Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football recruiting roundup.
The Spring Game Visitors
As of April 10, here are the recruits who have told me or my colleagues they are coming in for the April 11 spring game in College Park, Md. Per message board request, I will rank them in order of importance for UMD, followed by how realistic of a shot UMD has with each. I will also include brief blurbs regarding their recruiting situations in the latter breakdown.
Order of Importance
1. Isaiah Prince, OT, Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.): Elite local tackle; would be key to bring him in.
2. Quarvez Boulware, OG, Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.): Top O-line recruit at a program UMD wants to keep a pipeline to.
3. Aaron Crawford, DT, Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.): Big D-line beef is hard to come by. Won't be an easy pull, but this list isn't about the most realistic options.
4. Blake Camper, OT, Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.): Projects as a very good FCS OT; need those blindside blockers.
5. Ashton White, CB, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.): A potential shutdown corner, plus he's local and a friend of Damian Prince. Would be good to seal the deal.
6. Ellis McKennie, OG, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.): Elite local guard; a key target.
7. DeShawn McClease, RB, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.): Top talent, game-changing RB; would be a nice "get."
8. Ayron Monroe, S, St. John's (Washington, D.C.): You can find safeties, but Monroe is a local you don't want to lose – and he's very good.
9. A.J. Turner, RB, Centreville (Va.): Not quite as good as McClease but still very talented; would be a solid RB addition out of Virginia.
10. Wyatt Cook, LB, McDonogh: Top local LB target. Have to bring him in.
11. Denzel Conyers, CB, Butte C.C. (Oroville, Calif.): JUCO CB is big, physical and fast; always good to have potential lockdown corners.
12. Mbi Tanyi, OG, Bush (Dallas, Texas): Solid guard target; would be a nice addition out of Lone Star state.
13. Tremaine Edmunds, OLB, Dan River (Va.): Athletic LB who can rush the passer and drop back; a legacy recruit.
14. Trevor Brown, TE, Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.): Need a TE, and Brown looks the part -- and he's a local at a powerhouse program who wants in.
15. William Jackson, S, St. John's: Emerging safety recruit has elite size and athleticism; not quite at Monroe's level, but he's an intriguing local for sure.
16. Justin Skule, OT, Centreville (Va.): Under the radar OT who lacks a Terps offer; wouldn't be a bad addition should UMD miss on other guys.
17. Freddie Simmons, WR, Bethlehem Catholic (Bethlehem, Pa.): Fairly talented WR who lacks a Terps offer but has numerous FCS suitors. A big target who has some speed.
18. Rashad Blunt, WR, Creekside (Jacksonville, Fla.): Similar to Simmons, but from the Sunshine State. Has offers from Cincinnati, FAU, FIU and others like that.
19. Qaadir Sheppard, OLB, Iona Prep (New Rochelle, NY): No Terps offer but has solid film. There are other equally talented OLBs, but Sheppard wouldn't be a bad "get" if he wants in.
20. Eric Assoua, OLB, St. John's: See Sheppard above. Might be worth a flyer if Terps miss on other guys.
21. Rob Ennis, RB, Millville (N.J.): A solid if not spectacular RB. No UMD offer, but he's got some game. Wouldn't be a bad addition.
22. Alex Badine, CB, Erasmus Hall (New York, NY): Undersized CB who has some talent. Lacks Terps offer; may be a fallback option.
23. Kesean Strong, RB, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.): Has some speed and power; wouldn't be a bad change-of-pace RB. No Terps offer and may be more of a MAC type.
24. Kobe Marfo, CB, Quantico (Va.): He's OK; probably a fall-back option should UMD miss on other CBs.
25. Scottie Washington, TE, St. John's: Has the height but doesn't possess elite speed or bulk. If he picks up the wheels could be a worth a closer look.
26. Kareem McDonald, OLB, Wilson (Washington, D.C.): Talented local LB may be a better fit at MAC or lower D-I level.
27. Michael Caggiano, K, Manalapan (N.J.): He's a kicker, and reports are he's got the leg but isn't always consistent.
Where the Terps Stand With the Above
We'll include the guys who actually have offers or are projected to get them shortly first, and then list the others pining for scholarships. So, yes, a guy like Kareem McDonald would pop on the spot if UMD offered, but because he doesn't hold a scholarship he gets a lower spot on the list.
