Maryland has made strides at local powerhouse DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), securing three commitments so far in the 2016 class: Tino Ellis, D.J. Turner and LoLo Harrison. The Terps are also after several of the Stags’ elite 2017 prospects, headlined by defensive end Chase Young and athlete Anthony McFarland. On Oct. 1, they added another name to that list.
“Maryland just offered me, and it was a great surprise,” said junior guard Marcus Minor, who previously held verbals from Wake Forest, ECU, UVA, Va Tech and WVU. “To get that offer, from the hometown school, it was huge. I’m going to treat it just like my other offers right now since the season is going on. All these offers are nice, but until the season’s over they’re all going in one basket to be examined later. After the season I’ll get back to recruiting. But now that Maryland has offered, they’re definitely in the mix. They have a good chance, just like some of the other offers I have.”
Even though recruiting’s on the backburner, Minor admitted he was quite pleased to hear about the UMD scholarship from his head coach, Elijah Brooks. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Minor previously hinted the Terps would immediately vault to the top of his favorites list if they offered, and while he wouldn’t admit that Oct. 1, it’s clear he has a high affinity for the school.
“There’s a lot to like about Maryland, definitely,” Minor said. “I want to get into journalism, and Maryland obviously has a great program for that. That’s one of the main reasons I like the school. Then I’ve talked to the coaches there a few times, and I really like the recruiter there, Mike Locksley. He’s great. I love talking to him and those guys.”
Minor has been on campus numerous times the last few months, although he hasn’t attended a Maryland game since last year when he took in UMD-Ohio State. He said if his schedule allows he’ll make his way over to Byrd Stadium at least once. And, if not, he’ll surely attend a junior day during the winter.
“It’s a real nice atmosphere up at Maryland. It’s a great campus, great fans, great area,” Minor said. “I’m comfortable up there, and it’s a chance to play in front of friends and family.”
The Stags’ guard said Ellis, Turner and Harrison do hype the Terps, but haven’t said too much since the season began. Minor acknowledged it would be “cool” to continue the DeMatha-to-Maryland pipeline, as well as the DMV-to-UMD movement, although he didn’t want to tip his hand just yet.
“Right now it’s the middle of the season, so that’s the focus right now,” Minor said. “The stay-home movement, it sounds good, but I’ll think more about it when it’s time to think about recruiting again.”
In addition to UMD, Minor also picked up an offer from Wake Forest Oct. 1. He said that was a significant verbal as well since that’s where his family is originally from.
He is also hearing from Purdue, Iowa and several other Big Ten programs.
Minor does not have any visits scheduled for this fall, and will likely wait to trek out until the winter.
“I’m going to take my time with the process,” Minor said. “I don’t want to be someone who picks a school and then decommits. I’ll finish my junior season, see what offers I have, and then look at them more closely. I’ll probably end up taking official visits too, just to make sure I choose the right school.”
As far as the 2015 campaign is concerned, DeMatha sports a perfect record and is ranked among the top five high school programs in the country.
“We’ve obviously doing very well as a team, and I think I’m personally doing pretty well too,” Minor said. “There’s always room for improvement, but we like where we’re at.”