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Shaker Heights (Ohio) forward Esa Ahmad and his family traveled to College Park last Friday for a weekend-long visit that concluded earlier Sunday.
“It was a great visit," said Ahmad's father, Ibby. "I’d rate it an A-plus. The staff came across real good. I got to meet a couple of the guys on the staff that I didn't meet before. We met the graduate staff, the [athletic director] Kevin Anderson, and we met with the lady that’s in charge with all the academics. It was a good experience. Got a lot more clarity."
Ahmad, ranked No. 65 in the Class of 2015 by 247Sports, had visited College Park twice before, but this one allowed him to finally meet, play and hang out with what could be his future teammates.
“When we got there Friday, Esa was able to play pickup with the team," Ibby Ahmad said. "They’ve got a nice-looking team, some good freshmen coming in, and also a good mix of older upperclassmen, so they were nice.”
Ahmad's family, including his mother, who visited College Park for the first time, grabbed lunch with the staff Friday, a group Ibby Ahmad said treated them like royalty. But having already established a connection with the staff throughout the recruitment process, this visit was more about getting to know the players.
After playing pickup Friday, Terps graduate transfer Richaud Pack took the Ahmad family out to dinner and then Esa out on his own. On Saturday, Esa Ahmad spent time with the rest of the team at a tailgate before the Maryland-James Madison football game.
“Esa got to hang out with them," Ibby Ahmad said. "He got along with them very well. He hung out with all those guys."
The visit concluded Sunday after another meeting with coach Mark Turgeon, in which he talked more about the plan for Ahmad in the offense, a plan that really intrigues the Ahmads.
The next visit currently scheduled for Ahmad is West Virginia, on Sept. 19th.
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