1. Denzel Conyers: The JUCO CB loves Brian Stewart, wants a shot to play at the FCS level (in the Big Ten no less) and is eager to visit College Park. Indicated a pop could be imminent.
2. Ellis McKennie: May only be a matter of time before he pops to UMD. Has been on campus multiple times -- including April 10 for a personal meeting with the staff -- loves Greg Studrawa, Randy Edsall and the program in general. He picked up an offer from Rutgers, but UMD is ringing true.
3. Ashton White: White, who just picked up a Temple offer, tipped his hand a bit in his latest interview. He seems to be warming up more and more to Maryland, although he is looking to take a few more visits. At this time he projects at UMD, however. Friend and teammate Damian Prince is on board, he likes representing his home state, he fits into Brian Stewart's defense and he has Mike Locksley in his ear.
4. Wyatt Cook: Latest interviews suggest he could follow his teammate McKennie to UMD. Wants PSU offer but probably won't get it. Terps are best option.
5. Isaiah Prince: Has UMD at the top of his list, maybe just ahead of Florida, PSU and Auburn. Values staying close to home and doesn't want to travel far.
6. Mbi Tanyi: Doesn't want to commit until after his senior year, but Terps are his best offer and he's highly intrigued by the program. Could eventually pop to UMD provided the Baylors and Texas A&Ms stay away.
7. Quarvez Boulware: Strong ties to UMD, loves Mike Locksley, has high praise for Greg Studrawa. Wants to take officials, though, and has FSU, Auburn and others in play.
8. Blake Camper: Has taken three visits to College Park now. Still wants to wait out the process and is pining for that Duke offer (his father's alma mater). Also just picked up a Northwestern verbal, which was big for him, and visited Wisconsin. But Randy Edsall and Co. have made a real favorable impression here, selling the school's academics first and foremost.
9. AJ Turner: Virginia RB has been on campus twice now and lauded the program. South Carolina and in-state schools involved, but UMD has a chance to separate itself after this visit since it can offer earlier playing time.
10. Ayron Monroe: Continues to collect offers and just pulled in Auburn last week, a school he'll probably check out. Recruiting is bound to ebb and flow, but right now UMD and PSU look to be in best position. More than a few feel the Nittany Lions are the leader.
11. DeShawn McClease: Prime contenders include UNC, Va Tech and UMD. The former two likely lead, but both UNC and Tech are loaded at RB and McLease wants to play. Maryland might be best option in terms of playing time.
12. Tremaine Edmunds: Intrigued by Terps and has been in contact with staff, but he has two brothers who went to Virginia Tech. Would be an upset if he chose another school.
13. Aaron Crawford: He does have high praise for UMD, but Virginia Tech and UNC may be his leaders. We'll know more after he visits College Park this weekend.
14. Rashad Blunt: Has said Terps are his No. 1 suitor and has been eager to visit the school for some time. He said he's visiting now because he expects to get an offer. If Maryland does decide he's worth a scholarship they could very well land him, but there may be some transcript issues here.
15. Trevor Brown: Wants in but lacks a Terps offer. ODU is only firm verbal so far, and that's a prime Wise destination. Rutgers, which he just visited, is also taking a look at him.
16. Kareem McDonald: Has Toledo offer. Wants in but doesn't have a UMD scholarship. Don't see him getting one at this time, either.
17. KeSean Strong: See McDonald above.
(Strong just picked up a Buffalo offer and holds Toledo, ODU and Buffalo verbals).
18. Kobe Marfo: Has been to Maryland before and loves the program. Lacks offer and is a fallback option.
19. Alex Badine: Eager to see Maryland and has high interest in the program. He does not hold an offer, however.
20. Freddie Simmons: Very interested in checking out Terps, but without an offer could be bound for Purdue or Rutgers.
21. William Jackson: Has checked out Clemson and Georgia but neither has offered. If Terps make a push they could probably work their way right to the top of his list.
22. Scottie Washington: Would probably pop to UMD if it offered, but we're not sure the Terps will pursue unless he shines at camp.
23. Eric Assoua: Likes the hometown school, but right now he's riding high on RU, which has offered.
24. Justin Skule: Has solid early interest in Terps but no scholarship. UVA has offered and he'll probably end up there barring another school making a strong push for him.
25. Qaadir Sheppard: Intrigued by UMD but no offer. Has verbals from BC, Syracuse, UMass and Rutgers and projects to end up somewhere in the Northeast.
