Waiting is the Hardest Part

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Potomac High School (Oxon Hill, Md.) athlete Kesean Strong, who blazed a 4.4 40 at Maryland's camp on June 1 and was offered on the spot, may have waited too long to accept what was basically a given to the offer and school he had coveted for so long.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- For eight months Maryland sat at one commitment for the 2015 football recruiting class. Now they are having to turn kids away.

The Terps' dizzying month of commitments, with 13 total on board now after E.J. Donahue was the first commitment way back in October, has left one local speedster out in the cold, at least for now.

Potomac High School (Oxon Hill, Md.) athlete Kesean Strong, who blazed a 4.4 40 at Maryland's camp on June 1 and was offered on the spot, may have waited too long to accept what was basically a given to the offer and school he had coveted for so long.

Strong and family were set to visit Maryland on June 23 and commit, but June 20 Florida slot receiver Jahrvis Davenport (Robinson/Tampa, Fla.) beat him to the spot. Strong came to the 7-on-7 camp at Maryland June 21 and tried to commit to the staff in the morning, but with Davenport and Fort Hill High (Cumberland, Md.) slot Ty Johnson already on board, the Terps could not accept the pledge and told Strong he must wait.

Strong was tired both physically and emotionally when TT caught up with him after games June 21 on the Terps practice field, a field he still hopes to one day take as a Terrapin. His teammate, defensive lineman Keiron Howard, is already committed in the '15 class.

"I tried to commit but it didn't work out. So I guess I am going to have to weigh my options," Strong said. "I was aiming for Maryland, and I still am, but it just didn't work out. They said wait a little while and see if anything opens up."

As the interview continued, Strong did not want to even list other schools or alternatives. He said "I have no regrets" when asked if he now hopes he had committed during the last three weeks.

Strong is not sure if the June 23 visit is still going to happen, though he still wants to come up.

He said he has no other college visits planned, or any new offers since we last spoke to him.

"But I can wait. It's not a big deal to wait and be patient. But it's out of my hands right now," he said. It's above me. If I come I come."

Strong added: "I have mixed emotions right now. Everything happens for a reason, so I will have to wait it out."

On the field, Strong shined with his speed as usual, and one rival high school coach stopped this reporter and told him that Strong was the best player his team faced.

"I am just going to have to see. Wait. It's going to be whatever it has to be. As long as my mother doesn't have to pay for college everything is going to be alright," Strong said.

Strong said he was still in conversations about the process and a decision with his parents for the last three weeks, but was just some 48 hours before making it official.

"I was just talking it over with my family, but I wasn't waiting [to commit]. I feel as though everything happens....I was ready, but at the same time they weren't ready," he said.

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