Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) cornerback/safety Greg Ross returned to Maryland for the first time since the fall April 8, and on this occasion he took in a spring practice. The 6-foot, 165-pounder has the Terps under prime consideration, and his most recent foray through College Park, Md., helped solidify those feelings, according to his coach.
“We were up there to watch the practice, and Greg had a chance to meet the new DB coach [Darnell Perkins] and walk around with Coach [Randy] Edsall for a few minutes. He’s been to Maryland several times now, and he knows what it’s about up there,” said Potomac headman Ron Crump. “Greg knows he’d have an opportunity to play at Maryland, and he’s comfortable around the program. I’m not completely sure where Greg is at [in terms of his recruitment], but I know he’s close [to making a decision]. I know Maryland is definitely one of the schools he’s considering.”
Crump said Edsall let Ross know how much he’s wanted in the program, while also expressing a desire to meet the cornerback’s family. The Potomac head coach suggested Ross might bring his mother and close relatives up to campus for yet another visit sometime in the near future, perhaps as soon as next week.
“Coach Edsall wants to get his parents up there with Greg, and he wants to get it done with Greg,” Crump said. “I think they’re going back up pretty soon, but we’ll see. We’re on spring break now, so it’s a good opportunity for Greg to get up there.”
The coach said Locksley pretty much harbored the same sentiments as Edsall. Crump said Ross’ area recruiter was urging him to commit, and the two have a “very close relationship.”
“I know Greg likes Coach Locksley, and they’ve been talking for awhile now,” Crump said. “And I know Coach Locksley and Greg’s uncle are pretty cool, and they talk a lot. I think that’s something that will help Greg in his decision too – the relationship Coach Locksley has with him and his family.”
Joining Crump and Ross April 9 was class of 2015 Terps signee Keiron Howard. The big defensive tackle has been in Ross’ ear about joining Maryland for months now, his comments resonating.
“The fact [Ross] has a teammate going there in Keiron, that helps Maryland. And Greg knows some guys on the team already, and also [UMD basketball player and Potomac alum] Dion Wiley is there, don’t forget that. Dion has talked to Greg about Maryland too,” Crump said. “Maryland offers him a lot socially and athletically, and it being local, he’s around a lot of people he knows. Those are some factors that are going to play into Greg’s decision.”
In addition to Maryland, Ross has visited Clemson, N.C. State, UNC and ODU this offseason. Crump said the defensive back has no other planned trips coming up, other than a return to College Park that is currently being scheduled.
Ross claims offers from the Terps, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, UNC, Iowa, Boston College, Utah, Buffalo, UMass and others.
Following his UMD verbal March 12, Ross, who mentioned he probably projects as a safety at Maryland, 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, it’s a good academic school, and I feel I can build a good relationship with the coaches. Seriously, it’s a great school. It’s at the top, no doubt.”
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