Maryland is looking to add a couple prime defensive backs in its 2016 recruiting class, and the Terps finally identified one of the area’s rising stars March 12. Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) cornerback Greg Ross, who already entered the mainstream with verbals from Iowa, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin, added a coveted hometown offer before his recruitment took off in earnest.
“I got the call today [March 12],” said the 6-foot-1, 165-pound Ross. “My coach told me all about it, and I called up the head coach from Maryland, Coach [Randy] Edsall. He told me it’s a big school, a nice, big conference, good academic school, and the hometown school. You know, it’s close to home, so I’ll definitely be considering Maryland from here on out. It’s my top school right now, no doubt.”
Ross has been in touch with area recruiter Mike Locksley for some time. The Potomac corner has known the Terps’ offensive coordinator since his freshman year, and has spoken to him while in College Park on several occasions.
“Coach Locksley is a really cool guy, and he’s been recruiting me lately,” Ross said. “He said they [the Terps and Edsall] wanted a chance to look at my film, my grades and wanted to see if I was offer–worthy. And they decided [March 12] that they wanted to offer me. They said I was what they wanted in a student-athlete there.
“But me and Coach Locksley, we’ve known each other forever. We probably have the closest relationship you can have between [a recruit] and a coach]. He’s my guy.”
So now that he has the scholarship, what did Ross think of UMD's pitch?
“Oh, it meant a lot,” he said. “Maryland is at the top of my list right now. I just think it’s the hometown school, it’s a nice program, they play in the Big Ten, its’ a good academic school, and I feel I can build a good relationship with the coaches. Seriously, it’s a great school.”
Ross has been in College Park numerous times, but he didn’t attend any of the February junior days, nor the big Feb. 24 DMV outing. He was last at Maryland for the UMD-Rutgers game back in the fall.
“I will be going back to Maryland soon for a spring practice either in late March or early April,” Ross said. “I haven’t been there in a minute, but now I’m looking forward to getting back. I want to see how the coaches work with players and all of that. I kind of already know they do a great job up there, but I want to get back there just to make sure. I’m sure it’ll be great.”
Of course, Ross has already heard such overtures from his teammate, Keiron Howard. The big defensive tackle signed with UMD and is already urging Ross to join The Movement.
“[Howard] said Maryland is a great school, and he called me and talked to me about Maryland some more,” Ross said. “He was already telling me about Maryland before I got the offer, but once I did [get the verbal], he was telling me how he’d love to play with me and how it would be a great fit for me.”
Ross went on to say that he’s supposed to be talking to new defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski soon to see how he fits into UMD’s new 4-3 scheme. Right now, he feels he can fit anywhere into the defense, though he believes the Terps will recruit him as a safety.
“Safety, comer, I’ll play wherever” he said. “I’m what you call a ‘playmaker.’”
Ross plans to visit UMD for the spring game April 11.
The Potomac defensive back would like to have his college decision made by July or August. Besides Maryland, he is looking at Clemson (“I’ve been down there and they’ve caught me eye”), Va Tech and PSU.
Although he has the Terps "at the top" right now, he did not want to declare UMD a clear favorite yet, since he wants to check out a few more campuses first. Ross is scheduled to see Penn State March 28, followed by Clemson again, Purdue and then Maryland.
Ross is coming off a junior season where he recorded 63 tackles, seven interceptions, two forced fumbled and one recovery returned for a touchdown.
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