St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.) junior defensive end Eyabi Anoma visited Maryland for its major prospect day Feb. 4, and then returned a week later for a second look at the Terps. The 6-foot-4.5, 230-pounder said the impetus behind the consecutive visits was more basketball than football related, however.
“I wanted to see the Ohio State game,” laughed Anoma, explaining why he opted to head down to Xfinity Center Feb. 11. “I missed the first game [Feb. 4] when Maryland played Purdue, and I refused to miss this one. I really like basketball, so I decided to come down with some guys to watch the game. I didn’t really do any recruiting stuff [Feb. 11]; I was there to watch the game.”
Anoma did do some “recruiting stuff” the week prior, however. The Baltimore native said he enjoyed being on campus with the multitude of other recruits and interacting with the coaches Feb. 4.
“It was a pretty good time. I like Maryland,” said Anoma, who holds offers from UMD, Alabama, Michigan, Penn State, UCLA, West Virginia, TAMU, South Carolina, Pitt and Wisconsin. “It’s good being around people I know and I gel with. It was good talking to some of the coaches, I like the atmosphere, and I like what they’re doing there.”
Anoma spent the majority of his stay chatting with recruiter Brawley Evans. He also had the opportunity to interact with head coach D.J. Durkin and several other Maryland staffers.
“The coaches were very welcoming, and I appreciated that,” Anoma said. “I have a really good relationship with Coach Brawley – even better than I did with Coach [Mike] London (Howard). Coach Brawley is always accessible, he’s younger and he’s hip. I feel like I’m talking to one of my friends when I talk to him. I don’t have to talk a certain type of way.
“And Coach Durkin, he was talking about how they had a really good class last year and if I want to be part of something great and something new, Maryland is the school.”
And what did Anoma think about that message?
“Right now, I’m keeping all my options open. I like Maryland and what it’s about, but at the same time I’m still a junior and it’s early. Maryland is a good school, though. There’s nothing bad I can say about it.”
One factor that could work in Maryland’s favor down the line is the presence of Anoma’s former teammate and mentor, B’ahmad Miller, in College Park, Md. The two roomed together at St. Frances and are close friends.
“That does help Maryland,” said Anoma, who mentioned he liked the Under Armour uniforms and the coming facility upgrades as well. “He basically coaches me through every snap this year. If you watch, he was always pointing and giving me clues to which way the play was going. He really helped me develop as a defensive lineman.”
Coming up, Anoma is heading to Pittsburgh Feb. 18, but he doesn’t know where he’s headed after that. He said he has to sit down with his coaches and determine which schools are best for him to delve into.
“There’s a lot to it. I’ll look at how many defensive ends a school has, whether I could start there, whether I could play as a freshman or sophomore, whether I have to redshirt – things like that,” Anoma said. “I’ll go over all that with my coaches and then determine where I’ll have the best opportunity to play.”