The Maryland staff just signed two quarterbacks in its 2016 class, but they’re intent on adding more gunslingers to the mix in 2017. Already, the Terps have offers out to five junior signal callers, and two of those early verbals went out on Signing Day to a pair of Virginia natives. Four-star Lindell Stone (Woodberry Forest, Va.) pulled in a UMD offer earlier in the day, followed by dual-threat three-star Darriel Mack (Norview/Norfolk, Va.) just a couple hours later.
Of the two, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Mack would seem to fit offensive coordinator Walt Bell’s up-tempo spread quite well.
“I was really excited when I got the Maryland offer, and I was looking at them and saw what kind of offense they’re running now,” said Mack, who also holds verbals from UVA and Va Tech, both of which are recruiting him as a quarterback too. “And we run a spread system at Norview, so I know I could go to a school like Maryland and fit right in. It’s a very similar style, and that’s the type of style I like.”
Mack actually heard about his UMD offer from his coaches Feb. 3. He said one of the Norview coaches played with Maryland’s Virginia-area recruiter, Chris Beatty, in college, while the rest of the high school’s staff knew the Terps’ receivers’ coach from when he was at UVA.
“My coaches were telling me some things about Coach Beatty, and then I actually called him and talked to him too,” Mack said. “He said he really liked my film and believes I have the arm strength, mechanics and ability to play quarterback at Maryland. So that was great to hear, and from what I can tell Coach Beatty is a down-to-earth guy who you can talk to about anything. I look forward to building a relationship with him. I know he’s a local guy from around here too, which is another plus, because I can relate to him.”
As for Maryland itself, Mack has never been to College Park, Md., nor does he know much about the school.
“But I have seen them play a couple times,” he said, “and I love the uniforms (laughs). I do plan to get up there soon since it’s not too far. I want to learn more about them and meet the other coaches. It’s a school I’m interested in.”
Mack’s never visited UMD, but he has been through Va Tech; UNC; ODU; and ECU. Of those, he said North Carolina and Tech stood out.
“When I went to Tech, they played Duke and it was four overtimes. So that was really exciting. And UNC was just a great atmosphere to be in,” said Mack, who mentioned coaches from the Heels and Deacons are interested and could be offering next. “I’m going to visit more schools this offseason, though. I’ll start locally and then branch out. I’m not sure exactly where I’m going yet.”
The Norview product mentioned that he’s not looking for one offer in particular, noting that, “I’m blessed for any offer.” He also said campus location won’t be a factor for him, admitting he’s not tied to programs in the mid-Atlantic and is willing to explore more distant locales.
Mack, who goes by the nickname “Mack-tastic,” is coming off a campaign where he threw for 2,187 yards and 21 score, while rushing for 868 yards and 14 more touchdowns.
“I think I bring a lot of excitement to the field as a dual-threat. I’m really smart with the ball and in-tune too,” Mack said. “But I need to work on my mechanics and my footwork. I still have a lot to improve on to be ready for the next level.”