The Maryland staff has targeted the Georgia area, and, in fact, has already hosted a pair of Peach State receivers. And a third should be trekking up to College Park, Md., later this spring or summer.
Roswell (Ga.) wideout Jayden Comma landed his first FBS offer from UMD way back on Feb. 10, and said he’s still very interested in the Terps.
“Maryland is really interested in me, and I want to get up there to see what it’s like. They were my first big offer, and the coaches there are in touch like every day,” said Comma, who has since added verbals from Illinois, Minnesota, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky, Tulane, Miami of Ohio, Appalachian State, Georgia State, UMass and others. “Actually, Coach [Chris] Beatty, he’s going to be down here [at Roswell] May 10 to see me workout, and he talks to my online like every day. I really like Coach Beatty and Coach [Walt] Bell as well. They’re just good people and I love how personal they are.”
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Comma said one other reason he wants to check out College Park is his family is from Big Ten country and he grew up watching B1G ball. The Georgia receiver said many of his relatives still reside in the Ohio area.
Moreover, he’s intrigued by the offensive coordinator Bell’s spread offense.
“I love the Big Ten and that style of play. That’s what I grew up with,” Comma said. “Also, I know Maryland likes to move the ball and get it downfield, so that’s obviously great if you’re a receiver. And, I mean, if the coaches are showing that much interest in me, well, I’m going to be interested in them. I know they want me there.”
The Roswell product mentioned that many of his other Big Ten suitors have not had as much contact, thus he’s not sure he’ll be visiting the likes of Illinois or Minnesota. But he should be trekking through a number of southern schools this summer, should they inevitably ante up.
“There’s been a lot of coaches coming through, and I’d love to get some ACC or SEC offers,” said Comma, who has only seen Tennessee the last couple months (he called Knoxville, Tenn., "really nice"). “Louisville, Missouri, Miami, UNC Charlotte, Tulane, Western Kentucky, Southern Miss and Georgia State -- coaches from all those places have been in. And then I know Florida, Auburn, Tennessee and Maryland are coming next. So hopefully I’ll be getting some new offers shortly.”
Of course, SEC or ACC programs would give Comma a chance to play closer to his Georgia home. He said he’s not necessarily opposed to playing further away, but, at the same time, wants to give his mother every opportunity to watch him on college football Saturdays.
“I don’t mind playing far from home, but it is kind of important to think of my mother and my family too,” Comma said. “But it’s not a huge thing for me personally. I wouldn’t mind playing farther north or in the Midwest.”
At this juncture, Comma said he’s open to any and all suitors. He has no early favorites, nor is he hoping for any verbals in particular. But Comma did allow he wants to play in either the ACC, SEC or Big Ten.
“I’ll hopefully have a top five by the summer and then make my decision before the season starts,” Comma said. “If not, it’s OK and I’ll wait until later [to commit], but hopefully by the end of summer I’ll be good to go.”
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Note: The Terps are also pursuing Comma’s teammate, tackle Jordan Tucker. Tucker seems to be favoring Tennessee and South Carolina, but the Maryland staff will probably try to convince him to visit College Park along with Comma during the summer.