Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football recruiting roundup.
TT Spring Tour: Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)
I decided to stop by I Street NW this week in order to meet first-year Gonzaga head coach Randy Trivers and find out the status of Terps’ linebacker target Kyle Taylor, who isn’t wont to give over-the-phone interviews. Trivers, for his part, said he should have several intriguing up-and-coming recruits entering his program, but for now the Eagles have about three or four rising juniors and seniors of interest to Maryland and area recruiter Mike Locksley.
First and foremost, there’s the 6-foot, 220-pound MIKE Kyle Taylor.
Typically rather mum about his recruitment, Taylor, who has held a Maryland offer since early March, gave a full update June 2. He said he still has the same five offers from UMD, Boston College, Iowa, Wisconsin and Virginia Tech and is in touch with coaches from each. Taylor didn’t publically claim any leaders out of that quintet, but did say he’s fully focused on the current crop and isn’t looking to garner more scholarships.
This offseason the Zaga backer has been to Iowa, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Duke and North Carolina (he said neither the Blue Devils or Heels have had much contact with him). Next up is a trip to Boston College June 6, followed by a return to College Park, Md., at some point next week, and then possibly Wisconsin.
Now, realize on the video Taylor was trying hard not to give very much away. But reading between the lines, and after exchanging a few post-interview text messages, here’s what I was able to glean:
1. Iowa, which is where Taylor’s bother, Myles, attends is not the favorite as many assumed. In fact, the Hawkeyes may be fourth or fifth in the pecking order since Taylor isn’t keen on attending school so far from home.
2. Va Tech seemed to have Taylor’s undivided attention during the interview, and the Hokies are indeed probably first or second on his leaderboard. But after our conversation, Taylor told me his Blacksburg, Va., visit had occurred before Maryland had even offered him. In the wake of said UMD scholarship, Taylor said the Tech trip was resonating “a little less” now.
3. Maryland might just be the team to beat. Taylor dropped a few hints about “feeling” the hometown movement and the fact he’s a “homebody.” He has been in touch with Terps’ pledge Dwayne Haskins (Bullis/Potomac, Md.), and the two connected during UMD’s April 11 spring game. Taylor also said the UMD staff has been pushing the hardest for him, with both head coach Randy Edsall and defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski in his ear. Then, after the on-camera conversation, Taylor sent me a text saying how he “was really liking Maryland.”
4. Boston College will have its shot to impress Taylor June 6, and we do think the Eagles could reside somewhere in the backer’s top three. They are a darkhorse contender.
5. We’re not sure Wisconsin’s staff is pursuing all that hard (especially if they land Noah Burks and some of their other linebacker recruits), nor are we positive Taylor will even follow through with an intended foray through Madison, Wisc.
6. It’s conceivable Maryland could receive Taylor’s final visit before he makes his college decision. Taylor wants to end his recruitment sometime this June, so if that holds up the Terps figure to be in prime position.
7. There is a question on our end whether or not Edsall will accept Taylor’s pledge with other prime linebacker targets still on the board.
We’ll continue delving into Taylor’s situation, but he has been elevated to “hot” on the hot board for now. (INTERVIEW.)
Besides the middle linebacker, two more 2016 Gonzaga prospects of note are defensive tackle Nasheed Bridgeman (6-2, 300) and kicker/punter Brian Johnson. We’re not sure the Terps will actively pursue Bridgeman, who holds offers rom Appalachian State, Delaware and NC Central, but the booter Johnson’s an intriguing talent. He’ll be attending Maryland’s kicking camp this June and could be a possible preferred walk-on candidate.
The main name to know, though, is class of 2017 offensive guard Johnny Jordan. This 6-2, 295-pounder already holds one firm offer from Kentucky, according to Trivers, and has numerous other programs monitoring him closely (Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Iowa, BC, Georgia, UMD, PSU and others).
That includes Maryland and Locksley, who has already initiated contact with the rugged guard. Jordan said the Terps might offer “pretty soon” and it would be “really cool” to get a hometown scholarship. He noted how Locksley and Co. are recruiting the DMV in earnest, which has Jordan’s attention.
But Jordan admitted the offer he’s hoping for is Penn State, his father’s alma mater. He’ll be camping at PSU this June, and if a scholarship eventually materializes, well, Jordan might eventually be State College, Pa., bound.
The guard also said two other Big Ten programs, Iowa and Wisconsin, have his attention due to their penchant for producing quality O-linemen.
