Manvel (Texas) offensive guard Mackenzie Nworah had been insisting he’d take a visit to College Park, Md., ever since pulling a Terps offer in late February. Some three months later, said trip will finally come to fruition. The 6-foot-3, 306-pounder said he and his mother will by flying up to Maryland May 22, with the intention of visiting campus for the first time a day later.
“I’m just starting my visits, and Maryland is the first stop. My mom happened to be going up there anyway to see her family in Columbia, Md.,, so we’ll be checking out Maryland on the way,” said Nworah, who holds offers from UMD, SMU, Arizona State, Texas Tech, Colorado, Houston, Illinois, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Purdue, Boston College and others. “I’m excited to get up there and see what it’s like. I have a lot of interest in Maryland right now. I’d say they’re going to be pretty high for me, just knowing about the academics and the football program as well.”
Nworah said he’s been able to research UMD in the months since receiving the verbal. The Texas guard mentioned that he’s watched some game highlights, looked into the different academic programs and learned about the football program’s recent history.
“To tell you the truth, there’s a lot to like about Maryland. It’s really good academics, a great business school and engineering school,” Nworah said. “Then I know they just moved from the ACC to the Big Ten not too long ago, and the Big Ten is a great conference. The team did well last year, going to a bowl game, and they’re bringing in some really good pieces. I feel like it’s a good balance of football and academics up there, which is what I’m looking for.”
Nworah has stayed in contact with UMD area recruiter Keenan McCardell a few times each week, while he’s spoken to line coach Greg Studrawa before too. The Lone Star State product also spotted McCardell at two of his spring workouts, including May 19.
“Coach McCardell seems like he’s a very good coach and person. I enjoy talking to him,” Nworah said. “He’s been telling me how interested [the Terps] are in me and he’s excited for me to come up for a visit. [McCardell] knows a lot of people on our team, and he has a good relationship with us all.
“I also think the O-line coach there is a very good coach. I spoke to him before too, and I asked about the line, the campus and things like that. I’m looking forward to meeting [Studrawa] too.”
The fact Nworah has family in the area can only help UMD’s chances at securing his services. Nworah hasn’t visited his relatives since he was two years old, but they’ve come down to Texas on several occasions.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Maryland; I don’t even remember it,” Nworah said, chuckling. “But it’s always good to have family around. It’s good to know I have people I know close by.”
Apparently the distance between his Texas home and UMD doesn’t matter much to him, either.
“Location isn’t really a factor for me,” Nworah said. “Me and my parents talked about that, and honestly [location] isn’t going to play a role in my recruitment.”
After his trip to College Park May 23, Nworah, his coach and several teammates will embark on a summer-long camp/visit tour. First up is Missouri June 9, followed by Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Arizona State, SMU, LA Tech and possibly more.
“The schools I’ll be seeing and visiting are the ones I’m most interested in,” Nworah said. “Maryland, Missouri, OK State, SMU, Kansas State, Arizona State, all those staffs are in touch with me and are on me. So I want to go check them out and see if they’re good schools and good fits for me.”
Nworah has no clear timetable for choosing his college destination. He said once he finds the school where he’ll fit best academically, socially and athletically for the next four to five years, he’ll simply commit. Nworah did admit he’d like to take official visits, suggesting a pre-fall pledge may be premature, but that’s not set in stone.
“I don’t see any point in waiting to commit if I find the right fit,” Nworah said. “It could happen at any time.”
Nworah also mentioned he’s not looking for any offers in particular, intimating that he’s content with the verbals he already holds.
“If a school wants to offer me, I’ll look at them,” he said. “I’m not the kind of person that has a dream school or anything like that. I just want to find the best fit all-around.”
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