Brooklyn (N.Y.) Sheepshead Bay defensive tackle Rashaad Coward has a couple of FCS offers but he's optimistic that Maryland could become the first FBS school to jump into the mix.
The 6-foot-6, 285-pound prospect looks more like an offensive tackle than a defensive lineman, but it seems that defense is where most schools want him.
Wagner, Albany and Stony Brook have offered, but of course Coward is hoping for the opportunity to play at the highest level.
"I've talked to coach (Keith) Dudzinski (from Maryland ) and he's cool. He keeps it real with me. He tells me what I need to do and start doing better," he said.
"This year I'm doing a better job of setting the edge and not getting pushed off the ball. I'm not giving up any ground."
Coward prefers defensive tackle and that's probably where he would get a look in college, though it's still conceivable that he could end up on the offensive line. He has been playing end this year.
His favorites, in order, are Albany, Maryland, Stony Brook and Buffalo .
"I sent out my film to all of them yesterday in a link and they really like it so I'm trying to find out if they're going to offer," he said. "I haven't visited any of them yet but the coaches from Buffalo and Maryland want me to come up to one of their games so I can see the campus."