Jordan would like to camp at Iowa, PSU, UVA, Va Tech and UMD, while he’ll be visiting Duke and BC later this summer. (INTERVIEW.)
Kyle Taylor, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.): See above.
Noah Burks, LB, Carmel Catholic (Carmel, Ind.): The Terps’ staff didn’t secure a pop following Burks’ May 29 foray through College Park, but they certainly gave the linebacker/tight end plenty to think about as he nears a decision (it could be at any time). Prior to the trip, his first to Maryland, Burks had Wisconsin out in front, noting how it would be “tough to top” the Badgers. But on May 30 Burks said Maryland was “better than I expected” and “pretty much even” with Wisconsin.
Burks already had a terrific relationship with area recruiter Chad Wilt (“he’s one of my favorite coaches to talk to,” Burks said), and May 29 he connected with defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski too. The versatile athlete said he learned about UMD’s 4-3 scheme and likes how he’d have a chance to play either MIKE or outside linebacker in the system, as well as potentially on the other side of the ball.
Burks also had high praise for head coach Randy Edsall, mentioning how the headman emphasized the educational aspects of Maryland, while valuing a player’s character just as much as their gridiron attributes. Burks went on to laud UMD’s communications program, the new facility upgrades, the campus in general and Maryland’s remaining coaches.
“It’s going to be a tough decision. I loved Wisconsin and I loved Maryland,” Burks said. “Maryland was so much better than I thought, but Wisconsin was great too. So it’s going to be tough.”
What are we to take from that comment? Well, it’s a difficult read.
Last week we said the Terps’ best shot at landing Burks was to lock him in before he left campus. Obviously, that didn’t happen.
So, at this point, our gut says Wisconsin, but it wouldn’t surprise us at all if he chose Maryland either. Stay tuned. (ARTICLE).
Ali'i Niumatalolo, Broadneck (Annapolis, Md.): There was an interesting point brought up on the message board about which DMV middle linebacker the Terps should take, Kyle Taylor or Ali'i Niumatalolo. The latter is larger (about 6-2) and, at least on film, looks to be more athletic than the Gonzaga product, but lacks a Terps offer to this point. In fact, Niumatalolo's only high Division I verbal is Connecticut, which is a bit perplexing since he does look to be at, or maybe even above, Taylor's level.
Niumatalolo should garner a few more offers this summer, however. He was just at Alabama's camp and said he performed well, but the Tide aren't going to ante up. Next up, he's heading out West for the Poly camp in Utah, which is widely attended by most Pac-12 schools and other area colleges. After that, Niumatalolo plans to hit a BYU and Boston College one-day, and then Maryland in late June before finishing at Penn State in July.
The Broadneck product will probably add scholarships from BYU, Utah and maybe BC before reaching College Park. We do think the Terps could throw their names into the ring as well based off Niumatalolo's previous comments (he said UMD area recruiter John Dunn indicated a hometown offer would come to fruition if the backer came to camp and met Randy Edsall in person), but much will depend on what happens with Taylor. If the D.C. MIKE ends up popping before Niumatalolo camps at UMD, we doubt Edsall will hand the Annapolis native an offer. If Taylor holds off, however, there's a solid chance Niumatalolo snags the local verbal.
Say the latter scenario comes to fruition. Would Niumatalolo commit on the spot?
He says he probably wouldn't, but if Edsall puts the squeeze on, we could easily see Niumatalolo committing on campus or shortly after the one-day. Stay tuned.
Elias Reynolds, Poly Prep (Brooklyn, N.Y.): Reynolds’ commitment to Rutgers June 3 was practically inevitable. The Terps offered the New York linebacker a couple months back, and although UMD piqued his interest, he maintained a top two of RU and Syracuse.
Even so, we kept Reynolds in play, mainly because he had regular conversations with Maryland area recruiter Keith Dudzinski, who visited Poly Prep this spring. Moreover, Reynolds said he’d be visiting College Park in June and was looking forward to exploring the school’s academics and meeting the other coaches. We even gauged Reynolds’ status again last week, the linebacker saying he was in the process of scheduling that initial jaunt to the Old Line State.
But it wasn’t exactly eye-opening when he popped to Rutgers sans Terps’ trip. Fact is, even if he had followed through with said visit, it would’ve been difficult for UMD to overtake RU and Syracuse. Reynolds had seen both the Scarlet Knights and Orange a couple times each, citing his comfort level on their respective campuses and with their respective staffs as primary reasons they ranked one-two.