26. Rob Ennis: Holds offers from Rutgers and Toledo. Doesn't project to get a Terps scholarship at this time, but would be interested if UMD pursues.
27. Michael Caggiano: Has expressed plenty of UMD interest and has visited College Park before, but may be more of a walk-on type. Rutgers may take a chance on him with a scholarship, but that remains to be seen.
Some Notable Omissions
There are several top Terps targets who will not be in attendance for the spring game for various reasons. Here's the latest on each (below this section I detail the Gonzaga situation, the Jersey linebacker situation and the quarterback situation, so look for the word on Nick Johns, Jabari Greenwood, Marcus Lewis, Richie Petitbon, Joe Giles-Harris, Jamie Gordinier, Kai Locksley, Joe Burrow, etc. beneath):
Deltron Sands, RB, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.): Sands continues to list Maryland as his No. 1 suitor ahead of Cincinnati, Wake Forest and Syracuse, but we get the feeling there may be some issues here (detailed in the previous Shell). He wanted to visit College Park this weekend but was unable to make it up. We'll see if he makes it to Maryland at some point this summer.
Jalen Christian, CB, Damascus (Md.): The cornerback/receiver was on the fence about attending, but the latest word is he won't be able to make the April 11 game. I wouldn't take that as a snub, however. Christian still has UMD firmly in play, along with South Carolina, Virginia Tech and a few others. Expect him back in College Park at some point.
Darnell Savage, CB, Caravel (Bear, Del.): Savage wanted to come but he's playing baseball at Caravel and has other commitments. We still like UMD's chances with him plenty. He's in close contact with Maryland receivers' coach Keenan McCardell, loves that the Terps are honoring his scholarship and likes the program's general direction.
Kareem Ali, CB, Timber Creek (Sicklerville, N.J.): Ali originally said he was coming to the spring game, but he backed out later in the week. Evidently he'll be visiting Rutgers followed by the Rivals camp in Jersey this weekend. Maryland still has a solid shot here, but it's not necessarily a good sign he was keener about attending a camp and taking in RU than making the trek down to College Park.
Will McClain, OT, Middletown (Md.): Maryland and West Virginia are his top two suitors at the moment, but it's early. McClain said he had other obligations and couldn't visit this weekend, though we expect he'll see CP again at some point this summer. He's still processing all this recruiting stuff, so it would be premature to make a call on his destination at the moment.
Dionte Austin, CB, Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.): Austin had other obligations and said he couldn't make the spring game April 11. Besides that, there's not much new with him recruiting wise, and he still has UMD and Wake Forest as the two schools standing out most.
Adam McLean, DT, Quince Orchard (Gaithersburg, Md.): The four-star plugger is visiting Penn State this weekend and has the Nittany Lions rated highly. Michigan State looks like the team to beat, however, with Ohio State and Nebraska also in play.
Jazzee Stocker, S, Coatesville (Pa.): Stocker wanted to visit UMD this weekend, but he relies on his coach for rides and Matt Ortega couldn't make it down. The Coatesville safety has been to College Park before, though, and has Maryland under consideration. But he claims no favorites at this time and said he's evaluating all his options. The "in" for the Terps here is 1) his teammate, Tyler Burke, a UMD signee, is in his ear; 2) College Park isn't far from his home; and 3) he likes Brian Stewart's defense and thinks he could contribute early. (article).
E.J. Donahue, OT, Linganore (Frederick, Md.): The Terps' commit said he couldn't make the spring game, but plans to be back in College Park plenty this summer. He insists he's solidly committed to UMD.
Hatton Recaps Visit
Last week we moved St. Joseph (Montvale, N.J.) center Tommy Hatton from "warm" to "hot" on the hot board, and this week you saw why. Hatton, who had already been at UMD twice previously, took an overnight stay in College Park last weekend and left gushing about the school. He called Greg Studrawa "unreal," lauded the linemen already in the program, heaped praise on Randy Edsall and Keith Dudzinski, and said he felt very comfortable on campus and around the team.
Hatton also has Boston College, which he visited a couple weeks ago, under consideration, along with North Carolina (no offer) and Penn State (no offer). He wants to make his decision by early July, and right now it looks promising for the Terps.
You can read what he had to say about Maryland HERE.
Is Gonzaga This Year's DeMatha?
