The Maryland staff hosted recruits galore Feb. 13 for “DMV Day,” including numerous four- and five-star locals who made the short trek over to College Park, Md. One rising offensive tackle from nearby DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), Marcus Minor, was back at UMD for yet another look at the hometown school.
“I liked it a lot, talking to the new coaches and bonding with them was great,” said the 6-foot-4, 283-pound Minor, who holds scholarships from UMD; Duke, Miami; UNC; Pitt; Syracuse; Va Tech; UVA; Wake; WVU; BC and ECU. “I talked to Coach [Dave] Borbely, the offensive line coach, and the head coach, Coach [D.J.] Durkin. Coach Borbely was telling my how I was a high priority for the program, because they didn’t bring a lot of tackles in last year and needed someone like me to step in. He also talked to me how I could better my game as a tackle, and then we talked some about academics. It was a real good conversation.
“I talked to Coach Durkin for a little bit too, although we didn’t have a ton of time. But we talked about the program, how I could impact it and just how I’m a priority for him. I liked Coach Durkin and what he’s doing there at Maryland. The way he and Coach Borbely were explaining what I could do for Maryland and expressing how much they want me, it made me feel good. They showed me how it would feel to be a Terp, and that’s what I liked best.”
Besides chatting with the two coaches, Minor said he toured the facilities and saw the renovated weight room. But the DeMatha product had already seen the school during previous visits and didn’t have much new to add this time around.
Unfortunately for Minor, he had to leave the visit a bit early, so he was unable to take in the UMD-Wisconsin basketball game that night.
“I do like the vibe in general and the environment around the program,” said Minor, who mentioned he’s attended Terps’ hoops games in the past and liked the student-section. “I’m comfortable up there on campus, and I like how it’s close to home. I like the journalism program there a lot still, that’s one of the main reasons I’m looking at [UMD].”
Minor plans to return to College Park later this offseason. He said the next visit should give him an even deeper look into the school.
“On Feb. 13, we were on a tight schedule and there wasn’t a ton of time. But the next time I go up it will be different, because it won’t be as many people there,” Minor said. “I’ll be able to get more one-on-one time with more coaches, and just learn even more about the school.”
Minor does have four senior teammates that signed with Maryland this past year. In addition, he has two highly-rated classmates, Chase Young and Anthony McFarland, who have UMD under prime consideration and visited College Park Feb. 13 as well.
But Minor said the recently-reopened DeMatha-to-Maryland pipeline wouldn’t necessarily factor into his decision, nor would his current teammates’ college choices.
For now, Minor’s claiming no leaders and didn’t want to place one school above another just yet.
“I’m just going through the process, and I feel like that’s what Chase and Anthony are doing too,” Minor said. “We all like the idea of staying home and the hometown movement. It’s a great thing they have going on there. But I just have to make sure …
“Maryland is definitely a school I’m considering, but I just want to keep everyone the same until I see all the schools that have offered me. I’m trying to visit as many places as possible, and then decide where I fit best.”
So far this offseason, Minor’s been to UVA, Va Tech and UNC, in addition to UMD. Next up, he’s hitting Wake Forest and possibly Duke.
“All the schools I’ve seen have been nice. I liked them all and they all have their positives,” Minor said. “But I’m just going through the process right now.”
Minor does not have a timetable for selecting his school, opting for the “whenever it feels right” answer.