Lloyd C. Bird (Chesterfield, Va.) athlete Jalen Elliott visited College Park, Md., for the first time this offseason April 4, and about a month later he picked up an offer from the Terps. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder, who UMD is recruiting as a receiver, said he heard from his head coach May 7 that Randy Edsall and Co. wanted him in their program.
“Coach [Chad] Wilt from Maryland, he was actually at my school [May 7], but I couldn’t talk to him. But he was telling my coach the offer was there for me, and then [my coach] relayed the message to me,” said Elliott, who holds verbals from UMD, Auburn, Georgia, Miami, UVA, N.C. State, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech, among others. “It’s a blessing and a great opportunity to be honest. I like Maryland a lot. We’ll see how it goes, but I like the coaching staff there personally, and I enjoyed my visit there. It’s a great program up there, and they’re going to be making some noise in the Big Ten.”
Elliott said he’s maintained consistent contact with his UMD area recruiter, Chad Wilt. The Lloyd C. Bird product said the two message each other several times each week, talking about anything from football to life to academics.
“Coach Wilt is one of the coolest guys recruiting me. He really wants me [at Maryland] and is on me harder than a lot of coaches,” Elliott said. “We have a great relationship and we’re always in touch.”
The Virginia prospect actually grew up just a few miles from College Park, in Upper Marlboro, Md., attending several basketball camps at UMD growing up. He said he’s quite familiar with the school and the campus, and how it’s “kind of cool” to now have the opportunity to return home for college.
“Maryland is like a second home for me,” Elliott said. “It’s really my hometown school, and that’s something Coach Wilt and them have been talking to me about. They want me to be part of the family and the whole hometown movement thing that’s going on up there. So, you know, that’s something I’m thinking about. It’s a good option for me.”
Elliott went on to laud the facility upgrades, Under Armour affiliation and the rest of the Maryland staff. He sounded particularly intrigued about the possibility of learning from receivers’ coach Keenan McCardell.
“I met Coach McCardell when I visited Maryland and I think he’s a great coach,” Elliott said. “He played in the League, and he knows what he’s doing. Maryland has put out some NFL receivers like Stefon Diggs, so that’s something that stands out about them.”
Elliott is planning a return trip to Maryland this June or during the summer. In the meantime, he’ll be trekking to Auburn May 30 and Georgia soon after that. Elliott will then set a full visit schedule once June rolls around.
“I honestly don’t have any leaders right now, because I haven’t taken all my visits yet, and don’t know who all is going to offer yet,” said Elliott, who has seen UVA, Va Tech, NC State, Wake, UNC, Penn State and UMD. “I’ll probably do like a top eight after the evaluation period, and then start making some decisions from there. I’m just taking things in and weighing all my options.”
The Lloyd C. Bird athlete said he’d like to have his school selected before his senior season, but acknowledged the date could be pushed back due to the uptick in interest.
“Things are kind of up in the air right now,” Elliott said. “I’m just getting all these new looks and offers, so we’ll see how things go.”
Elliott Calls Terps Offer 'A Blessing'
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