The Maryland staff has identified, made inroads with and hosted multiple 2017 quarterback recruits, and March 21 they began delving into the 2018 crop. After spring practice concluded that morning, Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.) four-star gunslinger Allan Walters pulled in a coveted Terps’ offer courtesy of headman D.J. Durkin and offensive coordinator Walt Bell.
“I was excited about it. I’ve been waiting for that offer for a few years now, ever since I camped there in eighth grade,” said Walters, who has been in College Park, Md., twice before, including the initial Big Show camp two years ago. “I found out about the offer [March 21], but then I called Coach Durkin [March 22] and he put me on the phone with Coach Bell. Coach Bell told me the plans for the program and then he told me I had the offer. So I was really excited about that. Like I said, it’s an offer I was waiting for.”
Walters only spoke briefly to Durkin and Bell but will have more extensive conversations with the Jersey product returns to Maryland later this spring or early summer. That said, Walters received plenty of positive vibes after his initial chat.
“Coach Bell was saying how Maryland is really high on me and thinks I’m one of the best 2018 quarterbacks in the country, so I was honored to hear that,” Walters said. “That was my first time talking to him, and I really like him. Coach Bell really knows his stuff and is easy to connect with. And I know they put up a lot of points at [Bell’s former employer] Arkansas State, so that’s always a positive. I can’t wait to get down there to meet him and learn more about him.
“And Coach Durkin, I’ve actually known him for awhile now and we’re already comfortable with each other. He recruited me when he was at Michigan and actually offered me last summer. So I’ve talked to him at camps and on the phone a few times and we get along well. He’s outgoing, easy to talk to and just has a great mind for the game.”
The Paramus prospect, though, has more connections to Maryland than just a prior affinity for Durkin. His father is from the Silver Spring, Md., area and the family treks through the Old Line State often enough.
“For sure that helps Maryland,” Walters admitted. “That’s in my dad’s backyard, and his entire side of the family is from that area. He’s very familiar with it, it’s easy to get to, and it’s enjoyable to go down there. So for sure that’s going to help Maryland.”
Of course, Walters has taken a couple opportunities to venture over to College Park. He’s had a chance to tour the campus, check out the facilities and had previously developed a relationship with ex-head coach Randy Edsall and his regime.
“It’s a beautiful area down there and I love the campus,” Walters said. “It’s just a great atmosphere all around and I’m very comfortable there. And Maryland’s in a great spot right outside of D.C., which presents a lot of academic opportunities. So that’s a major plus too. I definitely want to get back there towards the end of the spring or early summer.”
The Terps, though, are hardly the only program in contention for Walters’ services. The signal caller claims offers from Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Rutgers and Temple.
He’s trekked through RU, Bama, Ole Miss, Michigan, Maryland and Kentucky before, in addition to Penn State and Tennessee, two interested schools that haven’t offered yet.
Coming up, Walters is returning to Tuscaloosa, Ala., March 25-28 and Ole Miss April 1-3. He would like to have second/third looks at UMD, Michigan, RU and Kentucky too. Meanwhile, Walters will be taking initial trips to Mississippi State March 29 and Vanderbilt March 30-31.
“I don’t want to say I have any clear leaders, but I have an idea of the schools I’m really liking,” said Walters, who hinted the programs he’s returning to have his attention. “The schools I’ve been to before, I like them, but there’s a few others I haven’t seen that I want to get to before saying [leaders].”
While Walters has plenty of time to select a destination, he said he’d like to end the recruiting process sooner rather than later.
“I’d actually like to make a college decision by this summer or right before my junior year,” he said. “I’ve seen a bunch of schools already and I kind of feel like after I take a few more trips I’ll have an idea where I want to go.”
Walters is coming off as season where he threw for almost 2,000 yards and 22 touchdowns against seven picks in seven games. He also rushed for around 200 yards.