The Maryland staff already had three 2018 quarterback offers out to the likes of Artur Sitkowski (Old Bridge, N.J.), DeJauan Ellis (O’Connell/Arlington, Va.) and Allan Walters (Paramus Catholic/Paramus, N.J.), and May 3 offensive coordinator Walt Bell extended another. Timber Creek (Sicklerville, N.J.) dual-threat Devin Leary landed his second offer from UMD after Bell watched the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder throw.
“I was just really surprised and really excited to get the offer. It’s so exciting that they recognized my talents and are giving me a chance to play at the Big Ten level. It’s a great school and an honor,” said Leary, who held a previous offer from Temple. “Maryland is a really nice school academically and football-wise. So I was just honored, and hopefully this get things rolling for me.”
Leary said he couldn’t speak to Bell personally May 3 per NCAA rules, but he knew he and the rest of the UMD staff was interested. The quarterback’s coach at Timber Creek had evidently been in close contact with the Maryland staff.
“Coach Bell has been in contact with my coach, definitely, and telling my coach how much he liked me and my film; my footwork; and how the ball comes out of my hand,” Leary said. “And all that [Bell] was saying kind of came down to me today through my coach. And then I ended up getting the offer after Coach Bell told my coach he wanted me in the program. [Bell] really liked what he saw when I was throwing, and I was just really excited.”
The Timber Creek product actually studied Bell’s spread offense prior to receiving the offer. A student of the game, Leary has broken down film or many of his interested suitors.
“I’ve actually watched some videos of Coach Bell’s offense at Arkansas State, and what he does with his quarterbacks at,” Leary said. “I like how he uses the quarterbacks in the system, takes advantage of their strengths, and makes them comfortable. [The offense] seems like a great fit for me.”
Leary should be trekking down to College Park, Md., for a one-day camp this summer. He said Bell wants him to throw in front of UMD head coach D.J. Durkin and Co., giving the Terps’ staff a chance to work with the gunslinger one-on-one.
“I’m very excited to get down there and see the school again ,” Leary said. “I was actually down there before for a camp before my freshman year. I loved the campus, the football facilities and I know the academics are great too. I remember I had a great time down there, so I’m excited to get back.
“And my cousin actually went there too. She just graduated from Maryland and lives around there now, so that’s pretty cool.”
The only school Leary has been to recently is Rutgers, but he’s set to see his share of campuses during the summer. In addition to Maryland, he’ll be hitting South Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, and Wake Forest on a Tobacco Road/Columbia, S.C., swing with Timber Creek. Leary would also like to see Temple, Notre Dame, Penn State and possibly more.
Leary said the Heels and Northwestern could be offering in short order, while he’s also receiving significant interest from PSU; Syracuse; Notre Dame; Oregon; South Carolina; Purdue; Iowa and Kentucky.
“If I had to say, my dream offer would probably be North Carolina,” Leary said. “I’ve watched film on them a lot, I’ve seen them on TV, and I just think it would be a great fit. Then the campus looks beautiful and the academics are good too. I’m excited to visit there this summer.
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“But, really, I want to get out to as many places as I can. I want to check out a lot of schools this offseason.”