Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football recruiting roundup.
Honing In On The Defensive Linemen
Maryland secured a commitment from a defensive lineman Dec. 4 when Adam McLean (Quince Orchard/Gaithersburg, Md.) lit up the #MarylandPride bat signal, and a couple days later the Terps’ staff hosted two more of their foremost D-line targets for officials visits. Junior college end/tackle Drew Bailey flew in from Pearl River Community College (Hattiesburg, Miss.) Dec. 5, while Trinity-Pawling (Pawling, N.Y.) defensive end Austrian Robinson drove down to College Park, Md., with his family Dec. 6.
It’s safe to say both were stirred by their 48-hour stays on campus, with the latter listing the Terps No. 1 on his favorites list and the former placing UMD in his top two (not publically, but that’s the vibe).
Robinson wanted to be in town Dec. 5 with all the other Terps official visitors -- Bailey and seven current UMD pledges -- but he had to sit for the SATs Dec. 6, delaying his UMD experience by 24 hours. Regardless, he, his mother and two younger brothers all thoroughly enjoyed the trip.
Robinson had been on campus previously during the summer, but his mother had yet to see the university or meet the coaches (other than area recruiter Lyndon Johnson and head coach Randy Edsall, who both visited Robinson in-home earlier this month).
The edge rusher said his mother liked the staff, and thought highly of UMD’s academic reputation. She also appreciated how the school was only a couple hours from their New York home, allowing her to attend most home games. Robinson, meanwhile, said he had an excellent time hanging out with his host, Jesse Aniebonam, and delving deeper into a program he’s had high interest in since last winter.
At UMD, Robinson sees a prime opportunity to contribute early during his career, and that, along with his relationship with Johnson and defensive line coach Chad Wilt, has his attention. The fact Maryland has his two intended majors (criminal justice or journalism) stood out as well, in addition to the area; facility upgrades; and conference affiliation.
But while the Terps are in the pole position, Robinson still has upcoming officials to Miami Jan. 16 and Ole Miss Jan. 23, plus a yet-to-be-scheduled trip to UCF. Robinson will also return to Penn State, perhaps unofficially, in order to meet the coaches and tour State College, Pa.
The feeling is Miami could potentially pose a problem for the Terps should the Hurricanes truly make a strong pitch. The chance to play in the Florida sunshine and for a former national power means something to Robinson, so that might be a visit UMD aficionados have to sweat out.
Ole Miss would be a strong contender as well, but I’m not so sure the Rebels’ staff will make a potent push.
As for Penn State, I originally thought the Nittany Lions were the greatest threat to Maryland, but I didn’t get an overwhelming pro-PSU vibe after speaking to Robinson. That’s not to say Penn State isn’t a threat, however.
Of course, much could change in the next couple weeks. We’ll see what happens in the days leading up to Signing Day. (ARTICLE).
As for Bailey, he flew into College Park by himself Dec. 5, and left lauding head coach Randy Edsall and all the assistants. Admittedly inquisitive, Bailey spent ample time questioning area recruiter Chad Wilt, Keenan McCardell, Edsall and other Terps’ coaches, in addition to Maryland’s academic advisors. Evidently he liked what he heard, because Bailey has the Terps sitting pretty at the moment.
The Georgia native said the chance to start right away given Maryland’s immediate D-line needs; the overtures from the coaches and player host Yannick Ngakoue; Wilt’s coaching techniques; the internship opportunities around the school; and the journalism program (he wants to be a sports broadcaster) all caught his eye. Bailey also said he definitely felt welcomed on campus, citing the immediate connection he made with the staff and current Terps.
It helps Maryland’s chances that McCardell -- who knows Bailey’s father -- and Edsall visited the Pearl River prospect’s dad in Florida Dec. 9. Bailey’s father is his closest advisor, so if McCardell and Co. can gain inroads with the dad, it could bode well for the Terps’ chances at landing the sack artist.
At the same time, Bailey has an official visit to Louisville coming up Dec. 12-14, and the Cardinals clearly have his attention. Bailey was thrilled when UL extended an offer, and the excitement only grew when head coach Bobby Petrino and an assistant visited his home earlier this week. Louisville presents many of the same advantages as UMD, and the fact the Cardinals get last dibs could work in their favor.
