Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) defensive end Joshua Paschal was back in College Park, Md., for the first time since DMV Day Feb. 13, and March 26 the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder had the opportunity to see the Terps in action. Paschal, along with more than 20 other prime recruits, viewed a team scrimmage before interacting with the staff afterwards.
“I really enjoyed the scrimmage. It was really up-tempo and just a different style than before under the old staff,” said Paschal, who claims verbals from UMD, Kentucky, OSU, Clemson, Iowa, Rutgers, Nebraska, UVA, Va Tech, Michigan, WVU and PSU. “I loved how everyone was having fun and flying around, but also getting after it and being intense. It’s a different atmosphere than it was before.”
Paschal said he honed in on both sides of the ball March 26. He said he wanted to gauge each coach and their respective styles and demeanors.
“I really liked how the coaches were running things and organizing things. The practice really flowed, and you can tell those guys know what they’re doing,” Paschal said. “On defense, I liked the energy, how the players were explosive and just got off the ball. And the offense was fast-paced, fun and organized. Just from watching the players and coaches interacting, you can tell [the coaches] have the players’ respect already.”
Following the scrimmage, Paschal spoke to head coach D.J. Durkin, position coach Mike London and his two area-recruiters, Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and Chris Beatty. The Good Counsel product said, collectively, it’s a “great group” with a “great mentality.”
“They keep telling us [locals] about how we need to stay home and put out for Maryland, because it’s our home state,” Paschal said. “I think it’s a very strong message and it’s going to catch on with a lot of recruits around here. Before [when the old staff] was talking about [DMV-to-UMD] it wasn’t as strong as it is now. It’s a different kind of movement now. Like, it’s more serious and the coaches are really coming at us with it. It has the attention of a lot of guys around here, and it has my attention too.”
Paschal did not have a chance to see the new player dorms or tour the campus, but said he’ll be back at Maryland soon enough. Of course, Paschal’s been in College Park enough already and knows the school inside and out.
“Maryland is definitely up there for me. They’re very high on my list. I like the new coaches there and I love the environment there now,” Paschal said. “So Maryland’s standing out some, along with Clemson, UNC, Ohio State and Kentucky. But I still have to take some visits to other schools coming up before I put out a leaderboard.”
Some of those other schools will be Florida and Florida State between March 30-April 5. After that, Paschal will be at OSU April 9, but has nothing else scheduled following the Columbus, Ohio, trip.
The edge rusher does not plan to end his recruitment until after he embarks on a couple official visits.