One of the foremost recruits at Maryland for “DMV Day” Feb. 13 was Pallotti (Laurel, Md.) athlete Cameron Sullivan-Brown, a receiver/cornerback who the Terps’ staff has been after for a couple months now. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has visited College Park, Md., twice in the last few weeks, his interest level in the hometown school continuing to grow.
“I really, really like Maryland right now,” said Sullivan-Brown, who holds offers from UMD, Illinois, Kansas, Duke, Wisconsin, WVU, UVA, Temple, NC State and others. “I just really think the new staff at Maryland, and what they’re trying to do with keeping the local guys home, it’s great. My experience there with the coaches was great. It’s just a way-more upbeat environment and better vibe at Maryland now than it was with the old coaches.”
Sullivan-Brown, who is being recruited purely as an athlete, said his favorite part of the Feb. 13 trip was sitting down with his potential position coaches. He said he had detailed conversations with offensive coordinator Walt Bell, receivers’ coach Chris Beatty and defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim.
“All the coaches there are just nice guys, and I really like them a lot and their message,” Sullivan-Brown said. “I talk to Coach Aazaar, who recruits me, multiple times each week, and we’re very close. He’s a great coach and knows his stuff. And Coach Beatty and Coach Bell, they really like my ball skills and what I bring to the table as a receiver. But I just liked their message in general. They were saying how Maryland could be like Miami back in the ‘80s where [the Hurricanes] kept all the Florida guys there, and they won championships. They said if everyone from the DMV stays at Maryland, they could build a dynasty too.”
The Pallotti product spoke to head coach D.J. Durkin as well. He said every time he’s met and talked to the headman, Durkin’s energy has been readily apparent.
“I really like Coach Durkin’s passion. He’s really enthusiastic about Maryland and knows how he wants to change things,” Sullivan-Brown said. “I like his message a lot too, just about staying home and building the hometown school into a winner.”
Sullivan-Brown mentioned the other recruits in attendance were all hyped about Durkin and DMV-to-UMD too. The Laurel native said the idea of the hometown movement is alive and well.
“There was a whole lot of talent up there, and I feel like if we all stayed at Maryland we can win multiple championships,” Sullivan-Brown said. “I just loved the vibe there.”
Besides meeting the coaches and chatting with the other recruits, Sullivan-Brown enjoyed the Maryland-Wisconsin hoops game, checking out the facilities and just being in the College Park environment.
“I really liked the crowd at the basketball game; it was a live environment and showed what kind of support you can get at Maryland,” Sullivan-Brown said. “And the facilities, the campus and stuff, I’d been up there before so I already got to see all that. But it just impresses me more and more every time I go up there. I like the environment there.”
Sullivan-Brown will be visiting Temple Feb. 17, but is unsure of his future plans. He should be returning to Maryland for its spring game April 16, however.
“I still want to look at a few schools, but Maryland is very high for me right now,” said Sullivan-Brown, who noted he’s willing to play either side of the ball so long as he’s contributing. “Like I said, it’s just a great, great vibe there.”