The Terps offered Atlantic High (Delray Beach, Fla.) safety Marquis Waters April 8, but they’ve had his fellow defensive back, George Hunter, on the radar for much longer. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Hunter first heard from UMD-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim Feb. 18, and afterwards the safety promptly declared the Terps his No. 1 suitor.
In fact, Hunter, the teammate of 2016 UMD signees Antwaine Richardson and Dion Goldbourne, said it was only a matter of time before he committed to Maryland.
“And that’s still what I plan to do,” said Hunter, who has since added offers from Kansas State and Western Michigan. “Maryland, that’s my top school. I’m going to [commit] after my spring game May 21 or May 22. That’s when I’m going to make it happen. It’s going to be crazy, because what’s going to happen is I’m going to come into school in a different color than red or white. So that’s going to throw everyone off (laughs). It’ll be great.”
The Atlantic High product said he’s maintained contact with Abdul-Rahim on a regular basis. Hunter said Maryland’s defensive backs coach has been urging the recruit to visit College Park, Md., which the safety plans to do after May 1.
“Coach Aazaar, the relationship we have, it’s like we’ve known each other for a long, long time. He’s great. We talk like every single day,” Hunter said. “He just checks in on me and makes sure my academics are straight. We’re just real cool with each other.
“He really wanted me up for the spring game [April 16], but I told him I couldn’t make it. So we’re setting something up for right after May 1 so I can see the school and meet all the coaches there. But Coach Aazaar, he’s actually coming down to my school to see me in May too. So I’m looking forward to seeing him again down here.”
In addition to conversations with Abdul-Rahim, Hunter said he speaks regularly with Richardson, his good friend. The Atlantic prospect has talked to Goldbourne about Maryland too.
“I actually just talked to both of them. I was on the phone with Antwaine [April 12], and he just like, ‘Maryland’s taking two safeties in the 2017 class, so just make sure you’re on board before they fill up.’ He’s been telling me Maryland’s where it’s at,” Hunter said. “He’s been up there for a few months now, and he said it’s the place to be, and he said he loves the coaches up there. And Dion, I talked to him [April 13], and he’s just saying stay on track and stay focused. He said just make sure you’re straight and be ready when you get up there.”
If that weren’t enough, Hunter said UMD’s academics suit him. He said he wants to major in either engineering or sports medicine, two fields Maryland’s known for.
“Everything I need academically, Maryland has,” Hunter said. “That’s like the icing on the cake for me. I know I can succeed [academically] at Maryland.”
Hunter did offer up some positive compliments for his two most recent suitors, WMU and KSU. He said of those, Kansas State caught his attention “because their coaches said I could play right away.” Even so, Hunter’s unsure if he’ll visit Manhattan, Kans., or not.
“I want Maryland to be the first visit I take,” said Hunter, who hasn’t trekked through any college campuses since last year. “That’s the school I want to be at.”
If Hunter has his way, he’ll be coming north to College Park with his teammate, Waters, in tow.
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“I’m trying to get Marquis up there to visit with me. Hopefully I can get him up, and then we can team up again at Maryland,” laughed Hunter. “But I don’t know what’s going to happen with him. He’s got a lot of big offers on the table and a lot to choose from, so he’s going to be tough.”