It’s one thing to recruit sons of famous alumni. The names “VELLANO” and “VELLANO,” spaced decades apart alongside the Byrd Stadium concourse to commemorate all-Americans Paul and Joe, attest to Maryland’s success with that.
But these days, the Terrapins are going the brotherly route.
Two sets of siblings will be on the roster come fall. Wide receiver Taivon Jacobs and cornerback Jarrett Ross, both incoming freshmen, will join brothers Levern and Brandon in College Park. Last week, Gilman defensive lineman Chibuzo Ukandu spoke about Maryland’s interest, though he hasn’t yet received a scholarship offer to play alongside his brother Azubuike, a Maryland defensive lineman.
And as the summer camp circuit began and the scholarship offers began to be dispersed, two more brothers received scholarship offers from Coach Randy Edsall and his staff.
2 offers 2 days in a row. This week is going good. Thank you UVA & UMD — IG: @1diggs (@TrevonDiggs) June 17, 2013
That would be Trevon Diggs, brother to Stefon. He’s only a rising sophomore for the class of 2016 at Thomas S. Wootton, but picked up two ACC offers over the past week.
According to 247sports.com, the cornerback/wide receiver also has interest from Florida, Rutgers and West Virginia. Last season, he caught 37 passes for 769 yards and seven touchdowns, and clearly has the inside connection for Terps information through his brother, the standout superstar who has rapidly become the program’s face and its most electric player.
Sometime Monday, Edsall also extended an offer to Ayron Monroe, brother of junior defensive lineman Andre Monroe. Ayron is a safety at St. John’s for the class of 2015 and teammate of 2014 commit Will Ulmer. According to 247sports.com, Ayron attended camp at Penn State but currently only has this Maryland offer.
S/o to my little brother for getting his full scholarship offer to play football for The University of Maryland — ♠Andre Monroe Jr.♠ (@Dre_Kang) June 17, 2013
I’m blessed thank God just got an offer from Maryland!!! — ayron monroe (@ay_ronnyron) June 17, 2013
According to Terrapin Times, Maryland also is targeting a prospect with a familiar last name after it offered a scholarship to Richie Petitbon, a 6-foot-4 class of 2015 guard from Gonzaga who already has offers from Penn State, Temple and Virginia, among others. His grandfather, Richie, was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time Super Bowl champion as an assistant coach with the Redskins.