COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) lineman Marcus Minor returned to Maryland July 30 for his final trip before fall officials. It was the four-star tackle/guard’s fourth time in College Park this offseason as the Terps’ staff continues to make inroads with the local 6-foot-4, 285-pounder.
"It was a nice time [July 30]. It was nice bonding with the coaches and the other players there. It was fun. I always have fun [at Maryland],” Minor said. “It wasn’t any huge recruiting thing or anything like that. The coaches there don’t want that to happen. It’s just about building that bond instead of always talking about, ‘Oh, how can we get you to commit here?’ I appreciate that; they’re not really pushing me, and that’s nice.”
Minor said he spent a good amount of time with position coach Dave Borbely. The DeMatha four-star, who was accompanied by his parents, likes Borbely personally and as a coach, Minor noting his no-nonsense approach.
Minor also spoke to area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and headman D.J. Durkin, among other staffers.
“It’s a strong relationship with the Maryland staff. We can just talk to each other like normal, and I like that about them. Some coaches try to sell you [on their program] or keep pushing you, but it’s just cool with the Maryland coaches,” Minor said. “My parents like them too. They had a good time [July 30].”
In addition to the coaches, Minor said he reconnected with local friends like Cam Spence (St. John’s/Washington, D.C.), Kasim Hill (St. John’s) and teammate Anthony McFarland. Spence and Hill, of course, are already committed to UMD.
“It was nice to see all the guys in my conference before the season starts,” Minor said. “But [Spence and Hill] know no body can really persuade me. They know if I commit to a school, it’s not going to be because of what they say. It’ll be because it’s the best fit for me journalism-wise, football-wise and coaching-wise.”
Minor reiterated those sentiments after watching rival lineman Johnny Jordan (Gonzaga/Washington, D.C.), commit to Maryland July 30. Jordan said afterwards he wanted Minor to commit next, but the DeMatha product simply laughed.
“That’s funny man,” Minor said. “You know, it’s good [the Terps are] keeping a lot of people home, and that’s always good. I see a lot of people going with Maryland. But, again, it’s always what’s best for me, not where I see other people committing. I could go to a program that’s 0-12 this year, but if I feel like that’s the best fit for me, that’s where I’m going.
“If I went to Maryland, which is in my top seven, then it will be because it’s the best fit and not because, like, my teammates are going there.”
There is one significant factor working in Maryland’s favor, however. Minor has said time and again how much he likes UMD’s renowned journalism program, and he reiterated those feelings post July 30 trip.
“Whoever has a good journalism program will always give that school a boost. If it has good connections and I have a good chance of getting a nice job, that will always be a plus for me,” Minor said.
Minor won’t be taking anymore visits this summer, but before trekking back to UMD he saw Miami and Florida, two programs among his foremost contenders. Minor is also considering Va Tech, Michigan State, Auburn and Rutgers, all of which he’s seen at least once before.
“Miami was a nice visit, just recapping what the coaches [were telling me]. I enjoyed it,” Minor said. “Florida was a nice visit too, seeing it for the first time. It was nice to see the coaches and the campus, and I liked it.
“But I just dropped my top seven and no one is really standing out in that group. I’m taking it slow right now.”
Indeed he is. Minor couldn’t even say which of that seven would be receiving official visits. He does, however, plan to embark on all five allotted trips before concluding his recruitment next winter.
“But right now I’m worried about DeMatha,” Minor said. “I’m not really thinking about colleges right now. It’s time for DeMatha.”