H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) junior corner Vincent Flythe had offers from Virginia and Iowa State heading into the New Year, but when he heard from the hometown school Jan. 4 he was particularly excited. The 6-foot, 170-pounder called Maryland the offer he “really wanted.”
“It’s pretty great to have that offer. It’s the one you really want – the one you want first and need to get,” said Flythe, whose three teammates, Mychale Salahuddin, Noah Boykin and Ed Hendrix, also received Maryland offers recently. “It’s the hometown, so it feels pretty good to get that one. It was big, that’s for sure.”
Flythe, who also holds offers from UVA and Iowa State, said he spoke for awhile with UMD-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim Jan. 4. Prior to receiving the verbal, Flythe said he’d been in regular communication with the Terps’ defensive backs coach, and the D.C. product knew Abdul-Rahim liked his game.
“Coach Aazaar let me know I had the offer, but that really wasn’t even the point of the conversation,” Flythe said. “I’ve known Coach Aazaar for way longer than he’s been at Maryland. So it was more like a personal conversation, and the offer was almost secondary. He’s a great coach and a good dude. He’s cool and real easy to talk to and work with. And most definitely he’s easy to relate to. He’s from the city like me. He knows what we’ve [D.C. residents] been through, and he’s been through some of the same things we’ve been through.”
Given that rapport, Flythe said he’s always going to have interest in the Terps. The Woodson prospect noted that he’s heeding Abdul-Rahim’s overtures about staying local and representing his hometown at the next level.
“The hometown movement – the coaches at Maryland are really trying hard to get it rolling and it has a lot of guys around here’s attention,” Flythe said. “The 2017 class was a good start [for UMD], so we’ll see how 2018 goes. For me personally, it might be the best option, it may not be. But it’s a real good idea and something I’m looking hard into. I like being close to home, and my family isn’t far and can see me play. It’s a good perk.”
Flythe was last in College Park, Md., for the Terps’ game against Michigan State. Before that, he participated in a UMD summer camp, took in a local prospect day and went on a team tour of the campus.
“The Michigan State game was a great football atmosphere. With the fans and the electricity, it showed that Maryland is moving up as a program,” Flythe said. “Also, just talking to the coaches, and the energy they have, it’s different than it was before [at UMD]. Maryland has really come a long way.
“I also really like what they’re doing with New Cole Field House and the facilities they’re building. If I go there, they should be finished by the time I’d get to campus. That would be pretty cool.”
Besides College Park, Flythe has been able to see UNC, Tennessee, Pitt, Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan. He’d like to return to North Carolina, UT and UMD, plus hit a few locales down south and take a trip north to Wisconsin.
The Badgers coaches could be close to offering Flythe, and the Woodson corner seems to have keen interest in checking the school out. But Flythe admitted he’d love to travel south if more programs from ACC and SEC country show interest.
“But I don’t really have any dream offers or anything,” Flythe said. “An offer is an offer in my eyes. They’re all blessings. I just like watching college football, and when I watch it’s not like I focus on a particular school. I’m just taking everything in right now.”
Flythe is coming off a season where he had 60-plus tackles, seven picks, seven breakups and two return touchdowns.