Maryland Terrapins commit Kingsley Opara’s verbal to the team is a soft one ever since the Terps announced a move to the Big Ten, and several ACC teams have amped up their interest in the hopes of flipping the solid three-star defensive tackle. The N.C. State Wolfpack sent a coach to visit Opara yesterday, and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons have sent Coach Ray McCarthy to visit the Jacksonville recruit.
One of the top 140 recruits in the state of Florida in 2013, Opara has been clocked at a 4.9 forty and is a disruptive presence on the defensive line. The UNC Tar Heels and N.C. State both offered him in the middle of the month, and they are both the teams in the best position to land the top 60 DT.
Opara could also go to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets if they offer him. He still has official visits lined up to Maryland and N.C. State, with the visit to the Wolfpack coming in 2013. It will be interesting to see if the Mandarin High star schedules any future official visits.
Wake Forest isn’t heavily in the mix, but they have been a long-time offer of Opara’s and will try to land the three-star DT who recorded nine sacks this season.
The Connecticut Huskies and West Virginia Mountaineers also have a chance at landing Opara, and SEC schools Arkansas and Ole Miss could potentially be in the mix if they offer. Wake Forest has a chance at landing Opara, and it will be interesting to see if the visit from McCarthy helps the Demon Deacons standing in any way.
At this point, Kingsley Opara is still committed to Maryland, and they will be looking to strengthen that commitment during the DTs official visit next week. The Terps will need to do all they can to hold off the ACC schools chomping at the bit- especially N.C. State and UNC.
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