The Terps are in need of defensive line recruits following the decommitment of Jeff Pooler (Dunbar/Dayton, Ohio), and perhaps the staff will take a closer look at a nearby product who just visited College Park, Md., for the first time. Defensive tackle Jamari Logan (Booker T. Washington/Norfolk, Va.) ventured up for the Terps-Michigan game Oct. 3 and couldn’t say enough about UMD, despite the 28-0 loss.
“I thought Maryland was great, honestly. It’s a great place and it felt like home,” said Logan, who currently has offers from Marshall and ODU. “The atmosphere was wild, the love from the coaches and fans, it was great. The fans there were like, ‘Join Maryland, join Maryland.’ It was really cool to hear that. Even though Maryland lost it was still a lot of fun. I loved it there.”
The game itself wasn’t exactly the most thrilling affair. The score was 6-0 at halftime before Michigan pulled away in the second half.
“The game was OK. But, I mean, the Maryland defense was great and they gave everything they had,” said the 6-foot-4, 360-pound Logan. “I liked the effort they gave and how they got a great push up front in the first half. It was all 11 guys to the ball, just like I’m taught in high school. They were just on the field too much and couldn’t sustain it, but I liked watching them play.”
After the game, Logan had a chance to speak to several Maryland players and coaches. He said he chatted with area-recruiter Chad Wilt, defensive coordinator Keith Dudzinski and head coach Randy Edsall. He also talked to class of 2016 Terps’ commits like Dwayne Haskins (Bullis/Potomac, Md.) and D.J. Turner (DeMatha/Hyattsville, Md.).
“Coach Wilt, we have a real strong relationship. He’s been talking to me since the summer, trying to get me up there,” Logan said. “He said he was going to talk to the staff this week about potentially getting me an offer. Hopefully he does. I know he likes my game and how I’m a big guy that can move.
“Him, the defensive coordinator, the head coach, they were great to see. They were all very nice and welcoming and just good people. I liked them a lot. I talked to a couple players too, and they were telling me some about Maryland. They were really cool to talk to too.”
Logan said he spent most of his time chatting with Haskins and Turner, however.
“My boy Dwayne Haskins, he laid it all out for me,” Logan said. “After talking to him, I know Maryland’s going to do big things. Honestly, if they offered, I’d probably commit. I talked to my family about it and a few other people, and I think that’s what I’d do. We’ll see; hopefully I get that offer.”
Next up, Logan and his mother are attempting to fly out to Tennessee and Purdue. The Booker T. Washington product said both the Vols’ and Boilermakers’ coaches have been trying to get him on campus.
“The Tennessee coaches are always hitting me up on Twitter and over text; they’re really interested,” Logan said. “Purdue is too; they want me out there.”
Back in the summer, Washington claimed offers from UNC, NC State and Va Tech. But he said the staffs from those schools haven’t spoken to him much recently.
Thus, he’s in the process of attempting to cull out scholarships from some other more interested programs.
“Hopefully the offers will come; I’ve got a lot of schools talking to me,” Logan said. “We’ll see what happens.”