Maryland hosted a key visitor July 27 when three-star offensive tackle Grayson Stover (Hudson, Fla.) trekked north for his first look at College Park, Md. The former Virginia commit, who backed out of his pledge July 28, has held a UMD verbal since the spring and has been eager to see the school firsthand.
“Basically I loved it there. Maryland was great,” said Stover, who currently holds offers from UMD, UVA, Vandy, Indiana, Uconn, FIU, FAU, Iowa State, UMass, Rutgers, Marshall, Temple and others. “It was a great atmosphere, great school, great coaches, and what I really liked is they have the No. 1 criminal justice program in the country, which is what I want to study. I talked to one of the academic people there and also a professor, and they were telling me all about the program. It definitely sounds great.”
While the academics certainly caught Stover’s attention, the staff left a positive impression as well. Stover, who has been in touch with area recruiter Mike Locksley since May, said he enjoyed speaking to UMD’s offensive coordinator on campus, in addition to meeting head coach Randy Edsall and line coach Greg Studrawa.
“Mainly I just got really comfortable with the staff,” Stover said. “I had really good conversations with all the coaches, and I liked how they were easy to talk to but also very structured and straightforward.
“Coach Edsall was telling me about Maryland and what they value in a player, and how I fit the bill. He was saying how they have plenty of internship opportunities that would benefit me in the future, which really interested me. I love how much he values academics.
“And Coach Stud, I loved him too. He was explaining the offensive line, and he uses a lot of the same techniques we do at Hudson. Like, we run the same stuff they do at Maryland with the zone-gap and the gap blocking. I can tell you what every position on Maryland’s line does, because it’s pretty similar to what we do. So that was really cool.
“With Coach Locksley, I mean, he’s great. I love him. He’s a funny guy, but he knows what he’s doing too. He came down to see me in the spring and we have a great relationship.”
In addition to chatting with coaches and advisors, Stover had a chance to tour the campus. He said the facilities “definitely” caught his eye, while the new upgrades, which will be completed in 2017, “looked really great.”
“I mean, I like what I saw at Maryland already, but just seeing the pictures of the new fields, everything looks awesome,” Stover said. “That’s going to be really exciting when the new indoor fields and everything are ready.”
So now that he’s seen College Park in person, what does Stover think?
“Well, I’d say Maryland is definitely very high for me,” he said. “I don’t want to say exactly where they rank, because I’m not ready to do that, but they’re definitely high. I’m 100 percent getting back there for an official visit.”
Stover has no other definite officials set, but he’d like to check out Vanderbilt and Indiana unofficially later this summer. He also said he’s receiving interest from Miami and Oregon, two schools that could offer after their coaches evaluate senior film.
“Right now I’m just going with the flow and seeing what happens,” said Stover, who insists he's not looking for any offers in particular. “Every school that’s offered me has been in touch and is in the running. Even UVA is still in there. I just decided to reopen my recruitment, because I wanted to look around at some other options. I felt it wasn’t right to stay committed while I was looking. But UVA is still in there, and so are the other schools in touch with me.
“But basically I plan on taking some visits, taking a couple official visits, and then committing sometime during the season. I’m going to enroll early, so I have to be committed sometime during the season.”
FLA OT Stover High On UMD Following Visit
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