A little over two years ago, a freshman cornerback from St. Peter Catholic in Ottawa, Canada, made the long drive down to College Park, Md., with his team to attend a Maryland one-day camp. At the time, Patrice Rene was just trying to garner the attention of college coaches, taking advantage of his summer travels through the United States. The then-6-foot, 165-pounder certainly did that, opening more than a few eyes up and down the East Coast, including those of Terps head coach Randy Edsall and defensive backs coach Brian Stewart.
Rene didn't land a UMD verbal, or any others for that matter, during St. Peter's long tour, but it laid the groundwork for where he is today. Which is a double-digit-offer junior who stands 6-2.5, weighs in at 190 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in a laser timed 4.5 seconds.
And two years after the aforementioned one-day camp, Rene finally pulled in an offer from the Terps.
"What happened was I went to [Maryland's] game against Michigan State a couple weeks ago, and from there the interest started to pick up," said Rene, who transferred from St. Peter to Episcopal Academy in Alexandria, Va., before this season. "I got in contact with Coach [Lyndon] Johnson, who recruits my area, and he actually came to my school [Dec. 9]. I didn't get to see him because I was taking a test, but I called him afterwards and he said head coach Randy Edsall wanted to offer me a scholarship. He said [the staff] loved my film and is very excited about me, and he's excited about me too. [Johnson] said he's going to be recruiting me hard, because he thinks I can really help the program out.
"[The offer] meant a lot because I’ve been interested in them for a long time now. I went to their camp two years ago and really liked it there. It was a great campus, and I remember really enjoying working with the coaches. So I’m excited for the opportunity to maybe play there one day. It’s only a half hour from my school, so I could go up there like any time I want. It's great."
Rene was most recently at UMD's home bout against Michigan State, a Terps loss. But while the result may not have ended in Maryland's favor, Rene still enjoyed himself.
"I really loved the atmosphere for the 'black out' game; the energy was great," Rene said. "I really thought the Maryland defense played great that game, and I thought Coach Stewart did a great job with the defensive backs. The offense kind of did Maryland in, but the defense stepped up. I really think Coach Stewart is a good coach. I got to talk to him and a couple other coaches after the game, and I can tell they're very nice people. They took care of the recruits and showed a lot of love."
The Canadian native said he's trying to return to Maryland for a junior day this winter. If not then, he'll likely schedule a personal campus visit during a school break.
"I'm trying to get there again as soon as possible," Rene said. "Maryland is one of the schools I'm definitely going to be looking at. I really like what they're doing up there, with the recruits they're bringing in. I just saw they got that big defensive tackle [Adam McLean], and they're bringing in other great guys too. It looks like a program on the rise."
Maryland was actually the 12th school to offer Rene, however, so he has plenty of options to consider. Wake Forest also just extended a verbal, while he previously held early scholarships from Boston College, Indiana, Iowa, Tennessee, Iowa, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, Rutgers, Ohio State and Penn State. Northwestern, Duke, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Michigan State have had consistent contact, meanwhile, and could be on the verge of offering.
"All the schools that have offered me so far I’m looking at. I don’t really have any high favorites yet," Rene said. "I mean, of course programs like Penn State and like an Ohio State jump out because they're big names, but I can't really say any true favorites yet. I want to see what offers I get, who really makes a push and then look closely at each school.
"Academics are definitely going to be a big thing for me. Episcopal has one of the best academic programs in the country, so it's something I'm going to be looking for in a college as well. I need to concern myself with life after football, so I want to get a great degree. Then playing time is something I'll be looking at, and competition. I really want to go somewhere where I can compete against top receivers like the SEC, ACC or Big Ten."
In addition to UMD, Rene has visited Ohio State, Penn State (multiple times), Syracuse, Rutgers and Michigan State. He doesn't have any firm trips coming up, but plans to take a swing through the South this summer in order to see Georgia, Vanderbilt, LSU, Tennessee and others.
He has no intention of selecting a school until late summer, right before his senior season.
"I’m going to enjoy the process and then make my decision in August or around there," Rene said. "I don't want to wait too long, because I want to be someone who can help get other recruits into the program, and also I don't want [recruiting] to take away from my team. So right now I'm just enjoying the process and I'll start looking more into these schools when I have some time off."
Rene Excited About Terps Offer
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