The Maryland staff has attempted to dig into talent-rich IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) the last couple years, with varying degrees of success. They already have several offers out to the Florida school's 2018 crop, and April 11 UMD assistant Brawley Evans extended another.
Three-star defensive tackle Kingston Harris added his third Big Ten and fourth power-five offer from the Terps, and the 6-foot-3.5, 270-pounder was excited about it.
"I mean, Maryland is in a big-time conference and they're on the come up," said Harris, who previously had verbals from Michigan State, Rutgers, Tennessee, UCF and a couple others. "I'm definitely going to be doing my research on them. I don't know that much about them now, because I only just heard from them, but it's a school I'm going to be looking more into. It's a school I'll be considering when it comes time to make my [college] decision."
Harris said he hadn't had any contact with Evans prior to the verbal. However, the two readily connected during their brief phone conversation.
"Coach Evans sounded like a cool guy," Harris said. "He told me the coaches at Maryland really liked my film and thought I could help the program. We didn't talk long, because I was busy and he was busy, but we're going to be staying in touch."
The IMG product said he would consider visiting College Park, Md., in the future, although he's unsure when that might be. He's mainly trekked through schools closer to his Florida home, including Florida; FSU; UCF; Miami; Tennessee; Georgia; South Carolina; Clemson; and NC State.
"I don't have any visits coming up, because I've got to see how my spring football schedule goes," Harris said. "But I'd like to get back to Miami and Florida again, and some schools closer to home. I'm not sure when I'll be able to get out to places farther away."
Of the offers Harris has in tow, he said the Vols have his attention. He loved his visit to Rocky Top and said he could return at some point.
"Tennessee does sort of stand out, because it is in the SEC and it's closer to my home," Harris said. "I am trying to get more [offers] from some schools closer to Florida, because it would be nice for my family to see me play."
The three-star went on to say he's receiving interest from coaches from UF, Miami, FSU and several more in the South. He said most staffs are waiting for the upcoming evaluation period before anteing up.
"That's the plan -- to see what I can get during this spring period," Harris said. "So hopefully I get a few more options coming up. But, honestly, I'm mainly looking for the program that shows the most love. I want to find a place where they treat their players right and it's a good program overall."
Harris doesn't intend to commit until later during the recruiting process. He would like to take official visits and pledge after that.