The Terps played host to a four-star linebacker July 23, Calvert Hall’s (Towson, Md.) Tyshon Fogg trekking over to College Park, Md., for the first time. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound outside linebacker, joined by his mother, said he had a great time meeting numerous Maryland coaches, checking out the campus, breaking down film and learning more about the program in general.
“I really liked Maryland; I had a great visit with my mom. We both really liked it, and of course I got the offer while I was there, so that was exciting too,” said Fogg, who holds offers from Stanford, Clemson, Michigan State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Army, Miami of Ohio and now UMD. “The visit definitely surprised me, just with how down to earth the coaching staff was and how easy they were to talk to. It’s a really good school, and it’s definitely a place I’ll be looking at.”
Fogg admitted he hadn’t heard much from the local school prior to his visit. But when he got in touch with Maryland’s new Director of Player Personnel, Cory Robinson, who suggested a potential trip up, Fogg promptly complied.
“I mean, before [July 23], I really didn’t have Maryland in mind, because they hadn’t offered and weren’t talking to me,” Fogg said. “But now they’re definitely in the running. Coach Robinson, it’s kind of ironic, he actually recruited me to go to Calvert Hall and now he’s recruiting me to go to Maryland (laughs). He’s my guy; we have a great relationship. He’s definitely going to play a big part in my recruiting; it’s big that he’s at Maryland now and it makes me more interested in them.”
The Calvert Hall product, who is originally from New Jersey, said Robinson took him and his mother around campus. Fogg then had a chance to sit down with defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski and eventually head coach Randy Edsall.
“My favorite part of the trip was riding around in the golf cart with Coach Robinson and seeing the different parts of campus,” Fogg said. “That was pretty cool and pretty unique. I liked how the campus looked, I liked the academic buildings, and seeing the facilities was cool too.
“Then I talked to Coach Dud a little bit and we went over film and stuff. He was saying how I have a high football IQ and he thinks I’m a great player. He said he’s looking forward to getting to know me.”
Edsall left quite an impression too. Not surprising, considering Fogg pulled the coveted scholarship at the end of their conversation.
“Coach Edsall was pretty fun to talk to, and of course he offered me, which was awesome,” Fogg said. “He said that I’m definitely the type of player they want at Maryland. He said I have all three aspects – character, athleticism and work ethic. He told me to keep up the good work, to come up to a few games this year, and he’s looking forward to recruiting me. He’s a cool guy.”
Fogg also enjoyed viewing the facility upgrade slideshow. He said when the new indoor fields and the tunnel are completed in 2017 they’re “going to be really cool.”
“If I did pick Maryland, those are going to be awesome to use. They’d be really cool to see,” Fogg said. “They’re having like a tunnel that goes underneath the football facility, and they’re putting in indoor fields that look really nice. They’re redoing the locker room and stuff too, and it all looks great.”
But while Fogg had plenty of praise for the Terps, they’re hardly the only school he’s considering. In fact, he said as of now Clemson, Stanford, Michigan State and his original hometown school, Rutgers, held appeal. He’s visited MSU, RU and SU before and will return to Piscataway, N.J., once more this summer.
“Clemson was actually a dream offer for me,” Fogg said. “Growing up my grandfather used to give me all this Clemson stuff and the school just grew on me. When I was younger I used to play wide receiver, so I looked up to guys like Sammy Watkins. Then when I got the offer I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s huge, the school I grew up watching wants me.’ So that’s huge. And two other offers I’m looking for are Florida and Florida State. Florida was another dream school for me; I watched them a lot growing up too.”
Fogg plans to attend games at Maryland (he said he’ll be at the Penn State-UMD affair in M&T Bank Stadium), Rutgers, Syracuse and Michigan State this fall. Then he’ll trek to some further away locales next offseason.
“Right now I’m just going through the process, enjoying these visits and the offers I’m getting,” Fogg said. “It’s been great so far, and I’m looking forward to getting even more [attention] with a big season this year.”
Fogg Talks Up Terps Visit, Pulls Offer
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