Princess Anne (Virginia Beach, Va.) receiver Darryl Jones didn’t commit to Maryland during his return visit April 22, but it may only be a matter of time. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder continues to have UMD trending atop his favorites list, with the spring game Jones just took in solidifying the Terps’ status.
“I had another great time up [at Maryland], but I’m not going to commit yet. I let everybody know it’s going to be sometime in the summer,” said Jones, who has offers from Maryland, Va Tech, WVU, UVA and a couple more. “But I was thinking about [committing], because I had heard they had two other big linemen commit that day in Evan Gregory and Austin Fontaine, and of course [quarterback] Tyler [DeSue] just committed there. So they were pushing me to commit. But I told them I was going to wait until the summer. I’m pretty sure about that.”
During Jones’ last College park, Md., foray earlier in April, he toured the campus, took in a practice, saw the coming facility upgrades, learned about the academics and interacted with the coaches. The only real different this time around was taking in the spring game.
“It was great to see the guys competing back and forth and getting all fired up like it was a real game,” Jones said. “The coaches were getting into it, so it was great. Offensively, I thought they ran the ball well, and the quarterback can definitely throw. The receivers dropped some passes though, so maybe I could step in and help (laughs).”
Beyond the game, Jones said he saw more of the coming $156 million facility upgrades. He also viewed the renovated player dorms, which have caught many a recruits’ eye.
“[The facility upgrades are going to be amazing. It’s going to be crazy, and I’m looking forward to seeing that when it’s completed,” Jones said.
After the game, Jones had a chance to talk to position coach and area recruiter Chris Beatty once again. Jones said Beatty’s message has been consistent throughout.
“He wants me there and thinks I’d be a great addition opt the offense. He thinks I could do big things at Maryland, and he likes that I’m a big receiver that can get downfield,” said Jones, who also spoke to head coach DJ Durkin and offensive coordinator Walt Bell . “Coach Beatty is my guy. I feel like I could really do well under him.”
So, where does Maryland stand for Jones now? Is it possible to go any higher than No. 1 on the board?
“I don’t think they’re going anywhere,” laughed Jones. “Maryland is pretty high for me.”
Jones said he will attempt to see WVU at some point, and may make it down to Georgia if the coaches offer. He’s also hearing from LSU, Duke, Louisville, Pitt and a few other places.
“But I’m not really looking for any offer. I’m really not,” Jones said. “I’m not looking for any of that. I want a program that wants me there and treats me good. I want a program that treats me like Maryland. I mean, the coaches [at UMD], they hit me up like all the time. That’s why they’re so high on my list.”