It’s been a few years since Maryland mined the Eastern Shore, but UMD-area recruiter Matt Barnes has identified an offer-worthy candidate at Stephen Decatur (Berlin, Md.). On May 18, Barnes, along with Terps’ defensive line coach Mike London, extended a verbal to Tyree Henry, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound receiver who has just emerged on recruiting radars.
“I’m just blessed. This was my very first scholarship offer,” Henry said. “I just am thanking God first, my parents, and everybody that’s supported me. I’m going to keep working, though, and keep grinding away. But, honestly, it’s tremendous to think the school right in my backyard thought enough to offer me. It meant a lot, and I liked the offer a lot.
“Without a doubt Maryland is at the top right now. This is the offer I wanted. I don’t know when I’m going to commit, but this was the offer it wanted.”
Henry said he’d been exchanging messages with Barnes via social media the last couple months. Then, Barnes stopped by Decatur for a work out and evidently liked what he saw. Later on May 19, Barnes let Henry know about the offer, while the receiver said London spoke to his mother “for a good 45 minutes” about the hometown look.
“I was going crazy inside,” Henry said. “I had to force myself to stay humble and composed. Me and Coach Barnes have a great relationship and we talk all the time. I was honored to get the offer from him. And Coach London, I can’t even tell you what he was talking to my mom about. But I know she was very impressed and feels very good about Maryland after talking to him. It was exciting for both of us.”
Henry has actually trekked through College Park, Md., twice this offseason. He was first on campus for a tour in the winter before taking in a practice during the spring.
“I loved it up there, and I loved the whole coaching staff,” Henry said. “I liked how friendly and welcoming everyone was, and how the coaches were not just all about football. Like Coach [D.J.] Durkin, Coach Barnes, Coach [Chris] Beatty, Coach [Walt] Bell, Coach [Mike] London, they care about you as a person. Then I also like the academic support there and how they help student-athletes there.
“The campus was really nice too, and all the facilities were great. It’s a great atmosphere there. I could see myself there.”
The Decatur product said the DMV movement has caught his eye as well. He called it "cool" and mentioned he'd love to play alongside other local recruits at the hometown school.
"And Maryland is close to home, and my mom could easily see me play," Henry said. "That's something I'm thinking about too."
Henry can also play safety, but he said the Terps want him at wideout. His preference is to have the ball in his hands.
“I talked to Coach Barnes about that, and he told me they’re looking for big receivers like me,” Henry said. “He said I’m big, fast, and strong, and they need more of me in the program. So I know if I go there it’s a great opportunity for me.”
Besides Maryland, Henry has also visited Villanova and New Hampshire. He’s unsure where he wants to head next, but would like to attend numerous summer camps around the region.
Henry said coaches from UVA, Pitt, Syracuse, UConn, Nova and a couple more have stopped by Decatur to watch him. He’s not sure who might offer next, but figures he’ll land a few more FBS looks before it’s all said and done.
“I honestly would like to wait until after my senior season before committing, because I do want to send my film out and see what offers I can get,” said Henry, who might be transferring to St, Frances (Baltimore, Md.) at some point. “I really do like Maryland and they’re my No. 1, but I’d like to see what options I have.”