VIP: Coaches Checking on Five-Star, Commit & 2024 Targets

Another weekend of high school football and a home game for Maryland football means coaches on the road and the staff will be out on the trail once more on Friday.

That starts with the local schools where running backs coach Elijah Brooks will stop through St. John’s, Archbishop Carroll and Rock Creek. St. John’s is home to four-star Jordan Seaton, who unofficially visited for the SMU game for a lengthy visit, along with linebacker Montay Weedon. Archbishop Carroll will be a big stop as Maryland remains in the picture for five-star athlete Nyckoles Harbor, fresh off an official visit to Michigan. LSU could be up next with Miami and Maryland looking to secure the fourth and fifth officials, but the Terps will likely get the last say with a December visit. Brooks will start the day at Rock Creek, home to a handful of underclassmen including 2025 WR Aaron Lewis and 2026 safety Jireh Edwards.

Cornerbacks coach Henry Baker will head to New Jersey where he’ll get a chance to watch quarterback Champ Long as they take on Don Bosco. Long is one that excites the offensive coaches largely because of his development tied to his near daily workouts, but Friday night will give Long a chance to prove himself against one of New Jersey’s finest. Long finished 11-of-22 for 234 yards, one touchdown and a pair of picks though the touchdown came on the game-ending drive with 1:17 remaining, giving St. Peter’s Prep the win over St. Joseph.

Maryland will also have a presence in Virginia on Friday with inside linebackers coach Lance Thompson headed to Tuscarora to check on four-star offensive tackle Fletcher Westphal. The 6-foot-8, 295-pound lineman checks in on the cusp of the top-100 in the On3 rankings, currently sitting as the 119th-best prospect, but he’s no stranger to Maryland. Westphal has trekked up to Maryland in years past, visiting for at least three games and two offseason visits as the staff reaffirmed his offer back on March 9. The Virginia native is a priority target for Maryland next cycle, while wide receiver coach Gunter Brewer will head to Highland Springs to check on quarterback Khristian Martin and defensive back Noah Jenkins. Martin was one who camped at Maryland in June of 2021 and impressed the staff with his precision, drawing an offer shortly after. Maryland has not yet offered Jenkins.

Tight ends coach Mike Miller will also be on the road as he’ll stay close to home. He’ll check out both Damascus and Fort Hill before watching Oakdale in action, getting a closer look at four-star defensive end Dominic Nichols and athlete Evan Austin. The two are a pair of names to know next cycle, as well, though Nichols is a heavy Penn State lean heading into the halfway point of his junior year. Austin, meanwhile, is someone whose shiftiness and instincts stick out despite being unrated. Brewer and Miller are teaming up for the in-state duo and they’ll head to campus for this weekend’s game vs. Michigan State.

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