I'm trying to stay as positive as possible here folks, but sometimes I have to call it like it is…
Last year, Maryland figured to have the inside track on a few DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) primetime recruits, but ended up not pulling any Division I targets (to be fair, most were not fits at UMD). This year, things are starting to look a bit bleak at a school a few miles down the road in Washington, D.C.
Gonzaga boasts four elite targets in quarterback Nick Johns, receiver Jabari Greenwood, guard Richie Petitbon and cornerback Marcus Lewis, who will soon transfer to IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). Earlier in the offseason, Maryland seemed to be in the pole position for Johns; one of Greenwood's top two or three suitors; right in the thick of things for Lewis; and had at least a punchers' chance for Petitbon.
Now, UMD's best chance at landing a Zaga star might be emerging cornerback Sam Morrison, who doesn't hold a Terps offer but has Boston College, Rutgers and Temple going after him.
Petitbon, of course, had long favored Alabama, and it was no surprise when he committed to the Tide last week. While he lauded LSU, Maryland and Penn State, he was absolutely effusive in his praise for Nick Saban and his program. It hurts that UMD wasn't able to secure a local legacy recruit whose last name is on the side of a College Park building, but the Terps' brand just isn't at the level multi-title ‘Bama's is yet.
As for Lewis, he seemed to be cooling on Maryland even before he announced his imminent shift to IMG. The physical corner has a likely top four of Florida, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State and mentioned that UMD "might" be running fifth.
Now, it's conceivable Maryland and Mike Locksley could make a charge here as Lewis does tend to be impressionable (Lewis could be attending the spring game April 11). But the fact that he's going to be in Florida all next year means the Terps won't be able to get him on campus regularly for those all-important personal meetings.
Right now, with friend and current Florida signee Jalen Tabor in his ear, and that he'll be attending high school in the Sunshine State, bodes well for a program like the Gators.
Greenwood, as I wrote last week, mentioned Kentucky, N.C. State, Rutgers and Michigan State as the programs standing out to him. Granted, he's given various lists to different reporters, but the fact that Maryland didn't jump into his head right away is disconcerting for Terps fans. Also, it doesn't bode well that he's choosing not to attend the UMD spring game April 11, especially since it's right down the street from him home.
I'm not quite ready to write Greenwood off, though. Both Keenan McCardell and Mike Locksley have done well here, and I think once they have him on campus again UMD could work its way back into the game. Greenwood just recently finished up a swing where he took in the likes of Ohio State, BC, Michigan State, Kentucky and N.C. State, so those programs have had a chance to divert attention away from the hometown program. It's recruiting, remember, and there's a ways to go before Greenwood comes to a decision.
Last but not least, the quarterback Johns. The three-star gunslinger was riding about as high on UMD as you could get without committing following a February junior day, but those feelings may be subsiding a bit. He told me previously it didn't really bother him that Maryland was looking at taking two 2015 quarterbacks, but he said otherwise to another reporter earlier this week.
Virginia, which he just visited, let Johns know he's "their one guy" in this class, and that seemed to sit well with him. The D.C. product thoroughly enjoyed his Charlottesville, Va., stay, and it wouldn't surprise me if he popped to the Cavaliers this July, which is when he wants to make his decision.
N.C. State, another school Johns took in, has also offered. But at this point, unless there's a drastic change, I don't see him ending up in Raleigh, N.C.
Johns' prohibitive favorite, Penn State, which is his father's alma mater, would figure to be his destination should it offer. But while Johns will be in State College, Pa., this weekend looking for that scholarship, I'm not sure he'll get it. Not with PSU going hard after Brandon Wimbush (St. Peter's/Jersey City, N.J.) and a few other cream of the crop triggermen.
Could Maryland turn things around here? Sure, if they get Johns back on campus and let him and his father know how much he's valued, UMD could easily jump back on top for Johns. But right now he looks to be UVA's to lose.
More Quarterback News
While we're on the subject of quarterbacks, there is some news regarding Maryland's other 2015 targets.
Gilman's (Baltimore, Md.) Kai Locksley visited Auburn last week and should be at Florida State this weekend. As expected, the four-star has made the rounds this offseason, most recently taking in UCLA, Miami, AU and FSU, with Oregon coming up later this month.
