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Opara impressed by official visit

Jacksonville (Fla.) Mandarin three-star defensive tackle Kingsley Opara took his official visit to Maryland this weekend. Opara has been committed to the Terps since July.

Opara was impressed by his visit to College Park.

“It was really good,” Opara said. “I had a lot of fun there. There are a lot of good people up there. I liked a lot of my future teammates.”

Opara spent a great deal of time with head coach Randy Edsall and his staff.

“Basically they told me I am a need and that I have a chance to come in and start early on,” Opara said. “I have a chance to start right away if I work hard. Basically, everything that they have been telling me since day one. They just reiterated it.

“(Edsall) also told me my jersey number, No. 57, would be available to me,” Opara said. “That was pretty cool.”

The Sunshine State defensive tackle was hosted on the visit by junior linebacker Yannik Cudjoe-Virgil.

“He was a transfer, from Seton Hill, and he was just saying that he loves it there,” Opara said. “He said that everything they are telling you is the truth.”

The most impressive thing to Opara on the visit was all of the Under Armour options available to the Terps for Saturday’s.

“The equipment room,” Opara said. “It is amazing how much different stuff that they have. That was pretty cool.”

Prior to the visit, Opara was considering visits to schools such as Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and N.C. State. After spending a weekend in College Park, he is leaning towards not taking those trips.

“I am going to think about it,” Opara said. “Right now, probably not.

“I will still think about it more,” Opara added. “I’ve been talking to N.C. State for a while but I am not sure the coach I am dealing with will even be there.”

With that in mind, Opara got straight to the point about where his pledge to Maryland stands after the weekend.

“Right now I would consider myself pretty solid,” Opara said.

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