As the 2014 class is winding down, it’s time to turn our attention to the 2015 class. Heading into the B1G, the Maryland staff has made the offensive line a big priority. With Linganore’s E.J. Donahue already on board, the staff looks to add Quarvez Boulware as well. Boulware, junior left guard from Friendship Collegiate Academy, has seen his recruitment begin to increase due to a stellar 2013 season.
Despite losing to HD Woodson in the championship, Boulware said he had a “great season in a difficult schedule.” He showed off some of his strengths by showing he is a “great pass blocker, had good hand placement, [and] footwork.” When asked what to improve on, Boulware stated that becoming “more of a leader” is key as FCA loses a large bulk of its team due to graduation. Football-wise, he wants to be able to come off the ball faster and play with “more tenacity.”
After a strong year, Boulware currently holds offers from Maryland, Florida State, North Carolina, N.C. State, Ohio, and Old Dominion with Alabama close to offering. Georgia Tech, Miami, and Wake Forest are all schools with a lot of interest in this young stud, with Notre Dame recently making a push.
As far as favorites, Maryland and Florida State are his top two, but with the recent surge in his recruitment with Alabama, Boulware has added them to form his top three. Boulware is looking for a school that offers “a great education and provides a life after football.” The local product also noted that he wants to make trips out to Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky N.C. State, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Maryland’s proximity and academics impress Boulware. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is his head recruiter as well as occasional contact with coach Randy Edsall.
Boulware believes that Maryland has “something special coming into the future” and has experienced “more hype” since Edsall arrived and the announcement of the move to the B1G. The FCA pipeline to Maryland has made an impression as well.
When asked which coach he has the best relationship, Boulware said that coach Sal Sunseti, Florida State’s defensive end coach, stood out to him.
Boulware still has a long way to go until the end of his recruitment, but I believe the staff has done a great job making him a priority in this class. As the 2014 class is much more top heavy, the 2015 class has many very good players, including Boulware, Quince Orchard defensive tackle Adam McLean, and Gonzaga offensive lineman Richie Petitbon.
It is a good sign that Maryland already stands out despite offers from many of the top programs in the nation. There are certainly more offers to come, and as we have all seen in cornerback Jalen Tabor’s recruitment, anything can change in a short amount of time. I still expect Maryland to be at the top until the end of it.