Maryland has shown a stronger recruiting presence in the Midwest since their move to the Big Ten was announced. One of their recent offers went out to a top class of 2015 state of Michigan prospect.
"I recently was offered by Maryland," reported Oak Park, Mich., athlete John Kelly. "I was really excited about it and I know they are willing to play their younger kids. There was a lot of freshmen getting a lot of playing time for Maryland. I really like the program and everything they are trying to do over there."
Maryland coaches gave Kelly some dates to come out and visit their campus, and he is eyeing a spring visit to College Park. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder is a standout on both sides of the football for Oak Park High, and Maryland is still deciding where they like him best.
"They actually offered me as an athlete, but they said they are looking for me to play a little more DB," Kelly said.
The offer from Maryland joins previous offers from Michigan State and Western Michigan. Kelly made his most recent recruiting visit this past weekend to Michigan State.
"I stayed over night while the senior were taking their official visits," Kelly said. "It was a great visit, and the 2014 and 2015 class, all the prospects were getting along quite well together. I hung out a lot with Tyriq Thompson, Joshua Alabi, Kyonta Stallworth, Mike Weber and Malik McDowell. I also hung out with Matt Sokol, one of their commits."
Michigan State was the first school to offer Kelly, and the Spartans have jumped to the top of his list early in the process.
"As of right now, they are the leader," Kelly said of Michigan State.
Besides Maryland and Michigan State, Kelly has also had in-school visits from coaches at Illinois, Iowa and Ohio State in recent days.