Bailey is also considering N.C. State and Fresno State, but the feeling is this recruitment will come down to Maryland and Louisville. The defensive lineman intends to announce his decision by the junior college signing day, Dec. 18, although he could delay if more time is needed. (ARTICLE).
The Other Official Visitors
Other than Robinson and Bailey, Maryland hosted seven of its current pledges Dec. 5-7: E.J. Donahue (Linganore/Frederick, Md.), Will McClain (Middletown, Md.), Brett Zanotto (Franklin Regional/Murrysville, Pa.), Darnell Savage (Caravel/Bear, Del.), Jahrvis Davenport (Robinson/Tampa, Fla.), Ellis McKennie (McDonogh/Owings Mills, Md.) and Mason Zimmerman (Anthony Wayne/Whitehouse, Ohio).
Everyone except McClain chimed in about their College Park stay, the consensus being they’re all ready to sign on the dotted line in February. To a man, the seven truly believe UMD is on the up-and-up, primed to make big a move in the Big Ten.
Concerning the visit itself, some of the specific highlights they mentioned included their respective player hosts; hanging with the current Terps; meetings with coaches; watching team practices; trying on Under Armour gear; seeing the new facility plans; dinner at Ruth’s Chris and more.
You can read their comments about the trip HERE.
This Weekend’s Official Visitors
Seven more Terps pledges are scheduled to be in town Dec. 12-14, but the “names to know” are uncommitted outside linebacker/tight end Amir Ealey (Coatesville, Pa.), offensive guard Quarvez Boulware (Friendship Collegiate/Washington, D.C.) and “soft” commit defensive end/tackle Ulric Jones (Butler C.C./El Dorado, Kans.).
Ealey, along with teammate and one-time Terps target Jay Stocker, took his first official to Syracuse last weekend and came away raving. The campus, coaches, players and the like all appealed, and Ealey admitted the trip improved the Orange’s standing with him. The fact the Cuse are recruiting both he and Stocker could give them a bit of a boost when it gets down to crunch time.
But the Terps have been on Ealey’s mind for quite some time, beginning with former teammate and UMD linebacker Tyler Burke’s overtures and area recruiter John Dunn’s consistent message (early playing time, good academics, opportunity to be a linebacker or tight end, chance to play in the Big Ten, etc.). Ealey then visited College Park for the WVU bout this fall, praising the gameday atmosphere, the Maryland coaches and the team itself.
Since then, Dunn and Edsall have both been up to see Ealey, and the Coatesville product is excited for his upcoming official.
But we don’t expect Maryland to land Ealey this weekend. He has every intention of following through with January officials to Pittsburgh, UCF and probably Virginia as well. The Cavaliers, in particular, have been making a late charge, with coach Mike London and UVA’s strong academic reputation garnering Ealey’s attention.
If we had to handicap it, we think Virginia, Syracuse and Maryland are probably the top three suitors. It’s too early to make a call, however, as Ealey doesn’t announce until right around Signing Day.
With the junior college defensive lineman Jones, he should be set to firm up his Maryland pledge this weekend. We went over his “situation” in the last Shell, noting how Jones, after weeks of silence, chimed in that he’s still on board with the Terps following his November verbal commitment. Unless there’s a last-minute snag, we should see Edsall’s bat signal go off Dec. 14.
As for the four-star Boulware, we’ll explain his status in a section below.
McLean, Coach Go In-Depth
Less than 24 hours after he committed to Maryland, I trekked to Quince Orchard to interview defensive tackle Adam McLean and his coach, John Kelly, a former Terps intern from 2005-06 and the brother of Chris Kelly. While both McLean and Kelly discussed the four-star’s pledge and game, the most intriguing information gleaned was how the Cougars’ engaging star could potentially impact UMD -- now and in the future.
As expected, McLean said he would do for Maryland just as he’d done for Penn State when he popped to PSU during the summer. Basically, he said he’d become an unabashed Terps backer, hyping the Terrapins to recruits far and wide.
