COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Among the top underclassman at the June 28 Terps Big Show one-day football camp was this New Jersey standout offensive lineman who was making his first visit to College Park. And he came away mighty impressed.
Red Bank Catholic (Red Bank, N,J.) junior tackle Liam Smith came to town with offers from Miami, Virginia and Rutgers already in tow. Next, he hopes to add a UMD offer as the visit opened his eyes a great deal.
"I really liked it. There was nothing not to like. The school was great," Smith said. "It was the biggest school I have visited so far, so that was definitely cool. And the football program, it was pretty interesting to kinda walk around and take in the facilities and the stadium."
Smith had already been to BC, Miami, Virginia and Rutgers, so he had some good comparisons.
"As far as Maryland, I would just say how big it was. The campus took a bit longer to drive around, but I kinda liked it. It felt like a little city inside the school," Smith said.
Smith toured the facilities, freshman dorms, library and the Business school, something he hopes to study at college.
"Maryland said they really liked me, I think I did well in camp. But I don't have that much film so they said they wanted to wait for a couple games this season and decide whether they are going to offer or not," Smith said. "But they said they liked me a lot and they have a lot of interest in me."
Smith, because Terps offensive line coach Greg Studrawa (was at his daughter's wedding) was not in attendance, worked with, among others, tight ends coach John Dunn. Keith Dudzinski is his area recruiter.
"At first we did a little bit of run blocking, but mostly we did pass blocking in the camp and one-on-ones," Smith said. "I just tried to work on my punch and timing it up right because Coach Dunn just made sure.....that I didn't punch too early and make it as impactful as you can."
Going forward, Smith has plans to visit Penn State this month, his only other visit scheduled at this time.
Smith also plays basketball. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder loves the weight room and spending time with his teammates year-round.
He said Maryland made an impression last week.
"Maryland, they definitely jumped out. I could have definitely envisioned myself going there while I was there," Smith said.
TT 'Big Show' Interview 8: Liam Smith
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