Earlier Wednesday, Maryland announced that it was lifting the restrictions placed on Danny O’Brien and two other players who announced recently that they would be transferring. That means O’Brien, offensive lineman Max Garcia and linebacker Mario Rowson can transfer to any program, including Vanderbilt.
Two individuals familiar with the situation said Garcia and O’Brien met Wednesday morning with Terrapins Coach Randy Edsall for no longer than 15 minutes in an easy-going conversation in which Edsall told them he was giving them their unconditional release. However, there was no mention of the complaint that Maryland had filed with the ACC and forwarded to the Southeastern Conference over whether Vanderbilt had improper contact with the transferring players. The players learned of the complaint when news broke on the Internet after the meeting.
Given the swirling allegations that remain, O’Brien is unlikely, at least at this point, to visit Vanderbilt. He does not want to subject Commodores Coach James Franklin, whom he greatly respects, to any further scrutiny, and he also has no shortage of other options.
Some dozen Football Bowl Subdivision schools have expressed strong interest in O’Brien, including multiple schools that have played in BCS games in recent years. The high-profile schools play in the SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten. While there is mutual interest between O’Brien and the schools, the schools do not want to be named publicly now because the situation remains fluid.
O’Brien is expected to plan at least three official visits this weekend.
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