The Terps hosted one of their primary running back targets, Laderrien Wilson (Osceola, Fla.), Jan. 15-17, and the three-star ex-UVA pledge has Maryland trending. The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder isn’t ready to commit just yet, but he’s listing the Terps No. 1 in the pecking order.
“I had a good visit at Maryland and had a lot of fun,” said Wilson, who is also considering Syracuse and possibly Louisville. “I liked all the coaches and started building a good relationship with them, I liked some of the players I met, and I liked what I saw. I’d say Maryland is at the top right now.”
Wilson knew his UMD-area recruiter, Chris Beatty, from when the coach was at UVA. The two have developed a strong rapport, which carried over when Beatty took the job at Maryland earlier in January.
Not only did Wilson reconnect with Beatty, who will be trekking through Osceola Jan. 21 for an in-person meeting, but he bonded with the rest of the coaches as well.
“I got a real good connection to all the coaches, and I feel they are going to take the program in a new direction and move it in the right direction,” Wilson said. “[Running backs coach Anthony] Tucker, I was with him a lot, and I liked him. He was going over what I did well, how I’d fit in, things like that. He was really good to talk to.
“And Coach Beatty, it’s the same message as always. He says I’m his guy and No. 1 from Day One. He keeps saying that, and he said it’s definitely true because he’s still talking to me now that he’s at Maryland. It feels good to keep building that relationship with him and getting to know him more as a person and not just as a coach.”
Fellow Floridian Jahrvis Davenport hosted Wilson. The running back said he an the receiver instantly connected.
“Jahrvis is from the Tampa area, and we were basically talking about how it is up at Maryland. He said he’s still getting used to the cold,” laughed Wilson. “But he wanted to get away from Florida and go somewhere different, and that’s like me. So we related over that.
“I liked some of the other players I met too. They were all very nice.”
Wilson also said he enjoyed taking in the UMD-Ohio State basketball game, going out in Washington, D.C., and taking in the Maryland campus. He specifically commented on the upcoming facility upgrades.
“The coaches were talking about the new $150 million facility that will be completed by next spring, and that looks really nice,” Wilson said. “And I found out the dude from Under Armour [Kevin Plank] went there, which was pretty cool.”
Afterwards, Wilson said he was leaning towards the Terps but would like to take one or two more officials before deciding. He’s likely heading to Syracuse Jan. 22, while a trip to Louisville is also in the works.
“The new coach at Syracuse is telling me I’m a good back and would fit the program well. So I’m thinking about going up there,” said Wilson, who plans to announce his decision on Signing Day. “And I might go to Louisville too, but I’m not sure yet.
“The main thing for me on these officials is gaining a relationship with the coaches, seeing what the people are like, and making sure I fit in. I’m just trying to find the right fit.”
Scout's Jacquie Franciulli contributed to this article.