COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland’s Big Show camp June 27 featured plenty of top-area underclassmen talent, including a Virginia Beach defensive end who has now been on campus twice in a two-week span. Jordan Williams (Cox/Virginia Beach, Va.) caught the eye of UMD defensive line coach Chad Wilt during Maryland’s lineman camp June 20, and seven days later the class of 2017 edge rusher pulled in his first scholarship from the Terps.
“It was truly a blessing. I just want to thank God, my parents and coaches for giving me the opportunity to compete at a high level and to earn the chance to go to college for free,” said the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Williams, a 4-3 rush end. “When I got the invite to [the Big Show] I was feeling pretty good about my chances [of getting the offer], and then Coach Wilt called my coach at Cox and said they might offer me. Then after [the Big Show] Coach Wilt was like, ‘Make sure you talk to Coach [Randy] Edsall before you leave.' And that’s when he told me I had my first scholarship to the University of Maryland.
“It was just a crazy, awesome experience. My first offer, I had goose bumps all over, and couldn’t stop smiling. I looked over at my dad, and he was just in shock. College isn’t cheap, so it’s a blessing to now know I can go for free.”
Williams said he enjoyed both camps he attended in College Park, which happened to be his initial two trips to Maryland. Even though it rained during the Big Show, the Cox product enjoyed working with the coaches and meeting the other recruits.
“It was a great camp, and there was so much talent, especially for my position, defensive line,” Williams said. “We did a lot of drill work, work with our hips, our hands and testing our speed. I felt like I performed very well, and I know Coach Wilt liked me a lot too.
“Him and Coach Edsall were watching me, and Coach Wilt said he liked how I used my hips to maneuver around backs, how I use my hands to rip, and just my overall athleticism. But I also appreciated how he was giving me tips and things, things that I can use the rest of my high school career. [Wilt] is a very good coach, and he’s very personal.”
Not only is Wilt Maryland’s defensive line coach, but he recruits the Virginia Beach area too. Which means he knew about Williams well before June one-day season.
“Coach Wilt came down to my school before, and we’ve stayed in touch on Twitter and things. He’s a really, really great person,” Williams said. “He truly cares about you as a person. Like there’s some coaches who will contact you, and then you go to a camp at their school, and they barely say a word to you. But Coach Wilt, he acts like he’s known you forever. He’s awesome. I have a better relationship with him than anyone right now.”
Williams went on to laud Maryland’s campus and facilities. He didn’t have a chance to tour College Park June 27, but he and his father saw some of the school June 20 after the lineman challenge.
“I thought the team house was very nice, and the field being right there is cool too. The locker rooms, the player lounge and the weight room were all very nice,” said Williams, who has also seen Duke, UNC and NC State, with upcoming trips to UVA and Va Tech. “I saw the new facilities they’re building too, and those are going to be great. Maryland is one of the nicer places I’ve been so far.”
While Williams’ recruiting profile is bound to expand in the months ahead, he insisted UMD would remain at the forefront of his mind. He said the Terps will receive prime consideration when he’s ready to select a school before his senior season.
“Maryland is actually a school I’ve liked for a long, long time. When the Under Armour jerseys first came out, I started watching them,” Williams said, chuckling. “Then I learned about the coaching staff, how it’s not too far from home, and how they have my major, sports medicine, and I like [UMD] even more now. There’s a lot to like about Maryland, and they’re definitely going to be there for me.”
Williams Lands Big Show Offer, Talks Up Terps
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