The Terps extended several new class of 2017 offers last week, including one to an emerging receiver who has just begun to make some noise on the recruiting scene. Nequa Valley (Naperville, Ill.) wideout Isaiah Robertson previously held verbals from in-state Illinois, Iowa, Toledo and Central Michigan, but was ecstatic when he heard from Edsall Aug. 16.
“I was really, really excited. I was waiting for [the offer],” said the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Robertson. “I just got off the phone with Coach Edsall and he was telling me he wants me to come up there for a visit. He was telling me about the communications degree they have and the great things Maryland has to offer. Then he was telling me about the new quarterback commit they have, Dwayne Haskins, and some of the other guys they’re bringing in. [Edsall] was saying how [the Terps] are working hard right now, have a goal of winning a Big Ten championship and the program is really moving. So it definitely sounds like a school I’ll be interested in and want to learn more about.”
Robertson has only just begun the research process, admitting his knowledge of UMD has been limited to a couple games on TV. He is aware the Terps recently moved from the ACC to the Big Ten and reached bowl games the last couple years, however.
“I’ve learned some about the school the last couple days, and definitely a big thing that stuck out to me was the communications degree and all they have to offer academically,” Robertson said. “I’m really interested in that field, and it’s something I want to check out in the future. Also, [when Edsall was telling me] about the new guys coming in and the big things they’re doing in the future, that interested me a good bit too.”
Robertson plans to visit College Park, Md., for the first time this spring. He said his brother currently attends Howard University in Washington, D.C., so the two are coordinating a time when Robertson can visit and stay with his older sibling for a week.
“I was already planning to go visit [my brother], so I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to get out there in the spring and then go over to see Maryland’s campus,” Robertson said. “I’m excited to see what the school is like and meet all the coaches.”
The Terps are in the game early, but Robertson’s profile is bound to grow this fall and during the winter months. Miami, which the Illinois wideout camped at, could be offering soon, while programs throughout the Big Ten; some in the ACC; and a few in the SEC are interested.
“There’s not really any offers I’m looking for, but it would be cool to have Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame – schools like that,” Robertson said. “But I’m not really looking for one school in particular. I’m just taking everything in, taking it slow and not rushing into anything.”
In addition to a Miami camp, Robertson has seen Illinois three times. He also trekked to Ohio State for a camp. The wideout would like to re-visit Miami this fall for a game, but isn’t sure he’ll be able to do so.
As far as a potential decision date is concerned, Robertson said his recruitment could end “as soon as I find the right school for me.”
“The No. 1 thing I’m looking for is education,” Robertson said. “Then a family atmosphere, a legitimate chance to win, the comfort level in a school where I can be away from home for a long time and not feel homesick, and a place where I’m comfortable with the coaches and the players. Those are the main things I’m concerned with.”
Robertson is coming off a junior campaign where he racked up 30 catches for 727 yards and nine touchdowns. He has a personal goal of 50 receptions, 1,000 yards and 10-15 scores in 2015.
WR Robertson Snags Coveted Terps Offer
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