Four-star admits Locksley “changed my whole perspective” on Maryland

McDonogh (MD) four-star athlete Jeff Exinor was plenty familiar with Maryland heading into the weekend as offensive line coach Brian Braswell leads the way for the 6-foot-1, 205-pound athlete early. Exinor first visited Maryland last fall to watch the Terps take down SMU in a high scoring contest before returning last month for the Terps’ 7-on-7 tournament.

Saturday’s visit for ‘VIPs in the DMV’ gave Exinor a different perspective on the program with the event designed to give targets a chance to get to know the staff off the field, but it was Exinor’s one-on-one time with head coach Mike Locksley that left the biggest impression.

“I got a chance to talk to coach [Mike] Locksley for a while. I liked it, like it really changed my whole perspective of what they’re trying to do up there, trying to build something special. At first, he was kind of selling the vision, but now he’s focused on trying to get those wins,” Exinor added. “I’m definitely more interested in seeing how they do and what they’re about.”

Aside from spending time with Locksley, Exinor was primarily able to spend time Braswell as they continue to build their relationship. “I had a chance to talk to him for a while. That was really who I was with the whole time.” Duke, Michigan, Oregon, Penn State and Tennessee have all extended offers as Maryland chips away with the local four-star. Maryland signed a pair of Exinor’s former teammates in Preston Howard and Tamarus Walker over the last two cycles, while Saturday gave him a chance to see other local recruits.

“There were a few guys I knew, talked with a little bit. Overall it was just a good time. Great getting back up there.”

Exinor is rated a four-star prospect and a 90 overall by On3, sitting as the fifth-best prospect in Maryland and 184th-best in the country.

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