Lancine Turay (Irvington, N.J.) figures to be one of the most sought-after defensive line prospects in Jersey for the 2018 class, and the 6-foot-6, 240-pounder recently landed his first two Big Ten offers within a 48-hour span.
First, Maryland came through with a verbal Jan. 19, and then Rutgers, which fields Turay’s older brother, Kemoko, followed up Jan. 21. Those two programs joined Syracuse and UMass as the early suitors for the rising Garden State star.
For Maryland’s part, area recruiter Matt Barnes extended the offer.
“I was grateful for the Maryland offer and it meant a lot to me,” Turay said. “I know their program is on the rise, and it was unreal to me. Coach Barnes from Maryland has been recruiting me and we have a good relationship.”
Turay hasn’t visited College Park, Md., before, but he’s seen the Terps plan on TV plenty of times. He likes the school’s Big Ten affiliation and relative proximity to his home, while he’s taken note of some of the players UMD has placed in the NFL.
“I know the program has really good skill players and their [defensive] linemen are good at their job,” Turay said. “I saw that when I’ve seen them play. That caught my eye about them.”
Turay would like to check Maryland out in short order, perhaps in early February. He wants to continue building a relationship with Barnes and meet the rest of the Terps’ staff as well. He also would like to delve deeper into the program in general, learn about the school’s academics, and gauge how he’d fit in in UMD’s defense.
So far, Turay has been able to see Rutgers, which he’s been to in order to watch his brother in action. But beyond trips to Piscataway, N.J., Turay hasn’t ventured out to other locales yet.
Look for him to see some of his recent suitors, though, including Syracuse; Maryland; UMass and another return to Rutgers.
But when asked if any of his initial looks, particularly the one from RU, caught his eye, Turay demurred. He didn’t want to discuss whether or not his brother’s presence at Rutgers would ultimately have a bearing on his decision. Turay also didn’t want to divulge any offers in particular he was looking for.
“Right now I'm just enjoying the recruiting process and taking it all in,” Turay said. “I’m mainly focused on getting better and winning a championship for my team.”