Fairs Schedules Terps Trip, High On UMD

Maryland has had an offer out to Foster (Richmond, Texas) receiver Evan Fairs since the spring evaluation period, and finally the 6-foot-2, 182-pounder has scheduled his initial UMD visit. The under-the-radar Lone Star State product said he and his mother will fly East July 29 and stay overnight in College Park, Md.

Maryland has had an offer out to Foster (Richmond, Texas) receiver Evan Fairs since the spring evaluation period, and finally the 6-foot-2, 182-pounder has scheduled his initial UMD visit. The under-the-radar Lone Star State product said he and his mother will fly East July 29 and stay overnight in College Park, Md.

“I’m really excited to get up to see Maryland. I was actually just talking to Coach [Keenan] McCardell about it, and we set everything up for July 29. He wanted me to come in the middle of the week so I could meet the academic advisors and all that too, so we decided on the 29th,” said Fairs, who also holds offers from New Mexico, Texas State and Sam Houston. “I’m really looking forward to it. Maryland is my biggest offer, and Coach McCardell has been talking to me for a long time now.

“There’s a strong possibility I’ll commit when I’m up there, and if not then, maybe like a week later so I can evaluate all the new information from the visit.”

Fairs said he and his UMD area recruiter stay in touch “two or three times” each week. McCardell visited Foster twice during the evaluation period as well, the recruit calling the receivers’ coach “a really good guy.”

“Coach McCardell is one of the coaches I have the best relationship with. I like him because he keeps things straightforward and tells it like it is,” Fairs said. “He doesn’t tell you just what you want to hear, but what you need to hear. Like he’ll tell me where I stand with Maryland, what I need to work on, things like that. And he’s a cool person, he’s a family man and I can tell he cares about his guys.”

In terms of where Fairs stands with Maryland, exactly, he said McCardell has indicated head coach Randy Edsall will accept the Texas wideout’s pledge should he want in. Fairs said McCardell didn’t let him know how many pass catchers the Terps were willing to sign this year (they have one on board and room for possibly one or two more), but, “they’ll definitely take me.”

In addition to his chats with McCardell, Fairs has done a bit of research on his own, learning more about the Maryland program. He’s well aware the Terps compete in the Big Ten, went to a bowl game last year, just produced receiver Stefon Diggs, have a direct connection to Under Armour, and landed touted quarterback commitment Dwayne Haskins (Bullis/Potomac, Md.)

“I still have a lot to get to know about Maryland, but from what I can tell it’s a program on the rise right now,” Fairs said. “Getting Dwayne Haskins in there was big, especially for me since I’m a receiver. They have a lot of good recruits coming in, so I think they’re building something great there.

“I think Coach McCardell is a great coach too, and he’s someone I could definitely see myself playing for. He played in the League for like 17 years and really knows what he’s talking about.”

Evidently Fairs has distant relatives who live in Maryland as well. He said his mother and close family members have reached out to find out what it’s like in the Old Line State, just so Fairs knows what to expect before he arrives in College Park July 29.

“I’ve talked to some of my aunts and uncles about Maryland, because my godmother has cousins that live up there and I’ve asked about the area,” Fairs said. “So I’ve been finding out about the East Coast, what it’s like around Maryland and just basic stuff like that. It sounds like a cool place.

“I honestly wouldn’t mind leaving Texas either [for college]. I’m not someone who wants to just be in Texas their whole life. I don’t mind exploring and experiencing new places.”

The UMD jaunt will actually be Fairs’ first college visit this offseason. He said workouts with his Foster squad and his 7-on-7 team have sapped all available free time, precluding him from trekking to the likes of Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, TCU, Texas A&M and others.

Fairs hasn’t been able to attend many camps, either, which may have hurt his exposure.

“I did get to go to a big tournament in Florida and played well out there, so some coaches heard about me after that,” said Fairs, who said he’s nearing an offer from Colorado State. “I think my name is getting out there and [college coaches] know about me, but they might want to see more film or something. I really don’t know why I haven’t gotten many [high Division I] offers, but I’m just going to keep working and just lock things down this year.”

Not that Fairs is necessarily seeking more big-school scholarships at this point.

“Honestly, I’m happy with my Maryland offer,” he said. “I’m definitely leaning towards Maryland.”

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