Oxon Hill (Md.) four-star receiver Daniel George has been up to nearby Maryland more times than he can count, and he was back yet again Feb. 4 for the Terps’ major prospect day. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound George was joined by a large contingent of local recruits the Terps’ staff is after.
“I think this stay-home movement thing is definitely real,” said George, who has offers from UMD, Penn State, Va Tech, WVU, UVA, Rutgers, UNC, NC State, Duke, Iowa and Wisconsin. “Me being up there with all the players from Maryland really opened my eyes. I had a great talk with some of the coaches too, and it was a great experience.”
George spent the majority of his stay with receivers’ coach Chris Beatty, area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and head coach D.J. Durkin. He said all three left with him with a distinct message that resonated.
“Coach Beatty, he’s a great coach and he was telling me how I’d be used in the offense. He thinks I could be a real game-changer there,” George said. “Coach Aazaar, we have a great relationship because he’s from [the D.C. area] and his head coach in high school, Craig Jeffries, is my head coach now. So that’s a really good connection we have.
“And Coach Durkin, we kind of had a heart-to-heart. I saw that Maryland brought in a lot of running backs this year, and I asked him about the offense, and he said they still planned to use the receivers a lot. He wants me to be that X or Z guy on the outside and be that deep threat. He thinks I can be a big, physical receiver who can go up top and make plays or move the chains on third down.”
Besides the Maryland coaches, George said he spoke to his friend, safety Noah Boykin (Woodson/Washington, D.C.), who is also a top Maryland priority.
George bonded with 2017 UMD signee Kasim Hill too.
“Kasim and I really connected,” George said. “He’s a great quarterback, and he talked about how he wanted to get me the ball and be his guy at Maryland. He said to stay on top of things and let’s make that connection happen.”
Which is something George is considering.
But maybe not too soon.
“I’ve always liked Maryland. I’ve grown up watching them, so I’ve always liked the school,” George said. “But I haven’t really started to separate schools yet or ranked them. I’m still going through the process.”
George was just at Virginia Tech Jan. 27, and he called that trip “great.” Next, he’ll hit Penn State before heading to the Carolinas for a tour of Duke, UNC and NC State. George wants to hit West Virginia as well.
“Definitely, a main factor for me when I’m looking at these schools is the offense and how I’d be used,” George said. “But most importantly I have to like the school as a whole, and there has to be good connections after school.”
George said he doesn’t plan to commit anytime too soon. He’s given some thought to committing in the summer, “but most likely I’m going to go through the whole process.”