Coming off the second round of Junior Days, the University of Maryland football staff looks to establish an upward momentum swing coming off two consecutive weekends of hosting some of the best junior prospects in the region. For Friendship Collegiate Academy star lineman Taro Lipscomb, it was a chance to get a better glimpse of what the future could look like in a Terrapin uniform.
"My experience at Maryland was amazing," said Lipscomb. "While I was on campus, I met with a few of the coaches, went on a tour, sat in a couple of presentations about the school, academically and athletically and I went to the basketball game vs. Michigan."
At 6’4 265 pounds, Lipscomb displays enough versatility to play guard, tackle and even tight end when called upon. Even with the talent and mental capacity needed to perform three different positions, the prospect knows college coaches are always looking for more.
"Position wise, coaches have told me that I can fit at OG but also TE," he said. "I just need to work on my footwork and speed."
Throughout his recruitment, Lipscomb has been in contact with head coach Randy Edsall and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. Even with two established recruiters, Lipscomb also finds encouraging words about the Maryland program from a familiar face and former teammate.
"Quarvez (Boulware) has been very supportive and is constantly reminding me about how great Maryland is, academically and football wise," he said. "He also tells me that they have a very strong and supportive fan base."
Having experience at three different positions on the offensive line, Lipscomb has earned the opportunity of exploring his options when selecting the destination for the next chapter of his academic and athletic career. As his senior season quickly approaches, Lipscomb has three schools that linger on his mind more than others.
"So far the schools that stand out to me are the University of Miami (Fla.) because I love the area and the campus, and the University of Maryland because I love the atmosphere and I know so many people currently attending there and who are planning to attend there in the future," he said. "I am also interested in the University of Delaware because the fan base down there is very supportive and when I visited it felt like family."
Even though those three schools currently stand out, there is still plenty of time for Lipscomb to explore more avenues that could lead him to making his decision. With no definitive plans for official visits and school camps, Lipscomb has the mindset of patiently letting his recruitment play itself out and taking the proper amount of time to see all the options presented to him.
"I don't really have any official visits or camps that I will be attending for sure but I am planning on visiting UMD, University of Miami (Fla.), University of South Carolina, University of Georgia, UD, Monmouth, ODU, and many more."