One of Maryland’s defensive back offerees, Highland Springs’ (Va.) Rell Coley, made it back to College Park, Md., for the first time since the winter. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound nickel/safety had the Terps as a primary contender when he landed the UMD offer in February, and he wanted to return for another look April 16.
“It was me and my coach who went up there, and it was a good time. It was nice,” said Coley, who holds offers from UMD, Cincinnati, Colorado State and Appalachian State. “I didn’t get a chance to talk to the coaches like I wanted because it was a whole lot of kids there and they were busy, but I liked the spring game and the atmosphere.”
Coley said he paid close attention to the Terps’ defensive backs and secondary coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim.
"I thought the defensive backs were OK. They had some issues, but I thought they were fine,” Coley said. “But Coach Aazaar, he’s a real intense and technical coach, I could see myself playing under him. I think he’s a great coach.”
Before leaving campus, Coley said he learned about Maryland’s academics and toured the campus. He called UMD “a beautiful place” and a “comfortable atmosphere.”
“And I like all the majors they have there,” he said. “I had no idea Maryland was that big for academics, so that was very impressive to me.”
The Virginia product’s primary UMD-recruiter is Mike London. But Coley said he hasn’t had consistent contact with him since the recruit visited College Park in the winter.
“I love Coach London and what he’s about. He’s very honest and straightforward with you, and when he talks to you he keeps it real,” Coley said. “I like how he talks about more than football too and is concerned with you as a person.
“But before when I was up there they were talking about me playing some nickel back and safety, but I haven’t really talked tom him much since then. It’s not a whole lot of back and forth recently.”
Given the latter, it’s no surprise Coley seems to be focusing elsewhere moving forward. He called Colorado State his No. 1 suitor for now, although he wants to go through the evaluation period and see more schools before making any definitive statements.
“I like Colorado State because their coaches are always in touch and it sounds like a good fit for me. I know I can play there and contribute,” said Coley, who wants to see Colorado State this summer. “But I have to go see the school and some other places first.”
Next up for Coley are treks through Marshall and UNC. He said the Herd should be offering when he makes it to campus, while the Heels want him at their spring game.
“I’m thinking this spring is going to be big for me. My coach tells me there’s a whole lot of school interested, they just have to see me run,” Coley said. “But my goal is to get a few offers, take some visits and then hopefully decide on a school before my senior season so I can focus on helping my team win another championship.”