The Terps’ staff is attempting to solidify its 2016 quarterback situation, but that hasn’t stopped them from making inroads into next year’s signal-caller class as well. Earlier in January, Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell extended an offer to junior Taylor Powell (Fayetteville, Ark.), and on Jan. 15 UMD assistant Mike London gave local dual-threat Kasim Hill (Gilman/Baltimore, Md.) an early verbal.
“It was very exciting to know Maryland offered me,” said the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Hill, who now holds offers from UMD, Boston College, Iowa, Michigan, MSU, Mississippi State, Northwestern, Penn State, Syracuse and Wake Forest. “It’s the hometown school, so it’s always cool to get an offer from a school 20 minutes from your house. It was very exciting for me.”
The versatile Hill said London trekked through Gilman Jan. 14 and spoke to the Greyhounds’ coaches, including headman Biff Poggi, who UMD coach D.J. Durkin has been attempting to hire for a personnel position. Hill then introduced himself to London, and the next day the Gilman staff informed the quarterback the offer was on the table.
“I knew Coach London when he was at UVA, although I didn’t really see him face to face [until Jan. 14],” Hill said. “But me and Coach London have spoken before, and we have a good relationship. He offered me at UV. Hopefully we can continue building upon that now that I have an offer from Maryland.”
In addition to London, Hill also knows a couple other Maryland staffers.
“Coach [Scott] Shafer, he offered me at Syracuse, and Coach Durkin, I knew him from the times I saw him at Michigan when I was up there,” Hill said. “So I have a good relationship with the coaches there already.”
It’s likely that Hill will return to Maryland this winter for a junior day or perhaps a spring practice. He has not been in College Park, Md., since last winter when he attended a UMD basketball game.
“It’s been awhile since I’ve been to Maryland, but it’s definitely a school I’ll look into,” Hill said. “I’m not sure if I want to stay home [for college] or go farther away yet. I haven’t thought about it yet. But it’s something I’m definitely looking into.”
Hill has not had a chance to explore Maryland’s offensive style yet, though he’d seem to fit well into Walt Bell’s up-tempo spread. It’s a bit different than Gilman’s “power spread,” but Hill said he’s adaptable.
“I honestly feel I can play in any type of system,” Hill said. “I can do whatever the coaches ask me to do. The system isn’t the most important thing for me.”
While Hill will be looking deeper at Maryland moving forward, it’s hardly the only school he’s considering. He declared himself “wide open” in the recruiting process, with every program that’s offered firmly in play.
“Hopefully I can start talking to Notre Dame more. And UNC, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, those are some others that have shown interest, and hopefully they’ll offer,” Hill said. “I’m looking to build good relationships with all the schools that have offered me, and hopefully more in the future.”
Hill has visited Michigan, MSU, Northwestern, PSU, Syracuse, UMD and Boston College already. He’s been to Ann Arbor, Mich., State College, Pa., and Evanston, Ill., on multiple occasions, perhaps giving some indication into which programs have his eye early.
“There’s a couple schools I’ve been to for second visits and have learned more about,” Hill said. “The others were just getting basic information and things like that. I have to look more into them. But, honestly, I’m very open and keeping an open mind right now.”
Hill, who led his team to an MIAA A-Conference title, is coming off as season where he racked up 1,400 passing yards and 13 touchdowns, to go along with 500 rushing yards and 14 more scores.