The dead recruiting period is over, and recruits have started to trickle through College Park, Md., again before high school training camps get underway in August. And one intriguing prospect who ventured all the way up from Florida July 18 was Winegrass Ranch (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) safety Jordan Miner. The 2018 emerging star had been in touch with UMD-area recruiter Chris Beatty and opted to fly north with his family for a looksee at Maryland.
“Coach Beatty told me to come up whenever, and I had some time [July 18] and we decided to head up,” said the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Miner, who holds early offers from USF, UCF, Toledo, Tulane and Bowling Green. “I actually have family up there; ,my uncle lives in Germantown, Md. So we decided to visit him, and then I went over to Maryland to see the school.”
While on campus, Miner had a chance to tour the school and sit down with both Beatty and defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. Afterwards, the Winegrass Ranch product called it one of his best visits yet.
“One of the graduate assistants, Eric White, he took me around campus, and it was real nice. It’s one of the best campuses I’ve seen so far,” Miner said. “Everything was brand new, and the new facilities they’re building look great. They should be ready by January 2017, so that’s real exciting.
“Then I met Coach Beatty and Coach Aazaar, but Coach D.J. [Durkin] wasn’t there. But Coach Aazaar was real nice and it’s obvious he knows what he’s doing. When I was there, he was actually on the field training [NFL cornerback and Baltimore native] Cyrus Jones, and it was cool to watch them work. Coach Aazaar seems like a great coach. And Coach Beatty, we’ve been talking for like two or three weeks now on Twitter, and he’s just a cool guy. It was great to meet him in person, and he made me feel real comfortable there.”
Since Durkin wasn’t on campus, Miner didn’t secure the coveted offer. But he believes it will materialize in short order.
“Coach Beatty said it was only a matter of time,” Miner said. “He really likes me and thinks I’d fit in real well in the defense. So I have a feeling the offer is coming soon.”
Miner said he plans to return to College Park this fall. He wants to attend the UMD-Michigan State game in Maryland Stadium.
“I definitely want to check out a game there,” Miner said. “I’m definitely interested in Maryland.”
Miner has also seen Florida, Florida State, USF, UCF, Tennessee, Miami, South Carolina, Clemson, UNC and FAU. He’ll be returning to USF later in July before concentrating on his upcoming season.
“I’d say South Carolina, Maryland and NC State will offer next,” said Miner, whose older brother plays at FAU. “I’m really not looking for any offers though. I’ll look at any school that’s interested in me.”
That said, Miner admitted he grew up an Ohio State fan. Evidently he lived in Ohio for a few years before moving down to Florida when he was seven years old.
“I’ve always sort of followed Ohio State since that’s where I’m from,” Miner said. “My whole family is still up in Ohio too.”
Miner is coming off an injury-shortened season (broken ankle) where he recorded 46 tackles, an interception and two kick-return scores.