Local outside linebacker Durell Nchami (Paint Branch/Burtonsville, Md.) was at Maryland for the first time since taking in the Terps’ game against Rutgers during the fall. The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, who projects as a BUCK at UMD, previously dubbed UMD his early leader after landing a January offer, and this latest trip through College Park, Md., did nothing to dissipate those feelings.
“Oh yeah, most definitely. That’s my top school,” said Nchami, who has offers from UMD, UVA, Syracuse and Pitt. “The stay-home movement and what they have going on there, it’s something I like a lot. It’s a great opportunity for local guys to stay home and play for the hometown school.”
The Feb. 4 prospect day, attended by numerous DMV recruits, rang true with Nchami since he had an opportunity to connect with various coaches on a personal level. He said he spoke to linebackers’ coach and area recruiter Matt Barnes the most, but also had a one-on-one with head coach D.J. Durkin.
“The visit was really something special,” Nchami said. “Coach Durkin was talking about how if we all stay home we can really do something big at Maryland. He’s a great guy to talk to, he’s really energetic and he’s easy to like. I had a good time talking to him.
“And Coach Barnes went over how it would be like to defend and fit in there. It was really cool. I really like him and the defense Maryland runs. He see me as a versatile defender who can do a lot of things to help them. If I gain weight, I can be a BUCK or maybe a defensive end, but if not I can play more of a traditional outside linebacker.”
Nchami went on to say the pending facility upgrades caught his eye too. He called New Cole “really, really nice” and “huge” for Maryland.
Nchami said he enjoyed interacting with the other recruits on campus too.
“It’s always good to meet up with the guys you play against and who you’re friends with,” Nchami said. “We didn’t really talk about too much recruiting stuff, though. It was just chill – like, ‘Hey, what’s up?’”
Nchami isn’t positive when he’ll return to College Park or what schools he’ll take in coming up. That said, he wants to see each program that’s offered him, including UVA, Syracuse and Pitt.
“And hopefully Michigan State offers and I can get up there. I’d like to get that offer,” Nchami said.
But, for now, Nchami is maintaining the Terps as his initial leader.
“Maryland’s the leader, but I still have to take my time with the process, talk to my family and see what’s best for me,” Nchami said. “I’m thinking like by the summer I’ll be ready [to commit]. But I do want to see some other schools and see how my recruiting goes first.”