The Maryland staff has identified Georgia as a prime recruiting ground, and Feb. 1 they reached right back into the Peach State to hand out even more offers.
Class of 2018 defensive end Caleb Tannor (Miller Grove/Lithonia, Ga.) landed his first FBS verbal from UMD assistant Al Seamonson, and afterwards the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Tannor gave the Terps their share of props.
“I was very excited, very appreciative. This was my first big one, and it’s going to set me apart. It was a big move for me,” said Tannor, who previously had offers from UMass, Middle Tennessee, Jacksonville State, Georgia Southern and others of that ilk. “One of the coaches started texting me [Jan. 31], and he told me he had some big news for me and to give him a call in the morning. So I did [Feb. 1], and he said I’m the best BUCK linebacker on their board right now and he’d love to get me up there. It was just a brief conversation, and we didn’t talk much, but he sounds like a cool dude and it sounds like Maryland is a nice offer to have.”
At the moment, Tannor’s knowledge of UMD stems from his fellow Georgians heading to College Park, Md. He’s aware the Terps just signed a handful of the Peach State’s finest in the 2017 class and have double-digit Georgia natives on the roster.
“I saw they got a bunch of guys from down here this year and I heard they have like 10 [Georgians] on the roster now. So, to me, it seems like guys from here really like Maryland, and a couple of them told me it’s a great school,” Tannor said. “So I figure maybe I’ll like it too. I’ll take a look and visit. I definitely want to get up there.”
Beyond those few rumblings, however, Tannor isn’t privy to headman D.J. Durkin’s program. He hasn’t watched much Maryland football on TV, nor did he have to say much about the Under Armour connections or Big Ten affiliation.
“About all I know about Maryland is it’s in the state of Maryland (laughs). I really don’t know much. I haven’t seen them at all,” Tannor said. “But I want to look into them.”
In addition to Maryland, Tannor said he’s been hearing from coaches from Georgia, Georgia Tech and Michigan State. He believes the Yellow Jackets are on the verge of offering.
So far, Tannor has attended camps at UGA and Ga Tech, but has yet to take any true campus visits. He’d like to see both aforementioned Georgia schools, however, in addition to Clemson, Tennessee, Maryland and some other southern locales.
“And I’d love to get offers from anybody in the ACC or SEC. Those are the schools I’ve grown up around and have been watching, so I’d love to have offers from some of them,” Tannor said.
The Miller Grove product is coming off a season where he recorded 60 tackles, seven sacks, two safeties, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.