The Terps have had an offer out to James M. Coughlin (Wilkes Barre, Pa.) class of 2017 guard Ryan Solt since he showed out at a camp June 14, and almost three months later the 6-foot-2, 280-pounder was back on campus. Solt, along with his father (former Maryland lineman Ron Solt) and cousin, attended Maryland's season-opening victory against Richmond Sept. 5.
"It was a really good time; I really enjoyed it. It was a good time seeing the game with my dad and all that," said Solt, whose lone offer is from UMD. "We all really enjoyed it."
After the game, Solt had a chance to speak to the Terps' offensive line coach and his area recruiter, Greg Studrawa. Studrawa contacted Solt soon after the contact period opened Sept. 1, and the two have a strong rapport. During the camp June 14, Solt praised Studrawa's intensity and his attention to detail, the Key Stone State guard noting how he could "definitely" see himself playing at Maryland.
"I talked to Coach Stud for like a half-hour after the game, and he's always awesome to talk to," Solt said. "He's an amazing coach and I really like him. We were just talking about everything, what he looks for in a lineman; his career in general; all that good stuff. Me and my dad really like Coach Stud."
Right before the Solts left campus, they ran into head coach Randy Edsall as well.
"Coach Edsall was just talking about the game a little bit and some basic things like that," Solt said. "He's a really good guy and a good coach. When I was there before [June 14] he took us all around the campus and showed us a good time. I really like what he's all about and how he pushes academics."
Sept. 5 won't be Solt's last time on campus. He plans to attend three more Maryland games this fall, as well as a junior day next winter.
"I'm going to the game against Penn State in [M&T Bank Stadium], the Wisconsin game Nov. 7 and the Michigan game Oct. 3," Solt said. "I really like Maryland. I really like how they performed against Richmond, and I just really like the coaching staff. It's great academics, it's a Big Ten school and it's a great environment."
Although the Terps are his only offer, Solt said he's seen an uptick in interest since Sept. 1. He said Northwestern, Penn State, Rutgers and UMD all contacted him shortly after the contact period opened.
"I never had an offer set in mind that I'd definitely love to have; no dream schools or anything," said Solt, who has pointed out multiple times his father's connection to UMD won't have a bearing on his decision. "But looking at the offer I have and the interest I have, Maryland is definitely right up there at the top."
Don't expect Solt to end his recruitment anytime soon, however. He said he's going to "go through the whole process" to see how his recruitment develops.
"I'm going to enroll in college early, so I think I'll know where I'm going to by next spring or summer," Solt said. "But I'll ride it out and see what happens."