The Terps have prioritized St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) four-star quarterback Kasim Hill, and the interest may be reciprocal following two College Park, Md., visits in one week. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Hill, along with his family, had an extended meeting with head coach D.J. Durkin and offensive coordinator Walt Bell March 19, and then the gunslinger returned for a spring practice March 26.
“The visit [March 19] went very well. My whole family went – me, my mom, my dad and my little sister and we all just really enjoyed it,” said Hill, who holds offers from UMD, Northwestern, BC, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers, UConn, Nebraska, Syracuse, Temple, Utah, Vanderbilt, UVA and Wake Forest. “It was a good talk with Coach Durkin and a good talk with Coach Bell, and we just really enjoyed the passion; the energy they had; and how they’re building the program.”
Hill said he’d heard the coaches’ respective pitches before, but this was the first time his parents had spoken to Durkin and Co. The St. John’s product said the trip was mainly so they could learn more about Maryland, along with the academic side of the school.
“Mainly they were talking about building around DMV guys and making a strong base [locally], and just really have a strong impact with the locals in the 2017 class,” Hill said. “My parents liked what they were saying, and for me, I I know there’s a lot of talented guys in the DMV. It would be really interesting to see if everyone came together [at Maryland].”
The former Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) star has had consistent contact with Bell as well as his UMD-area recruiter, Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. Hill said he exchanges messages with each multiple times each week.
“We have a pretty good relationship and it’s developing even more,” Hill said. “They’re really excited about me and have high interest in me. They tell me I fit the offense really well and how they’d love to coach me. Coach Bell is a really good coach and has run some very good offenses in the past.
“I like both of those guys, and I do think I’d fit well. We run a spread at St. John’s.”
In addition to coach meetings, Hill said he enjoyed learning more about Maryland’s academics March 19. He wants to major in finance.
“We toured the business school and that was good too,” Hill said. “The school looked very nice, and I head about the programs they have there and found that interesting. I’ll keep looking into that to get a better understanding.”
Afterwards, Hill said he and his parents are impressed with the hometown school.
“We’re piecing everything together and trying to get as much info as possible, but, you know, my parents said [March 19] was good,” Hill said. “They liked the conversations they had with the coaches and where the program is going.”
Although Hill’s now been in College Park three times since Durkin’s ascension, he’s not ready to name the Terps a leader just yet. He has UMD firmly on the radar and likely among his top two or three suitors, but insists he’s still “going through the process.”
There are numerous programs Hill wants to check out later this spring and summer, but he’s unsure exactly when and where he’s going, other than mentioning “it’ll be to a couple Big Ten and ACC schools.” In all likelihood, Hill will be returning to UVA, Wake Forest, Michigan State and Northwestern, among others.
Hill was most recently at Syracuse and UMD, and has previously been to numerous regional programs, as well as most Big Ten schools.
He has no definitive timetable for selecting a destination, but it will probably be later during the summer.
“Right now the schools talking to me the most are Maryland, Rutgers, Northwestern, Wake Forest, UVA, Syracuse, Michigan State and Vanderbilt,” said Hill, who has tripped to each of the aforementioned institutions. “I haven't talked as much to Penn State or Michigan recently. I’m planning out my visits now, seeing what places I can get to. I’m trying to get as much information on these schools as possible.”