COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Daniel George (Oxon Hill, Md.) is one of the best class of 2018 playmakers in the DMV, the receiver attracting double-digit offers to date and procuring interest from programs throughout the SEC, Big Ten and ACC. The Terps, however, identified the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder before any other program, and, since the initial verbal, the new UMD regime under D.J. Durkin has made the star local a priority.
The Maryland staff has hosted George a couple times this offseason, most recently for the July 30 cookout, which numerous elite DMV talents attended.
“UMD has always been in a good position with me since they were my first offer and just the relationship I’d built with them, and it’s the hometown school,” said George, who claims early verbals BC, Iowa, NC State, Rutgers, Temple, UVA, Va Tech, WVU and Wisconsin, in addition to Maryland. “But this last visit, it was definitely an eye opener for me, and it makes me like them even more. The coaches there, and the recruits they’re bringing in, it’s big for Maryland.”
George said he was particularly taken by the number of locals on campus either already committed to Maryland or highly considering the school. The 2018 receiver witnessed three prospects pledge to UMD July 30, while he interacted with prior commits like Kasim Hill (St. John’s/Washington, D.C.), Cam Spence (St. John’s) and others.
“The hometown movement is real,” said George, noticeably excited. “Seeing all the guys I know commit and want to represent their home state is great. And seeing all the other DMV guys coming out and taking interest in Maryland was big. It definitely does affect me and my thinking.”
George has had several exchanges with UMD-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, the two in the process of building a rapport. However, George didn’t have a chance to sit down with Abdul-Rahim July 30. Instead, he chatted with receivers’ coach Chris Beatty and head coach D.J. Durkin.
“Coach Beatty and I had a good talk, and he seems like someone I could grow under and play under,” George said. “He has a great reputation and just seems like a great coach with the guys he’s developed.
“But the highlight of the day was definitely meeting Coach Durkin. He has great energy and looks like he’s going to do big things at Maryland.”
The only other school George was able to check out this summer was Alabama, for a camp. He’s hoping to see more campuses during the fall and next offseason.
“Obviously Alabama caught my eye; that was a great experience,” George said. “I’d like to get an offer from them, and also Miami; UNC; and Ohio State. Those would be great offers to get.”