St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.) defensive end B'Ahmad Miller has held a Maryland offer for months, and it’s remained his most significant suitor. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder from Pennsylvania has been all about the Terps since head coach D.J. Durkin assumed control of the program, and Oct. 1 he decided he wanted in.
Miller attended the Terps’ homecoming game against Purdue and afterwards committed to UMD over offers from Marshall; Buffalo; Temple and others.
“I just knew this was the best fit for me,” Miller said. “I’d had the Maryland offer for awhile now, and they were always very high for me. And just after being there, talking to the coaches, and being in the atmosphere, I knew that’s where I needed to be. I decided to commit.
"It was a great atmosphere, a great game. I really like how Maryland is playing."
Miller, who spent his first three years at Eastern Christian (Elkton, Md.), has been in College Park, Md., numerous times for practices and camps. When the new Terps’ staff took over, however, he readily took to defensive line coach Mike London and Durkin himself.
“Coach London is a great guy and he has a great resume. It speaks for itself. He’s a great coach and a I really enjoyed working for him at the camp [at UMD],” Miller said. “And Coach Durkin just is great. I love him. He’s a wonderful coach and has great energy. I love talking to him.”
The Keystone State native has been invited to College Park for a couple years, but he only really considered it once Durkin took over. Miller raved about the staff’s outlook and their overall personalities, while complimenting their player development and plans for the program.
“It’s just a new vibe up at Maryland and the coaches are great,” Miller said. “It’s something I wanted to be apart of, what they’re building now. They have a great vision for the program and they’re definitely on the come up. Maryland is bringing in the best recruits from the area, and it’s very exciting. I couldn’t turn that down.”
Indeed, Miller watched the new UMD coaches secure commitments from elite DMV recruits like Cam Spence, Kasim Hill, Deon Jones, Josh Kaindoh, and more. He saw the prospects looking hard at the Terps and who were on the verge of opting in.
Thus, Miller decided he better seize the spot before it was snapped up.
“Maryland is going to be a power. With the guys they have coming in and the guys there now, it’s going to be a force,” Miller said. “I want to be part of that. I want to be part of a program that’s building into a winner and can win a championship.”
So, by the time Oct. 1 rolled around, Miller had a fairly clear idea where he wanted to attend college. All he needed to see was how the coaches interacted with the players, and then how the staff personally interacted and treated him.
Once he was appeased, Miller knew he couldn’t let the opportunity fall by the wayside.
Miller considered taking a couple other officials, with Temple firmly on his radar. But after taking in Maryland Stadium and meeting the staff Oct. 1, he opted against it. He knew the Terps presented the best opportunity for him to succeed at the FBS level and didn’t want to have his spot filled.
“I just knew this was the best fit for me,” Miller said. “The coaches, the players, I love them all. I couldn’t turn down the chance to play here. It’s my hometown school and the staff really cares about you as a person and as a player. I have a great relationship with the coaches and I feel like they have my best interests in mind. “
Miller represents the first recruit from new Baltimore power St. Frances to choose UMD. The Panthers, with a star-studded coaching staff in place, are bound to be one of the most foremost programs in the DMV in short order. The Terps’ staff is looking to tap into that program and establish a pipeline, with Miller representing the first prospect to matriculate from Baltimore to College Park.
“It’s a honor,” Miller said. “St. Frances, we’re on the come up and this is going to be a great program. I’m excited to get this thing started and get it rolling at Maryland. Hopefully [the Terps] will bring in a few more guys the next few years.”
As far as his game is concerned, Miller is a quick-twitch, athletic lineman who can play 5- of 3- technique. He can collapse the pocket, make plays in space and even defend the flats on pass plays. His size is a question mark, but Miller has the tools to succeed in the Big Ten.
“I feel like I can have a big impact at the next level. I’m working on some things, but I feel like I can compete with the best,” Miller said. “I’m going to keep working, and I’m ready to get it rolling at Maryland.”