Maryland has a number of high-profile receiver targets on its board, but one under-the-radar talent who continues to talk up the Terps is Foster (Richmond, Texas) wideout Evan Fairs. Back in early May, UMD became the first major program to offer Fairs after area recruiter Keenan McCardell watched him work out, and apparently that early verbal is still resonating.
“Maryland is my top right now, for sure,” said the 6-foot-2, 182-pound Fairs, who also has an offer from Texas State. “They were my first offer, which meant a lot, and I’m trying to visit there in late June or early July. I don’t know anyone up there, but me and my parents will be flying up to see what it’s all about, and we’re real excited about it. I want to learn everything about Maryland when I’m up there.”
Fairs said he hasn’t researched Maryland extensively during the last month, but he’s had consistent contact with McCardell. He said the two exchange messages at least twice each week.
“Coach McCardell is a great guy and a real good recruiter. He came to my school twice and we have a great relationship,” Fairs said. “He was telling me how if I came there I’d be going against some great competition in the Big Ten, and how Maryland just had Stefon Diggs drafted by the Vikings. He was saying how they have a need for receivers and there’s a good opportunity for me to play there. [McCardell] said I’d be a good fit in their offense and a great addition to the wide receiver core.”
The Lone Star State product said he wouldn’t mind playing his college ball so far from home, either.
“A lot of guys from Texas want to play in Texas, but I don’t mind getting out of the house and exploring new places,” Fairs said. “The distance from my home to Maryland, I don’t think that’s going to bother me.”
In addition to the Terps and Texas State, Fairs said he’s been hearing from UNLV and Oklahoma State as well. He was just at an OSU camp and said the staff is “highly interested.”
Next up for Fairs is a camp at Texas Tech June 12, followed by possible one-days at Texas, TCU, Baylor, Texas A&M and Kansas. He said he was “looking for a Kansas offer” since a Jayhawks’ staff member had stopped by Foster and has stayed in touch with Fairs’ coaches.
Beyond the aforementioned camps and the Maryland visit, Fairs has no other planned trips. He admitted others are bound to crop up as the process moves along, however.
The Texas prospect would ideally like to have enough options to select a college by late summer, but is willing to drag out his recruitment into the fall if need be.
“I kind of want to send out some senior film to see what schools are thinking after that,” Fairs said. “I’m really not in any rush. If I don’t really get any looks this summer, I’m OK waiting. But we’ll see; I haven’t completely decided what I’m doing yet.”
Fairs is coming off a season where he racked up close to 900 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.
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