Clay-Chalkville (Pinson, Ala.) dual-threat quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome is fresh off an official visit to Maryland Jan. 29-31, and is gearing up for a 1:30 p.m. Feb. 3 decision announcement. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder is down to the Terps and Virginia Tech, which he officially visited Jan. 27-28.
“I’ve still got some things to think about, but it’s between those two schools,” said Pigrome, who also held an offer from Rutgers and a greyshirt opportunity from Penn State. “I like the coaches and players at both schools, but I did feel really comfortable around the Maryland players and coaches. I liked it a lot at Maryland.”
The Terps are recruiting Pigrome as a quarterback, whereas Virginia Tech’s staff wants him at slot receiver. Pigrome said his preference, however, is to sit under center.
“I want to play quarterback, and Maryland is recruiting me as a quarterback,” Pigrome said. “Coach [D.J.] Durkin said they need a guy like me to run the offense and said I could do my thing in [the Terps’ offense]. I run the exact same things at my high school that [offensive coordinator Walt] Coach Bell runs at Maryland, so I know I’d fit right in.
“Like, if they have a play called ‘I’ and it’s like a designed roll-out with [multiple] receivers to one side, we have the same sort of play with almost the same exact name. When I was sitting down with Coach Bell it’s like I already got [the Maryland] offense.”
The Clay-Chalkville product said Durkin, as well as Bell, were urging him to commit on campus. And apparently he heard plenty of overtures from the Maryland receivers too.
“D.J. [Moore] was my host and he said he needs me throwing passes to him,” Pigrome said. “Like all the receivers there, they were all on me saying they wanted me there. I had a real good time with them, and was very comfortable around them. I feel like I’d fit in well there.”
Pigrome went on to laud the College Park, Md., area, the campus itself, the impending facility upgrades and its location near Washington, D.C. He noted the academic support the Terps provide as well.
Most of all, though, he took to the coaching staff.
“Basically the Maryland coaches all have a lot of energy and they have a plan to get the program rolling again,” Pigrome said. “They said they want guys like me there to help them get to the top. They want me to run their offense for them.”
The Alabama native had similar praise for Virginia Tech. He said head coach Justin Fuente and his assistants showed him a good time, while he easily connected with the current Hokies.
“But, I don’t know, there was just something about Maryland,” Pigrome said. “I just really liked it at Maryland. Now I just have to talk things over with my family and coaches and get ready for my big decision.”
Note: Pigrome acknowledged he visited Penn State directly after departing College Park, but didn’t want to say much about it. He said the Nittany Lions weren’t really in play.