The Terps had two receivers up for official visits Oct. 1, including a Florida wideout from the Muck region. Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.) slot Quantino Allen, who attends the same high school as current Maryland corner Will Likely, made it to College Park, Md., a little more than three months after landing a UMD offer. The 6-foot, 202-pound three-star Oregon State pledge thoroughly enjoyed his 48-hour stay, and said he’s keeping the Terps firmly in mind moving forward.
“Maryland was a lot of fun, and there was a lot that I liked,” said Allen, who is also looking at Illinois, Louisville and West Virginia, in addition to Oregon State. “I really liked the fans there -- they were crazy (laughs). And the facilities, the new facilities they’re building and just the environment there. There wasn’t one thing that stood above the rest – it was a lot at Maryland to like.”
He especially enjoyed taking in the Terps’ homecoming game against Purdue. While the Maryland receivers didn’t put on a show, UMD did roll up 50 points on the back of its ground game in a 50-7 romp.
“I really liked the offense and how fast-paced it was,” Allen said. “Maryland really did well and I feel like I’d fit in well. And the game atmosphere was great. There’s a lot of fans that came out and they were really energetic. We walked through the Terp Walk and all the fans were shouting at us, and that was pretty cool. I had a really good time at the game with the other recruits.”
During his stay, which began Sept. 30, Allen spent a good amount of time with various Maryland staffers. He met with receivers’ coach and area recruiter Chris Beatty, offensive coordinator Walt Bell, head coach D.J. Durkin and others. The Florida native mentioned how much he enjoyed speaking to each coach, noting their respective personalities and overall energy.
“I met like the whole coaching staff. Like, all of them were talking to me and welcomed me in,” Allen said. “Coach Durkin and the others, they were saying they’d love to have me and how much of an impact I can have there. But they didn’t just talk about football, they talked about the internships and how Maryland could benefit me after college with their degree. The coaches told me how Maryland is between Baltimore and D.C., and how many job opportunities that presents once you graduate. So that was impressive to me too.”
Of all the coaches, Allen has the best rapport with Beatty, who has trekked through Glades Central and been in touch with the three-star on a consistent basis.
“I’m real close with Coach Beatty, and he’s a great coach. He’s produced a lot of great players,” Allen said. “I’ve known him for awhile, and he always checks in to see how I’m doing.”
Besides the various coach meetings, Allen also had plenty of time to meet the current Terps. Freshman corner and fellow Floridian Elijah Daniels served as player host, but Allen said he met “like everyone.”
“I talked to all the guys from Florida like the Daniels twins, Will Likely, Kingsley [Opara], all of them. They were real cool, and they were telling me how much they liked it at Maryland. They said it would be great if I joined them and how the Maryland coaches were big on getting Florida guys,” Allen said. “And after the game, I got to hang out with them all, and there were a lot of great homecoming parties. That was a lot of fun, and I just really enjoyed being around those guys.”
Allen went on to laud the various academic counselors he met, along with strength coach Rick Court. He also praised the campus, saying he could see himself residing in College Park.
“So I really liked the Terps, but I wasn’t going to commit yet or anything like that,” Allen said. “I’m still solid with Oregon State, and I’m not going to announce exactly where I’m going until I take my last official [to see the Beavers] on Nov. 28. After that visit, I’ll sit down and evaluate all the different systems, all the different staffs and all the things I liked about each school. Then I’ll announce where I’m going.”
Coming up next, Allen is officially visiting Illinois Oct. 8. He’s also planning out late October/early November officials to Louisville and WVU, both of which Allen said have offered.