Buchholz a Priority for Terps

Buchholz

Just like the 2014 recruiting class, when Maryland pulled a pair of defensive linemen from the Keystone State to help in its Big Ten transition, the Terps are once again targeting Pennsylvania for the 2015 crop. Great Valley (Malvern, Pa.) junior defensive end Ryan Buchholz has had a UMD verbal since last November, and the 6-foot-6, 230 pounder continues to be a priority recruit.

Just like the 2014 recruiting class, when Maryland pulled a pair of defensive linemen from the Keystone State to help in its Big Ten transition, the Terps are once again targeting Pennsylvania for the 2015 crop. Great Valley (Malvern, Pa.) junior defensive end Ryan Buchholz has had a UMD verbal since last November, and the 6-foot-6, 230 pounder continues to be a priority recruit.

"My head coach told me Coach [John] Dunn and Coach [Randy] Edsall were here at my school on the first day of the open period," said Buchholz, whose brother, Carl, is a wrestler and walk-on football player at Maryland. "He said [the Terps coaches] had to wait like 45 minutes just to talk to him, and when they finally did get in his office they spent another hour-and-a-half talking to them. So that was pretty impressive to me, and it showed how much the Maryland staff wants me there."

Buchholz, who now holds eight offers, said his coach didn't tell him the conversation's details, though he assumed it was all positive. After all, the Great Valley edge rusher is well aware UMD holds him in high regard.

"I talk to Coach Dunn every Monday night; we have a really good relationship and he's been to my school a bunch," Buchholz said. "I actually talked to him yesterday [Jan. 20] for a little bit, but he was at a house visit with another recruit. But their new D-line coach [Chad Wilt] was with him, so I got a chance to talk to him as well."

Evidently Wilt made quite an impression on Buchholz as well.

"[Wilt] was saying he watched my film, he loves how I play and how he'd love to have me down so I can meet with him and get to know me more," Buchholz said. "I want to get to know him more and learn more about him, and he's excited to get to know me too."

Of course, Buchholz has already been in College Park, Md., more times than he can remember. He's visited his brother on quite a few occasions for wrestling matches and the like, while he's also attended camps, junior days, football games and other Terps events. In fact, since his brother is on the football team, Buchholz was afforded an opportunity not many other recruits get a chance to experience.

"The last time I was at Maryland I got to go to the football banquet there. It was really nice, and a great ceremony," Buchholz said. "It was pretty cool, I walked by Coach Edsall and he was talking to somebody at the front, but when I walked by he stopped talking to that guy and came over to me. So I thought that was pretty cool. He might actually come to one of my basketball games this year."

Buchholz will likely not be able to attend any of Maryland's -- or any other school's for that matter – junior days this year, however. He said he's the starting center on Great Valley's basketball team and most of his winter weekends are tied up.

"But because my brother wrestles there I'm sure I'll be down to see one of his meets," Buchholz said. "I'll just contact Coach Dunn and we'll set something up just so I can talk to the coaches and all that.

"Every time I go to Maryland it feels homey. All the coaches know me, and I'm cool with all of them. Maryland is really cool."

But Buchholz has some other "cool" options available to him besides the Terps, and plenty more to come. He just recently picked up an offer from Illinois, and now has verbals from the Illini, Boston College, Duke, Rutgers, Vanderbilt and Virginia, in addition to UMD. Meanwhile, Michigan State, Penn State, Ohio State and Stanford are showing solid interest.

"I think Stanford might come in since they've been talking to my coach about me a lot, but it depends on my grades and SATs," Buchholz said. "But I'd say Penn State is really close to coming in next. They've been in touch quite a bit."

Buchholz has yet to see either of those two schools yet, but he'd like to at some point depending on the offer status. Besides Maryland, though, the only two campuses he's visited so far are UVA's and Rutgers'.

"UVA was in the summer and it was really nice. I met with some coaches and they were really cool," Buchholz said. "Rutgers, I went to the spring game and on another visit in the summer. It was pouring rain at the time, but I met all the coaches and saw the indoor facilities, and I really liked that. Those were two very nice schools."

After basketball season ends Buchholz said he'll start lining up some Midwest trips. He knows he'll be able to visit the regional schools any time he wants, but the programs farther from home are a bit more tricky.

"Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, Michigan State, they all want me to visit," said Buchholz, who is averaging eight points and seven rebounds for his hoops team. "So I think I'll be getting out there since they're not close by."

Currently Buchholz is keeping an open mind and isn't claiming any early favorites. He did say that he's focused on a college's academic reputation first, followed by the team's chemistry, coaching staff and the school in general.

"I'll know more about where I stand after taking some more visits," Buchholz said. "I was planning on deciding on a school before the start of next football season, but I'm not completely set on that."

Last fall, Buchholz helped Great Valley to an 8-3 record and a playoff appearance. He earned first-team all-league and second-team all-Southeastern Pennsylvania after finishing with 70 tackles and 10 sacks.

"I had a pretty good year. Our defensive line, we don't really pass rush a whole lot, so I'd say I need to work on my rush moves, my hands and all that," Buchholz said. "But I pursue well, run to the ball well and get a lot of tackles in space. I got a lot of [coverage] sacks and made a lot of plays this year."

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