"Minnesota coach Dan O'Brien is the one who offered me a scholarship," 2017 Largo (Fla.) Pinellas Park defensive back Zamari Maxwell said to GopherDigest. "He was telling me how everyone was excited and saying how I should keep them in mind since they're my first Big Ten offer and we could possibly set up a visit. Then, we of course talked about academics too. O'Brien said they wanted to offer because they love my play-making ability, and also my size. He watched me practice and said he liked what he saw. At first, the coaches at Minnesota wanted me as a wide receiver, but after he watched me play, he offered me as a corner and I was fine with that."
Maxwell is thrilled to have his first Big Ten offer.
"I'm excited about this Minnesota because it's my first offer from a Big Ten school," Maxwell told GopherDigest. "It caught me off-guard too. Minnesota and I had been talking here and there, but it got a little more serious when he came to practice and then when I called him after, he offered. All I know about the Gophers at this point is that they're in the Big Ten and they did alright this past season. I'm not sure of my interest in them just yet, as I'm feeling them out right now, but I know they're a legitimate school for me because they have a lot of consistency in their program. Maybe I'll take a visit there on my bye week."
Minnesota will have strong competition for the Florida defensive back.
"Besides Minnesota, I'm hearing a lot from Iowa State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Arizona and South Florida," Maxwell explained to GopherDigest. "A few schools got a head start with me, but not really any schools standing out over others right now. I'm just taking recruiting day by day and doing research on every school. I'll have a few visits coming here soon, but I'm trying to figure out where to. I'm also not sure when I'm going to make a decision yet, so we'll see how things play out."