By Jakob Engelke
Special to The Baltimore Sun
7:00 AM EST, February 21, 2013
After striking gold at Good Counsel in 2012 – the Terps received commitments from offensive lineman Mike Madaras, running back Wes Brown and wide receiver Stefon Diggs – Maryland struck out with the school’s top prospects in the class of 2013. The Terps are hoping to get back to the success they had in 2012 at Good Counsel with the class of 2014, which boasts plenty of Division I recruits.
One of those prospects is offensive lineman Sam Mustipher, who attended Maryland’s junior day on Saturday.
“It went great,” Mustipher said. “I got to spend a lot of quality time with the coaches. I had a good time up there. I’ll probably go back up again for a spring practice or the spring game. I definitely enjoyed the atmosphere of the Duke game. It doesn’t get much better than that.”
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound Mustipher, who is rated as the fifth-best prospect in Maryland and 11th-best offensive guard in the nation according to 247Sports, participated in various junior day activities, including attending the Duke game, meeting the Terps’ coaches and touring the team’s facilities and locker room.
But Mustipher, who spent time with Mike Locksley and former teammates Zach Dancel and Diggs on Saturday, had a special addition to his campus visit. Since he’s already taken in Maryland’s campus multiple times, Mustipher sat down with coach Randy Edsall for a one-on-one chat while other prospects were taking in the scenery in College Park.
“I talked to Coach Edsall when I first got there,” Mustipher said. “The other recruits were taking a tour of the campus. There’s really no need for me to take a tour around. I’ve been there four times before and I went to last year’s junior day. It was good to get time to speak to him.
“He told me that he wants to stay in touch and get me back down there again because for junior day there’s a bunch of players there. He wants me to come back again to have a better, one-on-one meeting and I can go check out the engineering school.”
With 22 scholarship offers and counting, including looks from Notre Dame, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Nebraska, Tennessee and West Virginia, Mustipher has plenty of choices when it comes to making his eventual college decision. At the moment, he’s just enjoying the process and has yet to narrow his list of suitors.
“I haven’t started to think about college much at all,” Mustipher said. “I’ll sit down in the summer time when I have free time. In the summer time, all I do is work out with the team and spend time with my friends. Then I’ll start to think about top schools.”
Mustipher specifically mentioned Clemson, North Carolina, Northwestern, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Maryland as schools he wanted to visit again, but admitted that list would likely grow.
“It’s going to get pretty hectic during the summer time,” Mustipher said. “Those are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head, but I’m going to try to visit every school possible.”
Because of his his national pedigree, large number of offers and choice to keep the recruiting process close to his chest, just where Mustipher ends up is hard to handicap at this point.
But it’s clear Saturday’s junior day made an impression.
“Maryland fans are definitely devoted,” Mustipher said. “[The Duke game] was a great game to watch. I’m looking forward to seeing how they finish off this basketball season. It was great seeing how devoted the fans are and how creative the student section was. It shows how unified the university is.”
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