FoxSportsNEXT Northeast recruiting analyst Brian Dohn ranked the Top 150 players in the East Region in the 2014 class.
TurtleSportsReport.com goes in-depth on where Maryland's commits and prospects stand in the rankings.
Maryland has already landed eight verbal commitments in its 2014 class, including six from the East Region. Four of the Terps' 2014 commits are ranked in the East Region's Top 150.
Coatesville Area (Pa.) linebacker Tyler Burke ranks the highest of the current Maryland commits. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound middle linebacker is number 46 in the Top 150.
Following Burke is, St. Johns Prep (Danvers, Mass.) running back Johnathan Thomas, at number 97. St. Johns College High (Washington, D.C.) quarterback Will Ulmer lands at number 106 on the list, and McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.) offensive tackle Jared Cohen rounds out the Terps' verbals at 108.
Although the Terps only have one commit in the top 50 of the 150 players listed, Maryland is in hot pursuit of several names at the top of the list.
One of those names is Friendship Collegiate (Washington D.C.) 2014 four-star cornerback Jalen Tabor, who is ranked number five in the Top 150. Tabor has kept the Terps near the top of his list throughout his recruiting process, but Maryland faces some stiff competition from the likes of Alabama and Florida to win the highly-touted Tabor.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound standout is talking up the hometown team, and he is a frequent visitor on campus. If Maryland can convince the Scout 300 player to stay home, it would give the Terps 2014 class a much needed boost.
Right on Tabor's heels is Bishop McNamara four-star offensive tackle Damian Prince, who ranks sixth in the Top 150. Maryland is in desperate need of some size and talent on its offensive line, especially as the Terps head to the Big Ten in 2014.
The 6-foot-7, 310-pound Prince would be the perfect remedy for Maryland's issues up front. Once again, the Terps face some stuff competition for Prince. He is also being heavily pursued by the likes of: Ohio State, Florida State, and Florida, among others. The good news: Prince has a renewed interest in Maryland...now its up to head coach Randy Edsall and his recruiter Mike Locksley to seal the deal.
Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) four-star defensive end Jesse Aniebonam, is number 41 in the Top 150, and he is just days away from making his college decision. Maryland has a strong pipeline to the local high school powerhouse, and Aniebonam has been high on the Terps from day one.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound pass rusher has developed a very close relationship with his recruiter Mike Locksley, and has plenty of friends already on the Terps squad. Aniebonam was supposed to visit Virginia Tech and Clemson-the other two schools high on his list-but those visits never came to fruition. Maryland is a clear front-runner here and should come out on top barring any catastrophic changes.
Maryland's push to keep the local talent in-state continues with its efforts to land Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.) linebacker Melvin Keihn, number 65 in the Top 150. Keihn was hoping to make his college decision before his senior season, but he has since pushed back his decision. Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Rutgers, Miami, Maryland and Michigan State, are all still in the mix for, but Keihn hopes to narrow his list in the next few weeks.
The Terps seem to be in good position with the Greyhounds standout, but they staff should get a better indication after Keihn trims his list.
Farther down the list at 90 is, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) offensive tackle Brock Ruble. The Stags standout trimmed his list to five: Ohio State, Florida State, North Carolina State, Tennessee, and Maryland, in the beginning of the month.
Ruble said he has built a good relationship with his recruiter Mike Locksley and was very complementary of his position coach Tom Brattan. The 6-foot-8, 300-pound Ruble, a former basketball player, is just the type of big athletic linemen the Terps desperately need to compete in the Big Ten moving forward. Ruble has remained patient throughout the recruiting process, and does not seem to be in much of a rush to make a decision anytime soon. Right now, Maryland is hanging with the big dogs for the local big man.
Ruble's teammate at DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.), JaWhaun Bentley, is number 116 in the East Region's Top 150. Bentley had narrowed his list down to Iowa and Maryland, however a source close to the Stags' standout says he may be holding out for another offer.
If that offer doesn't come through, expect Bentley to make a decision after he visits Iowa some time during the season.
Maryland also has its sights set on a third DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) prospect, 2014 wide receiver Chris Jones. Jones, who is ranked 120 in the Top 150, is more than familiar with the Terps program. His older brother, Troy Jones Jr. played for the Terps before transferring to a JUCO program.
The 6-foot-2, 173-pound pass catcher is well acquainted with Maryland's coaching staff, and likes the idea of staying close to home. Rutgers and Wisconsin are also pushing for the Stags' wide out. The hometown factor could make Jones a Terps lean, but it is still a very fluid situation.
The final Terp target in the East Region Top 150 players is: Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.) athlete Elliot Davis, who is number 130 on the list. Davis is one of the more peculiar recruits on Maryland's big board right now. The Terps were late to offer Davis, and now he seems to be looking for options elsewhere before making any decisions.
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Davis recently visited Maryland, and it seemed like a decision could be on the horizon. Now, things are not so certain. If the Terps' can make up for their late offer, Maryland could lock up the local corner.
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