The Terps played host to more than 20 official visitors Dec. 9-11, including most of their current commits and a handful of their foremost targets. One of the key recruits in the latter category was defensive end/outside linebacker Kofi Wardlow (St. John’s/Washington, D.C.), who has been on campus numerous times this fall.
The 6-foot-3, 225-pound three-star had basically seen everything Maryland has to offer during previous stays, but he said the 48-hour College Park, Md., visit was impressive nonetheless.
“It was real good. I had a lot of fun with the commits there and my teammates Cam Spence and Kasim Hill. It was cool being around all the people that are going to be [at Maryland],” said Wardlow, who is also considering Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Pitt and Boston College. “Just hanging out with the others players, that was my favorite part. I wanted to see how well I gelled with those guys, and I had a great time and felt very comfortable.”
Wardlow’s player host was Melvin Keihn, and the recruit said the Terps’ BUCK linebacker showed him a great time and did well answering all his questions. The St. John’s product also said he had fun bonding with the other current players, pointing to their outing at Dave & Buster’s in Silver Spring.
“Talking to Melvin was good, and he was telling me about staying home and all the good things about Maryland,” Wardlow said. “We had a lot of fun, and I enjoyed being around all those guys. They seem to really like it at Maryland and had all great things to say about the coaches.”
Speaking of those coaches, Wardlow spent the majority of his time with position coach Mike London. Additionally, the three-star interacted with his area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, whom Wardlow has a terrific rapport with, defensive coordinator Andy Buh and head coach D.J. Durkin.
“I met with Coach London and he was telling me about my role on the team and how I could be a big part of the defense. They want me at that BUCK spot, and it fits me well. It’s what I like to do – being versatile and active. And I think Coach London is a great coach; his resume speaks for itself,” Wardlow said. “And Coach Durkin was telling me all the positive things about Maryland and how two of my teammates are already there, and he’d love to have me on board too. We have a good relationship and it’s something I’m thinking about.”
Wardlow mentioned two other aspects of the official that hit home. He said some of the players’ parents were available for a panel of sorts, answering any questions the recruits had about Maryland and adjusting to college. Wardlow also said the recruits were allowed to attend the team’s football banquet.
“I was really impressed with the panel and the banquet,” Wardlow said. “I got to see how well the coaches interacted with the players and how well they treat the players there. I liked that a lot.”
To boot, Wardlow said his parents thoroughly enjoyed themselves as well.
“They’re impressed too. They don’t see any negatives with me coming to Maryland. They really enjoyed the visit and had a good time,” Wardlow said.
So, where do the Terps stand heading into the dead recruiting period?
“I’d rather not say, but Maryland is up there. I do like it there,” Wardlow said. “But I still think I’m going to take all my [official] visits.”
Besides Maryland, Wardlow visited Michigan State officially Dec. 2. He’s scheduled to see Pittsburgh Jan. 13, Virginia Tech Jan. 20 and maybe Boston College Jan. 27 before announcing his decision around Signing Day.