Maryland hosted one of its primary out-of-state receiver targets April 5 when Carlos Carriere (Alpharetta, Ga.) made his way up to College Park, Md., during his spring break. The 6-foot-5, 170-pound Carriere, along with his mother, had an opportunity to tour the campus, take in spring practice, sit down with multiple Maryland coaches, view the impending facility upgrades and even learn about the school’s academics.
“I liked Maryland a whole lot,” said Carriere, who holds offers from UMD, Navy, Kent State, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Tulane and others. “I guess you could say Maryland is No. 1 for me right now. They’re showing more interest and pushing for me more than any other school that’s on me. They’re really pushing hard. I like them a lot right now.”
After arriving on campus April 5, Carriere and his mother stood on the sidelines to watch the Terps workout. The wideout lauded the up-tempo pace and how the offense worked in general.
Carriere then heaped even more praise on offensive coordinator Walt Bell and receivers’ coach Chris Beatty, both of whom he spoke to post-practice. The Georgia pass catcher has been in touch with both since snagging a Terps’ offer back in late February..
“I really liked the practice, and then I thought Coach Beatty and Coach Bell were just really good people,” Carriere said. “I have a good relationship with them, and it was great to finally meet them in person. They’re very energetic and seem like great coaches.
“And what struck me was just how interested they are in me. Maryland doesn’t have any tall receivers right now, and they were saying how much they need me there.”
Carriere wasn’t finished talking up his sitdowns with Bell and Beatty. He described how the coaches broke down his film and explained how he’d fit into UMD’s spread.
“They showed me how I could help them in the future and they think I can be a special player there,” Carriere said. “They were saying how they need more height at receiver and how they’re low on numbers there and need a dynamic wideout there. Then they were telling me a little more about themselves and how they think they could help me develop. So I just liked everything they were saying. It all sounded good.”
The Alpharetta product met with head coach D.J. Durkin as well. Both Carriere and his mother were thoroughly impressed with the program the new Maryland headman is building.
“Coach Durkin is a really good guy and he’s just excited about the future at Maryland,” Carriere said. “He was excited to have me up there and was just really enthusiastic. Me and my mom both really liked him.”
It just so happened that former Maryland receiver great Stefon Diggs happened to be hanging out in College Park April 5 too. And it just so happened that Carriere had a chance encounter.
“That was really cool. I followed Stefon Diggs at Maryland,” Carriere said. “He just told me good luck with the process, but it was cool to see him. I know he did big things there, so I feel like maybe I could do big things there too.”
After all those meetings, Carriere finally had a chance to see College Park itself. He lauded the campus, the player dorms, the weight room and the pending facility upgrades.
“The campus and the dorms were awesome. Really nice,” Carriere said. “And I got to see the video of the new indoor fields, and that was very impressive. Maryland is a nice looking school.”
Finally, Carriere commented on Maryland’s academic reputation. He said education is important to him, as well as his mom.
“I know that’s what my mom really liked – the academics,” Carriere said. “She liked everything there, but she really liked how much help they give at Maryland, the internships there and the opportunities in Baltimore and D.C.”
So, what’s the consensus on Maryland? Carriere called them No. 1, but is he ready to end his recruitment?
“I won’t be making a decision too soon,” said Carriere, who mentioned he’s not looking for any offers in particular. “I’m going to try to do it this summer. I like Maryland, but I’m going with the flow right now.”
Prior to trekking north, Carriere visited Vanderbilt and Tennessee. In a couple weeks he’s heading to NC state, but has no other trips planned after that.
“I’ll probably see a couple more places after NC State, but I’m just not sure where yet,” Carriere said. “We’ll see what comes up later on. But I have no idea who might offer next or anything like that. Sometimes the schools show interest and the offers never come, and sometimes the offers come out of the blue. Like I said, I’m just going with the flow right now. But hopefully I’ll be ready to decide by the summer, before my senior year.”