VIP: Coaches on the Road, 2023 Tidbit

Maryland will travel to Charlotte today ahead of Saturday’s matchup vs. Charlotte, but for the first time this season, some of the Maryland staff will be on the road checking out a handful of out-of-state prospects.

While running backs coach Elijah Brooks and safeties Wes Neighbors will hit a handful of schools in the Atlanta area, Maryland will have a presence in the Carolinas on Friday.

Cornerback coach Henry Baker is headed out to see Chester take on South Pointe where 2025 athlete Trooper Floyd will be in action. Baker will also check out Legion Academy where he’ll get a chance to see 2023 safety Judge Collier, a current South Carolina verbal, in action. Collier could fit in as a cornerback for Maryland where he has a build that resembles current Maryland cornerback Deonte Banks.

Tight ends coach Mike Miller will check out top-100 prospect Jadyn Davis on Friday night as Providence Day takes on Cabarrus. Davis, considered one of the top quarterbacks in the nation, has a long list of blue bloods chasing him but that didn’t stop him from taking an unofficial visit to Maryland last summer.

Meanwhile, wide receiver coach Gunter Brewer is on the road to check out Amos Hough take on Cox Mill on Friday night. Hough, the former home of freshman cornerback Gavin Gibson, is the home of UNC quarterback verbal Tad Hudson but Friday night will give Maryland an opportunity to get a closer look at defensive end Branden Palmer who picked up an offer back in the spring. Virginia Tech is a school to watch for Palmer after jumping into the mix this summer.

While Maryland is shifting its focus to the 2024 class with contact now wide open, there’s still some moving pieces in the 2023 class. Maryland is in a great spot with Churchill wide receiver Zeke Avit after his visit to campus last weekend as they now wait on a public decision. Maryland is also heavily pursuing Hutchinson defensive end Jaden Jones, who is currently committed to Florida State. A source told Inside the Black and Gold this week that Jones remains open to taking additional visits, which bodes well for Maryland. Now comes the time when the staff works to get him on campus, but the Terps will have a chance as Jones’s mother attended high school with one of Maryland’s assistants to give the staff an ‘in.’ Maryland has a pair of defensive linemen committed and remains a long-term option for current LSU verbal Dashawn Womack, but Jones emerges as the latest viable flip target.

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