Local ’24 QB Feels Love, Sees Fit During Maryland Visit

Maryland held on for a thrilling 34-27 win over SMU on Saturday night with several top prospects in the 2024 class in attendance. Milford Mill (MD) quarterback Deshawn Purdie was among the prospects in attendance and stayed for the entire game, watching the Terps pull through in the fourth quarter to remain undefeated heading into conference play.

“At first I thought it was going to be an upset because the defense wasn’t holding its own but they pulled through,” he told Inside the Black and Gold. “After the game, Purdie reconnected with the Maryland staff to reconnect with his area and position coaches. “They wanted to see how the season was going, they wanted to see some of the clips from [Friday] night and they said they’ll probably come to one of my games during the bye week.”

Purdie admitted he felt wanted during his first gameday visit. “I got love [Saturday]. It was a great experience, that was my first visit so the love was there 100%. I talked to most of the offensive staff so like coach [Brian] Braswell, coach [Dan] Enos. I didn’t get a chance to talk to coach Locks.” With Braswell leading the way, Purdie has held the Terps in high regard ever since picking up an offer after camp in June and the sentiment remains the same. “Most definitely they love football there. The facility is a pro facility so they’re preparing me for the pros. Overall, just a great place to me on a good Saturday night.”

Maryland was the first school to call Purdie at midnight on September 1 as Syracuse, Oregon, Penn State, Liberty, Army, Minnesota and Virginia Tech have since been in contact. For now, Purdie isn’t sure if he’ll make it to more schools but Saturday gave him a chance to get a closer look at Maryland’s offense.

Though Maryland finished with more rushing than passing yards in Saturday night’s win, Purdie got a chance to see how he’d fit as the program’s signal caller. “Definitely the RPOs. They converted on a slant and it was my type of play. Going to the deep ball is part of my game. I do think I fit in.”

Purdie is not yet rated by On3.

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