Paint Branch (Burtonsville, Md.) defensive end/linebacker Durell Nchami was back at Maryland for the fourth time this offseason March 11. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder had the Terps trending prior to his latest trip, and now he’s higher on the hometown school then ever.
Could a commitment be coming?
“I think you’ll see soon enough,” Nchami said, laughing. “I think it’ll be sometime soon.”
Regardless of when he ends his recruitment, the local backer had another standout stay in College Park, Md. Mach 11 was the first time he’d seen the team in action since a game during the fall.
“It was really good. They were going full speed on their very fist practice, which was impressive,” said Nchami, who has offers from UMD, Syracuse, Wake, UVA, Pitt, Army and ODU. “It was like 100 percent, all out. I really enjoyed watching that. The coaches, the players, everyone was into it. It was great.”
Nchami said he paid particularly close attention to linebackers coach Matt Barnes, who recruits the Paint Branch product, and D-line coach Jimmy Brumbuagh.
“I loved them both. They’re intense coaches, they go at it 100, and the get into it,” Nchami said. “I picked up a few things from watching them too. I saw the pass-rush drills and how they really go hard to get after the quarterback and go for strip sacks. I also noticed the technique they used and things like that. I feel like everything is very technical and on-point there, and I love that about the coaches.”
The Paint Branch prospect spoke to Barnes and Brumbaugh after practice. He also had a chance to interact with headman D.J. Durkin again.
“Coach Durkin was saying how he really wants me to come to that school,” Nchami said. “He thinks I’d be a great fit and I could really contribute there. It’s something I’m really thinking about. I really enjoyed talking to him and Coach Barnes and all those guys. I really fit in well there.”
Coming up, Nchami said he might visit Penn State in April since the coaches have been in touch. He’s also considering a trek through Pitt, while he’s already seen UVA March 4. Nchami isn’t sure he’ll be able to make it to Cuse or Wake.
“I don’t know. Some of the schools are kind of far,” Nchami said. “I like it at Maryland. It’s a good place and it’s right down the road. We’ll see (laughs).”