Maryland becomes latest offer for New Jersey ATH thanks to unique relationship

Maryland has been able to dip into New Jersey on the trail during the Locksley era, primarily thanks to the connections that cornerbacks coach Henry Baker has brought to the program. There’s been another addition on the staff to help break through into the neighboring state, though.

Offensive analyst Preston Brown began his coaching career as the offensive coordinator at Camden (NJ) before becoming the head coach at Woodrow Wilson (NJ). After just over one season at Temple, Brown joined Maryland in the spring and has been able to help the Terps’ solidify its recruiting footprint. On Tuesday, Brown was able to reconnect with one of his former players as Maryland extended a new 2025 offer.

Camden (NJ) athlete Azir Lee connected with Brown to make Maryland the newest offer, joining Michigan State, Syracuse, UConn and Boston College among others. The connection to Maryland isn’t a surprise with Brown paving the way.

“We knew each other when I was younger in middle school because he used to coach at NLG [7-on-7] where I used to play,” Lee told IBG. “It was good. I hadn’t talked to him a while. He’s known me since I was young so that was cool. Relationship wise it’s really cool.”

Maryland is already a familiar spot having hosted him on two occasions, including for a game.

“I’ve been up to Maryland a couple of times. I went up my freshman year for the Michigan game. I didn’t get like the inside feeling being around the players and stuff like that at the time, but I remember the atmosphere and seeing how they were getting turnt up. I loved the views, the campus so I’m definitely interested.”

Brown holds the offer as an athlete where he’ll play both wide receiver and defensive back this season, which is set to kick off this upcoming weekend. The 6-foot-1, 167-pound athlete knows which side of the ball he’s leaning toward.

“My future is at corner, my secondary is wide receiver,” Lee said.

Lee spent the spring working on his quickness in track as he competes in the long jump, 4×4, 100M and 200M with eyes set on a big junior season. But it’s more what he’s looking to do off the field than on this fall.

“My mindset, flipping the switch and being able to be a leader for the younger guys and stepping up. I want to win the state ‘chip this year, but just being there for my guys and helping us push through a tough game is something I’m focusing on.”

Lee is not yet rated by On3.

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