The Terps already have two Georgia receivers in tow in the 2017 class, and they could be about to add a third. Roswell (Ga.) three-star wideout Jayden Comma took an official visit to Maryland Sept. 30-Oct. 2, and afterwards the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder dubbed UMD his leader.
“They’re the favorite on my list,” said Comma, who has offers from Illinois, Minnesota, Southern Miss, Colorado State, UCF, ECU and others, and at one time claimed verbals from Louisville and West Virginia. “My impression of Maryland was it was awesome. Just the atmosphere and the coaches, I loved it. I loved being known by the coaches and the fans when I got there. It was great.”
Comma, who visited with his mother, who also loved her stay at UMD, said the highlights of his College Park, Md., stay were taking in the Terps’ 50-7 victory against Purdue and meeting with the staff members. The Georgia wideout has been in touch with UMD offensive coordinator Walt Bell and receivers’ coach Chris Beatty, but he’d yet to meet head coach D.J. Durkin or speak to the coaches face-to-face on a personal level. The official visit allowed him to do so, and Comma couldn’t have been more impressed.
“I spoke to Coach Durkin, Coach Beatty and Coach Bell and they really showed me that I was high on their [board] and wanted me there. I really liked talking to them and getting to know them,” Comma said. “I sat down with Coach Bell and I learned how I’d fit into their system and how I’d be used there. Coach Bell’s offense, it sounds great to me, because it’s just like the offense I run now, with the up-tempo spread. So I feel like I’d fit in well. The coaches think I could do great things [in the offense].”
Comma had a chance to see said offense in action during the homecoming game. Although the passing attack was limited, he saw the Terps’ quick-strike attack rack up 400 yards on the grounds.
“I was very impressed with how [the Terps] played and the offense,” Comma said. “It was a great atmosphere, and the fans were into it. I had a great time being there and I really enjoyed it.”
During the game, Comma had a chance to reconnect with one of his friends from back home, Alpharetta (Ga.) receiver Carlos Carriere. Carriere committed to Maryland back in the summer and chose to drive up in order to attend the Big Ten opener.
“I did talk to Carolos, and, yes, he and a few others were trying to get me to commit,” Comma said. “They were saying how Maryland is a great program and how they want me to join them there. So that’s something I’m thinking about.”
Comma’s player host, Terps’ freshman safety Qwuantrezz Knight, basically delivered the same message.
“[Knight] was telling me that Maryland is the place to go,” said Comma, who has no other visits scheduled and said he’s ‘not sure’ whether or not he’ll embark on intended trips to Minnesota or Colorado State. “He said they’re turning things around and [the Terps] are on the rise. He said it’s an exciting time at Maryland and the coaches care about you.”
The Roswell product also praised the campus, Maryland’s location near Washington, D.C., and the school’s academics. He said each of the latter were positives and increased his view of UMD.
Comma, though, isn’t ready to commit just yet. He’s sticking to a Nov. 4 decision day, which he’s chosen for sentimental reasons.
“We’ll see where everything stands Nov. 4,” Comma said. “But I like Maryland a lot.”