Zebulon Vance (Charlotte, N.C.) BUCK Damir Faison had been committed to Appalachian State for several months, but when the Terps anted up right after the New Year it gave him pause. Now back on the market, the 6-foot-3, 240-pounder had a chance to see Maryland firsthand April 7 during a trek through the north.
“Honestly, I wasn’t aware of everything they had up there. I wasn’t aware and educated on all they had to offer,” said Faison, who has offers from UMD, Rutgers, ECU and a couple more.. “The campus, the coaching staff, the people around the program -- it’s a very nice environment. What I experienced, it was awesome man.”
Faison had a chance to experience all Maryland had to offer. But he said the highlight was taking in the Terps’ practice.
“I really loved the attitude there of the coaches and how the players responded to the staff,” Faison said. “I loved how fast-paced the practice was. It was live.”
During and after the practice, Faison said he interacted with most every UMD staffer. HE said he spoke to head coach DJ Durkin, defensive coordinator Andy Buh, defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh and more.
“Oh yeah, I talked to them all. They were so welcoming,” Faison said. “They love me as a player, they love me as a person, and they think I’d fit in well. They do want to see me in camp even though I have the offer just so they can see how I take to their coaching and respond, but they love me. They really enjoyed having me up there, and Coach Buh and me really bonded. We’re going to continue to build that connection.
“And I’m definitely coming back to that camp in June. I really want to show them what I can do.”
Faison went on to describe his campus tour, the school’s academics and various other aspects of Maryland.
“The campus was great, the apartments where the players stay are really nice, and the academics are awesome, and what they’re building there is top of the line,” Faison said. “What I really loved, though, is how they made the visit about me. I mean, everything was so personal, and I loved that. I don’t even know what to say – it was top of the line.
Besides Maryland, Faison has been to Wake, App State, Va Tech and UMD. Next up, Faison will visit Rutgers April 9-10, followed by Army. He’ll be at Michigan State in May, but he has no other trips scheduled.
“Honestly, I’ll look at any school that offers me or shows a lot of interest,” Faison said. “But I would like to have my school chosen by July at the latest. I feel like I’ll be able to wrap it up by then. I want to concentrate on my senior season, and also I plan on graduating early. So I’d like to pick a school and just focus in from there during the summer.”
Faison said he has no offers he’s looking for, nor does he have any clear leaders. He said each of his suitors are on the mind, while he’s keeping an open mind about those that might come in at a later date.