DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) offensive guard Marcus Minor has been in College Park, Md., numerous times this offseason, and he took in the spring game April 16 for his latest foray through the hometown school. The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder, who plays left tackle at DeMatha, said he had yet another standout experience.
“You know, every time I go up there I like it, and I really enjoyed the visit this time too,” said Minor, who holds offers from schools such as UMD, Auburn, Duke, TAMU, Miami, Louisville, BC, PSU, Rutgers, Pitt, UNC, Syracuse, WVU, Wake, Temple and others. “I haven’t made a top five or a leaderboard yet, but I can say Maryland is going to be right in there. I’m just taking my time with the process, but I really enjoy Maryland and the coaches there. Just talking to Coach [D.J.] Durkin, Coach [Dave] Borbely, some of my teammates going [to UMD] and hanging out with the other commits and recruits, it was a great experience up there.”
Minor has been through UMD about four times since February, sitting down with the staff, taking in practices and watching the Terps scrimmage. He’s been up with his mother, father and other relatives as well.
“So, really, [April 16] was just about having fun for me. I’ve been up there so much, and it was just fun to be there in the stands with the other recruits and just hanging out,” Minor said. “I always have a lot of fun up there.”
During the spring game itself, Minor said he paid attention to Borbely, the offensive line coach, and his understudies. The DeMatha product admitted he thought the O-line could’ve performed better, but he likes how Borbely went after them during the session.
“I thought the offensive line did OK; they did well. But Coach Borbs thinks they can do better, and I believe so too,” Minor said. “But Coach Borbely, I like how he coaches and just gets all into it. He’s very hard on his guys and he demands the best. That’s what I want in an O-line coach. I have a great relationship with Coach Borbs, and just talking to him one-on-one, he’s my kind of coach. I like what he’s doing and I think he could help me develop my game too.”
Post-scrimmage, Minor spoke to head coach D.J. Durkin too. The pair have interacted numerous times during the last couple months, and McNair said the headman’s message is hitting home.
“Pretty much Coach Durkin is telling me how Maryland can impact me beyond football, just going into life situations, how they can help me develop as a person and things like that,” said Minor, who has previously talked up UMD’s academics and journalism program, his proposed major. “Also, he talks about how I can stand out and represent my home state, which is big. I like what Coach Durkin has been telling me and I like where he’s taking the program.”
Minor also had a chance to witness the commitment of another offensive lineman, Jordan McNair (McDonogh/Owings Mills, Md.) to UMD April 16. The DeMatha prospect said McNair’s pledge meant something, although Minor isn’t ready to end his recruitment just yet.
“I saw Jordan commit, and I see what Maryland is doing with the stay-home situation. But when it comes to me, I’m going on my road. I’m not going to go to Maryland just because my friends are there,” Minor said. “It’s about picking the right school for me and helping me after football… I don’t want to pick a school because other people I know are there. I want to go off what I want.”
The Hyattsville product will likely return to UMD at some point this summer. He has no other schedules trips coming up, although he wants to see TAMU in either May or June.
Minor was most recently at Miami and Auburn, two trips that resonated.
“Like I said, I don’t have a leaderboard yet, and that probably won’t come out until the summer, when I release a top five,” Minor said. “But I can say Maryland, Pitt, UNC, Auburn, Miami, Va Tech, Rutgers, Penn State and Wake have all been talking to me. All those schools have been in touch consistently.”
Minor said he’d like to take several official visits before ending his recruitment.
“But if I feel like I’m ready before that, and I feel like the school I want is there and is the right fit, I’ll commit,” Minor said. “If my gut says, ‘This is the school,’ then that’s what I’ll go with.”