The only question was, Which of the two would he choose? After discussing the situation with his family, Reynolds opted for the Scarlet Knights, saying that’s the staff that pushed hardest for him.
At one point, Reynolds considered waiting for Wisconsin, Michigan and/or Ohio State to join the fray, in addition to checking out Maryland and Wake Forest, but he ultimately went with the bird in hand. Moving on.
Trevon Diggs, WR, Avalon (Gaithersburg, Md.): In another month, on July 4, the younger brother of former Maryland great Stefon Diggs will be announcing where he’ll be playing his college ball. Trevon Diggs said he’d be visiting Alabama (the presumed favorite), Virginia Tech, Tennessee, LSU, Auburn and Georgia this month before ending his recruitment on Independence Day.
As I’ve intimated in past Shells, this is a tricky recruitment to wrap your head around. And, yes, I realize the on-the-surface indicators suggest Diggs will declare for Maryland July 4.
During our last interview with the receiver/cornerback, after good friend Dwayne Haskins popped to the Terps, Diggs said the proposed “package deal” between the two was back on. Diggs, perhaps caught up in the moment, was practically all UMD, lauding the program’s direction; the coaching staff; and the opportunity to spur on DMV-to-UMD. Diggs said now that “his quarterback” was going to College Park, he’d have to think long and hard about joining him.
But digging deeper into Diggs’ “situation,” we’re still skeptical about projecting the Avalon prospect to Maryland. While some may surmise Diggs’ desire to end his recruitment sans official visits (he originally wanted to commit next winter) suggests he’s UMD’s to lose, we’ve heard that’s not necessarily the case. Our sources are saying it’s more likely some of Diggs’ foremost SEC suitors (read: Bama, Auburn, LSU) may be putting the squeeze on, rather than a desire to join Haskins in College Park.
Diggs has made no bones about his affection for Alabama, and the fact he’ll be returning to Tuscaloosa, Ala., again this month is rather telling. Auburn is another school Diggs has been to before and has his attention. It remains to be seen how much mutual interest there is with Georgia, Tennessee and LSU (we doubt he visits all those locales).
Now, we had heard Diggs was back in College Park last week with Haskins, which would obviously lend credence to Diggs-to-UMD. But evidently said visit never occurred. It’s unclear whether Diggs will actually make it back to Maryland before his intended decision date.
And, yes, we’re well aware of all the Terps’ Twitter hype Haskins and Diggs stirred up this week. But UMD aficionados should know by now these teenager social-media interactions have to be taken with a grain of salt.
Haskins may think his friend is fully on board with the Movement, but we’re not so sure yet. We’ll monitor the situation in the weeks ahead to see if anything changes.
Isaiah Wright, WR, Kingswood Oxford (West Hartford, Conn.): Scout’s Sam Hellman let us know this Connecticut receiver, who attends the same schools as Terps’ linebacker target Koby Quansah, claimed a Maryland offer following a College Park visit May 8. And apparently Wright had a great time at UMD (he liked the Under Armour connection and the fact it’s near D.C. and Baltimore) -- so much so that he’s setting up a return trip in mid-June.
The 6-1, 220-pounder has had consistent dialogue with Terps’ area recruiter Keith Dudzinski, who has Wright seriously considering Maryland. Meanwhile, we’ve heard his mother is pro-UMD too (the academics resonate), making the Terps an attractive option for the family in general.
The interest level is high enough that at least one of our colleagues up north believes UMD leads for his services.
Wright also has offers from Wisconsin, Boston College, Rutgers, Syracuse, UMass and Uconn, with a “conditional” verbal from Ohio State (he claimed the offer, but has to go to camp to earn it). The vibe originally was BC and RU were the teams to beat, but Wright hasn’t been as keen on either of late. It wouldn’t shock if he ended up in either Chestnut Hill, Mass., or Piscataway, N.J., especially if larger programs opt not to push, but it’s no longer a given.
The Badgers may be a potential landing spot provided the verbal is truly committable, while there’s a chance OSU could get involved (not likely). Wright wants to visit both Madison and Columbus this summer, so we’ll see exactly where he stands with head coach Paul Chryst and Urban Meyer, respectively, after that.
In addition to Badgers’ and Buckeyes’ trips, Wright will be re-seeing College Park and Piscataway.
Wright should be committed by August, if not sooner. Stay tuned.
