South County (Lorton, Va.) four-star receiver Dillon Spalding visited Maryland for the first time March 27. The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder had been in touch with the UMD staff for quite some time, and took the opportunity to trek north to College Park, Md., as soon as Maryland's spring break ended.
"I really liked it at Maryland. I thought the practice was very well run," said Spalding, who has offers from Va Tech, NC State, Tennessee, West Virginia, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and a few others. "I enjoyed being there with all the players and coaches. It was a good experience."
Spalding made sure to watch UMD's receivers extensively. He paid particular attention to wideout coach Chris Beatty, who doubles as Spalding's area recruiter. After the practice, Spalding and Beatty reconnected.
"Coach Beatty is a great coach and he's developed a lot of great receivers," Spalding said. "Me and him have been building a good relationship. He came by the school a few times and has been on me about visiting. I finally had the chance to get up there."
The South County product had an opportunity to speak to several other Maryland staffers too, including offensive coordinator Walt Bell. Then, Director of Football Recruiting Marcus Berry showed Spalding around campus and allowed him to see the virtual tour of the coming facility upgrades.
"I was introduced to a lot of the special things they're doing at Maryland," Spalding said. "It was a great experience seeing everything they're building there, and what they've already done. It's very impressive."
But when Spalding left College Park the evening of March 27, he still didn't have a Terps' offer. When asked if the coaches were eventually going to ante up, he said, "I'm not sure."
Spalding had previously trekked through Va Tech, Penn State, Pitt, UNC, ECU and Notre Dame. He isn't positive what campuses he'll be seeing next, although NC State, Cuse and RU are on the radar.
Spalding is in no hurry to name any early leaders or make any decisions, content to see what materializes during the spring evaluation period. He'll deliberately go through the process, taking multiple visits this summer and fall.