Ever since assuming the head coaching job at Maryland earlier in October, interim Mike Locksley has been actively recruiting, and subsequently offering, many of the area’s emerging athletes. The latest verbal went out to St. Vincent Pallotti (Laurel, Md.) class of 2017 receiver Cameron Sullivan-Brown, who Locksley checked out in person Oct. 15 during UMD’s bye week.
“My head coach just texted me about the offer, and I’m super excited about it,” said Sullivan-Brown, who now holds verbals from Boston College, Northwestern, Illinois, UMD, UVA, NC State, Temple, Kansas, Buffalo, Marshall and others. “One of the coaches at Maryland let my coach know about the offer [Oct. 19], and then my coach immediately hit me up about it. My coach didn’t tell me why [the Terps] offered now, but I’m super excited. I know Coach Locksley was talking to my coach a good amount at one of our practices last week, and he was telling him what he liked about me. So I had a feeling I’d get this offer pretty soon. It’s awesome.”
Sullivan-Brown has had regular communication with Locksley, well before the latter assumed the head gig. The two already have a developed rapport, which should be growing now that the receiver has an offer in tow.
“Coach Locksley is a great guy; I love talking to him, and he has great relationships with a lot of guys in this area,” Sullivan-Brown said. “Now that he’s head coach over there, it definitely helps [Maryland’s chances]. It would definitely help if he stays on board over there. I know he’s going to lock down the Maryland area; he has great relationships with DMV athletes. Him being there is huge; guys love [Locksley] around here.”
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Pallotti product went on to say that Locksley invited him to the Terps’ game against Penn State Oct. 24, which Sullivan-Brown is planning on attending. The receiver was last in College Park, Md., for UMD-South Florida bout earlier this year.
“I loved Maryland when I was down there the last time. I love the facilities there, and how the coaches all treated me,” Sullivan-Brown said. “It was great, and I’m looking forward to getting back. I loved all the Under Armour gear and the uniforms too, of course.”
In addition to his rapport with Locksley, Sullivan-Brown has also been in contact with several of Maryland’s class of 2016 commitments. He’s readily taken note of the hometown movement and said he’s giving plenty of consideration to eventually joining in.
“I love DMV-to-UMD. The local players staying home, it definitely sounds good,” Sullivan-Brown said. “Most definitely it means something to me. I want to win when I go to college, and I already know what the athletes around here can do. So if I have them as teammates [in college], I know I’ll be in a good spot. I’m going to be talking to one of my former teammates, [four-star defensive end] Chase Young [DeMatha/Hyattsville, Md.], to get his thoughts on Maryland since he’s been over there a bunch and really likes them. There’s a lot of guys I know who are looking at Maryland now.”
Although Sullivan-Brown’s high on the hometown, he’s not ready to commit anytime soon. He insisted he still “has to find the right fit for me” and will “go through the process.” The Laurel, Md., native said he’s set to visit Temple Oct. 31, Boston College Nov. 7 and NC State Nov. 28, with more trips coming this offseason. Moreover, he’s on the verge of procuring offers from Vanderbilt, Duke and Wake Forest, while other power-five suitors are in touch.
“Right now all the colleges are together; no one has separated themselves yet,” Sullivan-Brown said. “I’m super excited about Maryland, but I still have to see what else is out there since that’s the only school I’ve been to so far.”