Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin offered East Bay (Gibsonton, Fla.) cornerback K.J. Sails right before the dead recruiting period, and several weeks later the recruit’s contemplating an official visit to College Park, Md. The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder, who decommitted from Iowa in November, said the Terps are one of many schools in the running as Signing Day nears in February.
“I like Maryland, but I’m still open to everything. A lot of schools have been coming at me of late and I’m expecting new offers to come in this week,” said Sails, who at one time held offers from the likes of Wisconsin, UMD, Iowa, Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Pitt, Nebraska, Rutgers, USF, Utah, Temple, WVU, Wake and more. “Arizona, Purdue, ECU are supposed to offer. And West Virginia, Cincinnati, USF, Maryland, Nebraska, and a couple others have all been after me recently. Wisconsin, I already took an official there and they’re still in there. So I just have to sit down with my family and go through everything.”
Sails said he’d “most likely” be officially visiting Maryland Jan. 22, however. He and his good friend, Armunz Mathews (North Florida Christina/Tallahassee, Fla.), have discussed checking out UMD together and possibly playing together at the next level. Mathews, for his part, told Terrapin Times he was particularly high on the Terps and hinted they could lead for his services.
“Me and Armunz are thinking about [playing together]. We’ve talked about it. We have to do what’s best for each of our situations, but it would be cool to play with him. We’ll have to see what happens,” Sails said. “But most likely I’ll be officially visiting Maryland. It’s a pretty good program, Coach Durkin is a cool dude, and my relationship with him is good. We communicate well, and from what he’s been telling me I think he’ll turn that program around.”
The three-star Sails said he and Durkin exchange messages a couple times each week. The recruit said the prospects of early playing time, in particular, caught his eye, in addition to the school’s renowned journalism program.
“I want the chance to play early, and I know Maryland needs corners, so that’s a big thing,” Sails said. “And it’s great academics there. I’m big in sports broadcasting, and there’s a lot of broadcasters out there that went to Maryland. Then Maryland’s Under Armour and Big Ten too, which is pretty cool.”
Note that Sails is also a basketball player at East Bay. He’s been known to watch his share of college hoops too.
“Maryland has a great, great basketball team,” Sails said, laughing. “I watch them on TV all the time. That’s pretty cool too.”
Besides UMD, Sails said he’s “definitely” officially visiting Cincinnati Jan. 15. He said the Bearcats’ staff has had consistent communication, and he likes the head coach and defensive coordinator.
“I think they’re turning things around in Cincinnati,” Sails said.
The corner is unsure of his final official and couldn’t speculate on which program might receive it. He said a lot will depend on which staffs decide to offer in the next week or so.
“There’s a couple schools that have been coming at me that I’m really interested in, but it’s hard to say who has my eye right now,” said Sails, who hinted Nebraska may receive a Jan. 29 look. “I mean, so many of these schools have good things to offer, so it’s tough.”
A month or so ago, Sails suggested Wisconsin could be the team to beat. The Badgers hosted him for an official and had openings at defensive back. Since then, however, Sails’ Badgers’ recruiter, Dave Aranda, has left and Wisconsin may have other priorities at corner.
“I still talk to Wisconsin,” Sails said. “But I don’t know, it’s kind of complicated there.”
Sails played both ways for East Bay last year, starting at receiver and corner. He had 1,000 all-purpose yards and eight touchdowns, to go along with two interceptions. Sails said all his offers are for cornerback, however.