There weren’t as many recruits in attendance for the Maryland-Michigan game Oct. 3 since the start time was moved from 8 p.m. to noon, but that didn’t stop class of 2017 defensive end Jordan Williams (Cox/Virginia Beach, Va.) from trekking north to College Park, Md. And although the Terps lost 28-0, the 6-foot-5, 245-pounder still said he had a great second visit to UMD, his lone offer to date.
“Actually the wasn’t as bad as it looked,” said Williams who attended the affair with his father and a friend. “The game started off well and the defense was really good. The defense kept Maryland in the game, actually. But the offense struggled a little bit and they lost it there in the second half. I liked watching the D-Line, though, and their one guy [Quinton Jefferson] had a big interception.”
Before the game, Williams had a chance to chat with head coach Randy Edsall, defensive line coach Chad Wilt and defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski. Williams said he and Wilt, who recruits Virginia Beach, have a “very strong” relationship.
“The coaches were just asking how I was doing and talking about the game that day. It’s always good to talk to them and meet them,” Williams said. “Coach Wilt, we were talking about how school is going, their season and the stuff we’re doing and things this season. The relationship I have with him, it’s one of the strongest I have. He’s always texting me, talking to me, asking how I’m doing. I really like him.”
In addition to talking to the staffers, Williams and his father toured a little more of the campus too. They were able to see much of College Park during their last visit, for the June 27 Big Show camp, but saw more of the team house this time around.
“We saw a lot inside Gossett and that was really cool. All the gear, the Under Armour stuff, it’s pretty cool in there,” Williams said. “They’re building really nice new facilities too that should be ready by 2017, so that’s going to be really nice too.”
Overall, Williams said the Terps are in a good spot right now, despite their 2-3 record in 2015. He said the future is bright and he believes with the recruits coming in Maryland can right the ship fairly quickly.
“I really like Maryland and what they’re about,” Williams said. “The defensive scheme is a good fit for me and the type of player I am. They’re one of the tops for me, for sure. I really like it there. I liked being there [Oct. 3], and we’ll probably be back for another home game, hopefully the Penn State game.”
Besides UMD, Williams is hearing from Duke, NC State, Purdue, MSU and ECU. He’s visited Michigan State and Purdue soon, with the hope of adding offers from both while on campus.
“Right now I’m really not hoping for any offers in particular,” said Williams, whose Cox team is off to a 4-0 start. “It would be nice to have a few more, but I do have a good one in Maryland.”