The Terps and head coach Randy Edsall extended several new class of 2017 offers last week, including one to an emerging running back from Melbourne, Fla. B.J. Daniels (Melbourne, Fla.) had one offer from FAU prior to the UMD verbal, and the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder was absolutely thrilled when the Big Ten came calling.
“I’m really excited. I’ve been waiting on this Maryland offer for awhile now,” Daniels said. “I fell really great right now. It was a little funny, I got a message on
twitter from the [UMD] quarterback commit, Dwayne Haskins, and he was like, ‘I heard Maryland offered you.’ I hadn’t really heard anything yet, but he was like, ‘Hold up, let me get right back to you, I’m calling Coach [Edsall] now.’ And then [Haskins] was like, ‘Hey man, Coach said he offered you like [Aug. 13]. Congrats.’ So that was pretty wild. Then I called Coach myself and he confirmed I had the offer. It’s awesome. It’s great news. This was a huge offer for me.”
It was a scholarship Daniels was expecting. He said he’s been in contact with Maryland running backs coach Terry Richardson for close to a year now, the assistant hinting an offer would be materializing in time.
“Terry Richardson, he’s my main guy. He’s been at the school down here at Melbourne. Actually, he’s been there a few times and just hitting me up on Twitter,” Daniels said. “And he was telling me [the Terps] were going to offer me since last year. He likes me a lot and he likes my running style. He said I remind him a lot of him back when he was in high school. He loves me and said he’d love for me to be at Maryland. I have a great relationship with him.”
Daniels is still in the process of researching UMD, but said he did check out a couple Terps’ games on TV last year. Moreover, he learned a bit about the Terps’ offense from his conversations with Richardson.
“I know a little about the offense, the running game and all that. It’s a good system, but I’m getting familiar with them real soon now that I have the offer,” Daniels said. “I know they use their backs a lot, and they use them in the passing game and running game… They haven’t really had a big rusher yet, though, and they need a main guy. I feel like I can be that guy.”
Although Daniels has never been to College Park, Md., before, he has seen most of the Old Line State. He has relatives in Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina and New York, so he’s trekked through many locales.
“I would love to visit Maryland. I’ll probably get that set up [Aug. 15] with Coach Edsall,” Daniels said. “I love the area period. All my family is in the northeast and I’d love to go to college up there. The Maryland area, the DMV, it’s one of my favorite places in the country. I honestly love it up there. I can’t wait to see what [College Park] is like.”
Although he has a UMD offer, Daniels admitted he’s looking for scholarships from some of the Sunshine State’s elites. He said Miami, Florida and Florida State are “very” interested, in addition to Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, FAU, Michigan State and others. Daniels has visited Georgia, GA Tech, FAU, FSU, Miami and UF.
“A bunch of schools are showing interest, but now I’m just waiting on the offers. I know they’ll come,” Daniels said.
Although he’s a Florida back with interest from the top programs in the area, Daniels said he wouldn’t mind leaving the Sunshine State for college. Which is why he has Maryland as an early frontrunner.
“I’ve been in Florida my whole life and I think want to get out of Florida for college,“ said Daniels, who rushed for 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. “I’ve been saying that to myself for awhile now. That’s why I like Maryland right now.”
Daniels 'Really Excited' About Terps Offer
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