Terps Could Be 'Ideal' Fit For Boselli

Maryland has had an offer out to junior Andrew Boselli for months, and since then the Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.) offensive guard and son of former Pro Bowl left tackle Tony Boselli has been warming up to the Terps.

Maryland has had an offer out to junior Andrew Boselli for months, and since then the Providence (Jacksonville, Fla.) offensive guard and son of former Pro Bowl left tackle Tony Boselli has been warming up to the Terps.

Considerably so.

Since receiving the offer, the 6-foot-3, 275-pounder, who holds verbals from UMD, Illinois and Miami, has done plenty of research on Randy Edsall’s program and has attempted to visit College Park, Md., on two separate occasions.

“I really, really like Maryland and what they have to offer,” Boselli said. “Maryland right now, it’s really big for me. I’ve been in touch with Coach [Keenan] McCardell for a long time now, and I’ve contacted Coach [Randy] Edsall too, and I really like what I’ve been hearing.”

First and foremost, Boselli noted UMD’s strong academic reputation. The junior guard plans to pursue an engineering degree, and he noted how Maryland has a top-15 program in that field.

“I love math, physics and things like that, and one of the things me and my dad talked about was going into engineering,” Boselli said. “So when we were looking into Maryland, and we saw how good their program is, it really stood out. I know my dad really likes Maryland because of that; he’s very big on academics.”

Which bodes well for the Terps considering head coach Randy Edsall is all about education. Maryland’s team graduation rates, along with the emphasis on the “student” part of student-athlete, are two of the more appealing aspects of the program, according to Boselli.

“My dad has spoken to Coach Edsall on the phone, and they always talk about academics and what Maryland has to offer there,” Boselli said. “I know my dad really likes what Coach Edsall is about, and I do as well. “

The pair have taken a liking to McCardell too. Boselli mentioned how he’s know UMD’s Jacksonville-area recruiter since before high school what with McCardell’s pro career with the Jaguars coinciding with Tony Boselli’s.

“I kind of knew Coach McCardell from when he played with my dad, and him and my dad still talk and stay in touch,” Andrew Boselli said. “I’ve gotten to know Coach McCardell even more since then, and I really like him. He’s a really good guy.”

McCardell actually attended one of Boselli’s games back during the fall, and both he and Edsall returned to Jacksonville Dec. 9 to meet with the Providence High coaches. Unfortunately for Boselli, he was in New York with his father, who was being honored at the College Football Hall of Fame.

“I was a little upset I didn’t get to see Coach Edsall, but I know he was at my school, and I appreciate that, definitely,” said Boselli, who mentioned that Edsall is also checking out another Providence lineman, Jaylen Miller. “Hopefully I’ll get to meet him when I go up to Maryland.

“I was supposed to be [in College Park] for two games this year, but the first time I got sick, and the second time, for the Rutgers game, it was over Thanksgiving and I had family in town and couldn’t make it. I’m definitely looking to get up there during the dead [recruiting] period though, or maybe a junior day. I really want to see the school.”

Besides what McCardell has told him, Boselli’s heard a pro-Terps pitch from one of his friends as well.

“My one friend is a student there, and he tells me all about Maryland,” Boselli said. “He said the campus is great, the people are great and he just loves it. So I really want to get up and see him, and just check out the school for myself.”

For the time being, it sounds like the Terps are in solid position with the Florida guard. And Boselli admitted that “of the schools that have offered me, Maryland is probably No. 1.”

Another prime player that could enter the picture soon, though, is Duke. Boselli said the Blue Devils’ staff has been in close contact and an offer could materialize shortly.

“My two ideal schools right now are Maryland and Duke. Just with the academics, how highly they value education and what I’ve heard about the campuses – those are the two that stand out,” Boselli said. “Plus I kind of want to get out of Florida and try something new. I like being on the East Coast and not too far from home, but I would like to get out of Florida.”

It is still early in the process, however, and Boselli acknowledged his feelings could change. He said he’s still open to other suitors and will reevaluate his position depending what programs decide to pursue.

“But right now I really like Maryland and Duke,” he said.

Boselli plans to select his school during the summer, before his senior season. He wants to attend as many junior days and camps as possible this offseason so he can make an informed decision by August.

Currently, he’d like to trip to UMD, Duke, Illinois, Georgia, South Carolina, Florida State, Rutgers and his father’s alma mater, USC. (Boselli said the Trojans haven’t really shown interest, but, “my dad wants me to go to a camp there, so we’ll probably head out and I’ll see how I do.”)

As far as his game is concerned, Boselli said he made considerable progress this year.

“My run blocking has been really, really strong,” he said. “Even against the bigger teams we faced, I didn’t really have problems getting off the ball and opening holes [for running backs]. But I do need to get stronger and work on my hand placement in pass protection. I’ve been working with my dad on that a lot, and I’m getting better.”

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