Maryland has secured tackle Jordan McNair (McDonogh/Owings Mills, Md.), but the Terps would ideally like to secure a couple more in the 2017 class. There aren’t too many options remaining in the DMV, so offensive line coach Dave Borbely and Co. have branched out in search of potential out-of-state targets.
One touted New Jersey tackle who the UMD staff has made inroads with is four-star Carter Warren (Passaic/Patterson, N.J.), a 6-foot-5, 315-pounder with a growing offer list. Warren visited College Park, Md., for the first time April 16, and evidently the spring game left such an impression he’s looking to return in short order.
“I was just at Maryland a couple weeks ago and had a great time down there, and now I want to bring my parents to show them the school,” said Warren, who holds offers from UMD, Michigan, Rutgers, Penn State, Syracuse, Tennessee, Pitt, Kentucky, UNC, Miami, South Carolina, Va Tech, UConn and others. “I had a great time hanging out with Coach [D.J.] Durkin and Coach Borbs [Dave Borbely]. The game was great too. I loved the atmosphere [in Maryland Stadium] and how the offense and defense were going at it. It was a great time.”
The Passaic product said the highlight of the trip was chatting up the new staff, in particular the offensive line coach Borbely. Warren has been in touch with Borbely via text and social media ever since landing a Maryland offer a couple months back, but had yet to meet him in person.
“Coach Borbely and I have a great relationship. He’s a great guy,” Warren said. “And I can tell he’s a great coach and knows what he’s doing. I really like him and the way he coaches. He was telling me how much he needs me down there.
“But, really, what stood out overall [about Maryland] was just the love there and the family atmosphere. The coaches there are great and show great support, and the fans do as well. I was really feeling the love from the fans.”
While on campus, Warren said he had a chance to view the new-facility-upgrade video. Apparently New Cole and the soon-to-be-constructed tunnel left him awestruck.
“Oh man, that caught my eye too,” Warren said. “That place is going to be beautiful. It’s going to be amazing. Maryland is going to be looking nice.”
Afterwards, Warren said the Terps are in good standing with him. He said there are a couple more factors that are drawing him to College Park.
“Maryland is close to home, it’s not hard to get to, and I have family down there,” Warren said. “My godfamily lives there, and I’m very close to them. I’m very interested in [the Terps].”
That said, the tackle’s not ready to name leaders or place one program ahead of another. Fact is, Warren’s had equally high praise for each school he’s taken in thus far.
He was just at Va Tech April 23 and talked up the Hokies’ spring game and campus. Warren said he was “very impressed” with what headman Justin Fuente has done with the program.
The Jersey native offered up similar sentiments after treks through Syracuse, Penn State, Pitt and, of course, Rutgers. The hometown school has hosted the four-star multiple times and seems to be resonating.
“Rutgers is big,” said Warren, who mentioned the PSU staff is still pushing for him despite having three O-line commits. “With the new commits they have coming in, those guys are pushing me to go there. I know a lot of people there, and I love the new coaching staff; the changeup is beautiful.”
Net up, Warren is looking to see Michigan and Tennessee, in addition to UMD. He said he’s “real excited” to check out Ann Arbor, Mich., while the recent UT offer “was real big for me.”
“I think I’m going to be putting out a top-10 in like June after I take a few more visits,” Warren said. “I can’t say any definites right now, though, until I see all the schools I want to see.”
Warren originally said he wanted to wait until January before committing. But he admitted the date could easily be pushed up.
“I’m seeing these guys commit and spots are filling up,” Warren said. “You’ve got to get in when you can before the spots are gone. So I’m really looking at making an earlier decision now.”