For the last several days, and each morning since he received an offer from his beloved University of Maryland March 28, Brian Plummer has taken a minute to simply stare straight up at his bedroom ceiling. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound South Carroll (Sykesville, Md.) tackle, who held no scholarships prior to UMD’s, is still in awe more than 120 hours after said verbal came to fruition.
“Every morning my mom has asked me if it’s sunk in yet, and I tell her, ‘Yes,’” Plummer said. “But, honestly, I’m not really sure if it has. Sometimes I just lay there and think, ‘Man, Maryland offered me.’ It’s just really cool to think the team you grew up watching really wants you and now I have a chance to wear their uniforms. It’s just really awesome to think about, and I can’t wait.”
Well, Plummer did wait a few extra days in order to fill South Carroll head coach Steve Luette in on his intentions, but it was only a matter of time before the Sykesville tackle firmed up his commitment. On April 2, Plummer spoke to head coach Randy Edsall on the phone and let him know he was ready to join his program.
“This is surreal, like a dream come true,” said Plummer, who mentioned that half his family attended school in College Park, Md.. “The coaches, they were all really excited for me and are really happy to have me on board. And my family, they couldn’t be more proud that I’m going to Maryland. It’s just awesome.
"I talked to Coach Edsall [April 2] and he told me, 'Welcome to the family' and he's proud to give me the opportunity. It's awesome."
Plummer’s commitment may have been inevitable considering his prior exposure to the school. After all, his father -- a Virginia Tech alum, ironically enough -- took him to three Byrd Stadium game a year since Plummer was 10 years old.
But, really, it was the Maryland coaches that sold him on the program. He has had a relationship with offensive line coach Greg Studrawa for close to a year now, while he’s been developing a rapport with area recruiter John Dunn. Moreover, Plummer has readily taken to Edsall and his overtures regarding character, academics and the like.
“I just really appreciate how Maryland has recruited me and how much the coaches want me,” Plummer said. “Like, I’ve been [direct messaging] on Twitter with Coach Edsall, Coach Studrawa, Coach Dunn, and they’ve just been asking me how I’m doing, what I’ve been up to -- just little things like that. Coach Stud, he asked me if I was ready to join the family, and I said ‘Yes sir,’ and then Coach Edsall, he actually called the [athletic director] at my school. And I thought that was really cool and said a lot about [Edsall] and how much he wants me.
“It’s just cool, because no other college coaches have really done this for me. At most, I’ll get a [direct message] and talk to someone else for like five minutes, but with Maryland it’s more personal. I mean, I have all their cell numbers and I can call them anytime to chat.”
Plummer couldn’t say enough about the three staff members he’s been conversing with. He went on to laud Studrawa’s coaching and personality, how easy Dunn is to talk to, and Edsall’s genuine mantra.
“I think it really said a lot about Coach Edsall when he offered me face-to-face in his office [March 28]; it was just really personal,” Plummer said. “I really respect him as a coach and what he’s about in terms of recruiting high-character kids and putting academics first. I believe he’s taking the program in the right direction, and I’m happy to be apart of it; I’m happy to be part of the DMV Movement.
“And Coach Studrawa, I really like him as a coach. I think it’s cool how nice he is off the field and how passionate he is on it. He’ll tell you what you did right and what you did wrong, and that straightforward approach is great. From an O-line perspective, just looking at the recruits Maryland got last year, and how Coach Studrawa has worked with them, I think he really has the line going in the right direction. I think with Coach Stud and the guys coming in, [the Terps] are going to be giving their quarterbacks protection for years to come.
“Then Coach Dunn, he was the very first Maryland coach I ever met at a camp last summer, which is kind of cool. I talked to him at [a February] junior day, and he told me he was taking over my recruiting, and since then it’s been great. He’s a really nice, straightforward guy, and he’s not going to BS you. He’ll tell it like it is, which is what you want as a recruit.”
