Pennsylvania lineman changes plans, officially visiting Maryland this weekend

Maryland football will welcome its second group of official visitors this weekend with DD Holmes, Brandon Jacob and Ryan Howerton making their way to campus. But the staff also brought Spring Grove (PA) lineman Michael Hershey in for an unofficial visit and workout this week where he got a chance to work with offensive line coach Brian Braswell.

“It was good. Only a two-hour drive,” Hershey told IBG. After working with his potential position coach then touring the facilities, Maryland became the first Power Five offer for the 6-foot-4 lineman and now, they welcome him to campus for an official visit this weekend.

Though Hershey is getting looks on both sides of the ball, the emerging target fits as a swing guard on the Terps’ recruiting board. “They said they see me as an interior guy, but they’ll play me at tackle in certain packages though,” Hershey added. “I love it. I definitely love the coaching staff and what they’re doing. I think they’re great. He said he liked my personality, the way I worked. They said that I was coachable so that’s always a positive.”

In addition to drawing interest on both sides of the ball for football, the Pennsylvania lineman has put his unique blend of strength and size to the test in wrestling where he went 20-4 with all but one of his wins featuring pin downs.

“He’s a tremendous athlete with great hips, and he’s very coachable,” his coach said in an interview. “He does what we ask him to do. We’ve tried to make things easier on him. We’ve tried to bring in some technique so it’s not just pushing and pulling.”

It won’t be his first time on campus as the staff kept tabs on him through the spring before hosting him for the spring game, but with Army, Villanova, William & Mary and Towson also in the mix, Hershey will give the Terps a long look this weekend.

“Just try to see campus, facilities, see what all goes on. Get a vibe for them,” he said. “I’ve watched games and had contact with the coaches for a while now.” Could a decision come on the visit?

“I’m not sure. I’ll have to talk with my parents but I’ll make a decision soon.”

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