Opara fully commits to Maryland

Opara fully commits to Maryland

The Florida prospect officially closes up recruiting after pledging his future to the Terps.

Maryland was able to get Kingsley Opara to commit early within the recruiting process, but it has arguably been more of a challenge for the Terps to keep him in its 2013 class.

The struggle is now over.

On Sunday, the three-star recruit announced through a series of tweets that his future lies with Maryland.

“I'm a terp,” Opara said via text on Tuesday.

The decision came following head coach Randy Edsall and assistant coach Lyndon Johnson's trip to Jacksonville, Fl. to visit Opara at his home on Sunday.

The news will certainly relieve fans that have been following his recruitment for the past six months. Although Opara never decommitted from Maryland, he was entertaining offers from several schools that were keen to add him to its own recruiting class. North Carolina State arguably came the closest to doing that.

Offensive line coach Mike Uremovich visited him at his home early January, which put the Wolfpack in a good position to stage a coup on Opara's recruitment. However, Uremovich informed Opara of a change in plans a few days later.

“He told me that they had two guys commit from Vero Beach, Fla.,” Opara said. “And because of the scholarship spots, they are moving in a different way.”

That news took some pressure off of Maryland, but the Terps still elected to be more forthcoming in their recruitment of the 2013 standout from that moment on.

On Jan. 13, Johnson made the same trip to visit Opara at his home.

“He was telling me about the guys we were having commit and the guys that were going to commit in the next couple weeks,” Opara said. “[He told me] how bad they needed me and how I have a chance to come in and make an impact as a freshman.”

Two weeks later, Johnson came down to see Opara again, but brought Edsall along with him. After the visit, he went on Twitter and praised Terps head coach, adding that he was “100000000% sold” on Maryland.

Opara's decision was made in spite of his initial disappointment regarding the school's switch to the Big Ten, of which it will be an official member of in 2014.

“After doing my research, I mean, it helps them in a way,” Opara said. “But, at the same time, I do want to play my Florida schools.”

Opara mentioned how next season will be his last guaranteed chance to play against Florida players he knew from his high school years. Maryland will only travel to Florida State during the 2013 season.

“That's always a factor, but at the same time, it's not that big of a factor,” Opara said.

Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-4, 275-pound defensive tackle as the 91st best in the nation at his position. Opara finished his senior season at Mandarin High School with 42 tackles, 11 tackles for a loss, 9 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles.

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