Kevin Sumlin keeping tabs on flip target with possible official visit

Maryland has a pair of wide receivers committed in the 2024 class and is working on Virginia wideout Mekhai White heading into his summer decision, but assistant coach Kevin Sumlin is also working on restocking the tight end room and they’ve kept tabs on one target through the spring before picking up contact over the last six weeks.

Maryland had been monitoring Lane Wadle, a 6-foot-5 tight end out of Greenfield-Central (IN), starting back in the spring before extending an offer on June 2 as tight ends coach Kevin Sumlin and wide receiver coach Gunter Brewer have begun building the relationships in hopes of securing a winter visit.

“He said he wanted to get me on my official in December,” Wadle told IBG. “Between the two, coach Sumlin and coach Brewer, I feel like coach Brewer texts a little bit more but I still hear from them both.” The early relationship between Wadle, Brewer and Sumlin has kept the Terps in play into summer while there’s a sense of familiarity between Wadle and his position recruiter. “Coach Sumlin, he’s from Indianapolis so we have a good relationship because we can relate back to Indiana being from the same area.”

Maryland lost CJ Dippre to Alabama following the 2022 season as the staff spent time finding an in-line tight end to restock the room this offseason, and with the 2024 cycle halfway over, that’s how the Terps see Wadle fitting into the room. “They love my physicality. My build as well, they love how my size and build is projectable to get up to 250, 260 and be able to carry it really well,” Wadle added. “Coach Sumlin wants me to be the point of attack tight end, kind of an inline guy. Staying on the line then breaking out for passes ten, 15 yards downfield. Just planning to use me how I’m used in my high school offense.”

Wadle, though, announced his verbal commitment to Northern Illinois back in late March. Maryland isn’t the only school keeping tabs on him as Georgia State extended an offer while Georgia Tech has shown interest, but Wadle isn’t completely shutting the door on his recruitment yet. “Me and the NIU coaches have a really good relationship going on. Of course Maryland is doing some really good things over there with coach Locksley, they’re doing great things with the program. I haven’t quite made my decision yet, but I still have my options open.”

Wadle is rated a three-star prospect and an 84 overall by On3, sitting as the 27th-best prospect in Indiana.

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