InsideMDSports: Dunbar QB William Crest talks about Terps

April 04, 2013|By Jakob Engelke | Special to The Baltimore Sun

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Highly touted 2014 quarterback William Crest didn’t have to travel to College Park to get a good look at the Maryland football team. The Terps, who practiced at Dunbar on Saturday, came to him.

Crest walked up and down the sidelines of the Poets’ field Saturday, taking in the Terps’ ninth spring practice and imagining what it might be like to suit up for the hometown school.

“It was good,” Crest said. “When you have a college school come to your campus, to your field and having their spring practice, it was nice to see. It was nice to see what Maryland was working with and see what I could be doing and going up against.”

Ranked as a four-star prospect and the 18th-best pro-style quarterback in the nation by 247Sports, Crest has no shortage of college suitors. With offers from Maryland, Ohio State, West Virginia, Rutgers, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others, Crest said he hasn’t begun to sort out any favorites yet and isn’t sure when he wants to make his eventual decision.

“I’m still open. I’m just trying to go through the process,” Crest said. “I don’t know when I want to come to a decision. I’m just going with the flow. When I feel comfortable and it’s time for me to do that, I will.”

But he did acknowledge that Maryland, led by special teams coordinator Andre Powell, has been one of the schools recruiting him the hardest.

“[Powell] just tells me how important the program is to Maryland and how I can fit in up there,” Crest said. “I like the atmosphere [at Maryland]. It has the type of atmosphere that I’m looking at. It’s a good school.”

The Terps also have another factor working in their favor for the 6-foot-2, 190-pound signal caller. 2013 signee Malik Jones, who became Maryland’s first commit from Dunbar in nearly a decade, has been in Crest’s ear, constantly telling him to come to College Park.

“Yeah, he talks to me a lot,” Crest said. “He comes to me and tells me come with him to Maryland. I do listen to him.”

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