Maryland mainly hosted recruits from the DMV Dec. 9-11, but one potential target did make his way up from Florida for his Terps’ official visit. Nebraska pledge Guy Thomas (Booker T. Washington/Miami, Fla.), who projects to the BUCK role at UMD, made the trek to College Park, Md., at the behest of defensive line coach Mike London.
“Maryland is a great place. I had a good time with the players and coaches, and I think it could be a good fit,” said Thomas, who committed to Nebraska back in August. “I just felt a lot of love there. It was a good time.”
Thomas said the highlight of the trip was actually the team football banquet held Dec. 10. He said he enjoyed interacting with the current Terps and the coaches at the event.
“It wasn’t like a normal ceremony, it was like a whole celebration,” Thomas said. “Music was playing, they had people dancing and it was really upbeat. I was talking to some of the players there, and they knew who I was and said, ‘What’s up?’ I liked how the coaches were too, just very cool and fun to be around.”
Thomas’ host was lineman E.J. Donahue, although the three-star said he was with a multitude of different Terps. The Floridian enjoyed interacting with some of the current playing who are also from Florida, and hanging out at Dave & Buster’s with the other visitors.
“I had a real good time with everyone. It was a lot of fun hanging out in the dorms and just talking to different guys,” Thomas said. “All of the guys were really cool. They were telling me about Maryland, how much they like it there, and how much support the coaches give you. They said Coach [D.J.] Durkin is a great guy to play for. That was big to hear that from them.”
Thomas had a chance to speak to Durkin personally Dec. 11 before leaving, although he said he spoke to “pretty much every coach there.” The Miami native spent the most time with London, however, who described the BUCK spot.
“The coaches at Maryland are great people and they showed me so much love,” Thomas said. “They think I can come in there and do big things. Coach London told me I could have a big impact on the defense and potentially play early. He thinks I could be great at the BUCK. He showed me some clips of the position, and I really like it and think it fits me well.”
Thomas made sure to praise Maryland’s campus, the coming facility upgrades and the various aesthetic qualities too. He said he thoroughly enjoyed his 48-hour stay and “everything was really nice.”
But maybe not perfect.
“I’d rate the visit a ‘7’ overall,” Thomas said. “It was good, but it wasn’t, like, perfect. But it’s a good school and I liked it there.”
Next up, Thomas will officially visit Louisville Jan. 13. He plans to wrap things up Jan. 20 at Nebraska.
For now, Thomas said he’s a firm Huskers’ pledge and has a rapport with the staff.