I also pressed McLean about the Penn State situation and James Franklin’s intentions of turning the DMV into State College South. In so many words, the Quince Orchard product suggested PSU’s draw might not be as potent/attractive now with he and other in-state locals trending towards the hometown school.
If McLean and his buddies can truly mitigate Franklin’s presence in the Terps’ backyard, well, this commitment could pay major dividends. Perhaps more than anything McLean contributes on the field.
Kelly, meanwhile, confirmed that his big defensive tackle is as convincing and engaging as perceived. The first-year headman said McLean will go to whatever lengths necessary to aid the UMD staff in its efforts to lock down the DMV and beyond. Kelly even joked that McLean might already be one of the best recruiters the Terps have.
Granted, Maryland hasn’t landed anyone since McLean’s pledge Dec. 4, but the groundwork has been laid, and inroads have been made. We bandied the names about in last week’s “Keandre Jones Special Edition Shell,” but here’s a brief recap of the DMV prospects with turtles on the brain, followed by their initial hot board temperature reading:
Class of 2016
1. WR Tino Ellis (DeMatha/Hyattsville, Md.): Hot
2. QB Dwayne Haskins (Bullis/Potomac, Md.): Hot
3. DT Ellison Jordan (Gilman/Baltimore, Md.): Hot
4. CB Trevon Diggs (Avalon/Gaithersburg, Md.): Hot
5. WR Brennon Dingle (Spalding/Severn, Md.): Hot
6. OL Jauan Williams (Carroll/Washington, D.C.): Hot/Warm
7. DE Terrell Hall (St. John’s/Washington, D.C.): Hot/Warm
8. OL Terrance Davis (DeMatha): Hot
9. OLB Keith Simms (Landon/Bethesda, Md.): Warm
10. TE Devante Brooks (St. John’s): Warm
11. OL Devery Hamilton (Gilman): Warm
12. DB Eric Burrell (McDonogh): Warm (moves to “hot” if he gets a firm Terps offer)
13. OL Richard Merritt (Carroll): Cool
14. DE Shane Simmons (DeMatha): Cool/Cold
15. DE/OLB Rahshaun Smith (St. Frances/Baltimore, Md.): Cold
16. OL J.P. Urquidez (DeMatha): Cool
17. Cameron Brown (Bullis): Warm/Cool (moves to “warm” if he gets a firm Terps offer)
18. CB Patrick Johnson (Bullis): Warm/Cool (moves to “hot/warm” if he gets a firm Terps offer)
19. OG Stephen Spanellis (Gilman): Cool
20. DB Darryl Turner (DeMatha): Warm/Cool (moves to “hot” if he gets a firm Terps offer).
We’ve chatted with all of the above at some point this fall, and I most recently caught up with Tino Ellis after learning Randy Edsall and Mike Locksley had been through DeMatha earlier this week. My sources at the Hyattsville school surmised Ellis might be close to popping to UMD, so I wanted to check in and see if the Maryland coaches were on the verge of pulling in their second 2016 Stag.
Come to find out, Ellis isn’t quite ready to turn in his Maryland card just yet, though the trend is almost overwhelmingly in the Terps’ favor. It seemed every time Ellis mentioned a Rutgers or a Virginia Tech or a Virginia, he followed by saying, “but I’m really high on Maryland.”
Ellis has been a fan of Locksley since his freshman year -- when the wideout pulled his UMD verbal -- and the recent commitments of Lorenzo Harrison, KeAndre Jones and now Adam McLean have certainly resonated. Plus Ellis said he and other uncommitted locals like the quarterback Dwayne Haskins and the cornerback Trevon Diggs have been talking, and they’re all well “aware of what’s going on at Maryland.”
Expect Ellis and his father, who both attended the Terps-Scarlet Knights affair, to be back at Maryland for a campus visit this weekend, giving the UMD coaches a key opportunity to make an even more personal pitch.
Do we think Ellis will pop after said visit? He said not until the summer, but with all the momentum Maryland is gaining, perhaps the Stags’ star could make an earlier-than-expected decision. Stay tuned. (ARTICLE).
