Eleanor Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.) 2018 safety Ray Boone added two offers from Kentucky and Virginia Tech recently, while he took his first offseason trip to Maryland Feb. 4. The Wildcats' offer represented the first of the SEC variety for the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, and the Hokies' look was his third ACC verbal, joining Pitt and Syracuse.
"The offers from Kentucky and Virginia Tech were a blessing," Boone said. "I've seen players come out of both programs and be very successful, so I know both would be great opportunities for me. Kentucky is obviously big because it's in the SEC, and I've heard great things about Virginia Tech and their defensive backs. I'd like to see both schools."
In fact, Boone will be at one of his latest suitors Feb. 18. Boone said he's considering trekking down to Blacksburg, Va., for his first foray through Tech, or he might head north for an initial look at Pittsburgh. Regardless of where he heads, however, Boone figures to see both programs at some point. Additionally, he'll likely trek up to Syracuse and out to Kentucky during the spring.
Boone, of course, has already been through hometown Maryland more times than he can count. He'd previously visited College Park, Md., for games, camps and campus tours, but Feb. 4 represented the first major prospect day he attended under the D.J. Durkin regime.
"Basically I was exposed to everything Maryland had to offer, and it was an amazing experience," Boone said. "I got to be around former teammates now at Maryland, and was exposed to a bunch of different recruits from around [the DMV] and different states too. I was talking to Lawtez [former Roosevelt star and UMD signee Lawtez Rogers] up there, and he's always telling me how much he loves the coaches at Maryland and likes being up there. He wants me up there with him, and we always talk about playing together in college."
Besides the 2017 Maryland signee Rogers, Boone reconnected with area recruiter and position coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, who the Roosevelt product has a close rapport with. Boone has known Abdul-Rahim since before the recruit even reached high school, and the two have bonded on a personal level what with them both being from the D.C. area. Boone also had a chance to talk to defensive coordinator Andy Buh and head coach D.J. Durkin.
"Basically, the coaches were telling me the best athletes around are right here in the DMV and many of them are right here [on the visit]," Boone said. "[The coaches] said if all of us came together and stayed home, we could compete for a national championship at Maryland in the next couple years. So that's something to really think about and consider. I like Coach Durkin's message and what he's about."
Boone went on to laud Maryland's coming facility upgrades, the renovated weight room and the atmosphere surrounding the program.
Prior to the trip, Boone hinted the Terps had his eye. Now, it sounds like UMD has made even deeper inroads with the local safety.
"It's still early in the process, but I have to say Maryland has really opened my eyes," Boone said. "Just the vision Coach Durkin has for me and the 2018 class, it sounds great. It's definitely not a done deal [I'm going to UMD] though. I still have to see more schools and see what all comes in."