A pair of Western Pennsylvania recruits trekked down to College Park, Md., April 11, and both Khaleke Hudson and Tymar Sutton are firmly on the Terps’ radar. The McKeesport (Pa.) products are both multi-offer talents, the safety Hudson holding about 20 scholarships, including one from UMD, and the linebacker Sutton claiming about a half-dozen verbals.
Hudson, who seems to be favoring in-state programs Penn State and Pittsburgh, did not return calls for this article, but Sutton chimed in about their initial visit to Maryland.
“It was a pretty cool trip, to tell you the truth. Both me and Khaleke had a real good time there,” said the 6-foot, 200-pound Sutton, who holds offers from Army, West Virginia, Miami of Ohio, Navy, Army and Buffalo. “Khaleke said he loved it there and he definitely wants to give [the Terps] more attention, and I liked it too. There was nothing bad about it; it was a cool place.”
Sutton has been in touch with UMD area recruiter Greg Studrawa, and he had a chance to meet him in person April 11. The McKeesport product, along with Hudson, also spoke to head coach Randy Edsall and defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski.
“The Maryland coaches are really cool, and they’re honest,” Sutton said. “Basically they were saying for me to be patient, they appreciated me and Khaleke coming down, and how my time would come. They said I had talent and I could definitely play at [the Big Ten] level.
“I liked how they were saying how some schools will just hand out offers to kids just because [the players] like the school, but the offer really isn’t there [committable]. But at Maryland, the coaches really do their research, so when they give out an offer, it’s [real].”
So, what does Sutton think his chances are of landing said Terps offer?
“I think I will get one at some point,” he said. “Coach Stud, he’s been saying how the coaches all love my film and he think I’m a no-brainer offer. So if I got that offer, I would be really excited. It would be my first Big Ten school, and I feel like Maryland is making a name for themselves in that conference. They’d be right up there for me.”
In addition to being in the Big Ten, Sutton said he liked the way the defense worked. Both he and Hudson watched the Maryland defense make numerous big plays during the spring game April 11.
“They play fast and physical, which is my style,” said Sutton, who mentioned that UMD envisions him as an inside backer. “The defense comes downhill and just gets after it. They’re aggressive.”
The aesthetics surrounding the UMD program caught Sutton’s eye as well. He called the Under Armour jerseys “real tight,’ and said he loved the bronze Terrapin statues inside and around Byrd Stadium. He lauded the weight room, the player dorms and the new facility plans too.
“The facilities they’re building there, they look amazing,” Sutton said. “Those are going to be very attractive to recruits when they’re built. It’s going to be awesome. And the weight room being right next to the field, that was really cool, and the dorms are really nice too.”
But while College Park caught Sutton’s eye, he seems to be primarily focused on a couple current suitors. He said West Virginia, which has been after him for a good while now, is his leader, with Miami of Ohio following close behind. Sutton has already visited WVU a couple times, and plans to return again April 25.
“WVU is pretty much leading it. The coaches have showed me a lot of love and I really liked it down there,” said Sutton, who has seen UMD, Minnesota, PSU and WVU this offseason. “Miami of Ohio is pretty high for me too. Maryland would be right there if they offered, but we’ll see.”
Sutton said he plans to announce his decision in late May, perhaps at a major combine he attends.
“I always dreamed of announcing where I was going to college on a national stage,” Sutton said. “So I’m hoping I’ll get a chance to go to The Opening or another big camp and be able to say, ‘I’m going to West Virginia’ or, ‘I’m going to some other school.’ That would be really cool.”
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