Besides the above locals, keep an eye on out-of-state 2016 targets like Stafford Senior (Fredericksburg, Va.) tackle Josh Ball, Coatesville, Pa., tight end Naseir Upshur, Southland Christian (Huntersville, S.C.) running back Robert Washington, Woodberry Forest (Woodberry Forest, Va.) tackle Clark Yarbrough, Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) cornerback Robbie Robinson and Imhotep (Philadelphia, Pa.) running back Tyliek Raynor.
All six have expressed solid interest in UMD previously, and McLean and Co. will undoubtedly be in their ears – especially the four-star tight end Upshur, the tackle Ball and the running back Washington. Of those six names, Ball, Upshur and Raynor may be the most likely to wind up in College Park (though we’re definitely not ready to forecast them to the Terps).
McLean Calling On Cowart, Davis & Co.?
As far as senior (class of 2015) prospects are concerned, McLean specifically mentioned five-star defensive end Byron Cowart (Armwood/Seffner, Fla.) as someone he’s contacted. The nation’s No. 1 recruit -- who officially visited UMD Sept. 13 -- did have Maryland in his top five at one point, though the Terps seemed to be losing traction what with Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Oregon the main four.
But with McLean in his ear and area recruiter Mike Locksley making his pitch as well (he visited Cowart in-home), maybe the Terps could potentially grind away. Florida and Florida State are still considered the two leaders, however.
Another senior McLean could have an impact on is Cowart’s friend, elite receiver Ryan Davis (Lakewood/St. Petersburg, Fla.). Mike Locksley, Randy Edsall and Keenan McCardell went in-home with Davis earlier this week, and it’s clear both the four-star athlete and his father are giving the staff more than mere lip service. The immediate-impact, face-of-the-program, next-Stefon-Diggs spiel seems to be hitting home with the Florida talent.
Davis currently has Florida, Florida State, Texas Tech, UMD, Kentucky and Ole Miss in play, though Maryland has made up major ground on the two Sunshine State frontrunners. In fact, we’re led to believe the Terps could be sitting anywhere in Davis’ top three.
But even with Maryland’s stock on the rise, a guy like McLean on board, and Locksley anchoring their recruitments, we’re not quite ready to project either Davis or Cowart (still a long shot) for UMD just yet. That’s mainly because new Florida coach Jim McElwain has already made a strong pitch in trying to keep both home.
McElwain may not be a big name, but he’s known as an aggressive recruiter and an engaging personality. Ultimately, it would not be a surprise if one or both of Davis and Cowart wound up sticking with their original favorite, the Gators.
Also Taking Note Of McLean…
The two nearby seniors who could be affected by McLean’s pop are Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) tackle Isaiah Prince and Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.) guard Quarvez Boulware. We’ve discussed both at length in past Shells, and our stance remains the same: The Terps are in a favorable spot for the pair.
Edsall and Locksley have gone in-home with each, and just this week Locksley and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa made another pitch to the FCA guard. And now with McLean in touch with the two elite linemen, it might be enough to secure their signatures on Maryland letters of intent come February.
With Prince, his recruitment could come down to Maryland and Alabama, with UMD perhaps holding an edge. Florida and Ohio State, the other stated favorites, may be running third and fourth.
As for Boulware, the final two could be Maryland and Florida, with UMD in the pole position here as well. Wake Forest and North Carolina probably have ground to make up, while we're not sure Alabama (no firm offer) even makes a push.
Both D.C.-area stars do plan to take multiple official visits to their stated favorites -- Boulware visits UMD Dec. 12, Bama Jan. 16, and Wake Jan. 23 and is scheduling two others; Prince visits Bama Jan. 16, UMD Jan. 23 and is scheduling OSU and Florida (PSU and Virginia Tech are in the game as well) -- so there’s time for their statuses to change. But the Terps have plenty going for them right now, and we do think there’s a good shot Locksley and Co. land both.
Expect Boulware to make his decision right around Signing Day and Prince to announce his choice at the Army All-American game.
You can see my interview with McLean HERE. My interview with John Kelly can be seen HERE.
