Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.) senior combo guard Darryl Morsell has been in College Park, Md., multiple times for camps, games and the like. But Aug. 20 was the first time he and his parents got to see the school in-depth and interact with the entire staff. Afterwards, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound four-star said he was thoroughly impressed with what the hometown school had to offer.
“The visit was real good. Normally when I go up there I just see the athletic facilities but this time I got to see the whole campus. I didn’t realize it was that big, because most of the time it’s just go to the gym and then leave,” Morsell said. “So that was nice, and then we sat down and had lunch with the coaches and talked to them. It was real nice and we had a good time.”
Morsell said the main takeaway was hearing from head coach Mark Turgeon, area recruiter Bino Ranson and the rest of the coaches. The Mount St. Joe’s guard noted how the entire staff, including strength coach Kyle Tarp, addressed the family and made them feel welcome.
“The coaches are making me a priority, and they showed that [Aug. 20]. I like Coach Turgeon, and I know Coach Bino real well,” Morsell said. “I’ve known Coach Bino for a long, long time, actually. He’s a great guy.
“But their main pitch was mainly for me to stay home. I’m from Baltimore and they’re trying to keep the local guys home. And it would be nice to have my family and parents at my games and close by. But, at the same time, location isn’t a huge thing for me. I just want to find the best fit for me basketball wise and with academics.”
The combo guard went on to comment on Maryland’s system and style of play. Morsell’s familiar with UMD from having watched the team in person and on TV over the years, but he said Turgeon showed him his exact role Aug. 20.
“The coaches were showing me how they let their guards play, how they let their guards come off ball screens, how they do a lot isolations and stuff like that,” Morsell said. “They were telling me how I could do similar stuff to Rasheed Sulaimon, just coming off screens and creating my shot. I like that, it looked pretty good to me.”
The Baltimore product mentioned that his parents thought it looked pretty good too.
“My mom and dad were both impressed with Maryland,” Morsell said. “They wanted to see the academic side of Maryland and they liked that. They liked the school itself and the coaches too.”
Next up for Morsell is an in-home visit with Virginia Tech Sept. 10. Then, he’ll be officially visiting Notre Dame Sept. 17 and Villanova Sept. 24. Morsell also said he plans to take officials to Va Tech and Maryland, although those have not been scheduled yet.
“I haven’t been to Notre Dame or Virginia Tech yet, so I want to get to both of those schools,” Morsell said. “I’ve been to Maryland obviously, and I was at Villanova recently too. Nova was cool. The fans are pretty crazy there. I enjoyed meeting all the coaches and things like that. It was a good time. I’m excited to go back.”
Morsell will choose from UMD, UND, Nova, Va Tech and Dayton sometime in October or early November. He said each of the programs are on an even plane and he’s not favoring one over another right now.
“I’m taking it all in, comparing them all and weighing out the pros and cons,” Morsell said. “I can’t really say one school leads right now.”