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Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football recruiting roundup.

Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football-recruiting roundup.

Checking Out DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.)

The game of the week in Maryland Sept. 16 featured two of the state’s top three teams going at it, although DeMatha eventually pulled away in a 49-28 drubbing. Personally, I wanted to check out Maryland commits Jordan McNair and Marcus Minor, along with UMD underclassmen targets like P.J. Mustipher and Austin Fontaine.

Since there were so many notable recruits, I chose to focus in on those four. Next time I see DeMatha I’ll evaluate the likes of 2018 defensive end John Morgan and 2018 guard Evan Gregory, two prospects the Terps’ staff is after in earnest.

In addition to the scouting notes I gathered, I also received some key intel on four-star running back Anthony McFarland, which is detailed below.

-- The McDonogh tackle Jordan McNair stands 6-feet-5, 325 pounds and projects as a blindside blocker at Maryland. He’s a well-built specimen with a long frame, a stout base, big hands and a wide wingspan. McNair should be a starter for the Terps after a couple years, and if he proves too small for tackle, he could easily transition to guard.

Strengths: Athleticism, short-area quickness, initial burst, footwork, flexibility, pass blocking technique, punch, ability to anchor, lateral agility, pulling, second-level blocking, hand placement, awareness

Areas of Improvement: Power when run blocking, consistently finishing, pad level, initial hand thrust, staying on blocks, conditioning

Before the game, McNair said he was all about Maryland and wasn’t looking to embark on any official visits other than his December one to College Park, Md. He’ll be attending as many Terps’ games as possible this year, including the Oct. 1 Purdue affair, and will continue to promote the hometown movement when given the opportunity. McNair said he’s personally trying to bring in Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.) defensive lineman Vic Dimukeje, as well as his teammate, P.J. Mustipher.

You can read more about McNair HERE.

-- The DeMatha offensive lineman Marcus Minor is a tackle in high school, but he will be a guard at UMD. That said, at 6-4, 285-pounds, but he has the ability to play up and down the line. Minor has solid arm length, strong hands and a developed frame, complete with a wide base. He projects as a future starter, perhaps after a year or two in Maryland’s weight room.

Strengths: Athleticism, open-space blocking, speed, initial punch, hand placement, initial burst, balance, footwork, agility, second-level blocking, awareness, overall technique, pad level

Areas of Improvement: Strength, point-of-attack power, violent hands, hand quickness, balance in pass pro, footwork in pass pro

Following the game, Minor reiterated his 100-percent Maryland stance, insisting his recruitment has completely ended. He’s in regular communication with UMD-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and offensive line coach Dave Borbely.

Minor attended the Terps’ game against Howard earlier this month, and he’ll be at a number of Maryland matches later during the fall. The DeMatha lineman will then join his fellow UMD commits at a College Park official in December.

You can read more about Minor HERE.

-- The McDonogh defensive tackle P.J. Mustipher is one of the most potent 2018 pluggers in the region, a four-star recruit with a huge upside. The 6-5, 282-pounder is a highly-sought after prospect with Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan, OSU, PSU, Maryland and others all over him. The sturdy, stout Mustipher projects as an immediate contributor along a college defensive line.

Strengths: Initial burst, first-step quickness, suddenness, athleticism, power, lateral agility, disengagement skills, open-field speed, closing speed, ability to finish

Areas of Improvement: Footwork, change of direction, knee bend, hand placement, rush moves, backside pursuit

In terms of Mustipher’s recruitment, he’s claiming no leaders, although it’s fairly clear the likes of Notre Dame, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Maryland are on his mind. UND, which is where Mustipher’s older brother, Sam, attends, figures to be the team to beat, although the recruit refused to dub the Irish a frontrunner.

Mustipher has visited each of the aforementioned programs, but the only school he’s seen recently is Maryland. The McDonogh defensive tackle took in the Terps twice during the summer, including the July 30 College Park cookout. Mustipher heaped praise on the hometown school, speaking well of UMD-area recruiter Mike London; head coach D.J. Durkin; and the rest of the staff. The four-star said the Terps “have it going on” and noted how the hometown movement has his attention. Mustipher also mentioned he “already felt like part of the [the Terps]” since he has a number of ex-teammates and friends currently in College Park.

The above is encouraging for UMD, but realize Mustipher has a tendency to wax hyperbole about any school he’s asked about. We do think Maryland is moving up the leaderboard, but it’s going to be difficult to top Notre Dame; Alabama; Michigan and Ohio State.

