Maryland hosted several recruits Oct. 4 that have already been in College Park multiple times this fall, including four-star class of 2016 two-way tackle Devery Hamilton. The 6-foot-6, 270-pounder took in the Terps’ game against West Virginia, which left him highly impressed, and was back again for the UMD-Ohio State bout, which ended with quite a different result.
“Obviously Ohio State is a great team and it’s going to take a little while for Maryland to get adjusted to the Big Ten, for sure,” said Hamilton of a game that ended 52-24. “But it was a great atmosphere there, and the [team] showed some bright spots and did some things well. And I feel like with the recruits coming in, and who they’re recruiting now, Maryland is set up to do well in the coming years in the Big Ten.”
Hamilton, who holds offers from UMD, Michigan State, Georgia Tech, Rutgers and South Carolina, said he basically honed in on the trenchmen the entire time. He watched how Maryland’s offensive line did against OSU’s front four, and also how the Terps’ D-line fared against the Buckeyes’ O-line.
“Maryland put some good pressure on OSU’s offensive line even though Ohio State was a lot bigger. I like watching Maryland’s defensive line – they get after it,” Hamilton said. “The pass rush did get in there and that was cool to see. [Maryland’s] offensive line did give up a few sacks, though.”
Before and after the game, Hamilton had a chance to speak to the Maryland staff.
He talked to head coach Randy Edsall, area recruiter Andre Powell and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley before the noon start, and afterwards he chatted with all three again, in addition to defensive line coach Chad Wilt.
“Coach Edsall, he really stressed academics. And the [coaches] were talking about how 88 of the 89 seniors under Edsall graduated, and also how guys that come in with 2.0 GPAs have a hard time remembering plays. Play calling is different at the college level than in high school, so they want guys there that are going to be able to grasp the playbook,” Hamilton said. “It was a lot about academics, and that’s one of the reasons I like Maryland since I put a lot of emphasis on my education too.
“And Coach Powell, we have a great relationship. He’s a funny guy and real cool to talk to. We talk on Twitter like every week.”
The Gilman lineman spoke to Locksley and Wilt about where he’d possibly fit in. Hamilton plays both ways for the Greyhounds and said he is being recruited for both defensive end and offensive tackle.
“A lot of schools are saying that I can do both. And Coach Locksley was saying no matter what school I choose, even if it’s not Maryland, the coaches are going to put me in the best position to succeed. So that’s sort of the mindset I have; I like playing both and don’t really prefer one over the other,” Hamilton said.
While Hamilton took the opportunity to talk to the staff, he did not get to speak to two former Greyhounds on the team: Shane Cokcerille and Kenny Goins.
“But I talk to those guys all the time. Shane and Kenny always come back to Gilman to talk to us,” Hamilton said. “They seem to really like Maryland and said it’s a great school.”
As for where he stands with the hometown school, Hamilton said he has the Terps under solid consideration. He hasn’t seen any other campuses, though, so there’s nothing to compare it against yet. But for now, he likes what he’s seen at UMD.
“I’m definitely going to be considering Maryland. I really like the program, all the coaches there and just the fact it’s close to home,” Hamilton said. “I really like it there and I’m comfortable there.”
Next up for Hamilton are possible visits to Rutgers and Michigan. He said the Wolverines are showing interest and could be close to offering. Arizona, Florida State, Penn State and others are in touch as well.
“At this point I’m taking it slow, weighing my options. It’s a long way to go for me,” Hamilton said. “I have to see some of these other schools, and hopefully I’ll get some more options as well.”
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