The Terps are after several defensive back/receiver types in Georgia, and the staff’s latest offer went out to an under-the-radar wideout from East Pauding High (Dallas, Ga.). Jalen Browder didn’t have a single offer in early February, but in the last couple weeks he’s added Colorado State, Illinois and finally Maryland Feb. 15.
“Maryland was a big one for me. That’s a school I know some about and like,” said Browder, who is mainly a wideout but can also play some Wildcat quarterback. “Coach [Chris] Beatty, he found me on Twitter and he messaged me to let me know he’d watched my film, liked what he saw and wanted to offer me. He said he’d love to have me up there for a visit.”
The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder plans to take Beatty up on that opportunity at some point this spring. Browder said Maryland is a program he has circled as a “must see.”
“It’s really cool to have a Big Ten school like Maryland want you. I’ve watched that conference since I was young because I have family up in Chicago, so that’s a conference I like a lot,” Browder said. “And I’m a basketball player too, and I’ve watched a lot of Maryland basketball growing up. Rasheed Sulaimon, I’ve followed him for a few years now, first when he was at Duke and then when he transferred to Maryland. So I kind of got interested in Maryland because of that.”
Browder, though, doesn’t know too much about the football program other than it has a new coaching staff and dons Under Armour apparel.
“I really like the colors and the uniforms,” Browder said. “That’s about what I know about Maryland right now (laughs). That and they’re Big Ten. But I plan to talk to Coach Beatty more and learn more, and I’ll learn more when I visit.”
Browder has not been able to visit any college campuses as of yet. But he would like to trek to each school that has offered him, and will ante up in the future.
Browder said he does not have a “dream school” of any sort, nor is he particularly taken with the hometown programs like Georgia Tech and Georgia. He also said the fact he has family in Chicago wouldn’t give Illinois a leg up.
“Illinois is a good offer to have too; it’s another Big Ten program. But I’ll welcome any school that wants to take a chance on me,” said Browder, who mentioned NC State, Wake Forest and South Carolina have shown interest. “I’ll see who comes in and then try to take as many visits as possible to see if I like the school.”
Browder is coming off a season where he recorded 53 receptions for 787 yards and 10 touchdowns.
“I’m a tall, fast outside receiver who can go up and get it,” Browder said. “And I can play some quarterback too, and Colorado State is actually recruiting me as an athlete and said I might be able to play some quarterback. But my main position is receiver.”