Spring practice is back in session, and the Terps’ staff took the opportunity to host one of their foremost quarterback targets and familiarize him with the offense. Bishop Sullivan (Virginia Beach, Va.) dual-threat Tyler DeSue was back in College Park, Md., for the second time March 27, and the 6-foot-1, 185-pound three-star left raving.
“Maryland is way up there for me now,” said DeSue, who has verbals from UMD, UCF, UVA, Indiana, Miami, WVU and NC State. “I was up there before in February for a prospect day which was cool, but this time it was just me. I really got a great sense of Maryland and what they do there. I like it a whole lot.”
DeSue not only had an opportunity to watch Maryland practice March 27, but he also had extensive conversations with several coaches, chatted up some players, sat in on position meetings, toured the campus and learned about the academics.
“I saw pretty much everything Maryland had to offer,” DeSue said. “And I really liked everything I saw. I loved it.”
The Virginia Beach product sat through an entire three-hour practice session. He honed in on the offense, coordinator Walt Bell and head coach D.J. Durkin.
“I noticed that it’s a very up-tempo system, and not just the offense. The defense is like that too. But the thing about the offense is they want to get a play off in less than 13 seconds – everything is quick,” DeSue said. “The coaches, Coach Bell and Coach Durkin and everyone there, they really push it and want everything done fast. Then talking to the players afterwards, I got an even better sense of how Coach Bell and Coach Durkin coach. They’re my kind of coaches, and they do things very similar to what we do [at Bishop Sullivan].”
DeSue spoke to Durkin and Bell during position meetings and again after the practice. The Virginia Beach native also reconnected with his area recruiter, Chris Beatty, who has known DeSue for a couple years now, as well as strength coach Rick Court.
“I think they’re all great coaches, and I’m really getting a good sense of how Coach Bell runs his system and wants his quarterbacks to play. I like him and I like his style. We’re becoming more familiar with each other too, and our relationship is getting stronger after meeting him in person two times,” DeSue said. “But their message to me was that I’m their guy, they want me up there, and they think I’d be a great fit football-wise; leadership-wise and academic-wise. And they said their system fits me perfectly, which I think they’re definitely right about. Definitely, the system they have is very similar to mine, just that ours isn’t as complex or fast-paced.”
DeSue went on to talk up Court, noting how impressive Maryland’s strength program is. He also complimented Beatty, who the recruit has been in contact with the most.
“Coach Beatty, we’ve known each other for I don’t even know how long now,” DeSue said. “I have a really great relationship with him. He’s very well connected to the area, and he’s always around. We’ve been able to connect, because he’s familiar with [Virginia Beach] and is from here.”
The Bishop Sullivan signal caller praised the campus, the pending facility upgrades, the player dorms and Maryland’s educational benefits.
“The internships they offer and the connections there, with it being near D.C., I loved that. I know if I go to Maryland I’ll leave with a meaningful degree,” DeSue said. “And they took me around the whole campus, I got to see the student lounge, I saw the new dorms, I saw the virtual tour of the new facilities, and everything else there. It was all very cool. It’s crazy how much money they’re putting into things there and really building things up.”
Next up for DeSue is one last college visit to UCF April 14. He said more than likely he’ll be selecting between Maryland, UCF and NC State, which he’s also seen twice (most recently March 24), shortly after his Knights’ trip is completed.
“Obviously I haven’t been to UCF yet, so that hurts them a little bit, but I’ll see what they’re about April 14,” DeSue said. “So right now I’m comparing NC State and Maryland. NC State, I definitely like the coaching staff, I like how their contract was extended through 2021, and I like their track record of winning. They’re always competitive in the ACC. Also, they’ve produced a lot of quality QBs, who haven’t just fizzled out. They’ve developed some good quarterbacks.
“So it’s going to be a tough decision for me.”