The Terps’ staff signed a pair of Atlantic High (Delray Beach, Fla.) recruits in the 2016 class in defensive end Dion Goldbourne and cornerback Antwaine Richardson. Now, head coach D.J. Durkin and Co. are after another Atlantic defensive back, junior safety George Hunter. The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder pulled down his first FBS offer from the Terps and assistant coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim Feb. 18.
“The offer was totally unexpected. What happened was I was on the field working out, and my head coach called me and my receivers’ coach had called me and left me a message,” said Hunter, who picked up his only other offer from FAU last year. “They legit called me on the football field. And when I heard about the offer, I dropped my phone, for real. And then when I got home and told my dad, he was crying and all that. He gave me a hug, and I was like, ‘Dad, I’m going, I’m going.’”
And by “going,” Hunter meant “committing.” The Atlantic product has already heard all he needs to about the Maryland program from his two teammates, and now Hunter said he just needs to see the school firsthand.
“I’m not going to put it out there too early, but I’m going to be committing there -- that’s a fact. I just don’t want to put it out there yet, but I want to be a Terp. It could be in a month, it could be two months; I’m not sure right now. But I’m going to commit,” Hunter said. “Just hearing about the campus, the organization they’re building, and they have my major. It’s a big school, a good school and they’re on the rise with their program.”
Hunter said the presence of Richardson and Goldbourne in College Park definitely plays a role in his thinking. The Florida safety said he’s close friends with Richardson and would love the opportunity to reunite with him at the next level.
“Two of my teammates are already signed at Maryland, and one, Antwaine, is already up there. He was telling me Maryland is the place to be. He said it’s all good up there, and he didn’t have anything bad to say about it,” Hunter said. “He said [Maryland] is where you need to be, and the coaches here can get you to the NFL.
“Me and Antwaine talk about everything, and as soon as he got up there he texted me and told me he loved it. So I knew right then I wanted a Terps offer.”
Hunter has not had an extensive conversation with Abdul-Rahim yet, however. He said the UMD defensive backs coach just began following him on Twitter recently, so they’re in the process of getting to know one another now.
“Coach Aazaar said he likes my speed, how physical I am, my ball skills and my hips and things like that,” Hunter said. “I know Antwaine liked him a lot and said he’s a great coach. So I’m looking forward to getting to know him.”
The Delray Beach native hasn’t set up his initial College Park, Md., trip yet, but said he’ll be heading up sometime soon, perhaps in the spring. He said he’ll talk to the Maryland staff and his own coaches about a possible visit date.
“We’ll set the date, and then I’ll make it happen,” Hunter said.
That’s all well and good, but what happens if, say, hometown Florida State comes calling? What happens if Hunter catches the eye of some of the nation’s elites during the spring evaluation period and after his senior film is released?
“I mean, those are some good schools too -- Florida State, Florida, Ohio State,” said Hunter, who is hearing from Kentucky, WVU, Michigan State and Oregon State. “It would make it a tougher decision, but I’m really looking at Maryland. I like Maryland a lot.”
Hunter is coming off a season where he recorded 87 tackles, three sacks and two interceptions.