Maryland’s latest DMV offer went out Feb. 24, this time the Terps’ staff identifying an under-the-radar talent who figures to procure more than his share of FBS looks in the next few months. Wilson (Washington, D.C.) junior Sean Savoy, a two-way athlete who UMD wants as a slot receiver, pulled his first power-five look from the hometown school -- and he couldn’t have been more thrilled.
“I’m just blessed, very blessed to have an opportunity to play for my local school. Before, I wasn’t feeling it from the old Maryland staff, but now I’m feeling the Terps,” said the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Savoy, who also holds a verbal from Temple, which he landed during his sophomore year. “My coach let me know about the offer [Feb. 24], and I was just very excited about it. I didn’t have a chance to talk to Coach Aazaar [Abdul-Rahim] yet, but I was actually just up at Maryland for a visit and got to talk to all those [coaches]. It’s a great, young staff over there now. I like what they have going on at Maryland. They set you up for success.”
Savoy had been in College Park, Md., previously since he lives so close, but his mid-February trek opened his eyes. He lauded the forthcoming facility upgrades, the weight room and the like.
“Coach Aazaar, he personally asked me to come up, and so I did. Then when I got there, they showed me that new facility they’re building. That thing is going to be crazy,” Savoy said. “Then they showed me the field, where they watch film, where they have study hall and the weight room. It was all really nice. It’s a beautiful campus and they’re making a lot of great additions.”
The D.C. athlete said he spent most of his time with Abdul-Rahim and his position coach, Chris Beatty.
“Coach Beatty thinks I can play slot receiver for them and do big things in the Maryland offense,” said Savoy, who ran a laser-timed 4.45-second 40-yard dash. “He likes my speed, my route running and just how I can make plays in the open field. I think I can develop there and learn a lot from Coach Beatty. He knows his stuff.”
Beatty will undoubtedly have a hand in Savoy’s recruiting, by Abdul-Rahim is point man in D.C. The former Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.) headman has deep ties in the area, and still resonates with local recruits and coaches two-plus years after leaving the high school ranks.
“I was actually going to go to Friendship because Coach Aazaar was there, but then he left right before I got to high school,” Savoy said. “But I knew him personally back then, and he’s a great guy. When he talks to you, it’s like he’s your brother and not like a coach. His knowledge of the game is great, and he’s a great coach too. I have a lot of respect for him.”
Savoy went on to say Abdul-Rahim’s presence in College Park has the recruit thinking long and hard about sticking around town for college. The Wilson product was at “DMV Day” at Maryland Feb. 13, but he likes the idea of DMV-to-UMD nonetheless.
“Coach Aazaar, he built a powerhouse in D.C. when he was at FCA, getting a lot of the local kids to go there,” Savoy said. “And now he’s going to do the same thing at the college level. Maryland, it’s going to be big, real big.”
The D.C. prospect, however, isn’t quite ready to join the Terps yet. He does want to hear what other programs have to say and take a few visits before committing.
Savoy has been to Temple a couple times already and said he “likes the school a lot and what they’re doing there.” He’s also hearing from Georgia, Miami, Indiana, Wake Forest, NC State and recently North Carolina.
“I like UNC a lot, just what they run on offense and their defense too,” Savoy said. “But there’s really not any offers I’m looking for or anything like that. I’m just waiting patiently, and I’ll see what’s available to me after my senior year. Maryland is big for me, but I kind of want to wait until after this season to commit, just so I can be sure.”
The only programs Savoy has visited thus far are UMD, NC State and Temple. But he’s planning out trips to UNC, Georgia, Miami and possibly others.
“And I’m definitely getting back to Maryland,” Savoy said. “My team is going up there for a 7-on-7 so I know I’ll be there then, and then I might be at the spring game [April 16] too.”
Savoy is coming off a season where he recorded 72 receptions for 1,375 yards and 27 touchdowns, six of which came in one game. Defensively, he had near 30 tackles and five interceptions.
“I’m getting looks on both sides of the ball. Maryland wants me at receiver and Temple wants me at corner,” Savoy said. “Other schools are saying ‘athlete’ and they’ll decide my position later. To me, I just want to play, play early, and be put in position to make plays.”