You can read more about Mustipher HERE.

-- The DeMatha defensive tackle Austin Fontaine, like Mustipher, is an elite prospect who should start early during his college career. The 6-3, 318-pounder is a powerful, hulking specimen and can be downright dominant as a 3-technique.

Strengths: Strength, power, pad level, disengagement skills, hands, hand placement, footwork, backside pursuit, closing speed, ability to finish

Areas of Improvement: Deftness, initial burst, change of direction, quickness, agility, rush moves

From all we’ve heard, the Terps are in a solid spot for Fontaine. He said he likes the staff a good deal, has enjoyed his trips for games and events, and is keen on the hometown movement.

But Fontaine sounds like he’s fairly open at this stage. He said every school recruiting him is on an even plane, and he hasn’t put much thought into standouts or leaders. Furthermore, he said there’s not one staff pushing harder than another; there’s not any locale he definitely wanted to check out for a game; and he doesn’t have a fondness for a particular conference or location.

Even so, it does seem like Ohio State has his eye after a summer trip to Columbus, Ohio, and Penn State is in the thick of things too (he’ll be at the OSU-PSU game in Happy Valley). But there’s a ways to go here, and we won’t get a true read on Fontaine until the offseason.

You can read more about Fontaine HERE.

-- Finally, I briefly spoke to the running back Anthony McFarland, but didn’t conduct a full interview since he just gave one to Scout the week prior. However, after talking to McFarland and a couple others close to him, the feeling is he’s Maryland’s to lose.

Publicly, McFarland is maintaining a top five of UMD, Miami, Florida, Bama and Tennessee, the runner seeking to officially visit each. He may very well do that, but, ultimately, he should wind up in College Park. His rapport with the UMD staff, his fondness for the DMV movement, and the fact he has numerous current Terps and commits in his ear all bode well for the Terps. We’re told he’s bought into head coach D.J. Durkin’s program and his message of building a winner on a foundation of locals.

Note: Five-star defensive end Chase Young remains a firm Ohio State pledge and is expected to remain so. I’m told the only way he’ll reconsider is if there’s a coaching change or OSU defensive line coach Larry Johnson leaves for a head gig.

Checking Out Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)

The second game I took in last weekend was the Gonzaga-Georgetown Prep (North Potomac, Md.) affair Sept. 17, which the Eagles ended up winning 21-20. Prep really doesn’t have any Maryland-level recruits at this time, but Gonzaga features UMD center pledge Johnny Jordan. The 6-2, 296-pound three-star is a bowling ball of power, and though he’s on the shorter side for an offensive lineman, Jordan’s inherent mean streak; toughness; and work ethic make him a welcome addition for the Terps.

He could be a valuable rotational piece initially, and later during his career might earn a starting role at center. The main concern is if Jordan’s arms will be long enough to keep Big Ten defenders out of his body.

Strengths: Physicality, toughness, strength, power, awareness, pad level, ability to finish, balance

Areas of Improvement: Flexibility, agility, open-field/downfield blocking, short-area quickness, pass pro technique, initial thrust

After the game, Jordan indicated he’s all Maryland and won’t be entertaining other suitors. He is in regular contact with line coach Dave Borbely and area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. Jordan will take just one official visit to College Park in December.

You can read more about Jordan HERE.

More Recruiting News

Blake Williams, TE, Canada Prep (St. Catharines, Ontario): The Oklahoma native Williams, who is playing out his final year at Canada Prep, will embark on his long-awaited College Park visit Sept. 24. It will be an unofficial, with Williams arriving at Maryland early in the day before heading to Owings Mills, Md., for his game against McDonogh that night.

Williams, who has offers from UMD, UNC, Syracuse and RU, has been hearing from the Terps and offensive coordinator Walt Bell for some time. Bell offered Williams back in June and the two have remained in contact since then.

Thanks to the consistent pitch, the former Mustang, Okla., star has Maryland at the front of his mind. He admitted the Terps and Syracuse were his current leaders and he’s eager to see both schools. Williams doesn’t have a visit date to New York yet, but he’ll be in College Park once Sept. 24 and likely again for an official after his senior season.

The above bodes well for UMD purposes, but before we elevate him to “hot” on the hot board, we want to see if he accumulates any more coveted offers. He acknowledged previously he sought scholarships from programs near Mustang like Arkansas or others in Big 12 country.

If those schools don’t pull through, though, the Terps could be sitting pretty.

Stay tuned.

Charles Reeves, TE, Steubenville (Ohio): Reeves’ name hadn’t really circulated in Maryland circles, but Scout’s Bill Greene caught up with the four-star last week and the tight end listed UMD as one of his five leaders. The Terps have multiple coaches in touch with Reeves, including position coach Pete Lembo; area recruiter Dave Borbely and more. Apparently their overtures have been enough to shoot Maryland up the Ohio product’s favorites list, ahead of some SEC and other Big Ten programs.

But we think UMD is probably better positioned for other tight end recruits, including Reeves’ fellow Ohioan, Travis Koontz (Boardman/Youngstown, Ohio), who named UMD a leader and will be officially visiting College Park shortly, and Oklahoman Blake Williams (discussed above).

Pittsburgh, which Reeves has seen on more than one occasion, seems to be trending, mainly because he’s already seen it. Meanwhile, Reeves is looking at Nebraska, Alabama and Rutgers, among others. The Tide could be tough to turn down should the staff push in earnest, while tight ends seem to love the Huskers’ revamped offense.

Reeves hasn’t scheduled any officials yet, but is on the verge of embarking on a couple later this fall. If he opts to see College Park, we’ll elevate his temperature, but for now he’s “cool” on the hot board.

Tyran Hunt, OT, Southampton (Courtland, Va.): The race for the three-star tackle Hunt may have take a turn in Maryland’s favor. Long forecast to Virginia Tech, we learned this week that the Hokies’ staff has prioritized Mekhi Becton (Highland Springs, Va.) over Hunt.

Now, that doesn’t mean the Va Tech coaches don’t want Hunt. Quite the contrary. We’re told if they had to choose, they’d take Becton, but will surely accept Hunt too if he wants in.

Which the Southampton product very well might. Even though Hunt might not be the main target, he’s still feeling the hometown love.

Given that, Tech might be tough to top, but we’re growing increasingly encouraged by Maryland’s position. There’s been more and more Terps’ buzz surrounding Hunt, and his upcoming Oct. 15 College Park official could boost UMD up even more.

Recall, after his July 30 Maryland trip, Hunt went on record twice saying the Terps were “standing out.” It’s evident he loves head coach D.J. Durkin, UMD-area recruiter Mike London and offensive line coach Dave Borbely. The campus, the school’s academic reputation and its relative close proximity to home resonated with Hunt as well.

Of course, Syracuse, which Hunt took an official to Sept. 9, is in the thick of things too. We didn’t envision the Orange being a true player, but the trip apparently went better than expected. For what it’s worth, Scout’s Mike McAllister seems to think the Orange have a decent shot to bring Hunt in.

Duke is also in play, and Hunt loved his trek through Durham, N.C., last week. But the Blue Devils already have two tackle commits, and the coaches may not push for a third unless it’s an elite prospect.

So, this could come down to a Maryland-Va Tech battle. The Hokies may currently hold a slight edge, but let’s see what Hunt’s thinking after his Oct. 15 trek through College Park.

Hunt is listed “hot” on the hot board.

Owen Carney, DE, Miami Central (Miami, Fla.): Apparently Maryland’s Florida trips the last two weeks are paying dividends. While in South Florida before the FIU bout, UMD defensive line coach Mike London stopped by Miami Central and connected with Carney. The four-star defensive end then told Scout’s Corey Bender he “really got a feel for the type of person [London] is and type of coach he is,” and now Carney’s going to officially visit College Park Oct. 24.

Thus, we placed Carney on our radars and have him listed “cool” on the hot board. But Carney’s unlikely to wind up at Maryland before it’s all said and done. He’s already declared FSU his leader, and the Noles are his projected landing spot. Others heavily involved include Illinois (head coach Lovie Smith has already landed Carney’s teammate), Miami, Kentucky and more.

The Terps, for their part, may be able to vault as high as third in the pecking order, behind FSU and Miami. But you never know what can happen during official visits. If his College Park trip goes well and the Seminoles coaches go in a different direction, perhaps London and Co. can catch Carney’s eye.

Nathan Proctor, BUCK, Lackey (Indian Head, Md.): The Maryland staff, with Aazaar Abdul-Rahim running point, have maintained contact with Proctor, but we’re not sure how much of a difference it’s going to make. From all we’ve heard, the four-star outside linebacker is concentrating on other locales, whose coaches have been pushing in earnest.

The staffs Proctor is in contact with the most right now are Penn State, Pitt and Va Tech, followed by a host of others. The Lackey backer has long had a rapport with the Nittany Lions’ crew, and has thoroughly enjoyed his previous trips to State College, Pa. With Pitt, Proctor’s been to campus a couple times as well and has taken a liking to headman Pat Narduzzi and Co. (Not to mention Proctor’s coach at Lackey is a Pitt alum). And Va Tech appeals due to defensive coordinator Bud Foster and his coaching reputation.

The Terps remain in the conversation, but, as Scout’s Brian Dohn recently wrote and I concurred with, Proctor has never seemed “intensely interested in Maryland.” He hasn’t really talked up the DMV movement, the chance to play for his hometown school, or head coach D.J. Durkin’s mantra of turning UMD into Miami from the 1980s. Rather, his pro-UMD comments are typically reserved for Abdul-Rahim and the staff’s overarching energy. So, if Proctor does eventually come around to the Terps, the coaches will be the key reason why.

Currently, though, we’re skeptical the four-star will be officially visiting College Park. More than likely, he’ll head to Happy Valley, Pitt, Blacksburg, Va., and maybe another primary suitor like Tennessee. After that, he will probably select a school around Signing Day.

Our gut is Penn State could be his destination, but Proctor’s a tough read and his situation could easily change depending on what staffs elect to stay after him. Which is why we’re leaving the Southern Maryland native “warm” on the hot board until more definitive information comes out.

Naytron Culpepper, S, Carol City (Miami, Fla.): We made mention of Culpepper a couple weeks back when he snagged a Maryland offer, but we opted not to include him on the hot board. That’s because he was considered a heavy South Carolina lean, with Michigan State running second.

But earlier this week, Scout’s Corey Bender reported the Terps had emerged among Culpepper’s standouts, and the safety would be officially visiting College Park Oct. 15 for the game against Minnesota. Culpepper evidently took an immediate liking to UMD defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim’s personality and his early-playing-time pitch. Thus, the three-star will give the Terps their due and see what the program has to offer.

If that weren’t enough, Bender indicated the Gamecocks’ staff may not be ready to accept Culpepper’s pledge. Culpepper will be in Columbia, S.C., Oct. 1 for an official, but, if he emerges uncommitted, it could be an indication Bender’s onto something.

Michigan State, for its part, is set to host Culpepper Nov. 19. That final official could prove pivotal, but there’s a possibility the Spartans’ coaches could fill their safety spot by that time too.

If so, well, that leaves Maryland.

We’ll see what kind of impression Abdul-Rahim and Co. can leave when Culpepper’s in College Park. If the visit goes smoothly and Culpepper buys into headman D.J. Durkin’s emerging program, the Terps might just be able to pull this off.

Dashaun Jenkins, S, Woodbridge (Va.) (2018): Scout’s Mike Clark caught up with the 2018 safety Jenkins, a four-star recruit. Jenkins has offers from UMD, Louisville, UNC and NC State, with interest from programs throughout the ACC and Big Ten.

Per the interview, Jenkins seemed most infatuated with North Carolina, noting how he’d been in Chapel Hill, N.C., on plenty of occasions. He spoke highly of the atmosphere, staff and the program itself.

But Jenkins also gave the Terps their props. He said he enjoyed taking in a game in College Park last year and is looking forward to getting to another. Jenkins also said he’s developing a “good relationship” with UMD-area recruiter Chris Beatty.

Since Beatty has a strong foothold at Woodbridge, we’re inclined to believe the Terps could well be players here. But there’s a ways to go in Jenkins’ recruitment, and we’ll have to see how his recruiting profile develops before making any predictions.

Harrison Hand, CB, Cherry Hill-West (Cherry Hill, N.J.): Hand embarked on his first official to Virginia Tech Sept. 17, and he returned talking up the Hokies. Hand was thrilled with the coaches, the players he met and the campus. He loved defensive coordinator Bud Foster and his defensive system, and he readily connected with the Hokies defensive backs. Hand isn’t naming leaders yet, but we’re led to believe Va Tech has the upper hand.

Next up, Hand will be taking officials to West Virginia, Pitt and possibly Rutgers. His Maryland official is set for Nov. 12 for the game against Ohio State.

Speaking of the Terps, Hand has been in contact with UMD-area recruiter Anthony Tucker and defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. The Jersey three-star seems to like the Maryland coaches a good deal, in addition to UMD’s need for cornerbacks.

And even though Hand’s not as high on Maryland’s board as Kenny Bennett (Simon Gratz/Philadelphia, Pa.) and Tariq Castro-Fields (Riverdale Baptist/Upper Marlboro, Md.), head coach D.J. Durkin would probably accept the Jersey corner’s commitment if he wants in.

But there’s no guarantee he will want in.

As aforementioned, Tech may have the edge, and West Virginia has made inroads too. Plus, hometown Rutgers and headman Chris Ash have made Hand a priority, although the corner may want to leave home for college.

Note: I checked in with the aforementioned Kenny Bennett this week, and he remains in a holding pattern in terms of his two other official visits to Pitt and Temple. Pitt has a home game against Georgia Tech Oct. 8, so that could be a possibility for Bennett, and Temple has home dates Oct. 1 and Oct. 29.

Regardless of if or when he checks out the Panthers and Owls, we’re continuing to project Bennett to UMD. He’s scheduled to see Maryland Oct. 22 before announcing his college destination Nov. 6.

Nolan Johnson, CB, Southwest Guilford (High Point, N.C.) (2018): Scout’s Mike Clark stopped by Southwest Guilford this week, and he touched base with the emerging corner Johnson, who Maryland offered back in the spring. The Terps represent one of Johnson’s first two offers, and he had plenty of positive comments for UMD.

"I like coach (D.J.) Durkin and saw what he did at Michigan and think he's going to turn it around at Maryland," Johnson told Clark. "I also want to get into business after college and they have one of the top 20 business schools in the country. I visited this summer and liked it a lot. I was able to meet all the coaches and see all the facilities. I'll probably go to a game this fall and I'm looking forward to seeing the game day environment.

"(Tight ends) coach (Pete) Lembo and (defensive backs) coach (Aazaar) Abdul-Rahim are recruiting me. Coach Lembo is a really nice guy and he's straightforward. I also like coach Aazaar and he's been working with DBs all his life. He's really good at what he does and I feel like he could help me develop."

Johnson has an ECU offer as well, while Va Tech, UNC, NC State, Wake Forest and Clemson could be anteing up in time. If the southern mainstays eventually push for Johnson, he’s going to be a tough pull out of North Carolina. But the Terps have done well early and do seem to have Johnson’s attention.

New Offers Out

Lynn Bowden, ATH, Warren G. Harding (Youngstown, Ohio): The four-star Bowden heard directly from Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin, who obviously knows Ohio well. But Bowden didn’t respond to inquiries when asked about his new Terps’ offer, although that’s not a surprise since he doesn’t talk to the media much.

From what we’ve been told, however, Bowden seems to be favoring Michigan State. The Spartans are Bowden’s most ardent Midwest suitor, and he’s enjoyed his previous trips to East Lansing, Mich. Additionally, Penn State and Kentucky have the recruit’s eye, with the Nittany Lions holding prime appeal.

But it’s unclear what programs will actually push for Bowden, because we’ve heard there could be academic and other issues. Bowden is quite a talent, though, and some coaching staff is bound to take a chance on him.

Scout’s Bill Greene actually lives near Youngstown, and he said he’d be stopping by Harding High soon. We should know more about where Bowden stands after that.

Joshua Blackwell, WR, Buford (Ga.): The Georgia athlete Blackwell, who pledged to Duke May 29, earned a Maryland offer Sept. 19. UMD offensive coordinator Walt Bell stopped by Buford and let the 6-0, 175-pounder he had a Terps’ scholarship, despite his Blue Devils’ commitment.

Blackwell didn’t respond to inquiries, but we’re led to believe he’s a hard Duke pledge. It’s unlikely he’ll entertain a visit to College Park.

Furthermore, we’re not even certain Bell’s offer would be committable anyway. The Terps have a number of other receivers on their board, and the staff is only taking one more in 2017.

And that one could very well be Jayden Comma (Roswell, Ga.), whom Bell also stopped in to see recently. Comma, as mentioned in past Shells, will be officially visiting College Park Oct. 1, and the sense is the three-star could pop shortly thereafter.

