BALTIMORE, Md. -- The very first prospect to arrive at the early-June St. Frances Academy/University of Michigan satellite camp at Patterson Park's Utz Field was one of the biggest underclassman targets in the DMV: 6-foot-4, 285-pound Terps’ early offer Evan Gregory, the rising junior lineman formerly at Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) and now headed to DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.).
Gregory, who had Maryland as his first and only offer until recent looks from Rutgers and West Virginia, is moving to the Hyattsville school after the coaching change at Gilman.
"It was more of a family decision for me, my dad thought it would be the better place to be," Gregory said of the high school move. "And you know, all-boys school, another powerhouse in the state of Maryland, so basically on the same level as a school."
The Brandywine, Md., resident came out to Utz Field to compete before all the college coaches, "to be here, show my talent among all the other guys in the area, and just do well, basically." The Terps’ staff was also on hand to catch his work at Patterson Park.
Speaking of Maryland, the offer came in April. Many other programs are seriously involved now and it should be a summer full of additional offers, but the initial looks stands out.
"I was very excited about the offer, excited about the [DMV] Movement with so many guys coming back. And Cam [Spence] and Kasim [Hill] already going there now," Gregory said. "So I really like them [Maryland]."
The DeMatha product was at a Terps’ spring practice in April, which is when he received the offer. Gregory will return to UMD June 18 for team camp, and has trips planned for Syracuse and Penn State this summer so far.
"At Maryland, I really like the new staff. It is family-based, and they are trying to make Maryland to place to be, kind of like Miami back in the day in the ‘80s," he said. "Keep all the top guys local, they are really big on that, and that is what will make them a good program."
Gregory said the other main schools that stay in touch the most are Syracuse, Penn State, UNC and Florida.
"I think I would like to make my decision on college early junior year or late senior year," said Gregory, who is being recruited as both an offensive tackle and defensive tackle (the Terps’ staff likes him on defense). “I want to go through the process, but Maryland is making a strong push already. From the staff, I know Marcus Berry, and Mike London came to a practice. I like the new staff there a lot."
Off the field, Gregory wrestles, while he is keen on community service, be at his church or at the elementary school where his mother teaches in Washington, D.C. One day Gregory would like to teach himself.