For the second year in a row, the Terps have secured a four-star guard out of powerhouse DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.). This time around, though, they didn’t have to wait around until National Signing Day.
On Aug. 28, Marcus Minor ended his recruitment a bit earlier than intended and announced he’d be staying home for college.
“Maryland has always stood out for me and it’s always a place that’s been on my mind and a place I enjoyed being,” said Minor, who is following in the footsteps of former teammate Terrance Davis, a 2016 UMD signee. “Every time I go up there I like it. but I really enjoy Maryland and the coaches there. Just talking to Coach [D.J.] Durkin, Coach [Dave] Borbely, some of my teammates going [to UMD] and hanging out with the other commits and recruits, it’s a great experience up there. I’m very comfortable there.”
The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder had plenty of reasons he opted to stay home, but it was Durkin and Co. who ultimately convinced him. No other staff pursued Minor as ardently as area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, line coach Dave Borbely and the head coach Durkin.
“I had a strong relationship with the Maryland staff. We talked to each other like normal, and I liked 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. “I liked Coach Durkin and what he’s doing there at Maryland. The way he and Coach Borbely were explaining what I could do for Maryland and expressing how much they want me, it made me feel good. They showed me how it would feel to be a Terp, and that’s what I liked best.
“Also, Coach Rahim is a really good guy and he’s always in contact and up at our school. He doesn’t try to press you or anything like that; he’s just great to talk to and a good person.”
Minor wasn’t finished extoling the Terps’ coaches. He’s had multiple interactions with Durkin, including one-on-one meetings in the headman’s office that left the DeMatha prospect impressed. Moreover, Minor has worked with Borbely at camps and had personal sitdowns with him in his office.
“Coach Durkin always told me how Maryland could impact me beyond football, just going into life situations, how they could help me develop as a person,” Minor said. “Also, he talks about how I can stand out and represent my home state, which is big. I like what Coach Durkin has been telling me and I like where he’s taking the program.
“And with Coach Borbs, I really like how he coaches his guys and how technical he is. He’s very hard on his guys and he demands the best. That’s what I want in an O-line coach. I have a great relationship with Coach Borbs, and just talking to him one-on-one, he’s my kind of coach. I like what he’s doing and I think he could help me develop my game too. We’ve bonded, he’s a great coach and he has a great resume.”
Of course, Maryland’s journalism program needs prominent mention here too. In fact, the school’s academics, internships and future job opportunities may have pushed UMD ahead of Minor’s other suitors.
“Whoever had a great journalism program was going to have an edge for me. That’s been a big thing for me all along,” Minor said. “And at Maryland, it’s one of the best programs in the country. Me and my parents have looked into it, and it speaks for itself. There are a lot of great opportunities at Maryland when I’m done my football career.”
Speaking of his parents, Minor’s family has been on campus nearly as often as he has. They knew the former Terps’ staff fairly well, but easily bonded with the new regime under Durkin this offseason. They were recently in town July 30 for the cookout event.
“My parents have always liked Maryland, and they’ve always liked the academic aspects,” Minor said. “They like the coaches a lot too and were just comfortable around them. They’ve never pushed me or anything, but I know they’ve always liked Maryland.”
Throughout the process, Minor has guarded his feelings, notoriously understated in his comments regarding certain schools, including Maryland. He spoke “appropriately” of each suitor and program he visited, highlighting the pros of places such as Miami, Auburn; Va Tech; Michigan State; Florida; and Rutgers, in addition to UMD.
But the DeMatha product always circled back to the hometown school, making sure he was on campus for all the important visit days (i.e. DMV Day, the Friday Night Freak Show, the July 30 cookout). Even after he whittled down his leaderboard and said the likes of the Hurricanes, Eagles, Gators, Spartans, Hokies, Scarlet Knights and Terps resided on an even plane, it was clear the local university had his attention.
“I just like the vibe in general and the environment around the program,” said Minor, has attended several games and junior days at UMD prior to this last offseason. “ Like I said, I’m comfortable up there on campus, and I like how it’s close to home.”
In the past, Minor has commented on the coming $150-plus million facility upgrades, the campus itself and various other aesthetic qualities. He’s discussed the DMV movement currently in full force in College Park and the impact of having his former teammates head to UMD. But Minor was never impressed by indoor fields or what other around him were doing. He was all about finding the best fit for him academically and athletically.
“It’s a school I’ve been high on for a long time, and I believe I can be very successful there as a student-athlete,” said Minor, who won’t be taking official visits. “Mainly, it was the love from the coaching staff. They showed how much love they had for me as a person, not just an athlete -- like someone they can take as a son."Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE