Maryland hosted numerous local and out-of-state recruits this week with many high schools on spring break, including one rising star lineman who added his very first scholarship offer. DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) 2018 defensive tackle Evan Gregory who transferred to the Hyattsville school two months ago from Gilman (Baltimore, Md.), took his initial College Park, Md., trip March 28 and came away raving after head coach D.J. Durkin extended the verbal.
“I was really, really excited. Only a few players actually get offers as a sophomore, so it was an honor,” Gregory said. “And for Maryland, the hometown school, to be first, that meant a lot to me too. I play both sides, but they like me as a defensive tackle. They think I can really help them on that side of the ball.”
Gregory said Durkin chatted with both he and his father after the team practice March 28. The DeMatha product praised Durkin’s hospitality as well as his enthusiasm about the program.
“Coach Durkin was just excited for me and excited about Maryland football,” Gregory said. “His big thing is he’s looking to keep all of the top DMV kids home, making sure they stay local. He was saying how there’s like 55 guys from the DMV over the last five years that are in the NFL now, and imagine if those 55 guys all stayed home at Maryland. Think about what Maryland would be like. So that was his message, and it really kind of opened my eyes. It’s something to really think about.”
The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder also had a chance to meet his UMD-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. Gregory hadn’t really been in touch with Abdul-Rahim prior to March 28 since the big tackle had been at Gilman, but he’s looking forward to building a relationship with him moving forward.
“Coach Aazaar is very friendly and very welcoming. He’s easy to talk to,” Gregory said. “He was saying they need players like me there and he’s excited to get to know me. I like him; he’s a great guy.”
During the workout, Gregory said he honed in on the linemen and defensive line coach Mike London. He said he was very impressed with how the Terps’ trenchmen got after it on each play.
“I was watching the drills and how I could fit in there, and I really like their style. They really play with a lot of energy,” Gregory said. “I liked how competitive everything was and how in one-on-ones all the guys were eager to get reps. It’s very high-energy.”
In addition to the workout, Gregory had a chance to tour the campus and see the facility-upgrade video too.
“The campus was huge and very nice. I had no idea it was that big. I really liked it,” Gregory said. “And the facilities they have going in look great. They’re going to be awesome. It was just a great experience being up there and seeing all that.”
Next up for Gregory is a trip to Syracuse April 1, followed by Temple next week. He said he should be adding the Cuse offer while on campus.
Last year, Gregory played both ways for Gilman and rotated in a good amount behind the likes of Ellison Jordan, Devery Hamilton and Stephen Spanellis.
“I think I did pretty good last year. I got a lot of playing time and learned a lot,” said Gregory, who transferred to DeMatha in the wake of head coach Biff Poggi’s departure fro St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.). “It was really great playing with guys like Ellison on the defensive line and Devery and Stephen at offensive tackle. I watched them and just took in everything they said, and that really helped me.”