The Maryland staff had a number of its foremost class of 2018 priorities on campus Feb. 4, including the No. 1 running back on their board. Local Mychale Salahuddin (Woodson/Washington, D.C.), a 5-foot-11, 190-pounder with an expanding offer list, returned to the hometown school along with around 50 other nearby recruits.
“It was a packed house up there. It was awesome,” said Salahuddin, who claims offers from UMD, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Syracuse, UVA, Va Tech and others. “It was a good opportunity to meet the whole staff at Maryland. I met the offensive coordinator, Coach [Walt] Bell and I liked him, and I got to see Coach [Anthony] Tucker and Coach Aazaar [Abdul-Rahim] again. It was good, because [Tucker and Abdul-Rahim] had conversations with my mother, and that was her first time meeting them.”
Salahuddin said both his area recruiter and Maryland’s running backs coach spoke to him and his mother at length during lunch and meetings. The D.C. runner lauded both staffers and noted his relationship with each.
“We have a real good connection. I like those guys a lot,” Salahuddin said. “Coach Aazaar, he’s my guy. He’s an inner-city D.C. guy like myself, so we relate pretty well. It’s always good to catch up with Coach Aazaar, and my mom liked him a lot too.”
Although Salahuddin enjoyed reconnecting with the Maryland staff, he said the highlight of the trip was interacting with the other recruits on campus. He said he spoke to a couple of Maryland’s DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) targets, John Morgan and Judson Tallandier, as well as several other prospects.
“Getting us all together like that, that was big for Maryland and it was great getting to know some of the others guys,” Salahuddin said. “Right now, the feeling among us [2018 recruits] is that if we all make this move up to Maryland, it’s going to be a championship team. It’s something we all have to sit down and talk about.
“I know my teammates who were up there too [Vincent Flythe, Ed Hendrix, Noah Boykin], it’s a thought to all stay together in college. It’s something we’ve discussed.”
In addition to the 2018 recruits Salahuddin spoke to, he also connected with three of the Terps’ 2017 signees. He said Johnny Jordan, Deon Jones and Anthony McFarland were all on campus and pitching the program to the underclassmen prospects.
“Actually, I learned a good deal about the recruiting process from those guys. It was good to talk to them,” Salahuddin said. “They were real cool and I liked talking to them. They’re local guys and decided to stay home.”
Next up, Salahuddin is heading to Virginia on Feb. 15. He also wants to check out Penn State (coaches showing interest), Arkansas and Oklahoma this offseason, plus any other programs whose coaches decide to offer.
“I’m taking my time with the process and going to see some schools,” Salahuddin said. “No rush.”