The Maryland staff is looking to add at least two more offensive tackles to its 2017 class, and Nov. 11-13 they hosted one of their top targets for an official visit. Southampton (Courtland, Va.) three-star Tyran Hunt, who the UMD coaches have been after since the spring, made it up to College Park, Md., for the second time.
The 6-foot-6, 280-pounder, who was accompanied by his mother and father, couldn’t say enough about the 48-hour stay, the visit cementing Maryland’s spot among Hunt’s foremost contenders.
“Maryland is a great school. I like what they’re doing with the program and respect the coaches to the utmost. I’m really glad I went on the visit, because a lot of my questions were answered,” said Hunt, who is also considered Virginia Tech and Syracuse. “The money Maryland is getting, the new facilities they’re building, and what they’re planning there for the future, it sounds great, And the recruiting class they’re bringing in on top of that, things are really looking up there.
“But, ultimately, I love what they can do for my education, with the great degree there; the internship opportunities; and the school being near D.C. and Baltimore. There are so many connections and networking opportunities available, and that makes Maryland very attractive I know even if I don’t it to the NFL, I’ll be good to go with a Maryland education.”
Hunt said he arrived in College Park late Nov. 11, the family checking into a nearby hotel. The next morning, they had breakfast with recruiting director Marcus Berry and several other assistants. The Maryland staff broke down the itinerary and gave some insight into what the program had to offer.
After the 10 a.m. meeting, the Hunts had a sit-down with the academic advisors, which resonated with the recruit and his family.
“They told me the whole academic plan, and what I really liked most about it was how they tailor everything to you personally. It’s based off who you are and what you’re trying to do and accomplish, and that’s really good,” Hunt said. “And I want to major in communications, and Maryland has a great major in that field, obviously. That’s one of the main reasons Maryland is one of my top schools.”
Following the advisor chat, Hunt and Co. took in the Terps’ game against Ohio State. UMD was drubbed, 62-3, but Hunt didn’t seem to mind the lackluster affair.
“The fan base is incredible. People were coming up to me, showing me love. I wasn’t even committed, but they were treating me like I was part of the program already,” said Hunt, who took note of UMD’s need for offensive tackles. “It was a great atmosphere and it was great to be apart of that. But the greatest part was I got to go to the press box with the coaches before the game. I got to see the setup and see how they would see the game. That was really cool.”
After the game, Hunt said he hung out with his player host, Adam McLean. He also spent time with numerous other current Terps.
“Even after the loss, the players weren’t [despondent]. The players know where program is going and they know it’s a process. They were very positive and welcoming,” said Hunt, who made sure to note how much he liked the food at UMD. “And the students were out enjoying themselves at night and having fun, and that’s one of the things I look for in a school. I want to be happy and comfortable where I am, and I definitely felt that at Maryland.”
Hunt had similar compliments for the Maryland staff. He said he had a meeting with line coach Dave Borbely, a talk with area recruiter Mike London and a sit-down with headman D.J. Durkin.
“Coach Borbely, we talked for almost two hours and I really got to find out who he was. I really liked him and what he has in store for me,” Hunt said. “And Coach London, he was great too. My parents absolutely loved him as a person. That meeting went really great.
“And Coach Durkin, we say down and had a really good talk. He was telling me his plans, what he hopes to do there, and how I fit in. It was a great conclusion to the visit.”
Hunt originally wanted to see UMD sometime in December, after his senior season. But he’s eager to end his recruitment and opted to move up the official to mid-November.
He likely has just one more visit coming up, to Virginia Tech -- which could have the inside track after Hunt’s multiple forays through Blacksburg, Va. -- Nov. 26, before selecting a school shortly thereafter. Hunt is considering setting up a ceremony at his school, which could delay his announcement slightly, or he might just Tweet out his college decision soon after returning from Blacksburg,.
“Things will be speeding up after I get back from Tech,” Hunt said. “But, honestly, I can’t tell you which school I’m going to choose yet, because the visits seem to get better every time. No one college is the same, and there’s so many great things at each place. It’s making this a harder decision for me. But I’m going to have my decision soon either way.”