Maryland’s staff extended a handful of defensive back offers Dec. 14, including one to a Florida cornerback who has seen his stock rise in the last couple weeks. St. Thomas Aquinas (Miami, Fla.) three-star Dontye Carriere-Williams, a former Cincinnati pledge, added his second power-five offer in a week when the Terps pulled through.
“The Maryland offer was an interesting offer for me. I’m interested in them, and I’m going to look into them,” said Carriere-Williams, who also holds scholarships from Wisconsin, USF, Buffalo, FAU, FIU, ODU, Temple, Toledo, Troy, Tulsa, Western Michigan, Rice, Georgia Southern and others. “The coaches want me to come up for a visit, and I’m going to get back with them about that. I have to talk with them more to learn more, but I’m considering going up there in January.”
Carriere-Williams said he spoke to both Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin and defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. He mentioned that his coach at Aquinas and Durkin have known each other for years as well.
“My coach and Coach Durkin are good friends, so that’s the connection right there. My coach was telling Coach Durkin about me, and after [Durkin] reviewed the film he decided to offer,” Carriere-Williams said. “I talked to [Durkin] a little bit, and then I talked to the DB coach. He said he really liked my game and wants to get things rolling with me. We didn’t get too much into detail, but he said he’s interested and wants to get me up for a visit.”
Currently, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Carriere-Williams is in the process of researching the UMD program. He’s aware it’s an Under Armour school, competes in the Big Ten and has a new staff is in place.
“The first thing that always pops into your head when you think ‘Maryland’ is ‘Under Armour,’” Carriere-Williams said. “But besides that, I know they have a nice program that competes against great competition. The Big Ten is a conference I’d love to play in. And they’ve produced some defensive backs that are in the League now, and they have Will Likely. So that’s another thing that stands out to me, how they’ve developed DBs.”
But while the Terps have piqued Carriere-Williams’ interest, he acknowledged Wisconsin, which offered Dec. 4, holds prime appeal. The Florida corner officially visited Madison, Wis., Dec. 11 and subsequently proclaimed them “the leader.”
“Wisconsin is the leader for sure,” said Carriere-Williams, who decommitted from Cincinnati Dec. 16. “I liked what I saw up there. I loved the coaching staff, love the atmosphere and I just felt comfortable. The coaches, the campus, everything … And how the coaches presented everything to me and had a plan for me, it was just great.
“So Wisconsin definitely stirred things up a bit and changed my thinking. I’d say they’re the team to beat right now.”
Even so, Carriere-Williams plans to give Maryland its due in January. He said he’ll be evaluating UMD, Cincinnati and Wisconsin during the next month before selecting his school in mid-January.
“Right now the three schools showing the most love are Wisconsin, Cincinnati and Maryland, so those are the three I’ll look at,” Carriere-Williams said. “I’m thinking I’ll probably take one official to Maryland in January, and then make my decision right after that. I’m not going to do any Signing Day thing with a bunch of people or media around. I want to get this offer with like mid-January.”
Carriere-Williams is coming off a season where he recorded 35 tackles, two interceptions and nine pass breakups.