Coatesville (Pa.) outside linebacker/tight end Amir Ealey took his second official visit, to Maryland Dec. 12-14, and continues to hold the Terps in high regard. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound three-star has been on campus several times the last few months, but he said the official gave him more insight into Randy Edsall’s program.
“It was real nice, real nice,” said Ealey, who was joined at UMD by seven current Terps pledges and two other Maryland targets, Ulric Jones (Butler C.C./El Dorado, Kans.) and Quarvez Boulware (Friendship Collegiate/Washington, D.C.). “I have been there a few times already, so I’ve pretty much seen it all now. But this time I really got to interact more with the players, so that was good. They sort of gave me a good idea what it was like there.”
Naturally, former Coatesville star and current Terps linebacker Tyler Burke hosted Ealey. Burke had been in Ealey’s ear about UMD, and ramped up the pursuit as his player-escort Dec. 12-14.
“Tyler and me were catching up on old times, and he was just telling me to join him at Maryland and how much I’d like it there,” said Ealey, who is also considering Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Virginia and UCF. “He was introducing me to a whole bunch of people and I can tell it’s a real tight-knit group that bonds real nice. [The players] were telling me the coaches there are really cool and how they’re great guys to play for. They all said they love it there [on campus].”
Ealey had the opportunity to chat up his position coach, Lyndon Johnson, area recruiter John Dunn and Edsall. Ealey said all three reiterated their consistent message to both he and his father, who joined him on the visit.
“Coach Johnson, he wants me at outside linebacker, so we were going over play-calling, plays and things like that. It was good to see how I’d fit in,” said Ealey, who mentioned that Maryland’s staff is still considering him for tight end too. “And Coach Dunn, he was saying the same things, how he wants me down there and how much I’d like it there. We’ve known each other forever, so there’s not too much more he can really tell me.
“Same with Coach Edsall. He’s really trying to get me there. He said [the Terps] had a good year, and how he’s looking forward to going to the bowl game. He was talking about where [the program] is at, and just about the new practice facility they’re getting. I thought that [the new indoor facility] looked really nice, like with the underground tunnel thing and the fields. It’s really nice.”
Ealey interacted with the seven Terps pledges who were on their officials as well. He said guys like Jameel Cook (Ridge Point/Missouri City, Texas), Ty Johnson (Fort Hill/Cumberland, Md.) and Keiron Howard (Potomac/Oxon Hill, Md.) were all pushing UMD.
“Yeah, they were all trying to get me to commit. They seem like great guys, but I’m not ready yet,” Ealey said. “I’m still open and looking at some other schools.”
While the conversations resonated, Ealey also liked what he saw out of the Terps during practice. He said he thought the players were “real hype, real excited” and noted that “those are the kind of guys I’d like to play with.” He also said he watched the outside linebackers and how they moved around.
“It was a real good practice; they get after it,” Ealey said. “They play my type of football.”
The Coatesville prospect wants to major in physical therapy, and he said Maryland has a solid program in that field. However, Ealey said he’d spoken to the academic advisors during a previous visit, and this time around he spent more time delving deeper into where he’d be living.
“I saw a lot more of the campus that I didn’t get to see before, and that my father hadn’t seen yet," Ealey said. “The players were showing us where we would be living, the dorms, where they hang out – things like that. I hadn’t really seen that before, so that was good. It was a good tour overall. Maryland’s a nice place.”
Ealey said he enjoyed trying on the Under Armour gear as well. He said Maryland is going to be rolling out some “new stuff I’d never seen before.”
“I tried like everything out – that was pretty cool,” Ealey said. “They have some different, new things they’re coming out with. Like, I was looking at these new thigh pads that protect you better but actually are less bulky and make you feel lighter. That was pretty cool.”
The outside linebacker left his visit with a favorable impression, and said his father enjoyed the stay as well.
“But my father is like me. He’s been there before and he likes Maryland, but he wants me to take my time,” Ealey said. “I’m still looking at some other places.”
Ealey has already officially visited Syracuse, and has the Orange under firm consideration. Next up is Pittsburgh Jan. 16, while he’s in the process of scheduling trips to UCF and Virginia. UVA has made a late charge and could be in position to scoop Ealey up should he follow through with an official.
“Mainly I’m just looking for the school that has the best family feel and where I feel comfortable with the coaches,” Ealey said. “Those are the two biggest things for me. But right now, I’m keeping everyone even. No leaders until I take all my visits.”
Ealey intends to commit on Signing Day or a few days prior.
“We’ll see how it goes down. I don’t have a firm date in mind,” he said. “It’ll either be right on Signing Day or a little after my last [official].”
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