (Woodbridge, Va.) athlete Mike Majette attended a Maryland one-day camp June 8 before returning to College Park, Md., 10 days later with the intent of pulling in a formal offer and to get a more personal view of the program.
Mission accomplished. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder, who plays quarterback at Woodbridge but projects as a cornerback or slot receiver in college, snagged his fifth FBS offer from head coach Randy Edsall June 18 and received his first in-depth look at the Terps.
"I was at the camp on June 8 and did well there and Coach [Brian] Stewart liked me then," said Majette, who holds verbals from UMD, Indiana, Purdue, West Virginia and Boston College. "He likes how physical I am and also my speed and versatility. The [UMD coaches] were talking about offering after I performed at the camp, but then they invited me back [to campus] for another visit to see the school and just talk to everyone there. I got the offer from Coach Edsall then and was real honored. Maryland is a great school."
Majette said he met several Terps coaches, learned about the academics and saw plans for the new facilities June 18. Previously he had spoken to a couple current Maryland defensive backs at the camp, who let him know how much they liked the program and the university.
"The camp was fun and informative, and it was great working with Coach Stewart, who is an excellent coach," Majette said. "But [June18] I saw all the ins and outs at Maryland. My favorite part was just talking to the coaches. You know, walking around with those guys, getting a feel for the campus and the school -- it was real nice."
The Woodbridge product spent most of his time with his recruiter, Lyndon Johnson, Stewart and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. Majette said their basic message to him was to keep working hard and should he choose Maryland it could help develop him as a player and person.
"[The coaches] were telling me the things I needed to work on, how things were at college there and what I need to do to be successful," Majette said. "One thing that stood out was when they were telling me how the best players play no matter what year they are. I want to play my freshman year, so that's big for me. The Maryland coaches were saying how they had a freshman start at corner last year, so the proof is there [that the best players will play]."
Majette went on to describe his relationship with Johnson. The Virginia recruit has evidently known UMD's outside linebackers' coach for going on two years now.
"Coach Johnson has actually been recruiting me since 10th grade, so he's known about me for awhile," Majette said. "We have a real good relationship and we talk a good bit. I'd say the two programs I have the best relationship with are Boston College and Maryland."
While the coaches' overtures have resonated, Majette said he was particularly impressed with College Park and the campus upgrades. Add in the Big Ten move and Under Armour, and there's plenty to like about the Terps.
"The Big Ten, that's a great conference with a ton of competition. That's great for them as a program," Majette said. "And they're upgrading everything there; they're renovating everything. New indoor facility, new dorms, new weight room -- it's really going to be nice.
"And when I was there I saw all the Under Armour stuff and I really liked that. I love the uniforms and how they have different combinations like every game."
Majette said the Terps are looking at him for cornerback, though that's not necessarily the position every school projects him to play. He said BC and a couple others want him as an athlete and will determine his role later, while UNC sees him at slot receiver.
"I'm pretty sure Maryland wants me at corner, but the position doesn't matter," Majette said. "I'll play either side of the ball -- whatever gets me on the field faster."
Following his visit, Majette placed the Terps firmly among his top three
suitors, along with UNC and BC. He has already seen Chapel Hill, N.C., and plans to get up to Chestnut Hill, Mass., at some point this summer.
"Right now Maryland is pretty high up there for me. I'm trying to get back there for a game this fall," Majette said. "But I have a great relationship with the coaches at BC too, and they've been on me for awhile. It's great academics up there and I want to check out the campus and see what it's like up there.
"And UNC, I love the coaches there too, and, you know, I'm a southern boy and I kind of like being down [in the South]. Also, my father was considering going to UNC back when he was a kid and he's always said great things about them. I kind of grew up a North Carolina fan and just really like the program."
Majette could have his school chosen by August, but that's not set in stone. It's possible he'll wait for his senior film to be evaluated and take a couple official visits this fall.
"I want to decide around the middle of the season if not before," Majette said. "I kind of want to wait a little bit so I can get a better feel for some schools and go to games at places like Maryland, BC and UNC. But we'll see what happens."
Last season Majette threw for about 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns, while he added around 700 rushing yards. He said he's clocking in with a 4.5-second 40-yard dash time.
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