Local edge rusher feels comfort during latest visit to Maryland

Bowie (MD) defensive end Sultan Badmus had already been up to Maryland twice in recent months, but the 6-foot-3 edge rusher returned to campus over the weekend and enjoyed getting to know the coaches on a more personal level.

“I went up with my coach and teammate,” Badmus told IBG. “I was talking to coach [Kevin] Sumlin and coach [James Thomas] a lot, I was with them a lot. We were talking about a lot of stuff like what I feel, how I like Maryland. Every other time I’ve been up there it’s been more like football. This was more like a relationship building event.”

While Maryland had shown interest in Badmus prior to his camp offer in June, the transparency and genuine recruiting touch from Sumlin has left its impression on the Bowie standout with the Terps in mind. “Being it’s like the third time I’ve met them in person, it feels I’ve built something even better. I already like coach Sumlin and coach JT but spending the day with them, I got to know them even more. I had like a brief talk with coach Locksley, just told him how I’m feeling and stuff like that.” Beyond the Terps being the home school, Badmus feels the comfort around the people inside Jones-Hill House.

“It’s just like everybody is cool. The whole team, even down to like the recruiting analysts. Even the chefs that were there, they were all cool. I could relate to everybody. It just felt like I could be OK here.”

Badmus expects he visits Maryland for at least one home game this fall while a December official remains in the table. “They’ve talked about an official in December. They haven’t talked about an exact date, but I know I’ll go up for an official. And I know I’ll go up to see a home game.

Bowie will kick off preseason workouts next week and Badmus heads into the fall with lofty goals for his final ride.

“Help my team win state championship. If I can, it wouldn’t make or break anything but defensive player of the year.”

Badmus is not yet rated by On3.

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