H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.) corner Vincent Flythe is in the midst of offseason visits, and his first two trips were to a pair of nearby locales. The 6-foot, 165-pound three-star took in UVA Feb. 15, and before that he was back at hometown Maryland Feb. 4.
“The Virginia visit went real well,” said Flythe, who has offers from NC State, Pitt, Iowa State, Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Boston College and UMD and UVA. “We saw the stadium, the locker room, the equipment room and all that. The staff was very nice and real cool. The basketball game was real fun and I loved the atmosphere there too. Virginia is a nice place. I liked it.”
Flythe allowed that he would be keeping the Hoos in mind, although he had even more compliments for nearby Maryland. The D.C. native had been in College Park, Md., numerous times, most recently for a game in the fall, but Feb. 4 he took in the local university alongside 40-plus Terps’ targets. Many of those recruits were from the DMV and players Flythe was already familiar with.
“Maryland was real, real cool,” Flythe said. “They brought in a nice 2017 class and it was great to see them starting to work on us 2018 guys. I saw some 2017 guys up there and they’re really excited about the program. That means something to us [2018 recruits], who are considering Maryland now. It was great to hang out with all those  guys and talk about what it would be like going to Maryland and building the school into a real contender.”
Flythe was joined by his teammates Ed Hendrix, Mike Salahuddin and Noah Boykin, all of whom have Maryland offers. He also interacted with several other D.C. natives who the UMD staff, with area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim running point, wants in the program.
“I always enjoy it up there with Coach Aazaar and the whole staff. Just seeing what they’re trying to do there, it’s always great to see how it’s going up there at Maryland,” Flythe said. “It’s real nice at Maryland. I love the message and I have a great relationship with the coaches.
“It’s always love with those guys. It’s always good to talk to them. Coach [Andy] Buh, Coach Aazaar, Coach [D.J.] Durkin, it’s always great with those guys. I love what they’re about.”
Specifically, the stay-home movement. Flythe spoke highly of Durkin’s overarching message in regards to local recruits sticking with the nearby university and building UMD into a winner.
“I mean, Maryland is a school that’s always going to be a main option down the line just because of the stay-home movement and all of that. Maryland is always going to be there because it’s Maryland and the relationship I have with Coach Aazaar. It’s always going to be there for me,” Flythe said.
The D.C. corner complimented the coming facility upgrades and the other aesthetic upgrades in College Park as well.
“They’ve building the new Cole Field House and putting all of that in place. It’s not done yet, so there’s really nothing to see (laughs),” he said. ‘But I like the vision of where it’s going.”
Next up, Flythe wants to see new offeree Pitt Feb. 25. Before that, though, he’ll head to Temple for a junior day Feb. 20. He has no other visits in mind after that, but in March he’d like to check out Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and “the majority of schools that have offered me.” Then, in the summer, Flythe and his teammates are going on a bus tour, which should allow them to see the likes of Clemson, Florida State and other schools down south.
“And if my recruiting goes well and I get some more offers, hopefully those [southern] schools will offer,” Flythe said. “And then schools like Michigan and Notre Dame, they’ve been talking to me, so hopefully they’ll offer too. Hopefully I’ll be able to check them out.”