Eric Kumah, WR, Forest Park (Woodbridge, Va.): Kumah has Maryland among his 10 foremost suitors, and said the Terps would likely make his upcoming top-five list (released in late July) as well.
But we haven’t been feeling Kumah to College Park in quite some time. And the receiver didn’t exactly indicate an uptick in UMD interest during his last interview with Scout’s Michael Clark, either. In fact, Kumah said he hadn’t been in touch with either former Maryland area recruiter Lyndon Johnson nor current recruiter Keenan McCardell in “awhile.”
Granted, Kumah did say he liked McCardell, namely his 17-year NFL experience and his interactions with him on campus, but the sense is the Terps might not be making a strong run. Maybe Randy Edsall and Co. believe the Terps are in a better spot with Tino Ellis (DeMatha/Hyattsville, Md.), Isaiah Wright, Evan Fairs (Foster/Richmond, Texas) and possibly more and don’t view Kumah as a priority.
Indeed, during the interview Kumah said the staffs making the hardest push for him were Virginia Tech, NC State, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and UVA. Tech has long been the front-runner, and Kumah, who is returning to Blacksburg June 13, didn’t deviate from that stance. He also spoke highly of NC State, saying the Wolfpack ranked right up there with the Hokies.
Pittsburgh and Tennessee are in his ear too, Kumah enjoying visits to both, while it’s conceivable UK and Vandy will rank among his foremost contenders after trips to each this summer. Miami would become a darkhorse suitor should the Hurricanes ante up.
Kumah, who said he will be trekking to Pitt, Va Tech, UT, Vandy, UK, NC State and UVA coming up, should be ending his recruitment sometime in August. Again, it would be an upset if he didn’t choose the Hokies, but even if he doesn’t, we’re not sure UMD will be involved.
Let’s see if there’s a change and McCardell has more frequent discussions with him this June.
Jalen Elliott, WR, Lloyd C. Bird (Chesterfield, Va.): Scout’s Michael Clark touched base with Elliott at LC Bird, and the 6-1, 180-pound Terps’ target let him know he remains wide open in his recruitment. Which makes sense since Elliott’s offer list expanded exponentially during the evaluation period, with UNC, Auburn, Notre Dame and UVA joining the likes of UMD, NC State, Georgia, Va Tech, Wisconsin and Miami.
Clark asked Elliott specifically about Maryland, and the quarterback-turned-receiver did speak highly of the program. Originally from the Upper Marlboro, Md., area, Elliott knows plenty about College Park and the Terps, while he’s readily taken to area recruiter Chad Wilt and receivers’ coach Keenan McCardell.
But we’re inclined to believe Elliott’s mind is on other programs, namely Notre Dame, which he’s set to visit June 19. The Irish’s history, combined with their standout academics, have Elliott’s eye, and the vibe is he could be UND’s to lose.
Georgia, a school Elliott visited unexpectedly June 1, also looks to be a strong contender. Meanwhile, Auburn, which Elliott saw in late May, is a prime suitor and figures to reside at or near the top of his leaderboard, as does in-state Va Tech, a longtime favorite.
An indicator of Elliott’s true UMD interest: He does not have a return visit scheduled to College Park, while he said he wanted to see Tech, UND, Georgia (visited June 1) and Auburn (visited May 30) before selecting a school later this summer.
We’ll see if Wilt and Co. can get Elliott back on campus. If so, maybe Maryland has a shot, but we’re not sure the Terps can top the Irish, Bulldogs, Eagles or Hokies.
Devante Brooks, TE, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.): Late last week the local tight end tweeted out that he’d torn his ACL for the second straight year, meaning he’ll miss his senior season. Brooks, a firm Tennessee pledge, said, “From here on out I'm preparing for my time in Knoxville (Tenn.). Can't wait to wear the orange and white.”
That’s all well and good, but we’ll see if the Vols’ staff stays on Brooks. We don’t think they’ll outright rescind his offer (the negative feedback alone should be enough of a deterrent), but it’s conceivable they could simply stop talking to him. That tactic is used more than you think when staffs grow disenchanted with a commitment. Recruiters will simply cut off communication, or urge the kid to “maybe look for a better fit.”
If that’s the case with Brooks, it’s conceivable -- not probable, but conceivable -- Maryland could jump back on him. Even though Brooks has now torn the same ACL twice in a two-year span, maybe the hometown school would offer him an outlet to rehab and recover. Especially since he’s a tight end, an obvious position of need for UMD.
Just some food for thought heading into the summer months.
