VIP: notes on pair of four-stars, key visitors for Maryland this weekend

Maryland will welcome a largely local group of targets to campus this weekend, headlined by Concordia Prep (MD) four-star Ernest Willor with his second visit to campus this calendar year.

Willor, a former blue-chip prospect who made a name for himself at St. Paul’s (MD), has returned home after one season at IMG Academy. Willor’s recruitment has largely been at a standstill through the summer with zero official visits thus far, primarily due to health reasons, as several schools continue to keep tabs on the 6-foot-2.5 defensive end. As for Willor, he told IBG that he plans to visit College Park for games against Towson, Penn State and Michigan and there’s a reason for that–Maryland is among schools on Willor’s shortlist. Penn State is also in play and a source says a December official visit to Happy Valley is on the table, just like it is for Maryland. Virginia Tech is another who has maintained contact while Auburn has been consistent through the summer, but there’s a family preference for Willor to stay closer to home. There’s still plenty left to sort out in his recruitment, while contacts close to Willor tell IBG that he’s healthy with his senior season underway. Expect Willor’s name to pop up more now that he’s returned to the area and defensive line a focus to close the 2024 cycle.

Willor won’t be the only one from Concordia visiting this weekend with teammate and ODU verbal Keshawn Mister also making his way to campus. Maryland has kept in touch with Mister, a receiver commit for the Monarchs, with his season now underway though he’s firmly on the outside-looking-in when it comes to flip targets. Other targets that IBG reported–Good Counsel duo Gavin Crawford and Eidan Buchanan–will also make their way to campus, as will Gonzaga cornerback “Deuce” Arnold. Jeremiah Seaton, a 2025 Blake running back and younger brother of Jordan Seaton, will also visit as IBG reported. Another key local visitor making his way to campus: Riverdale Baptist (MD) interior lineman Jayvon McFadden. It’s assistant Kevin Sumlin leading the charge for the 6-foot-5 lineman, who’s had Maryland in his top group since his time from St. John’s (DC) to SFA to Riverdale.

Virginia Tech verbal Emmett Laws will also make his way to campus as a guest of current commit Terez Davis.

On the basketball side, Maryland will welcome its first official visitor of the month when Overtime Elite four-star guard Jaeden Mustaf arrives in College Park this afternoon for his long-awaited official visit. Arkansas remains the only school in Mustaf’s top group that hasn’t hosted the 6-foot-4 guard thus far, and that visit won’t happen, with NC State, Georgia Tech and Florida State among the finalists. The Wolfpack were viewed as the team to beat through the summer, but with his recruitment winding down, where he’s leaning appears to be more fluid and it’ll be Maryland looking to change that. Assistant coach Mike Jones has driven Mustaf’s recruitment thus far with head coach Kevin Willard also keeping in direct contact with the top-50 prospect, while I’ve also heard Mustaf has kept up with some of the current players since his summer visit. Whether Maryland can capture the momentum late remains to be seen as the staff still has relationship hurdles within Mustaf’s camp to overcome, but the clear path to immediate playing time resonates. I’m also that Mustaf himself is fond of the idea of returning home for college, something he considered for his senior season as well. Location won’t be a determining factor while NIL will loom large for the Overtime Elite product. Nonetheless, this will be the final visit for Mustaf with a commitment date already set for September 14.

Meanwhile, despite landing five-star center Flory Bidunga last month, Kansas has remained in play for five-star center Derik Queen and he heads to Lawrence for his first official visit starting today. Queen is still scheduled to visit Indiana next weekend and Maryland in October, giving head coach Kevin Willard and the staff a chance to solidify their standing heading into a potential late fall or winter commitment.

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