The Terps’ staff is attempting to land two quarterbacks before Signing Day, and they hosted a pair of Louisiana signal callers for official visits Jan. 22. Three-star Lindsey Scott (Zachary, La.) has Maryland among his top two contenders following the trip, while two-star Chase Fourcade (Rummel/Metairie, La.) has UMD on the mind as well.
“Overall it was a great experience for me and my family,” said Fourcade, who has been committed to Nicholls State since the summer. “It was my first big official visit at a school, and it was a great time out there meeting the new coaching staff and building a relationship with them. I had a great time.
“The highlight was just being there, seeing the facilities, seeing all the coaches, and seeing the other recruits. It was just great getting to know everyone and getting along with everyone.”
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Fourcade, who is mainly a pocket passer but can make plays with his feet if need be, said he enjoyed interacting with every member of Maryland’s staff. He spoke highly of head coach D.J. Durkin and offensive coordinator Walt Bell, who recruited Fourcade when the coach was at Arkansas State, in particular.
“Coach Durkin is a great coach and will do great things at Maryland. I just got to build a relationship with him and got to know him better. He’s a really good guy,” Fourcade said. “He was really impressive and my parents liked him too.
“And Coach Bell and I, we’ve known each other for awhile. At Maryland, we sat down and talked football for awhile. He’s a great offensive coordinator, and he’s great at breaking down the little things and making the game simpler. Just the way he coaches, and how seriously he takes his job, that’s why he broke records at Arkansas State. I feel like he would help me a lot, and I know I’d fit well into his system.”
Most of the time, recruits are matched with player-hosts who play their respective position. But this case was a little different.
Terps’ center Brendan Moore, one of the squad’s most cerebral players, was tasked with showing Fourcade around.
“We got along great. Brendan is a great guy and he told me a lot about Maryland,” Fourcade. “I learned a lot about the academic side of the school, and that was really impressive. [Moore] introduced me to a lot of the other players too, and I got along with all of them really well. It was a great time hanging out with everyone.”
In particular, Fourcade said he had a lot of fun in the snow, a result of the blizzard Jonas. The quarterback said he’s seen “a little” snow in Louisiana, but not the two to three feet he witnessed in College Park, Md.
“It was a lot of fun, though,” Fourcade said. “Just jumping around in the snow and throwing it around, it was pretty fun.”
Snow or no snow, the question is, Could Fourcade see himself playing his college ball on the East Coast? Or is it just a bit too far from the Bayou?
“You know, it is kind of far,” Fourcade admitted. “As long as I’m playing the game I love I think I’ll be OK, but it is a little far.”
Which may be why Fourcade hasn’t committed yet. He said the Maryland staff did push for a pop from both he and Lindsey Scott, but both reneged for now.
“I’m still talking it over with my family. I’m still committed to Nicholls State,” Fourcade said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do yet.
“Maryland said they’re bringing in two quarterbacks and they just want us to compete. They don’t care if you’re a senior or a freshman, just compete and let the best man win. They didn’t say anyone was ahead of anyone else [on the staff’s recruiting board]. But they did want [Scott and I] there.”
For now, Fourcade is set to see Louisiana-Monroe for his final official Jan. 29. He will then decide if he’s sticking with Nicholls State or flipping to another program on Signing day.
“Right now I’m still committed. I talk to the Nicholls coaches every day,” Fourcade said. “But I’m just enjoying the process, checking out some other schools and seeing what my options are.”