The last of the class of 2015 Terps commits took his official visit to College Park, Md., Jan. 23-25, and Mbi Tanyi (Bush/Sugar Land, Texas) said he’s ready to sign on the dotted line Feb. 4. Tanyi’s parents, who had never see the school before, joined him on the trip and were just as impressed with their son’s future home.
“Everything went really, really well,” said the 6-foot-3, 245-pound outside linebacker Tanyi, who chose Maryland in June over offers from Houston, UTEP, Texas State, Northern Colorado, Air Force and Oklahoma State. “It was good, because my parents saw what I got to see on my first visit back in April when I came up for the spring game. So this time they got to see the school and where I’ll be going to college for the next few years.
“They enjoyed it. they were very grateful for the whole weekend and the opportunity I have at Maryland. They’re optimistic for my future, and they’re very excited about the environment I’ll be in there.”
Terps freshman linebacker Nnamdi Egbuaba, who also hosted Maryland pledge Oseh-Lie Saine the week before, served as Tanyi’s player host. Tanyi said Egbuaba was easy to talk to and informative, while the Texas backer lauded the likes of Josh Woods, Denzel Conyers, Juwann Winfree and Jesse Aniebonam too.
“Nnamdi was a good host, and he showed me around campus and introduced me to a lot of the other guys,” Tanyi said. “Everyone I met was pretty cool; we were just chilling and hanging out, and it was cool. But [the players] were just saying how the coaches there are good and care about you. Then they were just giving me tips on my freshman year. They said when I get there to stay focused and don’t get too caught up in the college life.”
While Tanyi enjoyed meeting his future teammates, he said one of the coolest parts of the trip was touring Washington, D.C., and dinner Jan. 23 at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Tanyi mentioned that during his April visit he didn’t have a chance to take in D.C., so he was eager to check out the nation’s capital this time around.
“Seeing all the monuments and walking around down there [in D.C.], that was new and pretty cool,” Tanyi said. “We all really enjoyed that. And then at dinner, I got this 22 ounce steak that wasn’t even on the menu. I’m pretty sure it was a special for the night, so I figured I’d go for it (laughs). I made a good decision – it was really good.”
Back on campus, Tanyi said he liked seeing the new jerseys and helmets, as well as trying on some Under Armour gear. He and his family viewed a slideshow of the new indoor facility as well.
“The new facility looks really nice, and the show was explaining how they’re building it, what it’s going to look like, things like that,” Tanyi said. “Hopefully by my sophomore year it’ll be ready.”
Tanyi spent plenty of time with the Terps’ coaches as well. He said he and position coach Lyndon Johnson delved into Maryland’s defense, while area recruiter Keenan McCardell spent a great deal of time chatting up Tanyi and his family.
“Coach Johnson went over some basic stuff about the defense and just his expectations. Like he was talking about how important the practices are and the film study, so when you’re in the game you’re not surprised by anything.,” Tanyi said. “Then we watched some practice film, and he was talking about his drills and keys and things like that. It was informative.
“And Coach McCardell was basically with us the whole trip. He came to breakfast and ate lunch with us, and he was just talking to us and making sure we were having a good time. [McCardell] actually came to my house in December, then he came again with Coach [Randy] Edsall, and then in January he came again. So I have a really good relationship with Coach McCardell.”
The Bush product spoke to an academic advisor and an admissions person too. He said they detailed prospects class schedules and “basically followed up everything Coach Edsall had been telling me.” An honors student who counted academics as one of the foremost reasons he committed to UMD, Tanyi wants to major in pharmacy when he arrives in College Park.
Before leaving Maryland for the first of his two early Jan. 25 flights (the Tanyis had to hop on a connecting flight in Atlanta), Tanyi and his parents had a one-on-one meeting the Edsall. Tanyi said Edsall asked the trio if they had anymore questions about the school, and then went over a few procedural details with National Signing Day coming up Feb. 4.
“But mainly Coach Edsall was just celebrating the moment,” Tanyi said. “He really expressed his joy in having me there and how excited he is to have me attend school at Maryland. And I’m very excited too; I’m ready to sign with [the Terps] on the 4th.”
Tanyi Takes Terps Official, Ready To Sign
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