Reaffirmation from committed prospects can be equally important as fresh pledges for a new football coach, and Maryland’s D.J. Durkin has received several indications that the Terrapins’ current 2016 class will stay intact moving forward.
Most recently, 3-star offensive lineman commit Brian Plummer shared his thoughts on Maryland’s new head coach after his introductory presser.
“I watched the press conference and he seems like a very down to earth guy,” Plummer told Today’s U. “He seems very genuine in everything he says. He seemed like a good family man. I’m excited. I was supposed to go on the official visit this weekend, but it had to get moved to next weekend. I’m still excited to go. Since coach Durkin has all that background and a good coaching history, I think it could be very beneficial to us.”
During his official visit, Plummer, who has visited campus several times in the past, will have an opportunity to get to know his future head coach. When the two do meet, Plummer surmised which questions he may ask coach Durkin.
“I probably would like to talk about his goals and his plans for me or for the team overall,” Plummer said. “What he plans to do and kind of how I fit into his scheme, or also what he expects out of me? Just so I know what to work for. If he tells me he runs a very fast-paced offense, that means I should probably work on my speed a little bit.”
Despite the turmoil that the program experienced under former head coach Randy Edsall, Plummer says that the rough times helped show him where he would feel most comfortable. Plummer says that he doesn’t want to visit any other school, although he did think about that option briefly.
“With all the uncertainty, the thought popped into my head,” Plummer said. “But I realized I’m 100% committed and I don’t really want to go anywhere else. Through all the stuff that’s happened in the last couple weeks, I don’t want to visit anywhere else. I think I know where I want to go.”
While Maryland struggled on the field this fall, Plummer’s team at South Carroll experienced quite a bit more success, ultimately ending amid an abbreviated playoff run.
“My team finished 10-2.,” Plummer said. “We made it to the regional finals game. We lost by three points. Both losses were by three points or less this year.”
On a personal note, Plummer stands 6’7″ and 300-pounds. With noticeable size, he’s listed as a 3-star prospect on 247Sports.com. Plummer feels that he improved during his senior season, even if it did not end how he had hoped.
“Individually, I think I progressed,” he explained. “I think I got better as the season went on. Obviously there is suff I could always work on. I worked mainly on focusing on being more aggressive. If I made a mistake, I tried to make sure I didn’t make the same mistake twice throughout the course of the game. I also worked on being faster off the ball and using my size to my advantage.”
With time off now that his season is over, Plummer is using this as an additional opportunity to prepare for his college career. He has stayed focused and has been working out regularly.
“So far, I’ve been in the weight room almost every day since the season ended,” Plummer said. “I’ve also been going to the gym and working on cardio to get in better shape. I know I need to work on my speed. It’s not the best, so I’m going to work on my speed and agility.”
Look for Plummer to reaffirm his commitment to Maryland with coach Durkin during his official visit next week.