Chism Wants to Put Maryland on the Map

It's the middle of July, which means long days at the pool for some, and the beginning of high school football practices across the country for others. Bishop McNamara cornerback Cameron Chism falls into the latter category.

Chism, a rising senior at the WCAC school, is spending his time working out with his high school and preparing for the upcoming season.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound standout is currently the highest rated uncommitted cornerback on Maryland's board. Chism visited Maryland's campus during football camp and ran a blazinf fast 40-yard dash time. Despite his impressive showing at camp, he still plans to improve his speed in the upcoming season.

"[I'm going to work on] My transition out of my break at defensive back. I'm trying to get faster, probably to a 4.35 at least."

After winning the WCAC Defensive Player of the Year award, Chism saw his stock rise, earning seven offers from Boston College, UConn, Illinois, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Temple.

"I think Temple may be out, and Illinois may be out," Chism said, putting the rest of the teams into his top five. He does not have plans to take trips to either Temple or Illinois.

Unfortunately for those eagerly awaiting a decision, Chism plans to wait until after his senior season to make a decision.

Chism ranked his order of most important qualities in a football program: "coaching staff, playing time, facilities and then academics," he said.

He did not put much emphasis on location, however, which is one of the Terps' main drawing points. Chism said that his family attending his games was not a main concern.

"I enjoyed [my visit to Maryland]. I got to see the facilities and see the team practice. I didn't get to see the dorm. It's local, so I can go whenever I want to see the dorms," Chism said.

Though he plays both sides of the ball, only Boston College has expressed any interest in seeing him on offense. "BC said I could play receiver, but it's my choice."

The Terps have Chism as a high priority, and the coaching staff is in frequent contact with the promising young star. "We text every day," he said.

While on his visit to Maryland earlier last month, Coach Friedgen sat Chism down for a conversation. "We talked for 45 minutes about the goals he had for his players, life skills and how he wants me to get a degree and be a good person. He's a good man and I liked what he had to say."

Being the local team could be a bit of an advantage for Chism even if it is not a main draw. "I talk to Jeff Allen and Anthony Wiseman. They went to [high] school with my brother," he said.

The hard-hitting defensive back who compares his style of game to Sean Taylor said he could see himself ending up in a Terps uniform.

His favorite idea of playing for the local team: "Staying at home winning games for the home team, the home state. I'm trying to put my state on the map. I always liked Maryland football when I got older," he said.

With the Terps in his top five, Maryland fans could be seeing the nation's 24th-ranked cornerback in red and white in 2008.

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