The Terps’ staff has a number of receiver offers out in the 2017 class, and some of their most recent verbals have gone out to wideouts in ACC country. Including a rising star North Carolina legacy, who is just starting to emerge on recruiting radars.
On Feb. 13, Concord (N.C.) receiver/cornerback Hamsah Nasirildeen added his first FBS scholarship from Maryland, before picking up his initial SEC look later in the day from South Carolina. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder previously held offers from ECU, Georgia Southern, Charlotte and Temple.
“I was really excited to get my first power-five offer from Maryland, and then South Carolina later in the day was icing on the cake,” said Nasirildeen, who noted that Maryland wants him at wideout, but most schools (including South Carolina) are recruiting him for defense. “Right now everyone is pretty even and I’m just seeing what happens with what offers come in, but it was pretty exciting to get those two offers on the same day.”
As for the Terps, Nasirildeen admittedly didn’t know much, which wasn’t surprising considering he’s lived in North Carolina all his life.
“But I have been talking to a couple of the Maryland coaches on Twitter, Coach [Chris] Beatty and Coach [Walt] Bell,” Nasirildeen said. “They haven’t said a whole lot yet, just that they liked my game and wanted to offer me. And they let me know they want me up there and want me to join the program. It was great to hear that, but I have to get to know them more and learn more about the school.”
Which Nasirildeen would like to do at some point. He said College Park, Md., is not as easily accessible as UNC or USC, but, “I want to get to know the Maryland coaches and explore the school. You won’t know unless you go up there and try it out.”
Nasirildeen actually picked up his Gamecocks’ offer while at South Carolina’s junior day Feb. 13. He hadn’t been in Columbia, S.C., recently, nor had he met head coach Will Muschamp,
“I liked it there. They put a lot of new things in, did a lot of new stuff with the school. And the coaches were real honest with how they talked to you,” Nasirildeen said. “I liked the coaches there a good bit. And my high school actually played against one of the players who’s at South Carolina now, so it was cool to see him up there.”
Of course, Nasirildeen is a UNC legacy, his father suiting up for the Tar Heels back in the day. Nasirildeen said he’s had contact with the North Carolina staff, although he’s unsure if/when they’ll ante up.
“I do like North Carolina, but I wouldn’t just commit if they offered,” Nasirildeen said. “I’ve been there before, and I do like the school, but everyone is pretty even for me right now. I have to take some more visits first.”
Nasirildeen, who mentioned he has no preference for a particular conference, will be returning to UNC Feb. 20, followed by Charlotte Feb. 27 and NC State March 5.
The Concord product is coming off a season where he racked up 600 receiving yards and five touchdowns, to go along with 85 tackles; five interceptions; and two forced fumbles.