Spalding (Severn, Md.) class of 2016 receiver Brennon Dingle has been at Maryland for almost every home game in 2014, and he was back in College Park, Md., again Oct. 4 for the Ohio State showdown. The 5-foot-8, 170-pounder didn’t get to see one of the Terps’ better efforts in a 52-24 loss to the Buckeyes, but the speedy Spalding wideout still enjoyed himself.
“You know, some day that’s just how it goes. It’s college football, and every team is going to have down days and things to work on,” said Dingle, who was one of about 40 recruits in attendance. “But I did like the atmosphere and how the fans were supporting. It was a pretty live crowd, and it’s something I’m definitely thinking about being apart of. I really like it down there [in College Park].”
Maryland’s receivers, at least, showed out against the Buckeyes, and Dingle said he was impressed with Stefon Diggs, Deon Long and Marcus Leak. Diggs, in particular, caught the local product’s eye.
“Diggs was phenomenal man. He’s great all-around, and I love watching him,” Dingle said. “They definitely have weapons, but they just have to get some things together. I‘m pretty sure they’ll get it going. I’m not worried about Maryland at all.
“And with the way Maryland uses their receivers, I feel like I can fit right in. I like their offense and how it works.”
During the Oct. 4 affair. Dingle interacted with numerous other prospects. He said he spoke to current Terps commits E.J. Donahue (Linganore/Frederick, Md.) and Lorenzo Harrison (DeMatha/Hyattsville, Md.), in addition to a few players from Gilman (Baltimore, Md.).
“It was just normal conversations,” Dingle said. “LoLo [Harrison], I trained with him and know him, but he wasn’t really in my ear about Maryland. It was just normal stuff.”
Before the game, Dingle had a chance to talk to his area recruiter, John Dunn. He said he and the Terps’ tight ends coach have a close rapport that’s continuing to grow.
“With Coach Dunn, it was just a regular conversation [Oct. 4], and he asked how I was doing. He said I did well against Gilman in my last game and he likes my game,” said Dingle, who didn’t have a chance to speak to receivers’ coach Keenan McCardell or head coach Randy Edsall Oct. 4. “I like Coach Dunn a lot. He’s really cool. He always asks me how I’m doing, and he’s real easy to talk to.”
Dunn isn’t the only Terps’ coach pursuing Dingle. The Spalding receiver said Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley actually watched his last game against Gilman, while Edsall is scheduled to see his game Oct. 11.
“That’s big; it’s something you look forward to when a college coach thinks enough of you to come see you play,” Dingle said. “It’s something I never really expected, and it’s still kind of shocking to me that they want to see me. It means a lot that they’re going to be there.”
Add it all up, and Dingle has the Terps sitting pretty. Maryland remains his lone offer, and he has no intentions of committing anytime soon, but it’s clear he’s heavily interested in UMD.
“They were my first offer and they really want me there,” Dingle said. “Right now Maryland is definitely my favorite.”
Dingle has also been hearing from Pittsburgh, while West Virginia has shown a little interest as well. He’s planning to take in games at both programs this fall, though he’s unsure of the dates.
“Right now I’m going to try to see a few more schools, see how the rest of my season goes, see what other schools show interest,” Dingle said. “Me and my dad, we’re taking this process slow. I’m going to wait things out here. The earliest I would commit is next summer before my senior year, but most likely I’ll wait until midway through my senior year or after that.”
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