It was a tenuous situation for South Carroll (Sykesville, Md.) tackle Brian Plummer, a longtime Maryland pledge who committed under the former UMD regime. The 6-foot-8, 285-pounder wasn’t quite sure exactly where he stood with new Terps’ head coach D.J. Durkin, and became a little more worried when he learned of decommitments from the likes of Michael Clark (Downingtown East/Exter, Pa.); Mike Viti (Camp Hill, Pa.); and his teammate, Silas Kelly, all of whom had fallen out of contact with the Maryland staff.
“Of course you get worried. Seeing guys decommit was nerve-racking,” Plummer said. “I didn’t know where I stood, and that’s hard to gauge sometimes. I tried to keep in touch [with the UMD coaches] as much as I could, because I just didn’t know.
“But then when Coach [Pete] Lembo came for an in-home visit [in mid-January], I knew it was all good. Coach Lembo said, ‘We want you, you’re scholarship’s still good and there’s a spot for you here.’ So that was obviously a relief and great to hear.”
With his concerns appeased, Plummer went about scheduling and taking his official visit to UMD Jan. 29. Afterwards, the local tackle said he’s all set to sign with the hometown school Feb. 3.
“The visit was so much fun, and it was nice seeing the coaches and other players. I talked to like the whole coaching staff and support staff,” Plummer said. “I finally met [offensive line coach] Coach [Dave] Borbely, and he’s a cool guy with a good sense of humor. I liked sitting down and talking to him, and I think he can teach me a lot. He basically went through the handbook and was teaching us a little bit already. The kind of things he was talking about, I think it’s going to work, just how he goes about coaching offensive linemen.
“And when I met with Coach Durkin, we talked about the specifics of Signing Day and the rules and such. Then we talked about his expectations and attitude going into the season. They’re very high and he’s very excited about the program.
“And then I found out Coach [Matt] Barnes lives like a half-hour from me; he lives up where he went to high school [Urbana in Ijamsville, Md.]. So it was great meeting all those guys I hadn’t met before.”
Plummer had equally high praise for the players he encountered. His player host was Ellis McKennie, another local lineman from the Carroll County area.
“Ellis and I had a great time, and we had a lot of fun,” Plummer said. “He kind of showed me around and he told me what the coaches were like, what the workouts were like, and how campus life was like socially. It all sounded great. Then I met Brad Craddock, Perry Hills and Avery Edwards, and they were all great to talk to too.”
The South Carroll product said he bonded well with the other recruits on campus as well. Even though there weren’t any other locals there besides Tino Ellis (DeMatha/Hyattsville, Md.), Plummer enjoyed interacting with the likes of Tyrek Tisdale (Oak Ridge/Orlando, Fla.), Brett Shepherd (Buford, Ga.), Qwuantrezz Knight (East Gadsden/Greenville, Fla.) and Perry Young (Spain Park/Birmingham, Ala.).
“It was a great group of guys,” Plummer said. “I really liked talking to them all. They’re great players and great people. We had a lot of fun.”
Plummer also counted dinner in D.C. and lunch at Looney’s as highlights.
“The steak I had at STK was probably one of the best I’ve had in awhile,” laughed Plummer. “Basically, the food was great all around. It was like a buffet – just constantly eating (laughs).”
In a few months, Plummer’s looking forward to eating in College Park, Md., full-time.
“I arrive on campus in June, and I’m really excited about it,” Plummer said. “It should be great. I’m excited to get my college career started.”