The Maryland staff is leaving itself no shortage of quarterback targets, and on March 29 they hosted a dual-threat from Dearborn Heights, Mich. River Rouge High two-way star Jairus Grissom, along with his teammates, trekked down to College Park, Md., for their first look at UMD.
“I think Maryland was great. I loved it down there,” said Grissom, who holds offers from Syracuse, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Ohio, Toledo, NC State, Houston, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and others. “I love the system the run there, and I like the tempo. The quarterbacks coach, Walt Bell, he’s very hands on and energetic, and he looks like he knows what he’s doing. It’s very similar to what we do [at River Rouge] and how our coaches are. So I just really liked that about Maryland.”
During the workout, Grissom spoke to Maryland’s Director of Recruiting, Marcus Berry. He didn’t get a chance to interact with Bell or head coach D.J. Durkin because the team had to leave early, but Grissom said he’d personally be returning to College Park to meet the staff firsthand.
“Basically, Coach Berry told me a lot of great things about Maryland that really opened my eyes,” said Grissom, who could also play safety in college. “He was saying how the staff definitely likes me as a quarterback, which is great, but they also think I can play other positions too and just be a playmaker. That sounded real good to me, because while I want to play QB, I’m open to other spots if it helps me get on the field.
“Coach Berry is going to be in touch with me. He’s a real cool guy. And I’m definitely getting back so I can talk to Coach Durkin, Coach Bell and the safeties coach too [Aazaar Abdul-Rahim]. I definitely want to meet those guys.”
While Grissom wasn’t granted an extensive tour, he did trek through College Park. He said he and his teammates loved the campus look, and the various students they met.
“The campus was great. I liked how big it was and how friendly everyone was. It’s a great place there,” Grissom said. “I didn’t get to see the facilities or anything yet, but from what I can tell it’s all very nice. Like I said, I do want to get back to learn more about [Maryland].”
Grissom should be hearing about a UMD offer shortly. If it’s presented, the Michigan product said it would “definitely” be a school he’d consider attending.
“I’m looking at Maryland very hard,” Grissom said. “I’m looking to build a relationship with the coaches and just get to know them more. I definitely liked it down there.”
The Terps would hardly be the only player for Grissom’s services, however. He’s visited both Syracuse and Rutgers, and both offerees are “sticking out some,” per the dual-threat. Toledo is another contender, while Grissom is hoping for offers from Michigan State and Miami (“but [the Canes] already have a quarterback commit, so I’m not too sure about that one,” Grissom said.).
“I’d say the schools I’m talking to the most right now are Syracuse, Rutgers, MSU, Pitt, Indiana, Iowa and Iowa State,” said Grissom, who, in addition to UMD, RU and SU, has seen MSU, Ohio State, IU and Notre Dame. “Maryland hasn’t really contacted me, but I’ll be on their radar now. Hopefully I’ll be in touch with them too.”
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Grissom said if his best opportunities are at quarterback he’d likely choose a destination later this spring or summer. But if his foremost looks are as an “athlete,” he’d likely hold out until after his senior season to gauge how many suitors he can procure.