Maryland’s staff dipped into the junior college ranks March 5, handing out an offer to steadily-rising offensive tackle Malik Besseck (ASA/Brooklyn, N.Y.). The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Besseck, who is originally from Minneapolis, Minn., previously had looks from Nebraska, Kentucky, East Carolina, Colorado State, Buffalo, Akron and Charlotte.
“I’m just happy with the offers that are coming in, and I’ll keep working hard and we’ll see what happens,” said Besseck, who has three years to play two seasons. “I was most excited about my three most recent offers from Kentucky, Maryland and Nebraska. All of them caught my eye. They’re great programs in great conferences.”
With the Terps, area recruiter Pete Lembo informed Besseck of the offer. The two have evidently been building a rapport since February.
“I’ve been talking to Coach Lembo for about two weeks. I think he’s a great coach and a great person,” Besseck said. “He said the Maryland staff likes the way I play and like my length and athleticism. They think I can help the program out. I told him I was honored to receive the offer and looked forward to learning more about Maryland.”
Besseck has not started researching UMD yet, however. He said his knowledge of the program is limited to what he’s seen on television.
“I know about the Under Armour thing and I think it’s great they’re in the Big Ten,” Besseck said. “I definitely will be looking into them more now, though. I’m interested in them.”
The Minnesota native said he’d likely visit College Park, Md., in the spring since it’s close. He also wants to see the Wildcats and Huskers, but isn’t sure when he’ll find time to venture that far out.
Besseck has not been on any college campuses yet and really doesn’t have any in mind he wants to see soon other than UMD.
“But location isn’t really a big thing for me. I’m not really looking to play close to home in Minneapolis or around here in New York,” Besseck said. “I’ll play anywhere.”
Beyond his current offers, Besseck is receiving interest from several other Big Ten, SEC and ACC programs. Not that he’s honing in on a particular conference.
“Conference doesn’t really matter to me. It’s where I feel best. I want to go to a program with great coaches where they all want to win, and find a school with a great education so I can get a good degree,” Besseck said.