But, as we've been saying, we still like Maryland's chances with Mike Locksley's son. No, he won't be at UMD's spring game, but expect him back on campus a few times this summer for personal visits with Randy Edsall and the like. When Kai Locksley makes more cuts later this offseason, UMD should be in his top five.
Out in Midwest territory, offeree Joey Burrow (The Plains/Athens, Ohio) was supposed to be at Maryland's spring game April 11. However, he said he was unable to make the trip out due to other circumstances that arose. But Burrow did mention he was still "very interested" in checking out College Park and is trying to set up another visit sometime this summer.
Burrow, who recently added an offer from Virginia Tech, visited Ohio State last weekend, but the Buckeyes did not pull the trigger. Barring an offer from an OSU or a Michigan, Burrow seems to be favoring either West Virginia or Cincinnati, two schools he's visited. That said, until he realizes his full compliment of suitors and takes all his desired trips we can't make a definitive call on his destination.
If Burrow does follow though with a College Park trip, however, Maryland could very well leave its mark. It already has the offense (zone read) and conference (Big Ten) going for it, both of which Burrow favors.
Another quarterback on the radar, current USC commit David Sills (Eastern Christian/Elkton, Md.), visited College Park, WVU and PSU last week before heading out to California to see the Trojans this week. He has trips to Alabama and Mississippi State planned for the weekend.
While Sills does like Maryland and the fact it's close to home, we don't see him ending up in College Park. It's no secret Sills is looking around and probably won't stay committed to USC (recall, he committed there when Lane Kiffin was the coach), but at the moment he seems to be favoring Michigan, which he visited in March, and Penn State. PSU hasn't offered yet, but MU has; in the end it wouldn't surprise me if he ended up in the Big House.
A fourth intriguing option, Barnegat (N.J.) signal caller Cinjun Erskine, added an offer from Colgate to go along with UMass and Miami. At this point, we're not sure the Hurricanes' offer is committable as Erskine projects more an Ivy kid than an FCS gunslinger. Rutgers, the hometown favorite, may take a chance on him, but unless he shines at a Maryland camp I don't see him getting an offer.
Maryland's two Jersey linebacker targets (we're not counting Barnegat's Manny Bowen), Joe Giles-Harris (St. Joseph/Montvale, N.J.) and Jamie Gordinier (Red Bank Catholic/Red Bank, N.J.), remain firmly in play for the moment.
Giles-Harris is about as wide open as can be and is still processing all the offers he's accumulating. His most recent came from Iowa, and he now holds verbals from the Hawkeyes, BC, Duke, Illinois, UMD, NC State, Northwestern, ODU, Rutgers, Syracuse and Temple. He has already visited RU, Maryland, N.C. State and BC and has Northwestern and Illinois coming up soon.
His Terps recruiter, Keith Dudzinski, has left an impression here and it wouldn't surprise us if UMD pushed its way to the forefront before it's all said and done (especially since his teammate, Tommy Hatton, is a prime target as well). But, again, Giles-Harris is in no rush to make a decision, and I get the feeling he's still waiting for the likes of Michigan State or PSU (not going to happen) to pull the trigger.
Gordinier, meanwhile, was scheduled to take his first College Park trip this weekend, but had to back out due to transportation issues. He said he wants to reschedule and take a personal visit down at some point this summer, however.
An academic-minded kid, there are those who believe he'll ultimately end up at Northwestern (he visited there April 2-4) or Duke, but the Terps are right in the running as well. Gordinier has plenty of respect for Randy Edsall and his education-first message, as well as Dudzinski, so we'll see where the Terps stand once he's able to see the school.
... And a Virginia Backer
Dominion (Sterling, Va.) linebacker Chad Smith, who has long held a Terps offer but never showed much interest, committed to prohibitive favorite Clemson. Smith had visited CU multiple times and seemed to favor the Tigers from the outset, so this was no surprise at all. Smith would have been a tough pull for UMD even if he had visited, which is unfortunate because he's the kind of player the team needs. Smith is tough, fast, physical and hits like a truck. He'll do well in the ACC the next few years.
Another O-Line Target Off the Board
Petitbon wasn't the only Terps' offensive line target to commit elsewhere last week. David Robbins (Glenelg, Md.) popped to Florida State just a couple weeks after visiting Tallahassee and raving about the program. He'd been favoring FSU for some time, and while he had UMD under consideration, we got the feeling Robbins wasn't all that thrilled with staying home for college.
