The Terps hosted five IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) recruits March 28, including one local who hadn’t been in College Park, Md., since last summer. Linebacker Jordan Anthony, formerly of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), took some time out of his abbreviated spring break (Anthony’s been tied of with IMG’s baseball team) to meet the new Maryland regime.
“I had a great time meeting the whole staff. I’ve obviously seen the school a bunch when I was at Good Counsel, but just getting back was great,” said Anthony, who was joined by teammates Cam Spence, Josh Kaindoh, Elvis Hines and Cesar Ruiz. “We didn’t get to see the team practice, but it was good just to see the coaches and see what Maryland’s like now. And I think it’s a great vibe there now. My dad was with me, and he liked it a lot too with the new coaches."
In particular, Anthony said he spoke to head coach D.J. Durkin, assistant Chris Beatty, linebackers coach Matt Barnes and administrative assistant Brawley Evans, who was formerly a coach at Good Counsel.
“Coach Durkin, I definitely liked him. He’s very enthusiastic – like really, really enthusiastic,” laughed Jordan, who has procured offers from the likes of UMD, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State, NC State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, UNC, Pitt, Rutgers, South Carolina, Va Tech, Tennessee and Syracuse. “And Coach Beatty, he’s one of the guys who recruits me, and he’s a real cool guy. We stay in touch pretty often. And Coach Barnes and Coach Brawley, I definitely like them too. I didn’t know Coach Brawley at Good Counsel, but he knew about me and we connected.”
The IMG product spent the majority of his stay March 28 with Durkin and his potential position coach, Barnes. Anthony said Durkin’s well-publicized stay-home message, which most of the other locals have heard but Anthony hadn’t yet, hit home in a major way.
“Coach Durkin told me I need to come back home and build my legacy in my home state,” Anthony said. “He was saying how a lot of people know me here, my family is here and the pride I would have representing the state I grew up in.
“And that’s definitely something I hadn’t really thought about before, and it’s definitely something I’m thinking about now. It’s a great pitch, but just the way he put it, it just really sounded good.”
Anthony went on to describe his position meeting with Barnes. Like with Beatty, Anthony said he’s had regular communication with the linebackers’ coach.
“Coach Barnes took me and my dad into his office, and he showed me film of myself and described what he liked and how I could improve,” Anthony said. “I definitely liked that and it shows how [Barnes] could really help me develop and become a great linebacker in his system.”
Following the coach sitdowns, Anthony and his father viewed the video of the upcoming facility upgrades and toured the football complex.
“The new weight room, the new locker room, the player dorms and the indoor fields, we saw it all. It’s all very impressive,” Anthony said. “That’s all definitely going to help Maryland with recruiting. It’s going to be one of the best facilities in the country.”
Previously, the ex-Good Counsel star was taking a look at Maryland but had the Terps outside his foremost suitors. But where does the hometown school stand for the four-star now that he’s taken in new-look Maryland and the Durkin regime?
“They definitely jumped into my top schools,” Anthony said. “They’re definitely up there now, towards the top.”
The Terps are joined by the likes of Ohio State, Florida, LSU, Penn State, Clemson, Oklahoma, Michigan and South Carolina as some of the programs Anthony’s thinking about. He won’t be forming a firm leaderboard until later this spring or summer, but the aforementioned schools are on the brain and in line for visits/potential visits.
Maryland is the first university he’s seen in quite some time, but later this week he’s hitting Ohio State and Michigan. After that, Anthony will attempt to see Clemson and South Carolina while at a baseball tournament in Georgia. The other’s he’ll try to take in during the summer.
“I’ll be sitting down with my parents soon and forming a top 10, but right now I’m just taking things in,” Anthony said. “I’m planning on going on all my officials and then deciding later on, either in the fall or winter. I haven’t thought that far ahead yet.”