Four-star QB Enjoys Maryland Visit

A star lacrosse recruit at Sayville High (West Sayville, N.Y.), Jack Coan garnered offers from some of the country’s most renowned programs before committing to Notre Dame during his sophomore year.

A star lacrosse recruit at Sayville High (West Sayville, N.Y.), Jack Coan garnered offers from some of the country’s most renowned programs before committing to Notre Dame during his sophomore year. But in the year since, Coan, who doubled as Sayville’s starting quarterback, started generating plenty of attention for his gridiron abilities too.

Which really wasn’t a surprise considering the pro-style gunslinger stands 6-feet-3, 190 pounds and threw for almost 3,500 yards and 40 touchdowns last season.

Coan picked up his first football offer from Stony Brook, but during the spring schools such as Syracuse, Rutgers, Maryland, Miami and even Michigan anted up. Meanwhile, programs like Boston College, Penn State, UVA, Stanford, Notre Dame and more are showing interest.

He is now considered a four-star quarterback, one of the highest-rated class of 2017 signal callers on the East Coast.

Not surprisingly, Coan ended up decommitting from Notre Dame during the spring and is now fully focused on football. The New York product took his first two gridiron visits to RU and Michigan back in June, and most recently trekked to Maryland July 14.

“I thought Maryland was great. It was a great visit,” said Coan, who actually saw College Park, Md., once before during the winter when UMD lacrosse coach John Tillman was recruiting him. “I really liked talking to all the coaches about their program and the school. I thought the school was nice overall, and I really liked the campus and the football facilities. So it was great.”

Coan said the highlight of the trip, which he took with his father, was meeting the staff in person. He already knew area recruiter Keith Dudzinski through their social media interactions and when UMD’s defensive coordinator visited Sayville during the spring, but July 14 afforded him an opportunity to chat with head coach Randy Edsall, offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and others.

“All the coaches were great guys, and I can tell they’re passionate about their program,” Coan said. “I really liked everyone I met. I can’t point to one thing they said that stood out; it was just they were really great guys and great to be around.

“Coach Dud, he’s a cool guy and he was taking me around campus, showing me all the different places like where you eat; the academic buildings; and the dorms. It was all pretty cool. I really liked it.”

In addition to seeing the current facilities, Coan said the soon-to-be-constructed indoor practice fields, upgrades locker rooms and the like intrigued him.

“Coach Dud, he was telling me about the new facilities and how they’d be done the year I got there,” Coan said. “So that definitely sounds nice and it would be cool to take advantage of those.”

Coan is also well aware the Terps are bringing in a class of 2016 four-star quarterback in Dwayne Haskins (Bullis/Potomac, Md.), though he’s unfazed. He said no matter which school he chooses there’s going to be competition.

“I’m definitely interested in Maryland,” Coan said. “Everything went well [July 14] and I like what Maryland is about. I’ll probably be back for a game or something. I’ll be looking at them.”

The Sayville prospect also said his trips to Rutgers and Michigan were “great” and both the Scarlet Knights and Wolverines have his attention. He has no current leaders, however, and doesn’t claim a dream school either.

“I’m just looking for great football, great academics and just somewhere where I feel comfortable around the players and coaches,” said Coan, who will visit UCF July 24 and Stanford July 31. “But right now I’m just going through the process, seeing what all these schools are about.”

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