It turns out juniors weren’t the only recruits who attended Maryland’s first junior day Feb. 21. Evidently a pair of top local class of 2017 products were in attendance as well – and both walked away with verbals. Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) defensive end Joshua Paschal and inside linebacker Jordan Anthony both added the hometown school to their growing offer lists, and both were naturally elated.
“I was really excited to get an offer from Maryland, since that’s the school I grew up watching,” said the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Paschal, who previously claimed verbals from Ohio State, Clemson and Kentucky. “I was at the junior day and Coach [Randy] Edsall pulled me and Jordan to the side and was saying how he loved our games and wanted to offer us a scholarship to the University of Maryland.
“And when that happened, I was just so happy that my hometown team thought I was good enough for me to play football at their school. It was really big.”
Apparently the offer did not come out of the blue. Paschal had spoken to both Edsall and his recruiter, Mike Locksley, during previous events in College Park, Md., so he was aware the staff liked his game. Paschal said the junior day Feb. 21 was actually his third time at UMD, with the previous two trips being for a game and a campus visit.
“I love the coaches at Maryland, because they’re very down to earth and easy to talk to,” Paschal said. “Coach Locksley has been at our school a lot, and he seems like a really cool guy. And the campus at Maryland is beautiful, and the atmosphere for both football and basketball is great. I like what they have going on at Maryland with the new facilities they’re building and just where they are in the Big Ten.”
Moreover, Paschal is good friends with Good Counsel Terps pledge Keandre Jones. Paschal said Jones talks up Maryland “all the time” to this fellow Falcons.
“KeAndre is always saying how much he loves Maryland,” Paschal said. “He loves the coaches there and that it’s his hometown school. And he’s someone I would like to follow, because he’s humble and one of my good friends.”
And while many believe the DMV-to-UMD movement may pertain just to the 2016 class, that’s not exactly the case. The local 2017 crop may not be as strong as the current juniors, but don’t tell that to Paschal.
“Just seeing guys like KeAndre staying home, and some other guys I know at DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), it’s a good feeling and something I’m looking at too,” said Paschal, who has also visited Kentucky and West Virginia. “Obviously it’s still early for me, but the hometown movement is good, because if all the talent around here stays home it could bring Maryland some great opportunities to do big things.”
As Paschal suggested, it is still very early in his recruitment, and his offer list is bound to grow exponentially. He said he “feels good” about all the current verbals he possesses and has no early standouts.
Last year Paschal rotated in at defensive end, but still managed to record five sacks for Good Counsel.
“I have to get bigger, faster and stronger, and I have to work on things like my hand placement and footwork, but I’m getting better,” Paschal said. “I think my size, physicality and speed make me a good player.”
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