BOWIE, Md. -- The annual Crab Bowl was held Dec. 18 at Bowie State, and a couple Maryland commits were selected for the team. That includes four-star offensive tackle Jordan McNair (McDonogh/Owings Mills, Md.), a 6-foot-5, 325 pounder who committed to UMD in April.
“I’m honored to have been invited to the Crab Bowl. It’s a great local game to play in and be apart of,” McNair said. “But I didn’t play because I was busy and wasn’t able to go to the practices. But it’s still an honor to be part of the team.”
McNair’s senior season didn’t unfurl the way he would’ve liked, with another MIAA A-Conference title. Even so, the big tackle said the team had a good year and he personally improved.
“I feel like I got better with everything. I’m comfortable with my game, but there’s always room for improvement, and I’m still getting better,” McNair said. “The biggest thing for me, though, was my pad level and staying on my blocks this year. The past couple years I’ve struggled with that, so I feel like I did well with that this year.”
As far as Maryland is concerned, McNair attended several Terps’ games this year before taking his official with most of UMD’s other commits Dec. 9. McNair said he’s thoroughly enjoyed bonding with his fellow future Terps, and has befriending many of them.
“The official was a lot of fun. We had a great group of guys there, a lot of commits and some guys that weren’t committed too. It felt like just a big family with all my friends there and people I knew. We saw and did a lot of cool stuff,” said McNair, who was hosted by former McDonogh lineman Ellis McKennie. “But the best part for me was the player-parent panel, because we got a different look at everything and got to ask a lot of questions. All my questions were answered. I also really liked the team football banquet and how that was set up. That was a lot of fun too.”
The Terps’ current recruiting class is ranked top 15 in the country. McNair said he’s excited to see what this group can do once it arrives in College Park.
“I really like this class. We’re getting closer and closer to getting to the top. It’s really starting to come together and there’s more guys that want in with us. So it’s looking good,” McNair said. “Calvin [Ashley] was there, and it would be great to have him, that’s for sure. With [Ashley’s teammates] Cam Spence and Kasim Hill on him, I’m pretty sure we have a good shot to [flip Ashley]. But we’ll see. There’s a lot of good players that want in.”
Besides bonding with the players and other recruits, McNair reconnected with line coach Dave Borbely and area recruiter Mike London. The McDonogh four-star said he’s in regular contact with both, while he speaks often enough to headman D.J. Durkin too.
“I have a great relationship with the Maryland coaches, and I feel like Coach Borbely is going to help me a lot with my game,” McNair said. “Basically, Coach Borbely talks about playing style and where he sees me fitting into the offense, things like that. He was saying nothing is really set on the offensive line, and if I show up and work I have a chance to start at tackle. It’s an open slate for everybody.
“I’m excited to get started. I think we can really do big things at Maryland.”