Jeffery Pooler, DT, Chaminade Julienne (Dayton, Ohio): The Terps’ commit Pooler visited Maryland for the first time June 4-5, staying overnight in College Park. He told me prior to his flight he’s firmly on board with Randy Edsall’s program and was “very excited” to meet the Maryland staff and get a look at his future college football home. We’ll catch up with Pooler when he’s finished his trip.
Rashad Wheeler, DT, Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.): I caught up with this top Terps’ defensive line target earlier, and Wheeler reaffirmed Maryland’s standing among his three main contenders. While Wheeler may be leaning towards hometown Pitt and in-state Penn State, he said UMD is firmly and play and will have a shot to woo him around June 20.
Wheeler has a close rapport with Terps’ defensive line coach Chad Wilt, whom the lineman said he “could easily” see himself playing for, while he praised area recruiter Greg Studrawa as well. He was last in College Park April 4 for a spring practice and came away highly impressed with the rest of the coaches, the campus, the facility upgrades and more. Now, Wheeler wants a chance to meet the players, reengage with the staff and just get a better feel for UMD in general.
But Wheeler will also be trekking back to Pitt (June 5) and Penn State (mid- to late-June visit), the former for a camp so he can work out for the new Panthers’ staff. In addition, Wheeler wants to see Wake Forest and attend one-days at Michigan State (June 13) and Virginia Tech. Both the Spartans and Hokies have been in touch, and, should either offer, would immediately vault onto Wheeler’s favorites list.
That’s not promising for Terps’ aficionados, but here’s how Maryland’s staff can land the Pennsylvania product:
Penn State, the assumed favorite, may not be ready to accept Wheeler’s pledge. Wheeler even hinted the Nittany Lions haven’t pushed for his commitment, while at the same time suggesting spots could fill “quickly” if the Central Catholic product waited too long to pop. PSU would probably accept Wheeler if he really wanted in, but this sounds like a possible slow play.
So, if Penn State fades a bit, that would leave Pittsburgh (for the time being) at the top. Pitt currently holds an edge over Maryland, so the Terps are going to have to wow Wheeler on that late June College Park trip. It’s safe to say the hometown school is going to save a spot for him, so Randy Edsall, Chad Wilt and Greg Studrawa will have to put on the hard sell, for sure.
And then there’s Michigan State and Va Tech. After speaking to Wheeler, the feeling is both could definitely be landing spots should the Spartans and/or Hokies ante up following their respective camps. UMD might still hold the upper-hand over those two since the Terps’ staff has made deeper inroads, but Maryland would clearly have a better shot if MSU and Va Tech stayed away.
If Wheeler stands by his word, he’ll be finished visits by late June and should be ready to select his college in August. We do think Maryland has a puncher’s chance, especially if Penn State backs off, but Pitt holds some major mojo. (ARTICLE).
Chandler Reeves, OT, Eagle’s Christian Landing (McDonough, Ga.): This 6-6, 270-pound Terps’ target will begin his visit/camp schedule this week and continue all the way through July. Reeves -- who claims offers from UMD, Appalachian State, California, Navy, Troy, Army and USF -- will camp at Georgia Tech June 7, Clemson June 9 and NC State June 15. After that, he’s set to see Maryland, Navy and Appalachian State.
Reeves has long been pining for a hometown Yellow Jackets offer, and if he receives one following the June 7 one-day, well, Atlanta, Ga., could be his college destination. The Wolfpack and Tigers’ coaches have also been in contact; both figure to be players should Reeves show enough June 9 and 15 to warrant a scholarship.
The College Park trip in late June will be Reeves’ first time at Maryland -- should it come to fruition. Reeves has been attempting to venture north since adding a UMD verbal back in February, but he’s been unable to do so until now. It wouldn’t totally surprise us if he never makes it to campus.
That said, Reeves has had communication with area recruiter Lyndon Johnson and offered up plenty of praise for the program. Mostly, he likes the fact UMD has rigid academic standards and competes in the Big Ten.
Indeed, when speaking to Reeves we do get a positive Maryland vibe, and it wouldn’t floor us if he ultimately wound up choosing the Terps (especially if his intended visit goes well). But we’ve always felt it was only a matter of time before Georgia Tech, or another southern ACC school, anted up. So unless the Jackets and, say, Clemson, renege on offering, he’s probably not College Park bound.
We’ll know more after Reeves’ camp dates this June.
