Maryland already had several quarterback targets on its board, but Feb. 18 the staff added another name to the list. At the end of his first visit to College Park, Md., dual-threat Tyler DeSue (Bishop Sullivan/Virginia Beach, Va.) landed a Terps’ offer from head coach D.J. Durkin.
“The Maryland coaches wanted to offer me before, but they wanted to make sure they did it face-to-face, which meant a whole lot. It showed they really wanted me,” said DeSue, who now has offers from UMD, UVA, NC State, UCF, Indiana and WVU. “What happened was Coach [Walt] Bell had me in his office and said Coach Durkin would be offering me. And then Coach Durkin took me into his office, and after we talked he told me I had the scholarship. I was very excited about it.
“Maryland is definitely a school that I’ll be looking at and it’s definitely going to be one of the top schools on my [favorites] list. When it comes down to crunch time and I’m getting ready to make a decision, Maryland is going to be in the discussion.”
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound DeSue said Bell and Co. loved his versatility and all-around skill-set. The quarterback mentioned the Terps’ coaches believe he’d fit right into Maryland’s spread scheme.
“They like that I can make all the throws and also make plays with my feet,” DeSue said. “Coach Bell was showed me some offensive sets and how they use the QB in the run game, and I noticed that it’s a lot of the same concepts and ideas we use at Bishop Sullivan. So the offense really does look like a good fit, and Coach Bell thought so too.”
Speaking of Bell, DeSue has been developing a rapport with UMD’s offensive coordinator since the winter began. Feb. 18, though, was the first time they had an extended, personal meeting.
“Coach Bell is a real straight-up guy. We were hanging out like the whole time, and I love how he’s not just recruiting me but truly cares about me as a person,” DeSue said. “Also, he’s not going to baby me and tell me I can come in and play. He stressed hard work and how you have to earn everything. And, really, the whole Maryland staff is like that. I like that about them.”
Besides talking to Bell and Durkin, DeSue had a chance to tour the school, see the player dorms/facility upgrades and meet a few current Terps.
“Everything was extremely nice compared to some other schools I’ve seen,” DeSue said. “The new facilities they’re building are going to be absolutely amazing, and the dorms were awesome. I met two D-linemen and a quarterback there too, and we briefly chatted. They were very nice and welcoming, though. Overall, it was a really good day.
“Another thing I like is that it’s only three hours from my home. That’s a good thing too.”
Now that he’s seen Maryland once, DeSue plans to return to College Park, Md., for a spring practice. Before that, however, he’ll be at Pitt Feb. 25. DeSue is also planning to see some of his other suitors like WVU, UVA, NC State and maybe IU in March, although his destinations could change depending on what offers he procures. The dual-threat knows for sure he’ll be at UCF in April, however, since he’ll be in the area to visit his father.
DeSue had previously trekked though NC State, UVA, FSU and UNC.
“Right now I’m not looking for any offers, and I haven’t formed a favorites list yet,” DeSue said. “The thing with recruiting, especially for quarterbacks, is you never know who’s going to stick with you. So I’m going to be open to all options, and then see who stays with me until I’m ready to decide on a school.”
At the moment, DeSue is aiming for a late summer or early fall decision. He realizes quarterbacks typically commit earlier, but he’s intent on taking the process slowly and thoroughly vetting all his suitors.