The Terps already have two recruits in tow from nearby St. John’s (Washington, D.C.), and now they could be positioned to land a third. On Oct. 23, UMD-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim extended an offer to 2017 defensive end/outside linebacker Kofi Wardlow, a 6-foot-3, 240-pounder who has flown under the power-five recruiting radar thus far.
“I’m really, really happy right now. This opportunity, for my family to see me play and with [teammates] Cam Spence and Kasim Hill already going there, I can’t say enough about what this means,” said Wardlow, who also has offers from Nevada, Ball State, Bowling Green, Monmouth and others of that ilk. “I can play for my hometown school in front of the hometown fans, and that’s just a blessing.
“Maryland is definitely the favorite right now. It’s real high up there.”
Although Wardlow has known the Terps’ staff for quite some time, he has not exactly been in close contact with them. He said Abdul-Rahim really didn’t begin talking to him in earnest until the morning of Oct. 23. Then, some 10 hours later, an offer materialized.
“I talked to Coach Aazaar and he told me the staff loves my film, they’re excited about me and they want me and family to go down there for a visit,” Wardlow said. “They think I have a high motor, and that’s what they want in their defenders. They think I can step in and play that BUCK spot for them.”
Wardlow said he and his family should be able to visit College Park, Md., sometime in late October or early November. The Terps are on the road Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, so they would have to take a mid-week trip.
“I’ll get up there real soon, and then I’m looking to get to their next home game as well,” Wardlow said. “I haven’t been up for a game yet, but I’ve been on campus plenty of times with Kasim and Cam. I’m excited to get back now that I have the offer.”
Wardlow said most of his previous experiences at UMD were “just to hang out” with his teammates. He did attend a camp, however, and had some opportunities to talk to Abdul-Rahim and defensive line coach Mike London.
“I’ve seen the facilities up there and the new facilities they’re building, and they look very, very nice,” Wardlow said. “They’re doing really great things up at Maryland and it’s going in the right direction. It’s already a really good program with the new coaches, but it’s getting even better and it’s improving. I could really see myself there with Kasim, Cam and all those guys.”
Speaking of Spence and Hill, both Maryland commits immediately contacted Wardlow after hearing about his offer. Needless to say, both are urging him to join the hometown movement.
“Those guys, they’re pretty excited for me, to say the least,” Wardlow said, laughing. “They said it’s going to be real good up at Maryland and I need to jump on board.”
The local edge rusher broached UMD’s educational opportunities too.
“It’s a really good academics school. They have a great engineering program, and that’s a major plus as well,” Wardlow said. “I want to have a great degree coming out of college.”
Wardlow, though, isn’t ready to commit just yet. Even when he and his family trek to campus in the next couple weeks, he said he’d like to hold off before ending his recruitment.
“I’m leaning on committing after the season so I can consider all my options. But Maryland is real high up there,” said Wardlow, who isn’t looking for an offer in particular. “I’d like to take a look at Bowling Green and maybe a couple other schools that have been consistently recruiting me.”
Wardlow has 50-plus tackles and seven sacks for St. John’s this year.