Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell has connections throughout the Peach State, and Feb. 10 he contacted the head coach at Roswell (Ga.) High to inform he wanted to offer junior receiver Jayden Comma. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Comma only held offers from Mercer and Presbyterian prior to Bell’s verbal, but he figures to procure his share of major looks before it’s all said and done.
“I feel great, to be honest. It’s my first FBS offer,” Comma said. “It’s really cool to have a Big Ten offer, which I think will really put me on the map. What happened was my coach had talked to one of the coaches at Maryland, and then my coach texted me the news that they had offered. I haven’t spoken to any Maryland coaches yet, but I definitely look forward to it. I look forward to building a relationship with them moving forward. I’m very excited.”
Comma hadn’t heard from any Maryland coach, past regime or present, prior to Feb. 10. But he does know a thing or two about the Terps.
“I’ve seen Maryland play on TV before, and I love the Under Armour uniforms,” laughed Comma. “And I’ve seen pictures of the campus and things online. It looks like a beautiful place and a nice school academically from what I can tell. I’m excited to get up there to see it first-hand.”
The fact Maryland’s a Big Ten school holds primary appeal as well. Although Comma’s from ACC country, he said the majority of his family is actually from Ohio.
“I’m an Ohio State fan to tell you the truth, and I love the Big Ten,” Comma said. “So I’d love the chance to play in that conference, for a team up north, and now Maryland is giving me that opportunity. It sounds like it could be a fit for me.”
Comma won’t be able to trek up to College Park, Md., anytime this winter, but he’ll try to make the spring game April 16. He said he’ll likely take a tour through the Northeast, with Maryland being a prime stop.
“I just want to go to the place that best fits me, and I feel Maryland could be one of those places because they spread the ball out and move it downfield,” Comma said. “I haven’t talked to them yet, but I heard that their offense is a spread and they’ll be throwing the ball, which is great news if you’re a receiver.”
In addition to UMD, Comma said he’s recently heard from Georgia Southern, Georgia Tech, Troy, Western Kentucky and WVU. He said the Mountaineers could be offering “very soon,” while others are bound to become involved.
“The whole hoping for offers thing isn’t big for me. Sure, I hope to blow up and get a bunch of offers, but I think colleges, once the look at my film, they’ll take a closer look at me,” Comma said. “But there’s not one offer I’m looking for or anything like that. I’ll just keep working and the offers will come.”
So far, Comma’s only been to Georgia Tech, a trip he called “really nice.” He’s unsure when the hometown Jackets will offer, but believes they’ll eventually pull through.
Next up, Comma’s heading to Mercer Jan. 20 and Wake Forest in March.
The Roswell product is coming off a season where he recorded 51 receptions for 1,087 yards and 13 touchdowns. He played the “X,” or outside receiver spot, all year long.
“I think what I do well is I find space and know how to get open. It’s easy for my quarterback to locate me. And when it’s a jump ball I’ll go get it; I high-point the ball and have good hands,” Comma said. “But I think I need to work on my speed – I run a sub 4.6, but I want to get faster. And my route running is decent, but I’d like to get better at that too.”