COLLEGE PARK, Md. – In addition to the seniors on campus for Maryland’s July 30 cookout, the UMD staff also hosted numerous 2018 prospects, including perhaps their foremost 2018 quarterback target. Timber Creek (Sicklerville, N.J.) dual-threat Devin Leary, who landed a Terps’ verbal courtesy of quarterbacks coach Walt Bell back in May, took his first visit to College Park in three years.
Afterwards, the 6-foot-2, 175-pounder, who was joined by his parents and two siblings, raved about his stay.
“I visited Maryland once before, before my freshman year, but I’ve been eager to get back since I got the offer. And I loved it,” said Leary, who holds early offers from UMD, Rutgers, BC, Wake Forest, Temple and UMass. “Coach Bell, he set up the whole thing for me, because he’s the one who recruits me. And just the way he set up the whole day for me was great.
“What I really liked and stood out was how much of a family it is there. Like, all the coaches not only knew my name, but they knew my parents’ names and even my little brother's and sister’s names. All of us were so surprised, and it was such a welcoming atmosphere.”
Leary was introduced to pretty much every assistant on Maryland’s staff, but he spent the majority of the time with Bell. UMD’s offensive coordinator identified Leary as offer worthy during the spring evaluation period, watching the gunslinger throw at Timber Creek. Since then, Bell has been in regular communication with Timber Creek’s coach, while letting the Learys know how much he’d love to coach the rising star.
“What I really liked about Coach Bell is how he talked to me as a person, not as a football player. We talked how things were going off the field, and I could really relate to him,” Leary said. “I just really like talking to him.
“Also, his offense, it’s similar to what I run in high school now. Coach Bell is big on up-tempo, fast-paced attacks, and it’s kind of like what Chip Kelly used to do at Oregon. And that’s what I run in high school now; it’s all about hand signals, keeping it fast-paced and getting the ball out quickly. [Maryland’s spread] sounds like a great fit.”
Leary went on to praise the other aspects of his visit, including the campus tour and the academics. Moreover, his parents thoroughly enjoyed themselves too.
“I loved the campus, the academics are great, and what really stood out to me is they’re building the new facilities. Those are going to be great when they’re completed,” Leary said. “And my parents, they also loved Maryland. They had a great conversation with Coach Bell and just loved the atmosphere at the school. They also loved that it’s not far from home, and the academic presentation blew them away.”
It’s still early in the process for Leary, but apparently the Terps have left their mark.
“Maryland definitely impressed me,” he said. “I’m not sure I have a No. 1 a No. 2 or a No. 3 yet, but they’re definitely one of my top schools right now. I’m definitely getting back for a game this fall.”
Before taking in UMD, Leary was able to see Va Tech, Penn State, UNC, South Carolina, Wake, Rutgers and NC State. He’ll be back at RU later in August, in addition to initial forays through BC and possibly UMass.
“Right now I’m going through the whole process, taking visits and just seeing what these schools have to offer,” Leary said. “Honestly, I don’t have a dream offer or anything like that. I’m grateful for all the schools that are recruiting me.”