The Terps handed out an offer to a Highland Springs (Va.) receiver in Greg Dortch Jan. 14, and less than a week later they offered his teammate. Safety K’Von Wallace, who has been committed to Cincinnati since the summer, said his latest verbal “came out of the blue.”
“But I was thrilled about Maryland. It came out of nowhere, but it was a blessing,” said Wallace, who has offers from Cincinnati; Maryland; Virginia Tech; Arizona; and Pitt. “It’s a school I’m really interested in and am thinking about visiting. I’ve been up there before for a camp, but I didn’t really hear from the old staff. But I liked the campus up there and the area. And it’s just a program I’ve always sort of liked – I always liked their colors and uniforms (laughs). And it’s close to home.”
Not surprisingly, it was Maryland’s Virginia-area recruiters who made the pitch. The 6-foot, 175-pounder said UMD defensive line coach Mike London extended the offer, with an assist from receivers’ coach Chris Beatty.
“I knew both of those guys when they were at UVA. They didn’t offer me there, but I had a relationship with them,” Wallace said. “I liked the way they saw me as a person and not just a football player. They’re really personable people.
“And Coach London, he stopped by my school [Jan. 19] and told me that I now had an offer from Maryland. It was a big surprise for me. I was honored.”
With the scholarship in tow, Wallace said he’s considering heading up to College Park, Md., for an official visit Jan. 29.
“I know Greg [Dortch], my teammate, he’s going up to Maryland that weekend too,” Wallace said. “I’m pretty booked for officials, but I might just have to bump someone and go up with Greg to Maryland. I’m still thinking it over. It would be kind of cool to go up there with Greg and go to the same school as Greg. But we’ll see.”
The Virginia native said the Terps are looking at him for corner and safety. He said London told him, “We just need DBs, and we think you’ll be able to help us.”
As far as other visits are concerned, Wallace already took one official to Cincinnati Jan. 15. He’s scheduled to see Virginia Tech Jan. 22, Arizona for a midweek trip Jan. 26-28 and Pitt Jan. 29. If he opts to see Maryland, it will be in place of Pitt as aforementioned.
“Cincinnati, I’m still committed there, and my official there was amazing. But my recruiting process is still kind of open, and I’m weighing these other options,” Wallace said. “Virginia Tech, they stand out some, and I want to get up there this weekend. The only problem is it’s supposed to snow, so I don’t know. But I like how [the Hokies] produce a lot of NFL DBs and it’s close to home. You have to like the hometown school.
“And Arizona, that kind of stands out some too. Just where it’s located, the beautiful weather, and I like what the coaches have been saying. With Maryland, I like where I stand with them too. That’s another school that just caught my eye.”
Wallace said he’ll likely announce his decision on Signing Day. He intends to take all three remaining officials before committing.
“I don’t want to say any leaders yet,” Wallace said. “It’s all going to depend on what I see on these officials. I want to see where I fit best, the environment, how the coaches are, and where I am [on the depth chart].”