Joe Goff, DT, Episcopal (Alexandria, Va.): Scout’s Michael Clark caught up with the defensive tackle Goff earlier, and the Episcopal product placed the Terps among his five leaders, along with Wake Forest; UNC; Virginia Tech; and Navy. But we’d spoken to Goff several times this offseason, and Clark pretty much corroborated our feelings that Maryland is likely towards the bottom of that quintet. Which is why the lineman hasn’t been on the hot board for more than a month.
North Carolina, which Goff just visited in late May, is a favorite. Goff raved about Chapel Hill, N.C., and couldn’t say enough about the Tar Heel’s staff and defensive line coach.
Navy might actually be running even (or maybe even ahead) of UNC, a somewhat surprising development for those not privy to Goff’s recruitment. The Episcopal tackle has family in the military, so he could jump at the opportunity to both serve his country and play Division I football.
Tech is right in the thick of things as well considering the Hokies were Goff’s first major offer. Goff said he loves their “lunch pail” defense and the stability of the staff. Meanwhile the academics and welcoming coaches stood out at Wake.
As for the Terps, Goff remains in touch with area recruiter Chad Wilt, who visited Episcopal a couple times this spring and has a rapport with the tackle. Goff then called Maryland a “great school” following his spring practice and spring game trips to College Park.
There’s a possibility Goff could take a couple June visits before selecting his school later this month or in early July, but he sounded like he had a pretty clear idea where he’d be heading. Again, it might come down to the Heels and Midshipmen, barring a change of heart.
More News & Notes
June one-day season has started, and some Maryland camp dates of note include June 13, June 14, June 20, June 22, June 24 and June 25. Of course, as we reported previously, the Big Show camp under the lights at Byrd Stadium is June 27.
A.J. Taylor, RB, Rockhurst (Kansas City, Mo.): We didn’t figure Maryland would have much of a shot at Taylor after reporting his Terps’ offer a week or so ago, but evidently the four-star will give UMD a look. In fact, he’s planning to visit College Park in July and has Maryland among his top five suitors thanks to area recruiter Darnell Perkins’ overtures.
"I don't know too much about Maryland so that's why I want to visit," Taylor told Scout’s Derek Young. "From what I have heard, they have a great spread offense that would feature my skills well. They want me there as a running back and they are the keys to their offense.”
Now, admittedly, that’s not overly encouraging for Terps’ purposes, especially when compared to the comments Taylor had about the other four main suitors.
He talked up hometown Missouri quite a bit, noting how his mother graduated from Mizzou and how well he’d fit into the Tigers’ offense. Taylor spoke highly of Wisconsin as well, noting how he “loved” the coaches and believes in headman Paul Chryst.
Then he said Iowa’s staff has been recruiting him in earnest, mentioning how well he’d fit into the Hawkeyes’ scheme, while Kansas also has his ear. Nebraska is somewhat in play and could work its way into Taylor’s top five too.
The sense is Taylor will wind up at Wisconsin or Missouri before it’s all said and done. We’ll monitor the situation to see if anything changes, but we’re not ready to place him on the hot board.
Aaron Hansford, S, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.): The St. John’s safety/outside linebacker added an offer from Notre Dame this week, to go along with South Carolina last week. Hansford continues to favor Ohio State and Penn State, with return visits scheduled to both this summer, but now the Irish have his ear as well. It’s likely Hansford will be trekking to South Bend, Ind., at some point, either this summer or for an official visit during the fall.
We’ve kept Hansford on the hot board since he’s not choosing his school until next winter, while retaining some interest in Maryland. But we’re growing more and more skeptical. Hansford’s a starry-eyed recruit, and could be removed from the board at any time.
Augie DeBiase, QB, Homeschooled (Jacksonville, Fla.): Now here’s a blast from the (not so distant) past. Remember, this was the homeschooled signal caller who trekked north to College Park back in March and said the Terps had interest in him after quarterbacks coach Mike Locksley watched him throw. And even when Dwayne Haskins committed to Maryland we kept DeBiase on the board as it was/is unclear if the Terps would attempt to add a developmental quarterback to pair with the Bullis product.
But Scout’s Mississippi State reporter caught up with DeBiase this week, and it doesn’t sound like UMD is involved at all. The Bulldogs are showing solid interest following their one-day, while DeBiase has offers from Va Tech, Indiana and Columbia.
DeBiase is planning to camp at Georgia, FIU, FAU, Auburn and North Carolina coming up, with no scheduled trip back to Maryland. He has been removed from the hot board.
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