Plummer verified his feelings about the staff with one of his friends from back home. The South Carroll prospect saw E.J. Donahue, a 2015 UMD signee, on campus March 28 and spent a good amount of time asking him about the Terps.
The report, needless to say, was naught but positive.
“E.J .going there is huge. Just talking to him about the school, he couldn’t say enough about the coaches and how genuine they are. He said they really care about you as a person and as a player,” Plummer said. “That told me all I needed to know, and confirmed what I already felt from talking to [the staff] myself.”
Maryland’s renowned academics and strong business school appealed to Plummer as well. He said he’s always been interested in administration and marketing, and plans to pursue a major in those fields once he arrives in College Park, Md.
“I have good people sense and I’m good at communicating with people and getting my point across, but I’ve also always been interested in money as well,” said Plummer, an honors student at South Carroll. “And when I [visited] Maryland [March 28], one of the academic advisors talked about a major called supply-chain management, and it seemed really interesting to me. It’s a newer major, and it’s the one [former quarterback] C.J. Brown was in last year, and now he’s working for corporate Amazon. So that sounds like something I might really take a look at.”
Add all the above up, and there’s little more the Terps needed to do to sway Plummer. But the Sykesville native said the university offers even more than sincere coaches, a comfortable environment and a good education.
“The new facilities they’re building there are going to be second to none,” Plummer said. “The new player dorms are really nice, and the weight room looks great too. Then the new indoor practice fields, the tunnel they’re building, it’s awesome. I was in awe the first time I saw [the plans] for all that, and it’s cool I’ll be able to use it all when I’m in college.”
Now that he’s (almost) officially on board, Plummer is looking to the future. He said he’s spoken to several other recruits who are thinking about joining the DMV-to-UMD movement, and he’s excited about what the Terps can accomplish in the Big Ten.
“I actually talked to Dwayne Haskins (Bullis/Potomac, Md.) and he said Maryland is recruiting him the hardest. I think he’s going to be committing [to UMD] soon,” Plummer said. “So that will be huge, and with the recruits Maryland has gotten the last couple years, and the other recruits coming in, I think we have a lot of potential. It’s great to get the DMV talent at Maryland, and I just think the future is really bright here. We can build something special.”
Plummer will immediately get to work to ensure he can become one of those key local contributors. Even though he’s always towered over his peers, Plummer has only been playing football for three years since his parents didn’t allow him to participate in youth-league ball.
The 6-7 man-mountain said the Carroll County Rec leagues place prospective players according to weight, and since Plummer always weighed more than kids his age, he’d have been forced to play with children two or three years older. His parents evidently weren’t keen on the idea, so Plummer opted basketball and other sports instead, despite overtures from numerous youth football coaches.
But once Plummer reached high school, he realized he had a potential gridiron future given his size.
“So I started playing football my freshman year, and I fell in love with the game after a week,” Plummer said. “At first it was hard because I was playing with kids who had been playing their whole lives, and I had yet to develop my skills. But because I had been playing basketball since I was about eight I was quick enough and agile enough to do well enough.”
By his sophomore season, Plummer moved up to varsity and participated in about half the games as a rotational tackle. He said the game began to slow down for him about midway through, and by the end of the year he began to see vast improvements.
Then, following a summer spent in the weight room, Plummer was primed for a breakout junior campaign. He wound up starting every game at left tackle and earning numerous all-county honors following the 2014 campaign.
“I feel I really started to come around last year, but I’m one of those guys where I’m never really satisfied with where I am,” said Plummer, who mentioned he lifts three days a week in one of his coach’s self-made backyard gyms (“it’s great, he’s got it down to a science.”). “My strength, my footwork and my speed, I need to constantly be improving on that. But what I bring to the table is size and work ethic. Personally I feel I work very hard; I was in the weight room the day after the season ended and have been training ever since.
“So I feel like if I continue to work, and learn all I can from Coach Studrawa and the coaches at Maryland, I can have a bright future there. I’m really, really excited about it.”
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