Huber Nearing UMD Offer After Camp?

The Terps hosted several intriguing out-of-state recruits for a one-day June 22, including another potential safety offeree. St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) safety/receiver Kolton Huber trekked down to College Park, Md., for the second time and apparently caught the eye of both defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski and defensive backs coach Darnell Perkins.

The Terps hosted several intriguing out-of-state recruits for a one-day June 22, including another potential safety offeree. St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) safety/receiver Kolton Huber trekked down to College Park, Md., for the second time and apparently caught the eye of both defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski and defensive backs coach Darnell Perkins.

“I had a great time, a great camp,” said Huber, who holds offers from Syracuse, Kansas, Buffalo and Uconn. “Maryland was actually originally recruiting me as a receiver, which is my primary position, but now they’re saying safety. Coach Dudzinski asked me if I would be opposed to playing defense, and I said I definitely would [play safety], because Maryland is a great school and a great opportunity for me. So I went down there [June 22] and showed what I could do on defense.

“And from what they told me, they were really impressed with how I did. Coach Perkins had nothing but kind words to say about my performance, and Coach Dudzinski as well.”

Huber, who rotated in behind two senior starters at safety last year, had naught but praise for Perkins as well. He’s known Dudzinski for several months since Maryland’s defensive coordinator is the Jersey-area recruiter, but June 22 was Huber’s first opportunity to interact with Perkins.

“Coach Perkins is a great coach and I learned a lot about the defensive back position from him,” Huber said. “It was exciting to be out there competing and just learning so much. Coach Perkins is an awesome coach, and really precise. He did really well with all the defensive backs out there, just giving great individual instruction. I feel like he could teach me a lot.”

Following the workout, Huber had another talk with Dudzinski, who hinted an offer may materialize, perhaps as soon as this week. Huber said the defensive staff will meet June 24 and then present their evaluations to head coach Randy Edsall.

“Coach Dudzinski said he’s going to be showing Coach Perkins my defensive film from last year to further show him what I’ve done at the safety position,” Huber said. “But Coach Dudzinski has had close contact with me the last couple months, and both he and Coach Perkins liked what I did [June 22]. Then they’re sitting down with Coach Edsall to see where they’ll go from here.

“[Dudzinski] said they might take three or four safeties, so I feel like there’s a good chance I’ll get the offer. He said they’re graduating a lot of guys this year and will have some openings, so they’re looking to take a few safeties in 2016.”

If that offer comes to fruition, Huber admitted Maryland would become one of his main contenders. He wouldn’t immediately pop on the spot, but he does have an affinity for the Terps.

“I really like Maryland a lot,” Huber said. “It’s great academics, and I was actually down there for a junior day before in February and loved it. It was a great atmosphere, I loved meeting all the coaches and I love the area. We saw a basketball game there, and the energy was amazing. So it’s definitely a school I’m interested in. If they offered I’d definitely come back with my mom, because she hasn’t really seen the school yet.”

Huber is taking a closer look at some of his current suitors too. Of his four offers, he’s visited Syracuse and Uconn, and seemed particularly fond of the former.

“I like both Uconn and Syracuse and have good relationships with recruiting coordinators from both,” Huber said. “I really liked my visit to Syracuse; they kind of stand out some now.”

The St. Peter’s Prep product has no upcoming visits or camps scheduled. He’s still in the process of planning out the rest of his summer with his parents and coaches.

But if Huber is able to take all his desired visits in July, he’d like to end his recruitment sometime in August.

“I’m playing it by ear and seeing what happens with the process. I haven’t had a chance to talk to my parents and coach about setting a decision date,” Huber said. “But if there’s an opportunity out there that we all feel really comfortable with, we’d definitely settle and I’d just [commit].”

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