Maryland was able to take advantage of the adjusted high school football schedule last week to host a large group of local visitors for Friday’s win over Virginia. St. John’s (DC) was among the local schools who still played on Saturday, defeating Gray Collegiate Academy 42-28 yesterday afternoon with the Cadets surging heading into WCAC play.
Saturday’s game didn’t stop 2025 edge Marcus Ogbogu from making it to campus, where he picked up his first Power Five offer after sitting down with head coach Mike Locksley.
“We sat down in his office and talked for like 15 minutes. He told me I’ve got to keep working, but he loves my potential, he loves my size. He said my film has potential,” Ogbogu told IBG.
If the last name sounds familiar, there’s a reason for that. Marcus, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior, is the son of Eric Ogbogu, a former defensive end who was a second-team All-ACC selection at Maryland before becoming a sixth round pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. Eric spent seven seasons in the NFL with the Jets, Bengals and Cowboys, but for Eric, that meant Saturday’s visit gave him a chance to return to a place he was already familiar with.
“I grew up going to Maryland,” Marcus told IBG. “It was pretty cool. I feel like I got what I’ve been working for. I’ve always wanted to go to Maryland since I was a kid. That’s always where I’ve wanted to go. That’s been my dream school since I’m a kid.”
Maryland joined Charlotte for Ogbogu’s first two verbal offers, but Saturday’s visit gave the local lineman his first look at the improved gameday experience. “I liked the game. I like how they did the lights, turned them all off and everything was all red.”
Ogbogu also got a chance to connect with defensive coordinator Brian Williams after keeping an eye on the Terps’ defense through the night. Now, he’s looking to return to campus.
“I don’t know when, but I’ll most definitely be back.”
Ogbogu is not yet rated by On3.