Hatchling Huddle is a recurring series where we talk to high school players recruited by Maryland or coaches who have Maryland recruits.
The best player in the state of Delaware has high interest in the Terps -- and the feeling is mutual.
Three-star athlete Darnell Savage suffered a broken femur that ended his junior year, but that hasn't ended the school's recruitment of him. Considered the 55th-best cornerback prospect in the country, Savage visited Maryland over the summer, even tweeting out a picture of Byrd stadium. As of now, Maryland is the only offer standing for Savage, but that could change in due time.
Former wide receivers coach Lee Hull was the coach on duty to recruit Savage to Maryland, but with his departure to Morgan State, that left a new coach to fill the void.
"Coach Stewart has been in contact with me. We talk once a week about how I'm doing, school and stuff like that" Savage explained.
When talking about what the program has been selling him on, Savage had high praise.
"It really explains itself, he said. "It's a team on the rise and they have a lot of talent. I feel comfortable with Maryland right now. I'm not going to pull the trigger for a bit, but right now, Maryland is a team I could see myself playing for."
The coaching staff is also a big bonus for Savage. They have been integral in his recruitment, and Savage feels a certain comfort level with the staff at this point, and that is a big draw for Savage to Maryland.
"I felt comfortable talking to the staff," he said. "I felt like I could be myself. It wasn't all "yes sir, no sir." I was able to be myself, and that is a big draw for me."
Maryland currently has three players from the state of Delaware on their roster -- brothers Jarrett and Brandon Ross, and Evan Mulrooney
"I've talked to Jarrett once or twice," Savage said. "I've talked to their mother more because their little brother plans on coming to Caravel for school. Brandon is a bit older, so I never got the chance to get to know him very well."
Savage plans on taking a visit to Maryland for the Syracuse-Maryland basketball match-up February 24. As for junior day, Savage would like to get there, but he isn't sure if he will be able to yet.
In the meantime, Savage will continue to rehab from his injury this past season in preparation for his senior season at Caravel Academy. After an emotional end to his junior season, Savage will look to take it out on the opponents his senior season.