Most of the recruits the Maryland staff hosted Feb. 13 for “DMV Day” were those the coaches had already offered and targeted. But a few fell into the “next in line” category, those prospects firmly on head coach D.J. Durkin and Co.’s radar and could secure a hometown look in short order.
One Southern Maryland prospect who does figure to eventually procure that coveted UMD scholarship is North Point’s (Waldorf, Md.) Keisean Wilson, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound outside linebacker. Wilson currently holds offers from Temple, Toledo, Charlotte, ODU and Coastal Carolina, but has been in close contact with Maryland linebackers’ coach Matt Barnes.
“Oh, I think the offer is going to happen. I can’t say when, but I’m pretty sure Maryland is going to offer me,” said Wilson, who has also been hearing from Syracuse and Kentucky at the power-five level. “Coach Barnes was telling me he just needs to see me open up my looks a little more and show a little more in coverage, but he definitely likes my game. He said I’m a guy they’re definitely looking to offer. So hopefully when [Barnes] comes down to look at me [during the spring evaluation period] I’ll hear some good news then.”
And if that local offer’s on the table, Barnes could very well snap it up. He probably wouldn’t commit immediately, but said Maryland is a scholarship he’s always wanted.
“I’d definitely consider Maryland, because it’s my home state and I’d love for my family to be able to see me play on Saturdays,” Wilson said. “It would be a great opportunity for me. It’s also a good school, one of the top educational institutions in the county, and I just liked it a lot when I was up there.”
Yes, DMV Day hit home with numerous prospects who attended. Wilson, for his part, had been in College Park before, but said it was a completely different vibe this time around.
“[Feb. 13] was great. When I was there before, I don’t know, the staff didn’t seem to be as engaging. But this new staff at Maryland, they’re great,” Wilson said. “It’s just a different atmosphere there compared to the last time I went. The coaches, with Coach Durkin there, they want to start something special. They’re more about the entire DMV movement than the coaches were before.”
Wilson said he and Barnes had been in touch via social media prior to Feb. 13. But this visit was their first time interacting on a more personal level.
“Coach Barnes is awesome. He’s a younger guy, but he’s really intense and I like his style and how he is as a coach,” Wilson said. “He has a go-get-them mentality and is very passionate. He likes how I play and loves my film, and he said I could definitely fit into the defense. [Barnes] was getting me all fired up to play defense at Maryland.”
Barnes isn’t the only UMD staffer Nelson has spoken to. He said area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim has exchanged messages with him, while Nelson knows Director of Recruiting Marcus Berry from when the coach was at Rutgers last year.
“I just like the Maryland coaches overall, and just their message,” said Wilson, who visited Temple Feb. 20 and will next hit Old Dominion later during the month. “It does feel like home there, and it’s a great place to be.”