Midwest tackle planning to return in spring following first trip to Maryland

Jeffersonville (IN) offensive tackle Chance Johnson added an offer from Maryland last week, and the 6-foot-5, 280-pound tackle returned the favor with a return visit to College Park for the Terps’ final home game of the season.

Johnson admitted his knowledge of the Terps was limited heading into the visit, but the facilities and staff left an impression on the Midwest lineman. “It was great. the facilities were amazing. I was actually very shocked. It seemed new, honestly,” Johnson told IBG. “It was all fresh. I love the indoor field.”

Coordinator of player personnel Marcus Thomas led the initial efforts with Johnson as the two were able to connect face-to-face before and after the game. “I got a chance to talk to them before and after. I talked to coach [Marcus] Thomas in the cafeteria, so that was nice,” Johnson added. “So far, great relationship. He brought me out to the field, had me meet the coaches, talked to the [offensive] line coach a little bit. So far it’s looking great.”

Johnson shares what the highlight was on the weekend visit.

“I loved the electricity. The opposing crowd was nice but Maryland’s crowd was even better. I loved, especially the stadium. I love the weight room, it was huge. I clicked with the coaches, the rest of the staff was really nice. Even my tour guide showing us around was amazing. Overall it was just an amazing trip and I’d definitely go back in the spring for one of the camps or spring practices or game. Coach Thomas asked me if I’d be interested so I told him that too.”

Johnson plans to do track and field in the spring and give shotput a chance for the first time in his high school career. “I know the coaches really well so I think it should be fun,” he added. “I was talking to the coach and they said they lost their seniors and they’re looking for a good arm.

Johnson will head to Purdue this weekend as the Boilermakers host Indiana to close the regular season.

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