The Terps dipped into Atlantic High (Delray Beach, Fla.) to sign defensive end Dion Goldbourne last year and have had an offer out for several months to safety George Hunter in this year’s class. Now, Maryland and area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim are after Hunter’s fellow defensive back, strong safety Marquis Waters.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Waters added his 15th offer from Maryland April 8 and said it’s a school he’ll be taking a close look at.
“I was honored by the offer. It was a great one to get,” said Waters, who also holds verbals from Duke, Nebraska, WVU, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Iowa State, Virginia Tech, UCF, Temple, FAU, Toledo, Southern Miss and Ohio. “I think Maryland is a great team and a great program. I like watching Will Likely play and I think I could do well in [the Terps’ secondary].”
Although Waters just picked up the firm offer in April, he’s been in touch with Abdul-Rahim for much longer. The safety said he and UMD’s secondary coach have a solid rapport.
“Coach Rahim is a really cool coach. He’s great to talk to, and we’re in touch a lot,” Waters said. “He wants players who can fly around and give all their effort. He’s willing to put the time in to better his players and win. I like what he’s about.”
Waters isn’t sure when he’ll be able to visit College Park, Md., for the first time but said he’d like to at some point this summer. He said he has not discussed taking a trip north with Hunter, who has the Terps under prime consideration and is eager to see UMD.
“And, honestly, I haven’t heard about Maryland from Dion, either,” Waters said. “He hasn’t really said anything to me about them. I’m just getting to know [the Terps] now.”
The Atlantic product does count the Terps as one of the programs pushing the hardest for his services, however. They’re joined by the likes of Duke, Va Tech and Wisconsin, although Waters insists that doesn’t necessarily mean those are his early favorites. The safety said he has no leaders at this time and has to take more visits before releasing a leaderboard.
“I’m just taking things in right now,” Waters said. “I’m not really hoping for any offers or anything like that.”
So far, Waters has seen FSU, FAU, FIU and Miami, which he trekked through April 9. He’s unsure when he’ll be getting to some of his out-of-state suitors, although more than likely it’ll be this summer.
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“I’m hoping to make my [college] decision before my senior year,” Waters said. “So I’m trying to get to a few places and then sit down with my family and talk things over. I’m trying to have my school chosen by the summer.”