Maryland offered St. Thomas Aquinas running back Deltron Sands Feb. 27.
Sands Is 'All Maryland'
"By the end of the spring I'm going to commit to Maryland. That's what I'm thinking right now," said the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Sands. "I'm thinking like May 24 of May 25, which is right before my spring game at St. Thomas, and I want to be committed before that all gears up."
The Florida bulldozer said he spoke to his recruiter, Brian Stewart, March 14. The two have been in touch for more than a month, and Sands said he has a solid rapport with the Terps' defensive coordinator.
"From Day One me and Coach Stewart connected," Sands said. "He was telling me how they want to get me up there on a visit, get me to try on some Maryland gear, and start going through the whole thing of me becoming a Terp. I can't wait to try on the Under Armour stuff; their uniforms are sweet.
"But Coach Stew, he said I remind him of Emmitt Smith, actually, because I'm short but powerful and can make those quick cuts and get downhill."
Sands' mother and grandmother used to live in Maryland, and he still has close friends who reside in College Park ("I call them my family," he said). Last year, in fact, Sands actually took a random visit to UMD and said he enjoyed being on campus and liked the area.
The St. Thomas back also lauded Maryland's staff and has spoken to running backs coach Andre Powell in addition to Stewart.
"Coach Powell seems like a great coach, and I know Maryland has a couple running backs that have made it to the League," Sands said. "I'm looking forward to meeting him and all the coaches when I go up there."
Sands also holds offers from Syracuse and Western Michigan, but said he's not especially interested in those programs. Moreover, he said he hasn't generated too much serious interest aside from the schools that have extended scholarships.
"It's just Maryland I'm looking at. The other schools that have offered me are good, but they're not going to the Big Ten like Maryland is," said Sands, who also mentioned that he wants to leave Florida for college in order to avoid distractions. "I want to play on a big stage, and Maryland is my opportunity to do that."
Currently Sands' plan is to announce his choice at the end of May and then visit College Park the weekend of June 27 for what he called a "Friday Night Lights" event. After that, he said he'll take an official to Maryland in September.
"I don't have any other visits or anything planned. I mean, I might get out and check out another school in August just for the heck of it, but the only visit I know for sure is Maryland," Sands said. "I'm not really going to look into another school. Even if like another Big Ten school or an SEC school offered me, I might look at it, but nine out of 10 I'd still stick to Maryland. They were on me first and they've pushed the hardest for me."
Sands is coming off a season where he rushed for 639 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He rotated in with another running back, Madre London, and only received 58 carries, but this year he will be the primary runner.
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