Four-star defensive end Joshua Paschal (Good Counsel/Olney, Md.) returned to Maryland for the fourth time this offseason June 2, and afterwards he called it one of the best visits he’s had. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder took in the Terps along with UMD commits like Josh Kaindoh (IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.), Kasim Hill (St. John’s/Washington, D.C.), Cam Spence (St. John’s) and teammate Ayinde Eley (Good Counsel).
“That was one of my favorite visits to Maryland. It was a great time,” said Paschal, who holds offers from the likes of Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Tennessee, TAMU, Virginia Tech, UNC, Ole Miss, Clemson, Kentucky, Ohio State, West Virginia, Pitt, Iowa, Missouri, Penn State, UVA, Michigan State and more. “I had a really good time interacting with the coaches and other recruits. I didn’t really see anything different this time, but it’s just a really good feel there. I feel comfortable there.”
Paschal said he’s been in touch with almost every UMD coach since headman D.J. Durkin took over the program in February. The Good Counsel edge rusher said he’s in constant contact with the likes of area recruiter Chris Beatty and defensive line coach Mike London, while he’s spoken to defensive coordinator Andy Buh, secondary coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, Durkin and others as well.
“The coaches at Maryland are great. I really like all those guys and I have a great relationship with them. I had a one on one meeting with Coach London and Coach Durkin and it was really great," Paschal said. “Coach Beatty, he’s been to my school and has been pushing for me. I like him a lot. And Coach London is a great coach, and I feel like he can really develop me. He has a great resume and I really like him as a person. But just all the coaches at Maryland have great energy and are great to be around. They talk to me about the importance of staying home, and that’s something I’m thinking a lot about.”
In addition to the staff, Paschal interacted with the other recruits as well. He said Kaindoh, Spence and Co. are always on him about UMD.
“They are just saying how great we could be if we went there,” Paschal said. “They are really pushing Maryland on me. To play on the same line [as Kaindoh and Spence] could be something that I would love to do, especially since we're all from Maryland and that would be great competition. I like the idea a lot.”
Paschal, of course, had already seen what UMD had to offer during his previous trips. He lauded the academic programs, the upgraded facilities, the renovated dorms and more.
“And I just feel very comfortable there,” said Paschal, who has also been to places like OSU, WVU, Rutgers, Kentucky, Penn State, Va Tech and Clemson. “Maryland stands very good for me overall. They’re one of my top schools. I like it a lot there.”
But Paschal isn’t ready to end his recruitment anytime soon. He said he has a number of visits to take, followed by officials during the fall.
Two of the programs he definitely wants to see this summer are Oklahoma and Notre Dame, while he’s considering returns to places like OSU; UMD; Clemson; Kentucky; Va Tech and others.
“Right now there’s a lot of schools I’m interested in. No leaders for me,” said Paschal, who admitted the Notre Dame offer grabbed his attention. “I have to get to a bunch of schools and then after that I’ll announce my [favorites list]. I can’t say I’m favoring anyone right now. I want to see some other schools, take my official visits and then like Signing Day I’ll announce where I’m going.”