The Terps played host to a number of elite locals March 26, but Mallard Creek (Charlotte, N.C.) offensive tackle Eric Douglas trekked all the way up the coast for his first look at UMD. The four-star recruit has family in Columbia, Md., and decided Easter break was an ideal opportunity to check out one of his foremost suitors.
“My father is born and raised here in Maryland and I have tons of family up here. So I definitely wanted to get up and check [UMD] out,” said Douglas, who holds offers from UMD, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, PSU, NC State, Kentucky, Cal, Clemson, Mississippi State, Missouri, Vandy, WVU and others. “And I’ll tell you, it was excellent. I loved it at Maryland. It’s was great how the coaches presented the academics, which is very important to me, and also the campus and how the staff was in general. The direction the program is heading, I really like what I’m seeing there. Maryland is great.”
During his March 26 stay, Douglas had a chance to witness a team scrimmage, taking in the football facilities and interact with the coaches afterwards. He said offensive line coach Dave Borbely, especially, grabbed his attention.
“Coach Borbely is awesome. Just watching him coach and talking to him was the highlight for me,” Douglas said. “It goes without saying how great of a coach he is. Just look at the players he’s put in the NFL. His resume speaks for itself. He’s a really good coach too; he’s fiery and gets into it. I loved his intensity on the field.”
Douglas went on to praise offensive coordinator Walt Bell and headman D.J. Durkin.
“Coach Bell runs a great offense. It’s up-tempo and no-huddle,” Douglas said. “I do a lot of no-huddle now, so I’m used to that style. I know how to move (laughs). It’s a great fit.
“And Coach Durkin, he has an exceptional pedigree and he loves me as a player and says he needs me there. He things I’m a great player and also great in the classroom. He said I’d be perfect for the University of Maryland. And I told him I appreciated that and I’m thinking about the Terps a lot.”
The Mallard Creek product went on to talk up the facility upgrades, the campus itself and the school’s academic reputation. An education-first recruit, Douglas couldn’t say enough about UMD’s liberal arts program and academic support.
“And the opportunities they present after football,” he added. “Just the internships around Washington, D.C., and all the connections there, it’s great. It’s a lot to think about, and it separates Maryland in a way.”
Following the trip, Douglas said the Terps stand “pretty well” for him, mainly because of how the coaches presented the program. He also liked that College Park isn’t far from Carolina and that they compete in the Big Ten.
“I like Maryland a lot right now. I have cousins, uncles, friends, all right there. So that’s not a downfall at all,” Douglas said. “But I also like South Carolina, Florida, North Carolina and Penn State. Those four and Maryland are my top five. I’ve seen them all now and like them all.”
Douglas will be visiting PSU next, but has no other scheduled trips after that.
“It’s getting down the crunch time now,” said Douglas, who also may consider recent offeree Va Tech. “I’m thinking later this spring I’ll pick a school. I like all five of those options, and all five present a great opportunity for me. I’m thinking everything over, and then I’ll decide.”