With rumors swirling about Dwayne Haskins’ (Bullis/Potomac, Md.) commitment status to Maryland, the Terps’ staff has taken the initiative and begun mining the ranks for another 2016 signal caller. On Jan. 10, UMD offensive coordinator Walt Bell offered a pair of dual-threats in Devon Modster (Tesoro/Las Flores, Calif.) and Tyrell Pigrome (Clay-Chalkville/Pinson, Ala.).
Pigrome, a 5-foot-11, 180-pounder, previously held a relationship with Bell, the coach recruiting the quarterback at Arkansas State.
“I just got a big offer from Maryland, and I’m going out there for an official visit on [Jan.] 29. I’m really excited about it,” said Pigrome, who is scheduled to visit Tulane Jan. 15 and Virginia Tech Jan. 22. “Coach Bell was recruiting me at Arkansas State, and I knew him from that, and now he’s saying he’d love to have me at Maryland.”
Pigrome said he called Bell earlier Jan. 10, the coach letting the quarterback know he could be “the guy” in College Park, Md. The Alabama product said he’s already familiar with Bell’s offense and believes he’d fit in well.
“Coach Bell runs that up-tempo spread, and that’s what I do. That’s my style,” Pigrome said. “Coach Bell let me know [the Terps] have a couple quarterbacks on the roster, but that I could come in and compete for time right away. If not, he said I could redshirt next year and then compete for time the year after. He said I was his main guy, and he wanted me out there. That kind of opened my eyes a bit (laughs).”
Even so, Pigrome doesn’t know too much about Maryland. He’s aware it’s a new coaching staff, competes in the Big Ten and has an Under Armour affiliation.
“I’m still learning about the school. I’ll do my research and then I’ll know more after I visit,” Pigrome said. “I did hear they’re going to be building some really nice facilities, and I do know it’s great academics. I want to major in business, and I know they have a good program for that.”
Pigrome said there is a possibility he could commit during his late January official, but more than likely he’d return home; weigh out the pros and cons of his final suitors; and then announce his decision on Signing Day.
“I really like the sound of Maryland, but I have to get out there and see if I like it,” Pigrome said. “I just have to make sure it feels like home and I’m comfortable with the players, the coaches and the offense. So I just want to get out there and have a great time and see what happens.”
But Pigrome didn’t want to place the Terps at the head of the pack just yet. He insisted all three of his final suitors were “on an even plane” and each would be given equal consideration.
“Tulane, they’ve been after me forever and their coaches want me there bad,” Pigrome said. “And Virginia Tech, their staff recruited me at Memphis and were on me there. And now they’re on me at Virginia Tech. I know I’d fit their style well too, and I’ve known their coaches for a good while now too.”
The Clay-Chalkville recruit did allow that another school could potentially enter the fray if it offers late. But Pigrome, who has not been in touch with any other suitors beyond UMD, Tulane and Va Tech, said he’d probably stick to his final three and choose between them.
Pigrome is coming off a senior season where he passed for 3,000 yards, rushed for 1,300 and scored 62 touchdowns. He completed 68 percent of his passes and tossed just five picks.