Terps After Another South Carroll Product

South Carroll (Sykesville, Md.) isn't known for producing high-Division-I recruits, but the small Maryland high school is on the verge of sending two from the same class to the University of Maryland. The Terps have already taken Brian Plummer, and on June 24 head coach Randy Edsall offered safety Silas Kelly as well.

South Carroll (Sykesville, Md.) isn't known for producing high-Division-I recruits, but the small Maryland high school is on the verge of sending two from the same class to the University of Maryland. The Terps have already taken Brian Plummer, and on June 24 head coach Randy Edsall offered safety Silas Kelly as well.

"I couldn't believe it; I was so excited," said the 6-foot-4, 202-pound Kelly, who holds an Eastern Michigan offer, to go along with I-AA suitor Albany. "I went through the Maryland camp and was doing some DB drills as a safety, and the coaches started noticing me. Afterwards I was talking with the DB coach, Darrell Perkins, and he was really taking a liking to me and coaching me up. Then after that, Coach [John] Dunn, the recruiting coordinator, pulled four guys to the side and we went through footwork drills, which Coach [Randy] Edsall oversaw. Then we did some individual drills, and Coach Edsall and Coach Perkins watched those too. Then when the camp was finished and after I toured the campus, Coach Edsall said he was ready for me, and he offered me a scholarship."

Kelly was practically speechless while in Edsall's office. Evidently, so were his parents, who accompanied him on the trip.

"After I toured the campus, Coach Edsall took me and my parents into his office and talked about the school, the academics and what it's like there," Kelly said. "Then when he said 'scholarship' I was speechless. I was so honored and so blessed, all I could say was 'Thank you' over and over again. To get that kind of interest and that kind of an offer, from a Big Ten school, from the hometown school, it meant a whole lot. Coach Edsall is a great guy, it's a great program, and it's great academics. I love Maryland right now."

His parents do too.

"My mom and dad, they love the school," Kelly said. "They were so impressed. They loved Coach Edsall, the educational aspects and all the coaches there. They're very comfortable with [UMD]."

Kelly has actually been in College Park, Md., numerous times. His older sister is a current student at UMD, so the family is already quite familiar with the local program.

"I've been up there to see my sister obviously, and she loves it there," Kelly said. "She told me I need to come there. She said it's the greatest place on earth (laughs). And, honestly, I really do like it. It's great facilities, a great campus, and it's the hometown school. I've lived here all my life, so of course I'd love to play for the state school. Then I saw the new facility plans, and they're going to be great; top of the line. What's not to like about Maryland?"

On June 24, Kelly got a closer look at the campus during a tour with his recruiter, John Dunn. Kelly said he was highly impressed with the academics buildings, as well as the practice fields and Byrd Stadium.

Of course, he's already been in Byrd a couple times, most recently last season for the Terps-Michigan State bout.

"I went to the Michigan State game with Brian [Plummer] and had a great time," Kelly said. "Terrific atmosphere, even though Maryland didn't win. It's awesome there. I love it.

"And when Brian found out I had gotten the offer, man, he was pushing me to commit. He was like, 'You need to come here right now (laughs).' He loves Maryland and he's a real good friend of mine. He was telling me how great the coaches are and he was saying how he was telling them to offer me. And when they finally did, man, that was a great feeling. I'm feeling real good about Maryland."

Before Kelly joins the Movement, however, he said he'd like to attend UConn's camp June 27. However, that's a tentative trip.

"The idea is to go to UConn, but after I talk to my parents and think things over, I don't know," Kelly said. "I'm really liking Maryland right now. My decision could come at any time."

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