For a number of reasons, the former Maryland regime did not actively recruit Eastern Shore power Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.), but new headman D.J. Durkin is all about the Honey Badgers’ program. The Terps are on the brink of offering several of ECA coach Dwayne Thomas’ players, and on March 30 UMD’s staff extended a verbal to sophomore running back Leddie Brown.
Brown, a Philadelphia native, is a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder who figures to have his pick of schools by this time next year. The Maryland verbal was his third thus far, joining West Virginia and Boston College, both of which he added before the 2015 campaign.
“My coach told me about the Maryland offer, and I thought that was a very good offer to get,” said Brown, who has been at ECA since his freshman year. “I haven’t talked to anyone from there yet, but I know they want to get me up there on campus. And I definitely want to get up there there sometime in the next couple weeks. It’s close by, and I want to see what it’s like and what they’re about. I’ve never been over there before.”
Brown said he doesn’t know too much about the program yet, but his coach informed him it’s a different staff than before and the Terps are actively trying to recruit nearby prospects to College Park, Md.
“I know it’s a Big Ten school and it’s on the rise,” said Brown, who hasn’t exchanged messages with the UMD staff yet. “And I know that Maryland is a very good school academically too. I want to major in sports medicine, and I know Maryland has one of the top programs for that. So that interests me about them.”
The ECA back went on to compliment his other two suitors, BC and WVU. He picked up an Eagles’ offer while at a camp last year, while the Mountaineers have a pipeline of sorts to ECA and actively recruit the school.
“I liked Boston College when I was there. That’s a school that caught my eye,” Brown said. “And West Virginia is just a cool atmosphere. I liked their fans’ enthusiasm when I was there. Some of my former teammates are down there and when they come back [to ECA] they tell me how much they like it there. So that’s a school I like right now too.”
In addition to BC and WVU, Brown has been able to see Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Cincinnati and Notre Dame. Of those, he readily took to OSU and UND.
This offseason, Brown said he and his teammates are heading west to Louisville, Purdue, Illinois and returning to Notre Dame.
“Hopefully I get the Notre Dame offer,” Brown said. “And I’d like to have offers from like Georgia, Florida State, Clemson and LSU. I don’t really have a dream school, but I just always saw myself in the SEC. But we’ll see what happens.”
Brown is coming off a season where he rushed for over 1,200 yards. He runs the 40-yard dash in less than 4.5 seconds.