The Maryland staff is intent on adding a quarterback in the 2018 class, and while offensive coordinator Walt Bell has his sights set on Devin Leary (Timber Creek/Sicklerville, N.J.) and Tyler DeSue (Oscar Smith/Chesapeake, Va.), he tossed out another offer to an Ohio three-star March 2. Emerging dual-threat Chase Wolf, who plays for powerhouse St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio), landed his second Big Ten verbal from the Terps and is intrigued by the program.
“I thought it was pretty awesome," Wolf said. "My first day at basketball practice I get a text from Coach Bell and he says I had the offer. I was like, ‘Whoa.’ It was unexpected, but at the same time I’m very appreciative. It was a great offer to get.”
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Wolf said he hadn’t had contact with Bell prior to March 2. In fact, the day the gunslinger received the offer was the first he’d ever heard of Maryland's OC.
“But after I texted him my number we spoke on the phone, and we had a brief conversation,” said Wolf, who previously had looks from Wisconsin, Boston College, Rutgers, Pitt, Iowa State, Ohio, Toledo, Central and Western Michigan and Akron. “He said he loved my film and how I could make all the passes and run it when I had to. He said he doesn’t [call often] to offer quarterbacks, but he thought I was a good fit and he wanted to offer. It was pretty awesome. To get another Big Ten offer is awesome.”
Naturally, Wolf began to research the school immediately after chatting with Bell. He wasn’t privy to much about the school prior to the conversation, but has since learned a bit that has him intrigued.
“I don’t know a lot, but I know it’s good football over there and it’s on the rise,” Wolf said. “I know that it’s in a great location near D.C., and I know that it’s a spread offense. At St. X, we were originally a pro-style offense, but we switched to a spread last year and I expect we’ll be spread next year too. I’m really indifferent to the offensive system, but I like the spread.”
Wolf went on to say that he prefers a pro-style and sitting in the pocket, but allowed he can run a fast-paced spread and can use his feet to pick up yards.
“I mean, I can adapt to any system,” he said. “I can run the read-option if I have to (laughs).”
After receiving the offer, Wolf said he’d discuss a College Park, Md., visit with his parents. He’s playing winter and spring sports, so he’s unsure when he might be able to venture out. But, if his schedule allows, Wolf would like to see what Maryland has to offer.
So far, the only school the 6-2 signal caller has seen is Cincinnati for a junior day. He’s yet to check out any of his current suitors.
“Right now, all of the schools that have offered me stand out. I mean, no school is going to accept a quarterback recruit anyway unless they visit, so I have to see what these schools are about,” Wolf said. “So everyone is kind of the same for me right now.”
Next up, Wolf wants to see Wisconsin, which, although it has a quarterback committed, is still recruiting the Ohio dual-threat (per Wolf). Thus, Wolf is eager to check out Madison, Wisc. He also wants to see Indiana (no offer yet, but staff is interested), Maryland, Pitt, BC, Rutgers, Iowa State, and interested programs like UNC and South Carolina.
Wolf noted that he didn’t grow up a Big Ten fan and has no preference for conference. He also isn’t taking location into consideration.
“I’d say the campus life, coaches, education and people are the main things I’ll be looking for in a school,” said Wolf, who mentioned he was a Xavier basketball fan growing up and didn’t really favor a college football team. “But the offense isn’t really that important. I’m pretty sure if I fit with the program I’ll fit the offense. I’m pretty adaptable.”
Wolf is coming off a season where he started half the games for St. Xavier, rotating in for senior Penn State signee Sean Clifford. He threw for around 1,200 yards and 15 scores. He also rushed for 200 more yards and three touchdowns.