Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin wants to prioritize the DMV, but while he’s handed out plenty of offers in the Old Line State and the nation’s capital, there hadn’t been quite as many looks in Northern Virginia. But Feb. 12 Durkin approved a scholarship for rising-star two-way tackle Tommy Christ, who lives about 40 minutes from College Park, Md., and attends Dominion High (Sterling, Va.)
“It was just an awesome offer to get,” said the 6-foot-5, 255-pound Christ, who previously held verbals from WVU, UVA, NC State, Wake Forest, BC and others. “Maryland is right near my home, everyone around me is a big Maryland fan, and it’s just a great school. It was an awesome offer and I could definitely see myself going there.”
Christ, who is being recruited by UMD as an offensive tackle, had been in touch with Terps’ defensive line coach Mike London, who knew the budding tackle when the coach was at UVA. The Dominion product said he’s had contact with London for a couple years now. In addition, Christ said he’s had conversations with UMD offensive coordinator Walt Bell.
“Coach London, I think very highly of him and he has a great reputation with coaching defensive linemen. I’ve known him for awhile now, and I’d been in contact with him on Twitter the last couple months since he’s been at Maryland,” Christ said. “And Coach Bell, he’s a young guy, but I think he’s a great coach too. I love the offense he runs, with the screen passes and running the ball a lot. I think a lot of both coaches.”
Chris actually had a chance to meet both assistants, plus the rest of Maryland’s staff, just recently. Evidently he and his family were in College Park, Md., for a visit in late January, Bell hinting an offer would materialize in short order.
“I was up at Maryland the week before Signing Day, and I loved it. I love the new staff,” said Christ, who has been at UMD three times now. “The new facilities they’re building look amazing, the campus is beautiful and I loved the stadium too. It’s a great vibe there, and I like it a lot.
“I was at the Maryland-South Florida game last season too, and it was a great atmosphere. I like the fans at Maryland.”
The Virginia native is unsure when he’ll be returning, but he should be back later this offseason. He doesn’t have any visits currently scheduled, although he’ll likely hit Rutgers, where his uncle played, shortly.
Christ has already seen NC State, UVA, WVU and Va Tech, the latter being where his older brother, Matt, currently plays.
“I mean, Virginia Tech was sort of my dream school before, but I’m not so sure anymore,” said Christ, who mentioned RU and Duke should be offering next. “I mean, it would be an awesome offer to have, but if I got it I wouldn’t just say, Yes, I’m going there immediately like before. I’d have to think about it.”
Chris said he has offers for both sides of the ball, some schools preferring him at offensive tackle; others at defensive end; and still others at defensive tackle. The Dominion prospect said he has no preference and will play wherever he has the best opportunity to contribute.