Coatesville (Pa.) outside linebacker/tight end Amir Ealey didn’t get a chance to watch the Maryland-Michigan game Nov. 22, but he saw the highlights and heard plenty about the Terps’ big win in the Big House. While the 6-foot-4, 230 pounder isn’t going to base any college decision off of a team’s wins and losses, he noted that another win over a national program was “huge” for Maryland.
“I was pretty busy [Nov. 22] so I didn’t get the opportunity to watch the Maryland game, but beating Michigan, and earlier beating Penn State at Penn State, that’s huge,” said Ealey, who holds offers from Maryland, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, UCF, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Rutgers, among others. “It’s really big for them. First year in the Big Ten to beat those two teams on the road? Huge.
“And the games I’ve seen of them, I really like Maryland’s defense and how they get after it. I could see myself fitting in there.”
Ealey has had consistent contact with his UMD area recruiter, John Dunn. He said he and Dunn message each other multiple times each week, with the latter letting Ealey know he “still really wants me there.”
“Coach Dunn wants me bad, and that’s one of the main reasons I like Maryland. Coach Dunn and those guys at Maryland, they’re really recruiting me heavy,” Ealey said. “Coach Dunn said they’re still standing by their offer and they’re not offering anyone else at my position. He said I’m his guy.”
Interestingly, Ealey said the Terps’ tight ends coach might actually use the Coatesville star as a … tight end. Ealey said Maryland’s still recruiting him as an outside linebacker, but there’s a possibility he could switch to offense after arriving on campus, should he choose College Park, Md.
“I love both linebacker and tight end and I’ll do either one,” said Ealey, who had 34 catches for 640 yards and six touchdowns this year, to go along with 45 tackles and nine sacks (he had four alone during his last game). “I’ll play wherever I’m needed and do whatever I can to help a team win.”
Ealey had hinted after his first trip to College Park this year, for the Terps-West Virginia game, that Maryland may actually lead for his services. He’s still particularly high on Randy Edsall’s program, although the Coatesville product isn’t ready to call UMD a clear favorite just yet.
“I’m still high on Maryland, and I really like what I’ve seen there,” said Ealey, who is originally from the Carolinas. “Me and my dad, we like Maryland a lot, but I want to take all five of my official visits and see what happens after that.”
For now, Ealey is set to officially visit UMD Dec. 5, but if his Coatesville squad advances to the state championship game, he’ll have to reschedule. He has not yet set dates for any of his other intended trips.
“I want to see Maryland, Syracuse, Pitt and UCF, and the fifth one is up for grabs,” Ealey said. “I’m thinking about maybe Southern Cal, because they actually just came into the picture and are talking to me. So I’ll see what happens with them.”
Ealey went on to break down why he’s considering the Orange, Panthers and Knights. He’s visited both Pitt and Cuse before, but has not yet seen UCF.
“Me and my dad want to visit Pitt and meet the coaches. I’ve been there, but my dad hasn’t had a chance to meet the coaches in person yet,” Ealey said. I like Pitt’s defense and I feel like I’d fit well there. Syracuse, I like their D-line coach, they’re really recruiting me heavy and I liked it there too. And UCF, I like the personality of their D-line coach and how he’s recruiting me. I want to get down there to check them out.”
Ealey said he has no clear timetable for making a decision, but made it clear he wants to see at least four schools officially before selecting a school. He will likely drag his recruitment out until late January.
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