The Terps’ offensive line offer binge continued Feb. 24 when assistant Greg Studrawa let South HS (Willoughby, Ohio) guard Nik Urban know he had a UMD scholarship. The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder now has double-digit verbals to date, but said his most recent one hit home.
“The Maryland offer was huge for me, no dout. Huge,” said Urban, who also has offers from Illinois, Duke, West Virginia, Miami of Ohio, Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Toledo and others. “Right now, like my top two schools are Duke and Illinois, but the Maryland offer changed things. I’ve always dreamed of playing Big Ten ball since I’ve grown up in Big Ten country, so that definitely makes Maryland stand out -- them and Illinois. It’s another great opportunity to realize my dream of playing in that conference.”
Urban had exchanged messages via Twitter with Studrawa prior to receiving the offer, but Feb. 24 was the first time he spoke to him on the phone. The Ohio product said he had a “really productive” get-to-know you with Studrawa, and mentioned that Maryland’s area recruiter would be coming to South HS this spring.
“Coach Stud was a really cool guy to talk to, just his energy and how down to earth he was,” Urban said. “We talked about education, my wrestling here at South, what he liked about me as a player and things like that. He was saying how I’m Maryland’s type of player, how the staff loved my film and how I’m everything they want in a lineman. He said I was an immediate offer for [UMD] once they saw my tape.”
Two comments in particular resonated with Urban. He said Studrawa informed him how the founder of Under Armour attended Maryland, which Urban called “totally awesome – really cool,” and that UMD had a strong sports management program.
“Coach Stud was saying how they have a new building for sports management, and how [Maryland has] one of the best programs out there for that major,” Urban said. “That’s the field I want to study, so I definitely want to check that out when I go to Maryland.”
Which Urban plans to do in mid-March. He said his wrestling season ends March 14, and he should have free time to trek to College Park, Md., for the first time soon thereafter.
“Maryland seems like a really good opportunity for me, so I’ll go out there to check them out – definitely,” Urban said. “I’m excited to see what the school is like in person, and just meet the coaches there.”
Besides UMD, Urban will be trekking to Northwestern and Michigan State in March as well. He was most recently at Illinois for a basketball game, and before that attended games at Michigan, Penn State, Duke, West Virginia and Purdue.
“I’m in touch with coaches from Northwestern, Michigan State, Rutgers and Purdue quite a bit,” Urban said. “I have a feeling I’ll get the offers from them eventually, so we’ll see. I’m really hoping Northwestern and Michigan State offer since those are two more Big Ten schools I’m looking at.”
The South HS product would like to take as many trips as possible before committing in late summer. He said it’s possible he could delay his college decision if his offers pile up and he feels the need to take official visits, but the goal is to end his recruitment before two-a-days begin.
As far as what he brings to the table, Urban said he’s a pure guard prospect who plays with plenty of grit.
“I get good leverage, which comes from wrestling, I always block through the whistle, and I go hard on every play,” Urban said. “I do need to shore up my technique a little, and my awareness with picking up blitzes and things like that, but I always go hard and I’m always working.”
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