Usually when a prospect from the state of Maryland receives offers from schools like Florida State, LSU, Nebraska and Texas, the Terps seem to have a hard time keeping said prospect at home. But in the case of 2016 DeMatha lineman JP Urquidez, Maryland has made a big impression on him already. Urquidez was in attendance for the Big Show last weekend, and although he did not participate in the drills, his visit and tour on campus left him impressed with what Maryland has to offer.
“I met the recruiting coordinator (Mike Locksley), strength & conditioning coach, I got tours of the locker room, nutrition room, trainer room and football offices. Then I watched the offensive/defensive line drills.” As Locksley is known for his recruiting dominance, Urquidez spoke highly of the offensive coordinator. “[Mike] Locksley is a really nice guy, just talked about the program and players. I have built a good relationship with [coach Randy] Edsall and Locksley.”
Maryland cannot compare to schools like Texas and LSU, but Urquidez has a different feel about Maryland. “[Maryland has a] good home feeling. It’s not crazy big, it’s very social and it feels personal. You’re going to know everyone that’s watching you in the stands.”
Texas currently leads the Crystal Ball predictions for the 2016 stud, but Urquidez made sure that he is open. “Right now, I have no favorites. The visit helped me get a better of sense of Maryland. It’s just really a great in-state school to have.”
Urquidez does plan to visit Texas on July 17th for their version of Maryland’s Big Show, but as of now he will continue to work on his game. Although many believe he will be a tough pull, the Terps have a legitimate shot here. With such a strong offensive line already, specifically Damian Prince, Derwin Gray and EJ Donahue, Urquidez can come in and give Maryland arguably a top three offensive line in the Big Ten. His recruitment will only pick up from here on out, but Maryland seems to be firmly in the mix here.