Maryland’s former offensive line coach, Greg Studrawa, mined Western Pennsylvania for talent, and now the Terps’ new line coach, Dave Borbely, is trying his luck in the tackle-rich area. On Feb. 10, Borbely extended an offer to emerging O-lineman Gabe Houy from Upper St. Clair in Pittsburgh.
“I was pretty surprised by the offer. It came about pretty quick,” said the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Houy, who previously held verbals from Pitt and Toledo. “I was talking to Coach Borbely for a couple days, and then all of a sudden [Feb. 10] he’s telling me I have an offer from Maryland. He just said he really liked my length, my quick feet and my punch.
“And I was very happy, obviously. It was great to hear, great to get another FBS offer.”
Houy has never trekked through College Park, Md., before, but would like to venture down at some point this spring. He doesn’t know a ton about the school either, other than what Borbely told him during their brief conversation.
“Coach Borbely mainly just invited me down to check things out; he didn’t say a whole lot. I’m definitely in the research phase with Maryland right now,” Houy said. “I know it’s a Big Ten school, which is great – that’s a great conference. And they have awesome uniforms too. But I have to get down there for a visit first before I can really comment.”
As far as Borbely is concerned, Houy said he’s looking forward to maintaining contact with him.
“I don’t know him well yet, but he does seem like a nice guy, and I know he’s a good coach,” Houy said. “I look forward to meeting him in person.”
The only program Houy’s been to thus far is nearby Pittsburgh. And the Panthers do have his eye early on.
“I liked Pitt; they have my attention right now,” Houy said. “I know they’re rebuilding, but I like the new staff, the facilities and obviously it’s a great school. Staying home is definitely something I’m thinking about. But at the same time I want to explore what else is out there.”
Next up, Houy’s heading to a Feb. 13 junior day at Toledo, followed by Wake Forest Feb. 21. After that, he wants to hit Penn State, Iowa State and Maryland.
Houy’s unsure who will ante up next, but believes the Deacons could be close since “they talk to me a whole lot.”
“Right now I’d like to get offers from any school. There’s not one I’m hoping for,” Houy said. “I’m not a big fan of one particular school; I’m not favoring one school over another. My parents were West Virginia and Pitt fans, but I can’t say I’m a huge fan of any one school. I’m pretty open right now.”
Houy, who projects as a college tackle, said he’d like to have his college destination decided before his senior season. But he also acknowledged it will depend on how his recruitment develops and what schools are involved with him.
“It’s early in the process,” Houy said. “I’m happy with the offers I have right now; they’re all good offers. But I just have to see what comes in and start taking visits, and then I’ll know more.”