Terps Honing In On VA Safety?

Lake Taylor High (Norfolk, Va.) sent several of its more prominent prospects to a Maryland one-day camp June 22, including a pair of defensive backs: Wayne Davis and Keyvone Bruton.

Lake Taylor High (Norfolk, Va.) sent several of its more prominent prospects to a Maryland one-day camp June 22, including a pair of defensive backs: Wayne Davis and Keyvone Bruton. The multi-offer Davis has a UMD offer and just announced a top-three favorites list of Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Michigan, so it’s unlikely the Terps will be able to gain too much traction, but the staff could potentially make some inroads with the 6-foot, 200-pound Bruton.

Bruton currently holds offers from Va Tech, Duke, ODU, Navy, UMass, Wake Forest and Purdue, and said he could see a Maryland offer materializing following his camp performance.

"It was a real good camp overall. I just went up there with some guys from my school, and I felt I did real good and proved I could play,” Bruton said. “I learned some things from the coaches and just really enjoyed myself. I got some good feedback, and I know [the Terps’ staff] likes my game and what I can do.”

Bruton said he spent most of the camp working under the watchful eye of UMD defensive backs coach Darnell Perkins. The Virginia product said Perkins liked his footwork, athleticism and how he competed.

“Coach Perkins, he’s an energetic guy and he really knows what he’s talking about. But he just liked how I played overall, and he said he’ll be going over my performance and my film with the other defensive coaches,” Bruton said. “He didn’t say anything about an offer yet, but he wants to stay in touch and keep evaluating me. He should be getting back to me to let me know where I stand with [the Terps].

“And hopefully I do get that offer, because it’s a school I’m interested in. It’s not far from home, I like the campus there, it’s a good environment and it’s a Big Ten school. It’s real good academics there too.”

The Lake Taylor prospect has actually known his UMD area recruiter, Chad Wilt, since last year. Bruton said Wilt has trekked through his school several times, while the safety visited College Park last year for a campus tour.

“Me and Coach Wilt have a pretty good relationship. I’ve known him for awhile now, and he’s a real good guy,” Bruton said. “He checks in to see how I’m doing and is interested in getting to know me.”

Currently, Bruton is claiming no standouts among the offers he does have on the table. He said there’s still an opportunity for other programs to become involved this summer.

“I’m keeping all my offers on the same level right now, and, honestly, I haven’t really even thought about narrowing things down yet,” Bruton said. “I have to sit down with my parents and go over all that.”

That said, Bruton did admit in-state Va Tech held some appeal. He was just in Blacksburg, Va., last week and has been on campus numerous times.

“Tech was actually my first offer, and it’s the hometown school,” Bruton said. “They still want me there, and it’s a school I like a lot.”

Bruton has now been to Va Tech, Penn State (June 21) and UMD during camp season. He has no other one-days coming up, but plans to check out Duke, Wake Forest and any other suitors that come to fruition in July.

“Right now I want to take some visits and then see what happens after that. I’m not sure if I want to commit before the season or wait until the fall,” Bruton said. “I have to see how things play out and talk everything over with my folks.”

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