The Terps’ staff is offering defensive backs galore in hopes of adding close to a half-dozen to fill out the 2016 class. One of the most recent scholarships went out to an under-the-radar safety, who is currently committed to Cincinnati but has Maryland under prime consideration.
Spain Park’s (Birmingham, Ala.) Perry Young added his UMD offer Jan. 17, shortly after Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell stopped by his school Jan. 14.
“That was a great offer to get, because growing up I always wanted to play big-time football in a big-time conference,” said Young, who previously held offers from Cincy; Arkansas State; Georgia Southern; Southern Miss; and Tulane. “So having an offer from Maryland is a really great opportunity, and I think it’s a very good school.
“Coach [D.J.] Durkin, he actually called me [Jan. 17] and he told me that he watched film of more than 1,000 defensive backs, and I’m one of the guys that caught his eye. He’s a very well-respected defensive coach too, so for him to say that meant a lot. I’m really pumped about Maryland.”
Jan. 17 was Young’s first time speaking to Durkin, Maryland’s new headman, but he’d known Bell for quite some time. UMD’s assistant offered Young when the coach was at Arkansas State more than half-a-year ago, and the two have maintained semi-regular contact since then.
“I know coach Bell is an offensive guy, but he was still in touch with me at Arkansas State. I actually was committed to Arkansas State at one point, so I knew Coach Bell really well,” Young said. “Then he came down to my school [Jan. 14] and was talking to me then. He’s a really offensively-gifted coach, but overall he’s a great guy; easy to talk to; and has been recruiting me for awhile. For him to be recruiting me so long, the right thing to do would be to give him a shot to recruit me at Maryland.”
So, given the latter statement, Young is in the process of finalizing an official visit to College Park, Md., Jan. 29. It hasn’t been set in stone yet, but Young said he’d more than likely fly East if there are still defensive back spots available.
“I want to experience Maryland and see what it’s about. I’m talking it over with my parents now,” Young said. “I’d love to sit down with the DBs coach there to see exactly what my role would be there and how I’d fit in. Coach Durkin said he sees me as a safety and a nickel back, but I want to see exactly what the role is like. And I just want to see how I fit in in general.”
The Alabama product isn’t aware of Maryland’s inner workings or Durkin’s program in general, although he’s seen the Terps play before. He said he’s an avid college football fan and likes to take in as many different teams as he can.
“I always like to watch different defenses and then ask myself, ‘How would I fit there?’ and, ‘Who do I compare to on that defense?’” Young said. “So I saw some Maryland games and I saw how they played defense in the past. I liked Maryland’s style, although I know they had a pretty tough season last year. But it’ll change with Coach Durkin there. And I definitely liked their uniforms; they have that going for them too (laughs).”
So, if Young does make it out to College Park Jan. 29, and if there is room, would he consider flipping again?
“I honestly don’t know,” Young said. “I mean, when I committed to Cincinnati it felt like home and felt like the right fit. Everything just felt right there. It’s just going to come down to the feeling I have at Maryland, and if I bond with the people there. It’s going to have to feel like Cincinnati did, and I can’t answer that yet, because I’ve never been to Maryland before.”
For the moment, Young said he’s firmly on board with the Bearcats. He officially visited Jan. 15 and said it was “a great experience.”
Young’s set to take his second official to Tulane Jan. 22, although it’s unlikely he’ll flip to the Green Wave.
The Spain Park product had a senior campaign where he racked up 153 tackles, three interceptions, two fumble recoveries, two sacks, a touchdown and a blocked punt.