Before the arrival of Ralph Friedgen at Maryland, some of the best prospects from the Maryland area first looked to go out of state. But after the Terps 10-win season last year, prospects like Conrad Bolston are looking to stay close to home.
“Maryland has to be one of my top schools,” the 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman said. “They had a great year last year, and it’s because of their coaching staff. I met a lot of the players there and they all seem really cool. The campus is in a nice area too, so it’s definitely a place I could see myself playing.”
While Bolston would not say if he was seriously considering any other schools, it seems as though he’s looking the hardest at Maryland, NC State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia, Boston College, and Penn State.
“I have offers from 15 schools. All of my favorites have offered except NC State and Notre Dame, so I think I have a lot of options.”
As a junior defensive lineman at Washington (D.C.) Saint John’s, Bolston racked up 55 tackles and 13 sacks. He was one of the most powerful and versatile defensive players in the state, running the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds.
“I’ve camped at Maryland, and taken an unofficial there. I’ve also visited NC State, UNC, Virginia, Boston College, and Penn State. I won’t take my official visits until after the season, so I don’t know where I’m going yet. But I would like to take all of them and decide late in the process.”