Fork Union (Fork Union, Va.) class of 2017 cornerback Taurus Carroll estimated he’d been in College Park, Md., seven or eight times in total, but he hadn’t trekked up to Maryland in over a year. On Nov. 7, though, the 6-foot, 165-pound Terps’ offeree finally had a chance to return, taking in UMD’s 31-24 loss to Wisconsin in Byrd Stadium.
“Even though Maryland lost, I thought it was a great game and I loved it up there,” said Carroll, who transferred to Fork Union from Hylton (Woodbridge, Va.) prior to this season. “I fell in love with Maryland even more than I already did. Just seeing the facilities again, seeing the plans for the future and meeting the coaches, it was really nice. I honestly like everything there. It’s definitely my favorite school right now.”
Although he’s being recruited as a cornerback, Carroll spent much of the game honing in on Maryland’s receivers. He said he was “really impressed” with D.J. Moore, the Terps’ freshman wideout who scored a touchdown.
“I really like the speed of the receivers; those guys are playmakers,” Carroll said. “But in general I liked the team’s fight. They played hard. And then the crowd was all into it and there was great energy; I had a really good time. I saw [UMD receiver commit] D.J. Turner up there too, and he’s my boy. We’re on the same 7-on-7 team and he loves it at Maryland.”
Before the game, Carroll had a chance to tour College Park and chat with a couple coaches. He didn’t say much to interim head coach Mike Locksley, but spoke for a good while with Director of Player Personnel Cory Robinson and also defensive line coach Chad Wilt.
“Basically Coach Cory was telling me about the coaching situation at Maryland and was saying how hopefully [the staff] can stay in-tact. Coach Cory is a great guy to talk to; I’ve known him for awhile now,” Carroll said. “And Coach Wilt, he used to recruit my brother when [Wilt] was at UVA. I knew him from that, so he’s kind of like family.”
The Fork Union corner said he’s been assured his UMD offer, which was granted by former Maryland head coach Randy Edsall, remains on the table. Carroll said he’s not sure which position coach will recruit him now (he said defensive backs coach Darrell Perkins hasn’t been in touch), but he regularly exchanges messages with Robinson.
“Coach Cory talks to me the most, and he’s been really good about keeping me up to date and staying in touch,” said Carroll, who also holds offers from JMU and Towson. “I actually did his Next Level Nation camps when he worked those, so I knew him from that. I like talking to him.”
Carroll said he’s “definitely” returning to Maryland for a junior day this winter. Next up, though, he’ll take in Wake Forest Nov. 27. Carroll said the Deacons, in addition to NC State, are both considering extending an offer. He has visited Winston Salem, N.C., and Raleigh, N.C., before.
“But right now Maryland is my top school. I’d love to go there,” Carroll said. “It was my first FBS offer, I have family there, and I love the players and coaches there. Hopefully the coaches stay, but right now I like Maryland a lot.”