Tyler Green, Johnny Petrishen And The Safety Situation
Perhaps because the staff senses there will be attrition, it does look like the Terps will attempt to add a second safety to its 2015 class. On Dec. 6, safety Johnny Petrishen (Central Catholic/Pittsburgh, Pa.) said he’d finally received his Maryland scholarship after area recruiter Greg Studrawa made his pitch to Randy Edsall.
Before the offer, Petrishen was leery about checking out College Park, but now he’s at least considering taking a midweek UMD official. Petrishen has a solid rapport with Studrawa, who has been in contact for the last month and visited Central Catholic just recently, while the safety also knows Terps commit Brett Zanotto and current UMD players Anthony Nixon and Perry Hills. Moreover, Petrishen is intrigued by Maryland’s business program, high academic standards and the fact it’s a Big Ten school.
But while he may find the Terps appealing, there are other programs that have been after him for a good while now. Longtime suitors like hometown Pittsburgh and also UVA are considered the leaders, mainly because their coaches have been showing the love for months. Petrishen is taking his Panthers official Jan. 16 and his Wahoos trip Jan. 30.
Penn State, meanwhile, is a recent offeree like Maryland, but the Nittany Lions anted up before the Terps and will thus receive an official Jan. 23.
Which means if Petrishen is going to see College Park, it will have to be midweek, as there will be no more open weekends after the three scheduled trips (the Christmas/New Year’s holidays are dead periods and visits are not allowed those weekends). Petrishen is currently debating whether to trek to UMD in-between the other set officials, or head out to Northwestern instead.
If the Terps do receive a visit, Maryland’s staff does have a chance to land Petrishen given his relationship with Studrawa, Nixon and Zanotto. But, like we said before, it seems like Petrishen may be favoring the Panthers and the Wahoos. In-state PSU holds water as well and could easily scoop him up.
If Maryland’s coaches can’t land Petrishen, they may try to identify a junior college product, or another late-emerging high school prospect.
Obviously the name Tyler Green would seem to make sense given the circumstances, but we don’t see anything cooking with the DeMatha safety. At one time Green had a UMD verbal, and Maryland did finish a close second to Ohio State for his services back in June. But since then the Terps backed off -- and stayed off.
Of course, word did come down Dec. 9 that Green, a 6-2, 190-pounder with 4.4 40-yard-dash speed, had reneged on his Buckeyes pledge. (In all likelihood, the OSU staff asked Green to either greyshirt or perhaps suggested he looked at another suitor.) Which means he’s now a free agent, and will explore his remaining options. Indiana is a prime landing spot, and Syracuse has been in touch too.
Now, it’s true in the wake of the pro-Maryland movement -- spearheaded by Green’s teammate Lorenzo Harrison, KeAndre Jones and Adam McLean -- the Stags’ senior wanted to flip to UMD even before he and Ohio State parted ways. Problem is, the Terps aren’t ready to take him.
Green showed some limitations in coverage this year, and didn’t play as fast as his 4.4 40 would indicate. So unless there’s a rash of attrition/decommitments, we don’t expect Maryland to rekindle its interest. In all likelihood, Green will end up in Bloomington, Ind.
NOTE: We don’t foresee PSU pledge Ayron Monroe (St. John’s) flipping to Maryland either, despite his friend Adam McLean jumping on the Pride bandwagon. Monroe, the brother of senior Terp Andre Monroe, has repeatedly stated he’s firm in his commitment, and the feeling is he’s not about to back out.
Speaking Of Bloomington…
Woodbridge Senior (Woodbridge, Va.) slot/corner Mike Majette might just end up in Indiana as well. A Terps pledge since the summer, Majette committed the Randy Edsall Cardinal Sin of officially visiting another school without informing UMD about his intentions. Majette trekked to Indiana Dec. 5, and when Edsall and Co. found out, they opted to cut the Woodbridge athlete loose.
Thing is, even as he was visiting the Hoosiers, Majette wasn’t considering reneging on his Maryland pledge. We believe he honestly just wanted to see what IU was like.
