Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore, Md.) four-star combo guard Darryl Morsell has emerged as the No. 1 guard target on Maryland’s board, and head coach Mark Turgeon and Co. made it well-known how much the Terps covet the local product’s services. Turgeon and assistants Bino Ranson and Dustin Clark arrived on the Maryland team bus Sept. 9 for an in-home visit with Morsell and his parents.
“When they first got here, it was crazy. They pulled up in impressive fashion, and that was really big,” said the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Morsell, who has visited Maryland twice unofficially in the last month. “Like, all the neighbors were looking out and seeing this huge bus parked in front of our house (laughs). So that was really unique, and it showed they really want me there.”
During the in-home itself, Morsell said the staff reiterated the same message they’d been preaching since the summer, when the offer was extended. Morsell said the local school has made him a priority and believe he’d be a great fit in College Park, Md.
“It was really nothing out of the ordinary other than the bus showing up,” Morsell said. “I mean, they’ve told me all they can already, and it’s something I’m thinking a lot about. They really want me to stay home and they want to keep the local kids home. They really care about me as a person and a player and think I can do really well at Maryland. Coach Turgeon believes I can held the team in a big way at the guard position.”
Morsell said his parents were impressed too. He mentioned that his mom and dad have a solid rapport with Ranson, Turgeon and Co. and liked their overall pitch.
“But they’re going to support me no matter where I choose to go,” Morsell said. “Wherever I go they’re going to follow. They’re not pushing me to any school or anything like that.”
Morsell previously mentioned his relationship with Ranson, which spans back a couple years. Even before the Terps anted up, Ranson had been on the Mount St. Joe’s product.
“Me and Coach Bino are real close. I’ve known him for a good minute now,” Morsell said before. “I like him a lot, and how he gets to know you as a person and not just as a basketball player.”
After the in-home, Morsell repeated his interest level in UMD and how much he appreciates “how they really want me there.”
“But I’m still going to do my other officials,” Morsell said. “Right now, all the schools I’m looking at are still on an even playing field until I visit everyone.”
Morsell has Notre Dame coming up Sept. 17, Villanova the weekend after and Dayton Oct. 22. His College Park official is Oct. 1, and he’s in the process of potentially scheduling one to Virginia Tech too.
Morsell also has in-homes with Va Tech Sept. 10, UND Sept. 12 and Nova Sept. 14.
“Right now, I’m thinking I’ll probably sign in the spring signing period, to tell you the truth,” Morsell said. “I just want to see where other people go and just take my team. I don’t want to rush this. My mind could change, but right now I’m looking at the spring.”