Decision Looms For Basham; UMD In Final Four

Northside (Roanoke, Va.) defensive end Carlos Basham raised a few eyebrows this week when he included Maryland among his final four suitors, but apparently the recent Terps offeree has UMD under prime consideration.

Northside (Roanoke, Va.) defensive end Carlos Basham raised a few eyebrows this week when he included Maryland among his final four suitors, but apparently the recent Terps offeree has UMD under prime consideration. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder, who is considering Maryland, Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, said he’s developed a good relationship with recruiter Darrell Perkins and likes what head coach Randy Edsall’s program stands for.

“Maryland is in a good place right now; they’re doing big things in the Big Ten,” said Basham, who will announce his future destination July 6 on local TV station WSLS at 6 p.m. “I really like what they’re about up there, and I like the coaches. I visited there twice, once for a camp last year and then for a basketball game [last winter]. It’s a nice place to be and it’s not far from home.”

Basham said his main point of contact at UMD is assistant Darrell Perkins. The Roanoke defensive end said he and Perkins have been in contact since early spring, although the exchanges have increased considerably since Edsall extended a firm offer in June.

“Coach Perkins and I talk like every other day, and he’s always checking up on me to see how I’m doing,” Basham said “He’s telling me how they need more D-linemen there and how they could really use me. [Perkins] seems like a good guy, and we have a lot of good conversations about all kinds of things. He came down to my school before too, so that was cool.”

The Roanoke product went on to laud College Park, Md., its location near Washington, D.C., and the campus itself.

“It’s a good school, great academics and there’s a lot of great opportunities there after college,” Basham said. “I like how the campus looks, I like how everything is set up, and it’s a place I’m comfortable with.”

But Basham has not been back in College Park since that Terps-N.C. State hoops game last winter. He has, however, returned to each of his three other contenders. He was most recently at Pittsburgh for a June one-day, and before that trekked to Cincinnati and Wake Forest.

He hinted the Deacons could very well be the team to beat.

“Wake Forest is close to home, and that’s nice because my parents and friends can see me play,” Basham said. “I’m not really big on a lot of people being around, so I really like how Wake is smaller. There are not many students and it’s a really small, close town. The coaches there are great and very personal, and it’s great academics. And when I visited there, I just really enjoyed it and found it very welcoming.”

Cincinnati is right in the thick of things. Basham was just in the Queen City and couldn’t say enough about the football program.

“I like Cincinnati a lot too. It’s a good education, great staff and they’ve been after me forever,” Basham said. “I like the campus and how when I went there everyone knew who I was and took care of me. It’s a really good option for me.”

Basham held similar sentiments about Pitt. He attended a Panthers camp in mid-June and came away thoroughly impressed.

“It’s a good football school, good academics and a good area,” Basham said. “I love how they play on the same field as the Steelers. Then I loved the coaches there when I was at the camp. It’s really up-tempo and the players and coaches really get after it. I like their style.”

Basham said he’s purely being recruited as a defensive end.

He said he’s seen all he needs to out of his final four contenders and is set to announce July 6.

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