Maryland hosted one official visitor Oct. 15-16, with Miami Central (Miami, Fla.) three-star defensive end Owen Carney making the trek north to College Park, Md. The 6-foot-3, 235-pound three-star called his first official “great” and said the Terps have opened his eyes.
“It was a real good time, man,” said Carney, who is also considering Florida State, Illinois, Louisville and Tennessee. “I really enjoyed it there, and I had a good time with all the coaches and players. I liked the environment there and could see myself going there.”
Carney had primarily been in contact with UMD defensive line coach Mike London. The two have been in touch for a few months now, and Oct. 15 they had a chance to connect in person. The Florida edge rusher also had a chance to meet head coach D.J. Durkin and defensive coordinator Andy Buh.
“My favorite part of the visit was breaking down film with the coaches and getting one-on-one time with them,” Carney said. “Coach London is a great guy and I have a great relationship with him. I knew going in what he was about as a coach and as a person. I heard countless things about his reputation, and on the visit he lived up to it. He’s great to talk to and really knows what he’s doing.
“Coach Durkin, he told me I had a great opportunity there to be special. He was talking about the previous defenses he had and how I could excel there. He said I could be like Dante Fowler when he was at Florida. [Durkin] thinks I can play the BUCK position and really do a lot for the defense, and that really stood out to me.”
Of course, Carney also had a chance to take in the Terps’ game against Minnesota Oct. 15. The edge rusher didn’t arrive in College Park until right before the noon start time, but he said the abbreviated stay didn’t put too much of a damper on things.
“Even though Maryland lost, it was still a good time. The stadium was great and I liked the fans,” Carney said. “I could imagine playing in front of them at night when the place is lit.
“Also, I saw the plans for the new facilities they’re building and that definitely helps Maryland. Especially like when it gets cold or it snows, those are going to be so nice.”
Carney went on to laud the dorm rooms and the campus itself. He liked the vibe in and around College Park, and how the school is centrally located between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore.
“There are a lot of opportunities there outside of football,” Carney said. “The Under Armour connections and being near D.C., that’s an advantage [for UMD].”
During his stay, Carney said he readily connected with the current Terps, particularly those from the Sunshine State. His host was freshman Qwuantrezz Knight, who is from Tallahassee, Fla.
“Qwuantrezz was a great host, and he was telling me all the great things about Maryland and how I could be special there,” Carney said. “I also talked to the Daniels twins and Dion [Goldbourne], and they were saying how much they enjoyed it there at Maryland. I liked all of those guys and felt like they welcomed me in.”
The Miami Central product, however, did not have a chance to do all that he would’ve liked during his visit. He wasn’t able to check out D.C. or truly gauge the academics, nor was he able to spend as much time with the coaches.
“I might be able to go back to see more, but on a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give the trip an 8,” Carney said. “I fell like it was a good visit, but it was limited time. I was a little rushed, so it was a little short on details. But it was still good and at the end of the day I enjoyed myself.”
Next up, Carney is looking to see Illinois, although no date has been set yet. After that, he said he’d likely hit Louisville and Tennessee for officials, before taking his last trip to Florida State.
“Florida State still leads, you could say that,” Carney said. “It’s the hometown school, I’ve been up there a few times, and I like the environment there. But we’ll see.”
Carney said he’ll likely end his recruitment around Christmas or New Years. He plans to enroll at a school in January.