South Carroll (Sykesville, Md.) offensive tackle Brian Plummer has been attending Maryland games since he was 10 years old. His father, a Terps alum, can usually secure tickets to three or more home games each year, so Plummer has seen his fair share of UMD bouts in Byrd Stadium.
Now that he’s in high school, though, this 6-foot-7, 300 pounder has been able to take his Maryland sight-seeing to a whole other level. Since his sophomore year at South Carroll, Plummer has attended College Park, Md., one-day camps, toured the campus, met the coaches in person, been through Gossett, and sat right up front for games in Byrd and Xfinity Center.
But on March 28, Plummer had perhaps his most significant Terps trip yet.
“I don’t think you can have a better college visit then if you walk away with an offer,” Plummer said, chuckling. “It was just great, incredible. To be offered by the school I’ve been watching since I was 10, watching them go from the ACC to the Big Ten, watching them go from Coach [Ralph] Friedgen to Coach [Randy] Edsall – it was awesome.”
So awesome, in fact, that Plummer came fairly close to committing after Edsall informed him of said scholarship.
“I was really, really excited [about the offer], and I am close,” Plummer said, referring to a commitment. “It’s my first offer, it’s my only offer, and I am close. I’ve called as many family members as I can, and everyone is really excited for me.
“But I want to talk to my family, sit down with them and just go from there. [My decision] probably won’t be [March 28], since I just want to learn a little more about the recruiting process and just talk to my coaches [March 30]. So it could be then [March 30], but we’ll see how it goes and how my conversation goes with my family and coaches. I’m sure they’ll be really excited too, though.”
Although Plummer has been in College Park numerous times, he hadn’t had a chance to really see the school as a whole until his most recent trip. He said he drove around the entire campus with a Terps recruiting assistant, taking in the academic buildings and getting a feel for the university’s layout. Plummer was particularly intrigued by the player housing, while he called the campus itself “very, very nice.”
Afterwards, Plummer recognized a friend from back home, E.J. Donahue (Linganore/Frederick, Md.), who signed with the Terps in the 2015 class.
“I asked E.J. how his recruiting process went and what made him choose Maryland over all the other colleges he had,” Plummer said. “And he told me all his reasons, and it sounded really good. It sounds like Maryland is a great school and the coaches really care about you and take care of you.”
But Plummer already knew that. He's had contact with UMD assistants since last summer, first staying in touch with line coach Greg Studrawa and now area recruiter John Dunn. He spoke to both March 28, in addition to head coach Randy Edsall and others.
“Coach Stud used to recruit me, but I wasn’t really in his recruiting area. He wanted to recruit me, though, since I’m an O-lineman, and I’m close to Pennsylvania [where Studrawa recruits] in Carroll County. So he came by my school before and was in touch,” Plummer said. “But now Coach Dunn is recruiting me because I’m in his area, and he was actually the first coach from Maryland to really show interest in me. When I went to their prospect camp last summer, Coach Dunn came up to me and said, ‘Hey how you doing big guy?’ He was the first college coach I’d ever talked to, and I was nervous, but he made me feel very comfortable. … He was talking me up that day, and it was cool. He’s a really good guy, and I like talking to him.
"And Coach Edsall said he likes a lot of things about me. He likes my physical build, my footwork, my awareness and how flexible I am on the field. Just from talking to me, I think he likes what kind of person I am. Same with Coach Stud -- he likes who I am on the field and off, which is why I think they offered me.”
During Maryland’s scrimmage March 28, Plummer honed in on Studrawa and the offensive line. He said he was impressed by the line’s cohesiveness and also how Studrawa handled his unit.
“Coach Stud is a great coach. It’s awesome listening to him off the field; he’ll give you a handshake and a hug, and then on the field he’s screaming at his guys. He’s intense and really gets after it, which is awesome,” Plummer said. “I love that, how he can be both intense and supportive and nice and supportive at the same time.”
Plummer was already aware of Maryland’s facility upgrades, which he saw during a February junior day. He saw the slideshow once again March 28, and called the new indoor fields, tunnel and overall additions “incredible.”
“I was just in awe,” Plummer said. “It’s going to be incredible and it’ll be really cool that it’s going to be built when I’m in college.”
The South Carroll tackle has no future visit plans at this time. In fact, he’s not even sure he needs to see another campus.
“I have some other invitations to go to junior days, but I don’t know if they’ll even be useful at this point,” Plummer said. “At least, not after what happened today [with Maryland].”
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