Jacob Bolton, OT, Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.): The Terps have a foothold in Roswell, and during the bye week UMD-area recruiter Walt Bell stopped by Blessed Trinity and offered the 6-5, 300-pound tackle Bolton Sept. 19. It was Bolton’s first Big Ten look and his second power-five offer after Iowa State.

Naturally, Bolton was excited about his latest scholarship. He said Maryland promptly rocketed up his leaderboard, and he should be visiting College Park as soon as possible (he’s targeting Oct. 12).

“[The Maryland offer] was real big, real big. Maryland is definitely my leader,” Bolton said. “[Bell] said they have three offensive line commits right now and they’re taking five, and they’d like me to be one of those five.

“Maryland a big school, and I actually watched them when they were in the ACC a good bit. So I am familiar with them… I know they’re in the Big Ten and they play a tough schedule, which I like. I know they’re 3-0 right now, and I saw the end of the UCF game where they won in double overtime. So it looks like a program moving in the right direction, and I’m looking forward to learning more.”

Bolton will also be checking out the Cyclones, which he’s officially visiting Oct. 1. Although Iowa State is fairly set with offensive linemen in the 2017 class, the coaches are willing to take another tackle. And Bolton appears to be their guy.

“Iowa State is still up there for me. It’s a good program and I like the coaches,” Bolton said.

Bolton has heard from a couple other larger institutions like North Carolina, Georgia and Ole Miss too, but it’s unclear which programs could be anteing up next. Regardless, Bolton intends to wad through the process. Since he was injured all of last year, he wants to see what programs’ coaches offer after fully evaluating his senior film. Then, depending on what scholarships materialize, he’ll set a couple more officials later during the fall.

Bolton does not intend to commit until November or December, although we have a feeling the Terps’ staff might be able to seal the deal much sooner. (Yes, we do believe Bolton is a “take” for head coach D.J. Durkin).

Bolton is currently listed “warm” on the hot board, but that temperature could quickly elevate after the tackle sets his College Park official.

You can read more about Bolton HERE.

Antonio Alfano, DE, Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) (2019): The Terps became the latest offer for this stud sophomore. Alfano heard from UMD Director of Recruiting Marcus Berry Sept. 22, and will be recruited by assistant Matt Barnes moving forward. 

Alfano, though, already had a number of options at his disposal. Ohio State, for one, anted up back in the summer, while Boston College; Duke; Penn State; Va Tech; and Rutgers came in the last couple months as well. Alfano is also receiving interest from schools in the SEC and the rest of the ACC and Big Ten as well. In other words, he'll have his share of options in two years.

The Maryland staff has it's work cut out for them, but first thing's first: Securing a campus visit. 

Zihir Lacewell, S/OLB, Tottenville (Staten Island, N.Y.) (2018): It seems UMD assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim isn’t limited by area when he’s searching for defensive backs. On Sept. 21, he, along with UMD-area recruiter Pete Lembo, extended an offer to the New York hybrid safety/linebacker Lacewell, a 6-3, 195-pounder who is quickly gaining steam on the trail. Lacewell now holds verbals from UMD, Pitt, Rutgers and Temple, but he’s on the radar of all the Big Ten bigwigs and programs in the ACC and SEC too.

Lacewell could have his pick of schools by next summer, and his opinions are bound to change as his profile expands. But, at the moment, he’s excited about his latest look, calling Maryland an “offer I was really looking for.”

Lacewell had recently come in contact with Lembo and Abdul-Rahim and liked what he heard about the program’s direction. Now, the Staten Island native wants to visit College Park as soon as possible, either for a game this fall or for an offseason trip.

Staff Travels

The Maryland coaches took advantage of the team’s bye week and hit the road recruiting. The staff was spotted at locales up and down the East Coast, from Florida to Georgia to South Carolina to North Carolina to Pennsylvania to New Jersey. Of course, the coaches were in the DMV as well, at high schools in Maryland; D.C.; and Virginia.

D.J. Durkin: DMV schools, namely those in the MIAA and WCAC

Mike London: Baltimore-area schools

Aazaar Abdul-Rahim: Florida schools, South Carolina schools, Prince George’s County schools, D.C. schools

Matt Barnes: Pennsylvania schools, New Jersey schools

Chris Beatty: Montgomery County schools, Northern Virginia schools

Walt Bell: Georgia schools, North Carolina schools

Dave Borbely: DMV schools

Anthony Tucker: DMV schools, New Jersey schools

Pete Lembo: DMV schools


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