The Terps are in need of offensive line help, and Nov. 26 they hosted a junior college tackle who originally prepped in the DMV. Former Bethesda-Chevy Chase lineman Nour-Eddine Seidnaly, a 6-foot-5, 295-pounder now at ASA (Brooklyn, N.Y.), attended Maryland’s game against Rutgers at the behest of the UMD coaches.
“Like, out of nowhere Maryland hit me up and told me to come to the game. They just started looking at me, and I was honored,” said Seidnaly, who holds offers from Eastern Kentucky, Robert Morris, UNC Charlotte, UT Martin, Eastern Illinois, NC A &T, NC Central, Arkansas Pine Bluff, Liberty and more. “It was an honor to hear from the hometown school, and I immediately went up there. I never thought they’d be interested in me, but it feels great to hear from them It’s the hometown team. Hopefully they offer.”
Seidnaly said he had a chance to speak to coach Pete Lembo, Dave Borbely, Walt Bell and Mike London, in addition to Director of Recruiting Marcus Berry, Nov. 26. The lineman said he’s been in touch with Lembo and Berry for about a week now and believes the UMD staff is considering extending an offer.
“They’re interested in me, and they’re going to let me know if they’re going to offer me or not in the next week,” Seidnaly said. “They wanted me to come up there for a game, and they want me to come back for an official. It sounds like they like me and think I can play there. So we’ll see. I like the coaches there a lot, so I hope [they offer]. They’re going to keep looking at me, and keep recruiting me.”
Seidnaly saw the Terps trounce Rutgers Nov. 26, and despite the half-full stadium, he said he loved the fans. He also liked interacting with the other recruits and taking in the gameday atmosphere at UMD.
“I loved Maryland. It was real good,” Seidnaly said. “It was a great environment, it was a good game, and I liked how Maryland played. It’s a great program, and they’re on the rise. It’s a team I grew up watching, so it was great to see them in person. I had a lot of fun.
“I know a lot about Maryland. I love their uniforms, their stadium, and I have a lot of friends that go there. Not just friends who play football, but because I’m from there, I know a lot of kids who go to college there. It’s a place I’m comfortable at and familiar with. I really thought it was great.”
In addition to UMD, Seidnaly is also speaking to coaches from Texas Tech and UCLA. He has an official to Texas Tech set up for Dec. 2 and is scheduled to see UNC Charlotte Dec.9.
However, he said he might visit UMD Dec. 9 instead if the Terps’ staff extends an offer.
“Me and Marcus Berry were talking about [Dec. 9],” Seidnaly said. “That’s what I’m thinking about for Maryland, but I want to see what they say about an offer. Hopefully they [offer]. I’d like that a lot.”
Seidnaly is a December graduate and will enroll in a four-year institution in January. He has two years of eligibility remaining.