Fork Union (Fredericksburg, Va.) cornerback Taurus Carroll was unable to attend the Maryland-Michigan game Oct. 3 due to the time change from an 8 p.m. start to noon, but that didn’t preclude the 6-foot, 165-pound junior from landing his first major offer. Carroll, who transferred from nearby Hylton last year and reclassed to 2017, heard from Terps’ head coach Randy Edsall shortly after Maryland’s 28-0 loss to the Wolverines.
“It felt really good to get that offer, my first Division I-A offer,” said Carroll who also holds a verbal from JMU. “I was really excited especially because it was a Maryland offer. Maryland was the first college football game I’d ever been to and plus I have family there. Like, all my family lives around the area.
“But it was pretty cool, Coach Edsall hit me up out of nowhere and let me know I had the offer. He wants me as an athlete, but more than likely I’ll be playing cornerback.”
Even though Carroll couldn’t be in Byrd Stadium to receive the offer in person, he said he’s already quite familiar with College Park, Md. He’s planning on attending the UMD-Penn State game Oct. 24 in Baltimore.
“I’ve been up there like eight times before, just for games and visits,” Carroll said. “It’s not far from where I live, and it’s really cool up there. I really like the atmosphere and the campus. I was there for the Iowa and Ohio State game last year, and I’ll definitely be back there again.”
Carroll apparently has even more connections to Maryland than just its location. His 7-on-7 teammates include future Terps Dwayne Haskins (Bullis/Potomac, Md.) and D.J. Turner (DeMatha/Hyattsville, Md.), while his older brother was recruited by UMD a few years ago. Not to mention he’s family friends with a former Maryland great.
“Dwayne and D.J., we’ve talked about Maryland sometimes. I know everyone around there wants to go there now, and it’s kind of like the place to be and go. The DMV movement, they’re all about that. Maryland is picking up big time in the area,” Carroll said. “And when my brother got recruited by Maryland, I got used to it then. I was on campus a couple times when he was taking visits, and it’s just a real nice place. I’m pretty close to Dexter McDougle’s family too since he went to my high school before. I’ve heard about Maryland from him when he’s been around.”
When Carroll attended Hylton High the last few years, he said Maryland-area recruiter Mike Locksley had stopped by a few times. He hasn’t heard too much from Locksley since transferring to Fork Union, but is looking forward to building a relationship moving forward.
Other programs in touch with Carroll include NC State, Wake Forest and Va Tech. He’s visited all three previously and would like to procure offers from all three. He will be planning out more trips after his junior season.
“Right now I’m just concentrating on getting better and hopefully I’ll get a few more offers,” said Carroll, who chose to transfer and reclassify in order to mature physically and academically. “But the Maryland one was big. That’s always going to be on my mind since it was my first FBS offer and it’s close to home. That’s a school I’m always going to have highly rated.”
Carroll said he would like to end his recruitment sometime next fall. He said his birthday is Nov. 17 and he’d love to announce his college decision right around then.