At the Nike Opening D.C. in mid-April, Woodberry Forest (Woodberry, Va.) corner Terrell Jana called Virginia his No. 1 suitor, followed by Maryland. He intended to make a late-spring decision, with the ‘Hoos the prospective favorites.
A month or so later, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Jana still has UVA out front, but he’s not quite ready to end his recruitment. Jana, who is from Western Canada, said he still has a couple visits in mind and wants to give the likes of UMD, Yale and possibly a couple others a chance to win him over.
“Right now, as of this moment, UVA is my frontrunner,” said Jana, who holds offers from the Cavaliers, Terps, Bulldogs, Nevada, ODU, Rice and Ohio. “UVA is the school in my head, but Maryland is there too and I’m looking at Yale as well. Those are the three tops for me. There’s a chance another school could get involved if they offered, but [UVA, UMD and Yale] are the three I’m concentrating on right now.”
That may be so, but Jana made it fairly clear the Wahoos might be tough to top. Not only has he visited Charlottesville, Va., five times this offseason, but his friend and teammate, quarterback Lindell Stone, is committed there. UVA has offered Jana as a receiver, so the chance to potentially catch passes from his high school quarterback at the next level holds appeal.
“UVA is pretty far in front, up there a good bit,” Jana said. “The coaches there are terrific, and they make me feel at home whenever I’m up there. And when I go there, it’s like being part of a different lifestyle and being welcomed into a family almost. So I’m just really comfortable up there.
“And then Lindell going there, he’s always talking to me about UVA and things like that. I wouldn’t go there just because he’s going there, but it is cool to have a teammate going [to UVA].”
Stone, though, does intend to trek through College Park, Md., in June or July. He said he’s in consistent contact with the Maryland staff and wants his parents to see the school.
“I really want to see what Maryland is all about. I’ve had the offer for months now, and Coach [Mike] London and Coach Aazaar [Abdul-Rahim] are always in touch,” Jana said. “They literally talk to me like three or more times a week. Coach London, he’s been through my school and I’ve met him before, but I want to meet Coach Rahim in person and the rest of the staff too. And I want to take my parents up there so they can see what Maryland is all about.
“Both Coach London and Coach Rahim are great, great guys. I really like them and enjoy talking to them. They’re great recruiters and from what I can tell, great coaches.”
The Woodberry product said he’s done his research on the Terps and is aware of the vibe surrounding head coach D.J. Durkin’s program.
“But I really have to see the campus, check out the facilities, see the dorms and just find out how they see me fitting in up there,” Jana said. “It’s hard to make a judgment on a school without seeing it firsthand. So that’s why I’m getting up there this summer with my parents. We’re going to make a family decision, so it’s important for them to be there with me.”
Some of the other schools that potentially enter the race include North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Washington. He said coaches from all three have been in contact and could consider offering later this spring.
“If UNC offered that would be awesome, and I’d definitely want to check them out,” Jana said. “And Washington, that’s back where I’m from originally, and they’re kind of interested. That would be a school I’d visit when I go back home. Va Tech would be a good offer too.
“I’d also like to hear from an academic school like Northwestern, but their coaches haven’t been in contact.”
Jana said he’ll return to Canada in early June before flying back East with his family. The plan is to check out UMD, UVA and Yale, in addition to UNC and Va Tech if the Heels’ and Hokies’ coaches ante up.
“I was thinking about making a spring decision, but now it’s probably going to be in the summer after a few more visits,” Jana said. “Like I said, I want to take my parents around and then talk to them about everything. So we’re looking at a summer decision now.”