Paint Branch (Burtonsville, Md.) defensive end/outside linebacker Durell Nchami just visited College Park, Md., in early February, but the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder decided to head back three weeks later Feb. 24. Nchami said although he’d been on campus several times the last couple years, he’d never actually had a chance to see the university in-depth.
“This was my first time going on an actual tour and seeing everything at Maryland – the ins and outs,” said Nchami, who has offers from UMD, Pitt, Wake Forest, Syracuse and UVA. “I wanted to see everything the school had to offer me and just what it was like more in-depth. And I’ll tell you, I really love it there. I really like what the school is about and also everything Coach [D.J.] Durkin is doing there.”
Indeed, Nchami was granted more one-on-one time with Durkin, who the Paint Branch prospect spoke to during his previous trek to UMD. Nchami also chatted up area recruiter Matt Barnes and assistant Marcus Berry, the latter taking the edge rusher and his coach on a campus tour.
“Coach Durkin really, really wants me to be part of the program. He really preaches the stay-home movement,” said Nchami, who the Terps want at the BUCK spot. “That really excites me about Maryland. And me and Coach Barnes have a really strong relationship. We were just talking about normal stuff, like who my favorite football players are and school and stuff. We’re just cool. Coach Barnes does talk some recruiting stuff, but we’re pretty comfortable with each there where we can talk about little things.”
Of course, Nchami already knew that prior to his Feb. 24 trip. Did he see anything new that caught his eye?
“Oh yeah, the dorms are really nice, and what I want to major in, software engineering, the dorms are like right next to the building it’s in. That’s pretty cool,” Nchami said. “Maryland has a great engineering program too. Also, I saw the progress with the new indoor fields, and those are really, really cool. I really liked everything I saw there.”
Following the trip, Nchami maintained Maryland as his clear leader. He even admitted he considered committing while on campus.
“I thought about it a couple times,” laughed Nchami, whose mother was unable to attend Feb. 24 but will be heading up to College Park during the family’s next visit. “If I had to choose a school right now it would be Maryland. You’ll see this summer (laughs).”
Before ending his recruitment, Nchami wants to see UVA March 4, Pitt sometime later in March and also Wake Forest. He said he’s “definitely” heading back to Maryland for a spring practice as well.