There were a number of intriguing recruits who took in Maryland’s scrimmage March 28, including a handful of elite defensive backs from the PrimeXample Skills Academy, based in Greenbelt, Md. Episcopal Academy’s (Alexandria, Va.) Patrice Rene, a top Terps target, headlined the visitors, but there was another emerging cornerback in attendance as well.
Bishop McDevitt’s (Harrisburg, Pa.) Joe Joe Headen currently holds offers from the likes of Old Dominion, Akron, Bucknell, Lehigh and Colgate, but a number of FBS programs have been in close contact, including Maryland.
“I’ve been in touch with Coach [John] Dunn from Maryland, and he’s been saying just to keep my grades up, keep working and all the pieced of the puzzle will fall into place,” said the 5-foot-11, 175-pound Headen. “He said they’ve reviewed my transcripts and they look good, and he’s going to keep in touch. So I’m hoping I get the offer at some point; that would be great.
“And I’m thinking I might get [the Maryland offer], because the new DB coach they have there, Coach [Darrell] Perkins, he offered me when he was at Old Dominion. So now that’s he’s at Maryland, I’m thinking he might be pushing for me. He showed me a list of players he likes [March 28], and I was right there on the list.”
Headen’s trek to College Park, Md., was not his first time on campus. He also attended the Terps’ Friday Night Lights camp last summer, allowing him to interact with several UMD coaches, including head coach Randy Edsall.
But this most recent trip allowed Headen to learn much about the program.
“I didn’t get to take a tour [March 28], but I’ve seen the school before,” Headen said. “It’s a great place down there, with the campus, the facility upgrades and the school itself. From what I was hearing when I was there, it’s a program on the rise, for sure. Plus they have all those cool uniforms, it’s close to home, and, like I said, those new facilities are going to be great. They’re going to be some of the best in the nation, if not the best. I could really see myself going there.”
Headen said he enjoyed watching the scrimmage as well, especially since three PrimeXample trainees currently reside in Maryland’s secondary.
“The scrimmage was great – they were really getting after it,” Headen said. “It got me excited for the fall. But I was watching D’Andre Payne, Milan Collins and Sean Davis, and seeing them out there, that was really cool. I train with those guys, so it was great to see them in action.”
Headen said he could potentially return to College Park for a camp this summer. Next up, though, he has a return visit to Rutgers April 1, followed by Wake Forest later in April. Headen has already taken trips to Pittsburgh, West Virginia, ODU, RU and UMD.
“West Virginia, Rutgers, Pitt, those schools are in touch a lot and I’m hoping I get offers from them,” Headen said. “I have really good relationships with those staffs, and I liked the campuses and programs at all of those schools. Maryland, too – I liked Maryland a lot. But we’ll see what happens.”
Headen originally had an offer from Wisconsin, but he said his area recruiter has since left the Badgers’ staff. The McDevitt product does not believe his verbal is committable.
Headen is coming off a season where he recorded 40 tackles, seven interceptions and 10 pass deflections.
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