There were 10 official visitors in College Park, Md., Dec. 12-14, including seven current Maryland pledges, but perhaps the most renowned name was that of uncommitted four-star offensive guard Quarvez Boulware. The 6-foot-2, 285-pounder from nearby Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.) took the first of his officials to his hometown school, and he came away calling the experience a “10 out of 10.”
“It was a really good and really different experience,” said Boulware, who has Maryland, Florida, Wake Forest, Alabama (no offer yet) and possibly Miami under consideration. “I’d say right now, Maryland is the leader. I’m not ready to commit yet or anything, but I’d say Maryland is the leader right now.”
Evidently Dec. 12-14 was Boulware’s family’s first time at Maryland, which made this particular trip special. Boulware lives with his grandparents, and though they’re only a few miles from College Park, they’d yet to make the trek over.
“This was their first time seeing the campus, and they really liked it,” said Boulware, who was joined on the official by two other prime Terps targets, junior college defensive end Ulric Jones (Butler C.C./El Dorado, Kans.) and outside linebacker Amir Ealey (Coatesville, Pa.), in addition to the current commits. “They loved everything, and they were excited to be there. The coaches, the atmosphere, the players – they loved it all. They’re only like 15 minutes away, too, so they can see all my games. That’s a big thing I’m thinking about.”
Boulware, of course, has been on campus countless times, including for multiple games this fall. He’s also hosted the UMD staff for in-home visits, while taking personal trips up to College Park as well.
“But this time was really different because you’re not just meeting with the coaches and walking around – you’re going out with the players and getting to know all of them,” Boulware said. “So just chilling with the players and going out, that was probably my favorite part.
“My host was [current Terps tackle] Derwin Gray, and he’s from my area. He was really cool, and we were hanging out around campus, saw some of the frat houses, things like that. I met a lot of really cool people, and talked to like all the other O-linemen. They were telling me how it is at Maryland and how the coaches are real with you. So it was a good time. I had fun.”
The Friendship guard said he and offensive line coach Greg Studrawa are beginning to form an even tighter relationship. Boulware has known his area recruiter, Mike Locksley, since his freshman year, but Studrawa is new to the scene. The official allowed the two plenty of one-on-one time together.
“Coach Stud, he’s a great coach and I like how he is with the [linemen] in practice. He really pushes them hard and gets the most out of them,” Boulware said of watching Studrawa in action Dec. 13. “Then I had a long sit down with him, and we were going over the offensive line, the plays and things like that. He was telling me how you need to get low, explode of the ball and finish through the whistle.
“It was good, because he’s getting to know me more personally. He came to my house with Coach Locks and Coach Edsall before, and I like him and what he’s been saying to me. He said I could have a big impact at Maryland.”
Boulware didn’t have a chance to chat up Locksley much during this trip, however, mainly because UMD’s offensive coordinator was with the quarterbacks. But the FCA product did have an opportunity for a long talk with the headman before leaving campus Dec. 14.
“Coach [Randy] Edsall, he was really pushing for me to commit. He really wants me there bad,” Boulware said. “He was just saying how badly they need me, and how I should be part of the program and help take them to the next level. And I was thinking about that. I wasn’t going to commit, but I’m thinking about it.”
Edsall wasn’t the only one who tried to cull out a commitment. Boulware said many of the other official visitors, in addition to several current Terps, did their best to get the four-star’s mind on the turtles.
“I was with Keiron [Howard], Gus [Little] and Jameel [Cook] a lot, and all those guys were telling me to jump on board,” Boulware said. “They all were like, ‘Come on man, if we all come here we can win championships.’ They were all over me (laughs).”
Boulware went on to break down the trip to Washington, D.C., where the visitors were treated to Ruth’s Chris (“I got a big rib-eye; it was great,” Boulware said), as well as the Under Armour gear and the new facility plans they were shown.
“I’d done a lot of that stuff before, trying on the jerseys and seeing the [plans], but all that stuff is really cool,” Boulware said. “Like how they’re going to have those two fields at Cole [Field House] and they’re building that tunnel thing underground – it’s pretty awesome. I had a great time.”
Next up for Boulware is an official visit to Alabama Jan. 17, followed by Wake Forest on Jan. 24. He said he’s also considering trips to Florida and possibly Miami if he can fit it in (likely a midweek official in January). Boulware said he’s been in touch with new UF coach Jim McElwain and is in the process of setting up a trip. Miami, meanwhile, just entered the picture recently and has been making a push for him.
“I’m still thinking right around Signing Day is when I’ll decide,” Boulware said. “I probably won’t get all my visits done until late January, so I’m not going to announce until I take them all.”
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