A day after one of Maryland’s principle defensive line targets from Pennsylvania visited College Park, Md., for the first time, one of its Keystone State offensive line recruits trekked through. Tackle Gabe Houy (Upper St. Clair/Pittsburgh, Pa.), along with his mother, were at UMD April 2 for their initial sitdown with head coach D.J. Durkin and Co.
“It was an awesome visit overall,” said Houy, who holds offers fro the likes of UMD, Louisville, Pitt, Miami of Ohio and Toledo. “I think the highlight of the visit for me was seeing how amazing the campus was and just meeting the coaches. The coaches were awesome. I spoke with Coach Durkin and Coach [Dave] Borbely, and they were both great to talk to. I really like what’s going on at Maryland. For me right now, Maryland and Pitt are the two schools standing out.”
The 6-foot-6, 250-pounder, who can also play D-line, said he loved the practice April 2. He paid attention to both trenches and came away impressed with the players’ performances, as well as how Borbely and defensive line coach Mike London instructed their respective units.
“I liked how there was so much competitiveness between the offense and the defense,” Houy said. “There was just so much energy. I loved how they all got after it for the entire practice. And the coaches were great with them. The players were very responsive to the coaching. Coach Borbely is a very detailed and structured coach, and so is Coach London. It’s a great staff there.”
Following the workout, Houy and his mother chatted with Durkin and Borbely. Naturally, the Houys readily took to the staffers’ respective messages.
“Both [Durkin and Borbely] said they are looking for big, athletic linemen and for players with the right attitude,” Houy said. “And they believe I’m one of those guys and think I can contribute to the team. They are both really great coaches and would help me develop as a person and as a football player. I have a great relationship with Coach Borbely. He’s a great coach, he knows what he’s talking about and he’s straight with you. I appreciate that about him.”
The Upper St. Clair product toured the campus and viewed the video of the upcoming facility upgrades too. He said he felt comfortable in College Park and liked its location near Washington, D.C.
“I really liked the campus. It was very big and everything you need is right there for you,” Houy said. “And the player dorms are amazing. They’re awesome. And I’m excited to see the upgrades when they’re finished. I saw the video, and they’re going to be some of the best facilities out there. It’s exciting what they’re doing there.”
Houy also mentioned that his mother thoroughly enjoyed her College Park stay. The Pittsburgh prospect said his mom easily connected with the staff, liked the school’s academic reputation and was impressed with the football program in general.
Besides UMD, Houy has also visited Louisville recently, in addition to winter treks through Wake Forest, Pitt and Toledo. He’s unsure where he’s headed next, although Houy acknowledged he’ll be participating in a couple major combines coming up.
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“And I would like to make my [college] decision before my senior year,” Houy said. “But we’ll see how everything pans out. I’m not going to rush it. Right now, I really like Maryland and I really like Pitt. But we’ll see.”