Just three days after Maryland received a pledge from talented Texas safety Jameel Cook, the Terps added another solid piece to its secondary’s future Monday with the commitment of Delaware defensive back Darnell Savage.
Monday’s decision is a key checkpoint in the young career of Savage, who broke is leg in the second game of his junior season at Caravel (Bear, Del.) last fall. It was the first major injury of Savage’s career — and the right femur fracture required surgery shortly after.
“I wasn’t sure what was going to happen. I was just a little in disbelief,” Savage said.
Among the first to reach out to Savage was Maryland, he said, and school ensured him that he was still one of their top-priorities. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound corner responded with months of rehabilitation and played himself onto a number of school’s wish-lists this spring — but Maryland’s loyalty was the clinching factor.
“I felt their loyalty to me. They’ve been there for me. They were my first offer, and even after I got hurt they were still there for me. They were just the same as they were when I wasn’t injured, so I think that meant a lot,” Savage said.
Considered a three-star prospect and Delaware’s second-best junior in his class by Rivals, Savage also carried offers from Old Dominion, Temple and Syracuse, the latter of which he visited last week for a camp and reportedly clocked a 4.38 40-yard dash time.
Maryland was the first school to offer Savage last summer after he visited College Park for camp. He plans to enroll next summer.
“I think they feel I am a dynamic athlete, and I fell like they know I can run,” Savage said.
The commitment of Savage now gives Maryland three defensive backs in the class of 2015, following the commitments of Kareem Ali and Cook — and marks the 11th commitment for Maryland in the past 16 days.
Here’s highlights of Savage at Caravel: