Dominion (Sterling, Va.) defensive tackle Jayde Pierre had been though College Park, Md., prior to this year since he lives less than an hour from campus, but beyond a couple summer camps he’d never really seen the school in-depth. On Feb. 4, however, roughly a month after the Terps offered him a scholarship, the 6-foot-1, 295-pound junior took in his first major prospect day at UMD.
“I think it was great. It was a great time to meet the coaches and all that – that was the highlight for me, just meeting everyone and introducing myself to everyone,” said Pierre, who has offers from Maryland, UVA and Purdue “I met the defensive coordinator, Coach [Andy] Buh, Coach [Walt] Bell, the head coach, Coach [D.J.] Durkin, and some others too. I also heard about the new defensive line coach [Jimmy Brumbaugh] and DMd him on Twitter. I’m looking forward to meeting him in person and learning more about him. But overall I had a great time at Maryland. All the coaches were really cool, and they treated me like family.”
Pierre spent the majority of his stay with Buh, although he had conversations with his area recruiter Bell and Durkin as well.
“Coach Buh said he watched my film and likes how I hold down the trenches. He likes how I move for my size and thinks I’d fit in great at Maryland,” Pierre said. “Coach Bell, he’s the one who offered me and we’re building a good relationship. He’s a really energetic guy and easy to talk to.
“And Coach Durkin, I met him at my school in mid-January, and at Maryland he said I could be a key piece to what they’re building. He kept talking about how I could be a game-changer there and play close to home.”
Yes, Durkin’s DMV movement is a concept Pierre is interested in. The Dominion defensive tackle grew up in the shadows of College Park and watched the Terps on TV growing up.
“I like the idea of staying close to home for college,” Pierre said. “I think it’s great to stay close by so my mom can see me play. She was really happy when Maryland first offered me.”
Pierre went on to laud UMD’s coming $156 million facility upgrades, calling the new indoor fields “real nice.” He harped on the academic emphasis as well, noting how he’s an education-oriented recruit.
But the College Park foray was the first of many for Pierre. He’s supposed to be at Virginia Feb. 15, and after that he wants to hit Boston College; Va Tech; Notre Dame; NC State; Duke; and Pitt. Pierre said each of the latter schools have shown varying degrees of interest.
“For me, Duke and Maryland are two schools that always have been in my mind. I have the Maryland offer, so hopefully I get Duke soon,” Pierre said. “Another school I like is NC State, because their coaches have shown a lot of love, and I like what I’ve seen out of Pitt too.”
Not that Pierre wants to declare early leaders. He insisted his recruitment is wide open and he’s taking the process slowly.
“I’m trying to get as many offers as I can and visit as many schools as I can,” Pierre said. “I’m thinking I’m probably not going to commit until after my senior season. I’m going to take my time.”