Was this a big loss for Maryland? Well, not as big of a loss as Petitbon, but it's never a positive when local recruits you offer, especially at positions of need, head elsewhere. Robbins may not project as a top-flight guard -- he could get buried on FSU's depth chart -- but he's a good player, a hard worker and a high character individual.
Meanwhile another local lineman, Levon Livingston (Ballou/Washington, D.C.), committed to Kentucky last week. Livingston looked the part, but he said the Terps never showed more than lukewarm interest. Livingston, a raw but athletic tackle, also had offers from WVU and N.C. State.
A third lineman I had on the hot board, Ryan Bischoff (Plymouth Whitemarsh/Plymouth, Pa.), just committed to UVA. The Terps showed some interest earlier but never pulled the trigger on an offer.
Top Dawg Breakdown
I did make my way down to Chantilly, Va., in order to cover Donnie Zimmerman's Top Dawg combine last weekend. While most of the talent was Division I-AA caliber, there were some potential UMD recruits there.
In the 2015 class, Contrelle Simpson, a cornerback from Lackey (Indian Head, Md.), could get a late look along the lines of Antwaine Carter last year. In other words, if UMD needs a cornerback right before Signing Day, Simpson wouldn't be a bad option.
Meanwhile, Briar Woods (Ashburn, Va.) guard Chase Brown is a big body who has FCS interest. Expect him to get some play during the May evaluation period and perhaps secure a couple offers if he shows standout senior film.
The two names worth watching, however, are underclassmen. James Green (Forestville, Md.) is a sophomore corner who said he's already heard plenty from UMD. His coach, Charles Harley, believes Green is a surefire FCS kid, so keep your eyes open.
And Douglass (Upper Marlboro, Md.) freshman outside linebacker Marcus Bowman is the read deal, according to his coach, JC Pinkney. Bowman started almost every game as a freshman and already looks like a rising junior or senior.
You can read the article HERE.
Other News and Notes
Defensive end Neville Gallimore (Canada Prep/St. Catherine's, Ontario) picked up offers from Pittsburgh and Wisconsin last week and now holds verbals from the likes of UMD, Wisconsin, Pitt, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Nevada, Rice, UCLA, Cal, USF and Wake Forest, among others. Gallimore still hasn't set any firm visits yet, but indicated he'd like to check out UMD, Pitt, Minnesota, UCLA and Cal.
Local 2015 corner Kareem Montgomery (McDonogh) recently told colleagues Maryland had been showing increased interest. On top of that, he said if he secured a Terps offer he'd "commit on the spot." However, I'm not sure UMD makes a push at this time.
A potential elite 2016 recruit, Red Bank's Eddie Hahn, visited Maryland and UVA last week. Hahn figures to procure offers from both, and given the Terps' high activity in Jersey, he will be a prime UMD target. The safety/quarterback said he had a great time in College Park and has early interest in the program, so at least the Terps are making a favorable early impression. We'll see where it leads down the road. (article)
Tight end Jake Pickard (Millburn, N.J.) just added a major offer from Nebraska and now holds offers from the Huskers, BC, Cincinnati, Louisville, Purdue, Rutgers, Temple and UVA. Maryland still hasn't verbaled, and I'm about to remove Pickard from the hot board at this point.
Terps defensive end target Austrian Robinson added an offer from Temple and now holds verbals from the Owls, BC, Maryland, ODU, Rutgers and Syracuse. He has visited RU and BC and is trying to get down to UMD at some point this offseason.
Hopewell (Va.) outside linebacker Darrell Taylor picked up a Nebraska offer and now holds verbals from UMD, NU, Illinois, Iowa, UNC, Purdue, UVA, Va Tech, ODU and others. He did visit College Park and has some interest in the program but we don't project him to be a Terp at the moment. The in-state programs and UNC lead right now, and we'll see what impact the Huskers verbal will have on him.
I removed a pair of cornerbacks from the hot board last week, John Kelly (Oak Park, Mich.) and John Reid (St. Joseph's/Philadelphia, Pa.). Kelly, recall, claimed a Terps offer but I'm not sure it was ever firm. He's been talking up the Midwest programs recently, and that's where we see him ending up, perhaps at Michigan State or Minnesota.
As for Reid, he did visit College Park, but he seems to be looking at the "name" programs like Florida, LSU, Stanford, UCLA and USC, in addition to PSU, Notre Dame and Bama.
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