COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Several new names and faces popped up at the Terps one-day 'Big Show' camp June 28, names Terrapin Times broke out that day, including an intriguing defensive lineman, which just so happens to be the biggest need position left in the 2015 class.
Paramus Catholic (Paramus, NJ) defensive tackle Kwanii Figueroa made the trip down with his teammate and quarterback Allan Walters, and he was eager to impress and earn an offer. Coming into camp claiming nine offers, including possible leader Boston College, Figeroua made his presence known.
"Camp went real well for me. I won the majority of reps at d-tackle. I was playing a little bit more inside, nose, three-technique. But I won the majority of my reps," Figeroua said.
The 6-foot-2, 275-pounder said BC, UMass, Georgia Tech, Towson, New Hampshire and Tennessee State, among others, have offered. He transferred this year to Paramus from Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn.
"Maryland, I am supposed to get back to the coaches soon and we are going to talk again," Figeroua said of where he stands with UMD.
He said the Terps liked his aggressiveness.
"I got some good technique pointers on using my hands a little bit more. But they love my aggression and the tools that I got and my get-off," Figeroua said.
Next up, he has an unofficial visit planned for Penn State this month.
"I am hoping to get a Big Ten offer for sure," Figeroua said of the Terps and Penn State.
Figeroua said he wants to decide before his senior season. As a junior he had some 52 tackles and 10 sacks, he said.
"My move to Paramus was both a family move and more of a recognition move," Figeroua said. "I wasn't getting that much recognition playing in New York and I wanted to come out here and show them I could compete with their level of play. Because they play out of state, against big teams like in Baltimore like Gilman, and Gilman [prospects] were here today, too. They wanted to compete."
On Maryland in general, which is looking to probably sign at least three defensive linemen in the class, he said:
"Great campus. I love the campus. And very welcoming coaching staff, everybody welcomed me in. It was a fun experience and I learned a lot of stuff I can take back with me and use during the season. But if Maryland were to offer, it would definitely be a game-changer. I would definitely put them up with my top schools."
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