New Safety Target Emerging?

Maryland has one safety pledge currently in the fold in Ridge Point’s (Missouri City, Texas) Jameel Cook, but it looks like the Terps may be looking to add a second in the 2015 class.

Maryland has one safety pledge currently in the fold in Ridge Point’s (Missouri City, Texas) Jameel Cook, but it looks like the Terps may be looking to add a second in the 2015 class. Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.) defensive back Johnny Petrishen said UMD area recruiter Greg Studrawa first came in contact with him in late October and is planning to attend his high school game Nov. 7.

“Maryland just came into the picture, and I’m pretty sure Coach Studrawa is coming to my game, and he wants me to visit [College Park, Md.] for [the Terps’] game against Michigan State Nov. 15,” said the 6-foot-2, 197-pound Petrishen, who currently holds offers from West Virginia, Virginia, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Temple and Syracuse, among others. “Coach Studrawa was saying how the coaches there like my film a lot and how they sort of have a little pipeline going to Central Catholic that they’d like to keep open.

“So [Studrawa] wants me to come down for the Michigan State game, and he wants me to meet the head coach [Randy Edsall] and the defensive coordinator [Brian Stewart], and then they’ll go from there. Hopefully I get the offer.”

There are currently two Terps who are Central Catholic alums: safety Anthony Nixon and quarterback Perry Hills. Petrishen said he hasn’t spoken to either since the Terps started showing interest in him, but he’s talked to them before and said they “really like it” at Maryland.

“When they were here at Central Catholic I was just a freshman on jayvee and they were big-time varsity stars, so I kind of looked up to them,” Petrishen said. “I didn’t know them that well, but I have talked to Anthony on social media and stuff, and both of them do come back to the school to talk to us. They’ve said really good things about Maryland.”

And some of those “good things” include the Terps’ conference affiliation (Big Ten), coaching staff and academics, to name a few.

“It sounds like a really good school and a program that’s moving up,” Petrishen said. “I saw them beat Penn State [Nov. 1], I watched that game on TV. That was huge for them, and huge for the school. It was an exciting game to see.”

If the Terps were to eventually extend an offer Petrishen said he’d take it under consideration, but wouldn’t commit on the spot or anything like that. He said he’s currently taking his time with the recruiting process and wants to take several official visits following his senior season before announcing his college destination.

There are a couple current standouts, however.

“Pitt, UVA, Wake, Syracuse – I’m high on those schools right now,” said Petrishen, who is also hearing from Boston College, Penn State and Illinois, in addition to UMD and his current offerees. “Definitely Pitt is pushing hard and they’ve kind of separated themselves. It’s the hometown school, I’ve been there for games, and their staff doesn’t want me to get out of the city. And UVA, I like them a lot too. I visited down there for a game and really liked the campus and the academics.”

Besides taking in games at Pittsburgh and Virginia, Petrishen has seen Wake Forest before. He plans to be in College Park for the MSU bout, followed by West Virginia for its game against Kansas State. After that he’ll begin setting up official visits to some of the aforementioned suitors and potential suitors.

“Like I said, I’m taking my time with this, seeing what all these schools have to offer,” Petrishen said. “Then after the season I’ll take some official visits and go from there.”

A two-way star at Central Catholic, Petrishen has 13 total touchdowns as a receiver (nine) and punt returner (four), while recording about 50 tackles and three interceptions as a safety. He said he is being recruited exclusively for defense.

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