But Edsall’s rule has been unbending since his arrival. Recall, Yannick Ngakoue had to decommit when he wanted to take more trips, and last year Jared Cohen (North Carolina) did the same. Ngakoue obviously re-upped with Maryland, but the difference in Majette’s case is he left the UMD coaches in the dark. If he’d told them about the Hoosiers, there might still be a spot for him in College Park.
But he didn’t, so it’s sayonara Mr. Majette and good luck (likely) in Bloomington.
So, with Majette gone, will the Terps pursue another slot receiver in this class? Unless it’s the primetime Lakewood product Ryan Davis, we don’t suspect they will.
Cross These Guys Off The Hot Board
A couple weeks ago, we mentioned a defensive back from Florida who Maryland might be looking at. Cornerback Andrew Spence, who has been committed to Syracuse since May, is from Coral Gables High (Fla.) and recently told our South Florida analyst he was thinking about officially visiting UMD and FAU.
The Terps never extended a firm offer, however, and Spence informed me this week he’ll no longer be checking out College Park. He said he’ll take two officials, one to Syracuse Jan. 16 and one to FAU Jan. 23, and then decide between the two. Spence has not been in touch with the UMD staff for some time.
Then a month or so ago we had heard inklings Maryland’s staff would be checking on Arizona Western (Yuma, Ariz.) junior college quarterback Trent Hosick, a longtime BYU commitment. But we haven’t heard much about Hosick since then, and apparently he hasn’t had any contact with UMD either. He is considered a “soft” BYU pledge, with Ole Miss and Michigan mulling making a run.
We also just crossed offensive tackle Jared Southers (Seton Hall Prep/West Orange, N.J.) off our list. Southers, remember, visited Maryland for a game in September and suggested area recruiter Keith Dudzinski and Co. were considering offering him. But said scholarship has yet to materialize, and we don’t anticipate one being presented what with the Terps hot on the trail of Quarvez Boulware and Isaiah Prince.
Since his trek to College Park, Southers has taken in Vanderbilt and will be officially visiting the Commodores in January. If Vandy antes up, Southers will likely commit. His only other options are Division I-AA and Ivy League schools, along with UMass. Yale is a realistic possibility should Vanderbilt choose not to pursue.
Jameel Cook Chimes In
The Terps’ safety pledge from Ridge Point (Missouri City, Texas) has changed his cell number twice since the summer, leaving reporters out of the loop the last several months. But I was able to reach Cook earlier this week, and he gave quite an enlightening interview.
The 6-1, 190-pounder, who committed to Maryland June 20, went into detail about his transition from outside linebacker to safety; how he and his team performed; his recruitment status since his summer pledge; his relationship with area recruiter Keenan McCardell; a recent in-home visit with McCardell and head coach Randy Edsall; and his upcoming UMD official visit Dec. 12-14.
The son of former NFL fullback Jameel Cook Sr., Cook Jr. said he made a smooth shift from a line-of-scrimmage linebacker to the defensive backfield. He noted how his reaction time, footwork, instincts, reads, and ability to shadow receivers improved as the season moved along. He admitted he wasn’t tested much until the playoffs, and still needs to take tighter closing angles while continuing to hone the finer points of his craft, but overall Cook was pleased with his progress.
Cook ended up with 42 tackles, two forced fumbles and four pass defenses for a Ridge Point squad that fell a game short of a spot in the Class 5A Division I Region III championship bout.
The Texas product went on to acknowledge that a few other programs tried to pry him away from Maryland during the season, but Cook insisted he wasn’t interested. He said he maintained consistent contact with the Houston native McCardell, as well as several future Terps teammates. Cook even reached out to other incoming UMD student-athletes via Twitter, befriending a gymnastics commit; a volleyball pledge; and a baseball commit.
The in-home visit with McCardell and Edsall Dec. 8 only solidified Cook’s status, with the two Maryland coaches winning over the safety’s father and stepmother.
From the sound of things, Cook is eager to sign his letter of intent and begin his Terps career this August. (ARTICLE).
Pay Attention To This Son Of A Pro Bowler
I was able to catch up with Providence High (Jacksonville, Fla.) junior guard Andrew Boselli, the son of former Jaguars All-Pro Tony Boselli, earlier this week. And apparently the 6-3, 275-pounder has heavy early interest in the Terps.
