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McDonogh offensive lineman Ellis McKennie made his way to College Park again on Sunday for the Terps’ basketball game against Virginia, his second such trip in the past month. Once again, he was impressed.
McKennie says Maryland is "at the top right now."
"It was great," the 6-foot-3, 285-pound three-star prospect said. "It was my second basketball game and it was just as good as the first one, if not better."
McKennie arrived just before the game to talk with the coaching staff, and also spent some time with them in the stands during the game. They talked about a variety of topics, but very little of it had to deal with football.
“I talked a lot to [assistant] coach [Keith] Dudzinski and Coach Stud," he said, referring to Greg Studrawa. “We talked a lot specifically about academics and student life. We also discussed coming back for a visit for spring practice for more of a one-on-one visit.”
That trip is already in the works, and McKennie is also looking into visits to Penn State and Virginia Tech. For now, though, the Terps are sitting in pole position.
“They are at the top right now,” he said. “It’s just the idea of staying home and playing for the state. Also, the coaching staff has talked about [how] they’re a family and how they are going to win in the near future.”
McKennie is rated the nation’s 23rd-ranked offensive guard.
His junior highlights can be seen HERE.