The communication, nonexistent for months, restarted once Adam McLean decommitted from Penn State on Nov. 18. It picked up to the point that by Thursday night, the Quince Orchard defensive tackle had committed orally to Maryland, pledging during an in-home visit from Terps coach Randy Edsall
For months, McLean was a nemesis for Maryland, a high-profile commitment to one of the Terps' rivals who was aggressively recruiting other top local players to Penn State.
Now he is the most high-profile member of Maryland's 2015 recruiting class and a tremendous asset to the program's local recruiting.
"Adam getting hurt and then decommitting, I think it let him put some important things into perspective, especially family and being close to home, just kind of the importance of those things," Quince Orchard coach John Kelley said of McLean, who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament midway through the season. "I think Maryland did a good job of letting him know that, letting him see that and how he fits in down there, and I think this could be a really, really good situation for both parties here."
ESPN rates the 6-foot-2, 290-pound McLean as a four-star prospect and the No. 1 player in Maryland in the Class of 2015.
In addition to Penn State, McLean had offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Texas.
McLean played primarily nose tackle in Quince Orchard's 3-4 defensive scheme, but Kelley said McLean has the versatility to also play defensive end or defensive tackle in the Terps' 3-4 scheme.
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"He could really honestly play all the three 'D'-line spots," Kelley said. "He's a pretty versatile guy. … He has the quickness and athleticism to play on the perimeter a little bit. I think he fits in really well."
While McLean will not undergo surgery on his knee until late January, Kelley said he expects McLean to be fully recovered by June or July.
Kelley also expressed confidence that McLean, contrary to previous reports, would qualify for Maryland academically and would not have to attend prep school or a junior college before enrolling.
"He's doing a great job academically," Kelley said. "He's doing great. He's definitely going to qualify. That's one thing I take pride in, making sure he gets that done. He does well in the classroom, so it shouldn't really be an issue."
Having McLean at Maryland should help the Terps' recruitment of other local players. He is friends with highly rated Good Counsel junior linebacker Keandre Jones and had a role in Jones' decision to commit to Maryland earlier this week.
McLean also has been in contact with other top local talent, including Dwayne Haskins, a blue-chip Class of 2016 quarterback prospect at Bullis.
"He's a big social-media guy, so he'll get on social media and reach out to people," Kelley said. "He has a pretty open personality, so he's not hesitant to go out there and promote Maryland football and get people on board with them."