Post-injury dealings contributed to cornerback Darnell Savage committing to Terps

Darnell Savage was hurt the second game of the season, suffering a broken femur that led to be a brief hospital stay and left him unable to play again during his junior season at Caravel Academy in Newark, Del.

This was long before Savage established himself as a known Class of 2015 cornerback prospect and several months before he committed orally to the Terps.


Still, Maryland coach Randy Edsall was in contact with Savage's coach shortly after the injury.

The Terps were the first school to offer Savage a scholarship, having done so months earlier, and Savage said Edsall was the first coach that reached out to him once he got hurt.

"It was coach Edsall that told my coach to have me give him a call," said Savage, who was one of 18 players to sign with Maryland last week. "He really opened my eyes to a lot because I realized what a great guy he is. I really realized that he just wants what's best for me, and that's in the classroom, in the football field and in life, in general."

The conversation and Savage's continued interaction in the months that followed contributed to the cornerback committing to the Terps last June and then staying loyal to Maryland despite offers from schools such as Rutgers and Syracuse and interest from prestigious programs such as Penn State and Nebraska.

"They did Darnell Savage the right way," Scout National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn said. "The kid got hurt as a junior. They stayed with him. He's in the hospital with a broken leg. They're talking to him all the time.

"Darnell Savage, if he wanted to by the time it was over, could've had 20 offers. Penn State was coming in on him and he said 'no thanks' because he was that loyal to Maryland, and he's a kid that I think he has a chance to come in and play as a freshman."

A consensus three-star prospect, the 5-foot-11, 160-pound Savage ran for 1,298 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior at Caravel this past season and had 54 tackles.

"He can cover," Dohn said. "I saw him probably five times in the last calendar year at camps, games, whatever, and he was always sensational. Not just good. I mean sensational. He's a really good cover guy."

While most recruiting websites listed Savage as an athlete, Maryland recruiting coordinator John Dunn said the Terps plan to use Savage at cornerback, a position where Maryland has just two returning players with significant game experience — Will Likely and Alvin Hill.

"They told me I've got to come in and be ready to play and compete because their depth at corner isn't the greatest right now," Savage said. "So they told me that I've got to come in, be a sponge and take in all I can."