With two recruiters quite familiar with Virginia on staff, the Terps have made the 757 and the Richmond/Norfolk areas a priority in 2017. And one of the latest UMD offers went out to junior corner Terrell Jana, a Canadian who just transferred to Woodberry Forest (Va.) shortly before the 2016 season began. Jana previously held verbals from Ohio and Nevada, so UMD represented his first significant offer.
“I was very, very excited to get my first power-five offer,” said the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Jana. “The coaches at Maryland loved my film, they offered me, and now I’m looking forward to seeing the school.”
UMD defensive line coach Mike London knew Jana from when the coach headed the UVA program last year. He recently reinitiated contact with Jana after arriving at Maryland before the New Year.
“Coach London was recruiting me at UVA, and when he transferred over to Maryland he got right back in touch with me,” Jana said. “Then he let me know on Twitter to give him a call, and when I did he said he liked my film, my size; and said how he wanted to offer me. It wasn’t a long conversation, but it was good and I was excited. I told him I didn’t know a lot about Maryland, but I couldn’t wait to get to know him more and meet the rest of the staff there.”
Yes, Jana’s knowledge of UMD is quite limited. After all, he lived in British Columbia and on the West Coast most of his life, and has only been at Woodberry for about a year.
“But I do know they have great uniforms, I know they’re Under Armour, and I know Stefon Diggs went there,” laughed Jana. “So I have to learn more, go to visit the school, see what type of defense they run and things like that. I’m looking forward to getting up there soon, maybe for a junior day. I’m excited to see the school, because it sounds like a great program and it’s a Big Ten school. I’ve heard it’s a new staff up there and they’re looking to do big things.”
So far, the only campuses Jana has been on are Rutgers’ and UVA’s. He’s been to RU for a camp and UVA for a camp and a game. Jana’s unsure what schools he’ll be perusing this winter and spring, but wants to see as many regional programs as possible.
In terms of potential suitors, Jana said Iowa State, Rutgers and UVA should be anteing up shortly. He’s not looking for any one offer in particular, however.
“Honestly, the more the merrier,” Jana said. “Mainly, though, I’m looking for a place with a great education. I want to get into the science field, although I’m not sure what I want to study yet. So a school with a great sciences program would be ideal.”
Since Jana’s from Canada, he said location wasn’t a major factor for him either. He said he’s lived on the West Coast, the East Coast and north of the border, so “where I go to school really doesn’t matter.”
Previously, Jana had attended Thomas More in British Columbia. He transferred to Woodberry after researching the program on-line and then visiting the school last year.
“There’s a great history and tradition there, and I loved the students, the environment and the quality of people at Woodberry,” Jana said. “I couldn’t be happier here.”
During his first season at Woodberry, Jana actually played quarterback. He ended up throwing for 1,500 yards, rushing for 980 and accounting for about 20 total touchdowns.