- Dave Hooker, Reporter, RecruitingNation
The Terrapins are on their way to accomplishing Randy Edsall's main goal.
When Edsall was hired at Maryland, he was intent on winning more than his fair share of recruiting battles in the state and in nearby Washington, D.C. So far, he has done just that. The latest commitment came from Milan Collins, the quarterback from Forestville (Md.) Bishop McNamara.
Collins is the sixth local prospect to commit to Maryland this month, as he announced Tuesday.
“We have talent here in Maryland ... As long as we keep the talent in Maryland, we can win a national title,” the prospect said.
Collins should help. He was a standout quarterback and defensive back for his high school. He's slated to play safety for the Terps.
“I'm excited,” he said. “I'm excited for my senior year in high school. I'm excited to be a Terp.”
Collins visited the school Sunday and Monday. He said the coaches and campus blew him away. Perhaps most important was the school's highly rated kinesiology department. Possible early playing time and being close to home were also factors.
“It just kind of crept up on me,” Collins said. “After my visit, I told my father I was ready.”
Dad, however, thought a night's sleep might be a good idea, so he encouraged his son to give it some time. When Collins woke up Tuesday, he made the call and committed.
“I woke up this morning and felt the same as I did yesterday,” he said.
Collins credited assistant coach Mike Locksley with prompting the Terrapins' strong run of success locally.
“Coach Locksley has a done a great job. He's keeping some of the best kids in Maryland,” Collins said.
Collins said he'll try to recruit teammate Damion Prince to Maryland. The offensive tackle already has numerous scholarship offers and is expected to be one of the top local prospects in the 2014 class.
“We were talking about Maryland just the other day and how Maryland is going in the right direction,” Collins said.
Collins said he'll also be recruiting two good friends to Maryland: 2013 cornerback Kendall Fuller from Olney (Md.) Good Counsel and 2014 safety Jalen Tabor from Washington (D.C.) Friendship.
Maryland now has 12 commitments for the 2013 class. Collins had scholarship offers from Rutgers, West Virginia and North Carolina State among others.