The Maryland coaches landed a receiver out of Langston Hughes (Fairburn, Ga.) in Sean Nelson in the 2017 class, and now they've offered a late-emerging 2018 cornerback out of the Peach State school. Rashad Ajayi pulled his first power-five look from the Terps May 30 when UMD assistant Brawley Evans let the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder know the Maryland defensive staff had evaluated his film and thought he'd be a solid fit.
"Getting that offer felt real good. When I heard about it, I was jumping up and down in my room and everything," said Ajayi, who previously had offers from Georgia Southern, Troy, ECU, Colorado State, Arkansas State, App State and several more. "What happened was my DB coach here let me know about it, and he put me in touch with Coach Brawley. Then Coach Brawley said the coaches liked my game and he'd love to get me up on campus and to see everything up there. I told him I'd definitely be up."
Ajayi said that was his first contact with Evans, but he had seen UMD-area recruiter Jimmy Brumbaugh earlier in the spring. The Langston Hughes prospect didn't speak to Brumbaugh personally, but evidently the Terps' assistant was impressed after watching a workout and relayed the information to the rest of the coaches.
"The staff likes me, but I'm just getting to know those guys," said Ajayi, who hasn't heard a whole lot about the Terps from the 2017 signee Nelson. "I'm just learning about Maryland now. I'm kind of just really happy I have the offer, and I don't know a whole lot yet, except that they play in a great conference in the Big Ten. But I'm going to be up there later in June, definitely, to see the school. I'm excited to see what they have to offer."
Besides UMD, Ajayi has been hearing from coaches at Georgia Tech, Kansas State, Vanderbilt and Toledo. He said WVU has initiated some contact as well. Ajayi mentioned that his most ardent pursuers at this time, however, are Georgia Southern, Arkansas State and Appalachian State.
"I'd really like to get the K-State and WVU offers," Ajayi said. "Those would be big."
Ajayi has visited Georgia Souther and Troy so far, and he'll be at Georgia Tech May 31. He wants to hit Maryland, WVU, K-State and Colorado State this summer for either camps or visits.
"Ideally, I'd like to be able to see some schools and then choose a school towards the end of the summer," Ajayi said. "I'd like to be able to concentrate on my senior season.
"I'm looking for a school that feels like home and just where the coaches really want me."
Ajayi is coming off a season where he recorded 38 tackles, a pick, seven breakups and a forced fumble.