Timber Creek (Sicklerville, N.J.) junior quarterback Devin Leary had taken in Maryland for a practice and a game, and this time around he attended the Terps’ first major prospect day this offseason. The 6-foot-2.5, 185-pounder, along with his father, headed down to College Park, Md., Feb. 4, giving Leary a chance to reengage with offensive coordinator Walt Bell and head coach D.J. Durkin.
“I would say the highlight for me was really connecting with the whole coaching staff,” said Leary, who holds offers from UMD, Syracuse, Rutgers, West Virginia, Boston College, Iowa, Indiana, Baylor and Kentucky. “It was great spending time with all of the coaches, especially Coach Bell and Coach Durkin. I have a great bond with them and really like what they’re about Their message to me was that I am the guy they want in the 2018 class.”
During the visit, Leary sat down with Bell to go over Maryland’s offense. The budding quarterback was already privy to the basics from watching the Terps last year, but the one-on-one time with Bell proved valuable, per the recruit.
“I really like the offense at Maryland and feel like it fits me well,” Leary said. “It’s almost the same offense I play in high school, almost the same system. The pace and tempo of the offense, that’s something I like.
“I also really like Coach Bell as a coach and as a person. He’s someone I can relate to and learn from.”
Besides the coaches, Leary also took note of the other recruits and players on campus. That includes a number of 2017 signees who decided to stop by Gossett Team House Feb. 4.
“I think if you look at the guys they just signed and you look at where Maryland is going, it’s definitely on the rise,” Leary said. “I think the guys they have coming in are going to make a huge impact. It’s an exciting time at Maryland.”
Additionally, Leary took note of the coming facility upgrades and various other aesthetics inside Gossett, all of which he’d seen before and caught his eye. The school’s academic reputation and various business opportunities resonates with Leary as well.
So, where does Maryland’s top quarterback target stand with the Terps?
“I do not have any top schools right now, but right now Maryland is definitely a choice towards the top five,” Leary said. “It’s a good school, a great football program and I have a great bond with the coaches there.”
Maryland was Leary’s first offseason visit this winter. Next up, he’s heading to West Virginia, Syracuse, Boston College, Rutgers and possible NC State and North Carolina.
If all goes according to plan, Leary will have seen enough to select his future destination by late summer.
“I'm not 100 percent sure when I would like to make my decision -- maybe before the start of my senior year,” Leary said. “But I'm not sure yet. I have to see how things play out.”