The Maryland staff offered defensive end/outside linebacker Damir Faison (Zebulon Vance/Charlotte, N.C.) back in January, hosted him for the first time in April, and then had him up for a camp June 17. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder, who is being recruited for UMD’s BUCK spot, said he enjoyed interacting with the Terps’ staff and working with line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh at the big-man portion of the one-day.
“The camp went real well,” said Faison, who has offers from UMD, Rutgers, ECU and App State. “I talked to pretty much every coach up there. Coach [Andy] Buh, he recruits me, he really enjoyed seeing me compete. It was good to work with those guys and see them all again.
“Coach Brumbaugh was great; he taught me a lot of new pass-rush moves and things like that. One thing he was telling me is to make my move based off what the O-lineman does and not to have a move already in mind. He said I should react and counter what the lineman does and then go from there. So that’s one of the main things I took away that I’ll be working on.”
Faison said he had conversations with Brumbaugh, Buh, head coach D.J. Durkin and various other staffers. The Zebulon Vance product said he asked the staff where he stood with them after the camp.
“Well, they did offer me back in January and they’re going to keep recruiting me,” Faison said. “But they were honest with me and said they had a couple other guys at my position ahead of me. They said talent-wise, I was on their level, but those guys had a couple inches on me, so it’s more of a height thing. But they’re going to stay on me, and they like my game.”
Besides the camp, Faison had a chance to see more videos of the Terps’ coming facility upgrades. He’d already toured the campus, seen the academic buildings, learned about the defense, and the like during his April stay in College Park.
Next up, Faison will return to Rutgers June 23-25. He said the Scarlet Knights are his current leaders, followed by Maryland.
“The Rutgers coaches really want me there, and I just really like the feel of the program. I like how hands-on the coaches are,” Faison said. “Plus they have my major and it’s a good school. I’m taking my parents up there so they can see what it’s like.”
Faison, who plans to graduate early, said it’s possible he could commit to RU after his trip. But, ideally, he’d like to return home, evaluate his options and then select a college by the middle of July.