Boselli has held a Terps verbal for months (Illinois and Miami are the others), and has been in contact with area recruiter Keenan McCardell -- who just so happens to know Tony Boselli when the two played together in Jacksonville – since then. Moreover, Randy Edsall just trekked through Providence High with McCardell Dec. 9, and while Boselli wasn’t in school that day, he said he’s exchanged messages with the Terps’ headman before.
First and foremost, Edsall’s academics-first message resonates with Boselli and his father. Boselli wants to be an engineer, and he noted how Maryland has a strong program in that field. On top of that, Boselli likes what he’s heard from both McCardell and a friend who is a student at UMD.
Boselli twice attempted to visit College Park for games this fall, but on both occasions extenuating circumstances prevented him from doing so. The emerging guard and his father do plan to see Maryland in the near future, however, perhaps for a winter junior day or sooner.
But it is still early in the process and Boselli admitted that while he holds Maryland in high regard, his status could change down the road. Duke, given its academics, could become a real threat should it offer, while Boselli will be looking at Georgia; South Carolina; Illinois; Florida State; and Rutgers. Of those, the Blue Devils are closest to offering.
Expect Boselli to select his college destination late during the summer, following numerous college visits. (ARTICLE).
New Offer Out
After his College Park trip for the Maryland-Michigan State game, we figured the Terps would eventually extend an offer to junior cornerback Patrice Rene, a Canadian native now at Episcopal (Alexandria, Va.). And Randy Edsall and area recruiter Lyndon Johnson came through Dec. 9, letting the 6-2.5, 190-pounder know the Terps coveted his services.
Rene had 11 verbals prior to UMD’s, but he does seem to have solid interest in Maryland. Two years ago, at a College Park one-day camp, the then-St. Peter Catholic (Ottawa, Canada) recruit thoroughly enjoyed working with Terps’ defensive backs coach Brian Stewart and other staff members. Then just last month the Episcopal corner talked up the Spartans-Terps game, noting the charged atmosphere and how well UMD’s defense played despite the loss. Rene said he intends to return to Maryland for a winter junior day or a personal campus visit.
But, as aforementioned, Maryland is just one of many schools he’ll be checking out. Penn State looks to be in a favorable position considering Rene has visited State College on numerous occasions. Ohio State, another offeree, is firmly in play as well, while Rene wants to see SEC schools like Georgia, Vanderbilt and Tennessee. Rene’s a high-academic kid, so don’t be surprised if the Vandys, Dukes, Northwesterns and Notre Dames of the world jump firmly into the fray. (ARTICLE).
NOTE: Terps assistant Keith Dudzinski made the trek through New Jersey last week, and stopped at several of the state’s renowned powerhouse high schools. That includes DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.), home of five-star running back Kareem Walker, who Maryland, in addition to about 50 other programs, are after.
Walker may not be a realistic possibility for UMD, but keep an eye on DePaul receiver Harrie Dubois and defensive end Quayshon Alexander, both of whom Dudzinski is in touch with. It wouldn’t shock us if the Terps eventually extended an offer to one or both DePaul juniors.
The Official Visitor List
As a reminder, here’s what we have as far as College Park official visitors are concerned:
OLB Amir Ealey (Coatesville, Pa.)
OL Quarvez Boulware (Friendship Collegiate/Washington, D.C.)
DL Ulric Jones (Butler C.C./El Dorado, Kans.)
QB Gage Shaffer (Frankfort/Ridgeley, W.Va.)
RB Ty Johnson (Fort Hill/Cumberland, Md.)
WR D.J. Moore (Imhotep/Philadelphia, Pa.)
DL Keiron Howard (Potomac/Oxon Hill, Md.)
LB Gus Little (Massaponax/Fredericksburg, Va.)
LB Isaiah Davis (St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes/Alexandria, Va.)
S Jameel Cook (Ridge Point/Missouri City, Texas)
DL Adam McLean (Quince Orchard/Gaithersburg, Md.)
OL Isaiah Prince (Roosevelt/Greenbelt, Md.)
LB Mbi Tanyi (Bush/Sugar Land, Texas)
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