Maryland has had an offer out to Forest Park (Woodbridge, Va.) three-star receiver Eric Kumah for several months now, and the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder has the Terps firmly in play. In fact, he’s planning to return to College Park, Md., for the third time Feb. 28, which is UMD’s second junior day.
“I like Maryland a lot, so I’m going back up there to check them out,” said Kumah, who holds offers from UMD, Wake Forest, Navy, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Northwestern, Pittsburgh, Temple, Tennessee and ODU. “Maryland is definitely in my top five right now. I talk to their coaches all the time, and I liked the school when I visited before. Maryland is cool.”
Kumah had been in close contact with Terps assistant Lyndon Johnson, but now UMD receivers’ coach Keenan McCardell recruits the Woodbridge area. The Forest Park wideout said he’s already spoken to McCardell and is looking forward to building a rapport with him.
“Coach Johnson is the one I was talking to. He was a cool guy and we got along great,” Kumah said. “We talked a lot about what I can do there, what Maryland is like, what I can achieve there, the education, all the stuff I can earn there. and how Maryland can benefit me. It was real good.
“But Coach McCardell, he’s cool too. I met him last summer when I was there for a camp. I haven’t really had a deep conversation with him yet, but I’m looking forward to meeting him on the junior day.”
Besides the summer camp last June, Kumah was recently at Maryland Jan. 17 for the basketball game against Michigan State. He thoroughly enjoyed himself and said it showed that UMD fans could be “real live.”
“The atmosphere was real nice. That was my first college basketball game, and it was awesome,” Kumah said. “I talked to the coaches and all, like Coach Johnson and Coach McCardell, and it was cool.
“But then I was up there in the summer for a camp and met all the coaches, Coach [Randy] Edsall, and all those guys. I spent time with him , Coach Johnson and Coach McCardell, and met a few players too. Maryland is a nice place, and I’ll be there again [Feb. 28].”
Kumah said that Edsall has actually been through Forest Park himself a couple times. The receiver mentioned that it “meant a lot” to have the head coach come through.
The Terps are hardly the only program on Kumah’s brain, however. In fact, he said Virginia Tech is his No. 1 suitor for the time being.
“Tech has caught my eye the most right now," Kumah said. "Just, I like everything about the school, the coaches, the campus, and the players. The coaches are really cool guys, and the players are great too. Coach [Frank] Beamer has been there a long time and knows what’s up. I don’t want to go to a school where the coach is always on the move or could be fired, and at Tech I know Coach Beamer is going to be there. Coach stability is big for me.”
Kumah has visited Tech several times, including the school’s most recent junior day. He’s also been to Penn State, Clemson, N.C. State, WVU, UVA and UMD. Of those, he said the Wolfpack, Tigers, Hokies and Cavaliers caught his eye. (He also mentioned that UVA’s staff is making a strong push for him).
Next up for Kumah is a visit to N.C. State Feb. 21, Maryland Feb. 28, WVU March 15, Tennessee March 28 and Kentucky at some point in April.
He believes he’ll pick up the offer from State once he visits.
“N.C. State really like my film and I’ve been talking to their coach a lot, so I think they’ll offer,” Kumah said. “But I got offered by Wake and Navy most recently, and I’ve been talking to Vanderbilt, Kentucky, WVU and UNC a lot too. … The Vandy coach is really interested and I think that [offer] will come through once they look at my film and I get to campus. Kentucky loves my film, and WVU, I’m going up there March 15, and I could get the offer then.”
Kumah said he’ll have a finalized top five leaderboard by April, with a summer decision date in mind.
“I want to commit before my senior season, so then I can focus on school and trying to help my team get a state championship,” Kumah said. “The [decision date] might get pushed back if like 10 more offers come in, but my goal is the summer. That’s what’s on my mind right now.”
Kumah is coming off a season where he recorded 43 catches for 830 yards (1,200 all-purpose yards) and 24 touchdowns. He made first team all-state as a kick returner and first-team all-conference for offense and defense.
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