Hill Back At UMD, Has Terps No. 1

A primary Maryland cornerback target was back on campus for a second time April 11. Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) defensive back Tyrone Hill, who was last in College Park, Md., for a February junior day, returned at the behest of his UMD recruiter, Keith Dudzinski.

A primary Maryland cornerback target was back on campus for a second time April 11. Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) defensive back Tyrone Hill, who was last in College Park, Md., for a February junior day, returned at the behest of his UMD recruiter, Keith Dudzinski.

“I have a really good relationship with my Maryland recruiter, Coach Dud, and we were talking about me coming back after the junior day, and I was able to do that [April 11],” said the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Hill, who holds offers from Maryland and Army. “The first time I was [at UMD] I didn’t get to see the campus, because it was snowing, so it was good to walk around and see what it was like there. And I really liked it; the coaches took us around and I got to see all the buildings. It’s a great campus.”

Hill said he spent the majority of his stay chatting up head coach Randy Edsall, defensive backs coach Darnell Perkins and Dudzinski.

“Coach Edsall was saying how he’s excited about me and the way I play. He said he’s happy he gave me the offer and how I could help the program,” Hill said. “Coach Dud and Coach Perkins were basically saying the same thing. They like my size and how I can play corner and safety, and how flexible I am.

“I loved hearing that. Not a lot of schools have offered me, so it made me feel good that [Maryland’s staff] saw my hard work and wants me.”

Hill said he paid close attention to Maryland’s defensive backs during the spring game, and came away impressed with cornerback Will Likely, safety Sean Davis and corner Antwaine Carter. The Bosco product said he could easily see himself sliding into UMD’s scheme as either a cover safety or tall corner on the outside.

“I enjoyed the spring game, and I like what they do there [scheme wise],” Hill said. “Coach Perkins and all, he puts his guys in position to make plays.”

The Jersey prospect said he also enjoyed checking out the weight room and player dorms. He went on to note how the future upgrades “are going to be great,” with the new indoor fields, tunnel and the like.

“I really liked the varsity dorm where the players stay,” Hill said. “You get to have your own room and plenty of space. It’s really nice.”

After his second stay, Hill called Maryland “my No. 1 school right now. They’re at the top.”

“I just feel real comfortable at Maryland, and I like how the coaches are honest and straightforward with me,” Hill said. “The campus is nice, it’s a Big Ten school, it’s good academics and it’s not too far from home.”

But Hill has no intentions of ending his recruitment anytime soon. He said his full focus is on playing out the fall season and seeing what potential options may materialize based off his senior film.

“Most likely I’m going to wait until after my season. I want to take official visits and just see what [offers] come in,” said Hill, who hasn’t been in touch with many college assistants outside of those from UMD and Army. “It’s possible it could change, but that’s where I’m at right now.”

Next up for Hill, who has seen Maryland, ODU, Rutgers and Penn State this offseason, is a trip to Army April 18. He said he is taking West Point under firm consideration since he has an interest in joining the military. Hill has no other scheduled trips after that, although he acknowledged he’d be returning to Maryland for a third time in the fall.

“Yes, I definitely want to get back to Maryland,” Hill said. “I have high interest in them.”

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