Welcome to the next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland gridiron recruiting roundup.
The Quarterback Carousel
As the quarterback carousel turns…
Maryland is back in position for Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) gunslinger Nick Johns. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound three-star was thought to be favoring Virginia following a trip to Charlottesville a couple weeks back, but Johns trekked over to College Park, Md., for a personal visit April 18 and apparently hit it off with the staff.
While speaking with head coach Randy Edsall and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, Johns learned the second quarterback UMD is looking to bring in likely wouldn't be an elite triggerman. Johns relayed that the coaches told him he was Maryland's No. 1 guy and had made him a priority.
That message obviously hit home with Johns, who expressed skepticism before the trip, because he believed the Terps were taking two primetime gunslingers while UVA made it clear it was taking just one.
Moreover, Johns continued to harp on how well he fits well into UMD's zone-read scheme. Johns is a dual-threat and has made it no secret he would like to use his legs as well his arm. And after watching current UMD quarterback C.J. Brown do just that last year, the Gonzaga signal caller knows the Maryland coaches will give him that chance (recall, UVA runs a pro-style system).
Johns wants to end the recruiting process by early to mid-May, and right now he holds just the three offers from UMD, UVA and N.C. State. It's conceivable North Carolina, Duke, Pittsburgh, Miami or even Penn State could get involved and throw things off, but at the moment Johns insists he's focusing on his three main suitors (and really only UVA and UMD). Currently, we like Maryland's position and believe he could be the Terps' top signal caller in 2015.
You can read what Johns had to say HERE.
If Johns pops to Maryland, it almost assuredly means Kai Locksley (Gilman/Baltimore, Md.), the son of Mike Locksley, won't be coming to College Park. I'm sensing Kai Locksley -- who released a top 10 of Miami, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Texas, Maryland, Ohio State, Oregon, Ole Miss, Florida State and Baylor -- may not be keen on playing in the hometown pressure cooker. And based on his recent comments, he seems infatuated with some of the national programs that have offered.
Locksley recently called Florida State and Auburn his leaders, and since then mentioned that Texas and Oregon are firmly in play, and Baylor could be as well. The Gilman quarterback has already visited FSU and AU, and just saw the Ducks for the first time last week, noting that he'd like to return to Eugene at some point. He also figures to see Texas and Baylor during the summer.
Now, Locksley will return to College Park May 15 and has said the Terps are firmly in the running, but I'm not so sure that trip is going to make a huge difference. If the Maryland staff really did let Johns know he was "their guy," then it's unlikely Kai Locksley will walk away from the visit ready to be a Terp. This is an "either/or" situation between Johns and Locksley, and with the Gilman gunslinger unlikely to commit before the fall, and Johns set to pop by May or June, the ball is in the Gonzaga signal caller's court.
You can read some of Locksley's most recent comments HERE.
Those two are the main focal points, but there are a few other quarterbacks still in play here. Joe Burrow (The Plains/Athens, Ohio) probably won't come to Maryland if UMD takes Johns or Locksley, but his father, who is the defensive coordinator at Ohio U, insists his son is still looking to visit College Park. It's possible Burrow could make the flight out later this spring or in the summer, so it's a situation worth monitoring. Let's see what other offers Burrow procures and how he reacts to Nick Johns if/when he pops. At this point, though, I could see him at West Virginia, which he's visited, or possibly Cincinnati.
In other quarterback news, Maryland did just offer Pinnacle (Phoenix, Ariz.) triggerman Brian Lewerke, a nationally-rated guy with offers galore. But Lewerke committed to Michigan State April 19, and had Arizona State as the Spartans' main competitor. Moving on…
There are a few under-the-radar quarterbacks out there who might eventually fit into Maryland's plans as that next guy. Ryan Adzima (Wallington, N.J.), who holds no offers, told me UMD visited his school April 23 and will be watching him throw at the Elite 11 combine April 25. In addition, the Terps want him to camp in June, which Adzima plans to do.
Another option to keep an eye on is Alex Hornibrook (Malvern Prep/Malvern, Pa.), who has an offer from Akron and interest from several regional programs. Maryland has been active in Malvern, and I'd expect the Terps to at least have Hornibrook down for a camp to see if the 6-4, 200-pounder is worth taking a flyer on.
I did recently scratch Barnegat (N.J.) quarterback Cinjun Erskine from the hot board, mainly because I get the sense he's Ivy League bound. Erskine claims offers from Colgate, UMass and Miami, but I'm not sure the Hurricanes would accept a commitment. Perhaps if the Terps make a push Erskine will give UMD a look, but from everything I hear he's an academics first kid who would jump at the chance to earn an Ivy degree.
There are bound to be other names that surface later in the game and during the summer camp months, but those are some names to keep an eye on for now.
In 2016 Quarterback News…
While we're on the subject of quarterbacks, a few local 2016 gunslingers have generated some news early in the game.
At Bullis (Potomac, Md.), Dwayne Haskins, a 6-1, 182-pound dual-threat, picked up his fourth offer from Nebraska, his biggest verbal to date. He now claims early offers from the Huskers, in addition to Arizona State, SMU and Utah. Maryland has been keeping tabs on Haskins, and I'd expect UMD to offer at some point, perhaps this summer after a camp or after the staff sees junior film.
Haskins does have interest in the hometown school, so if Maryland pursues it could be in solid position down the line.
Another nearby quarterback, Douglass' (Upper Marlboro, Md.) Devin Butler, has early interest from Maryland but no firm offers yet. Butler said area recruiter Mike Locksley had been through the school during the winter and returned during the evaluation period, relaying to his coach that UMD would be watching him closely. Butler, maybe even more so than Haskins, has plenty of Terps interest and would love to secure a hometown offer.
A third guy to watch out for is Bishop McNamara's (Forestville, Md.) Ramar Williams, an unpolished but athletic dual-threat. He may not end up playing quarterback at the next level, but the 6-0, 170 pounder has plenty of qualities (speed, athleticism, playmaking ability) recruiters target.
Hatton Back to "Hot"
While some are writing St. Joseph Montvale (Montvale, N.J.) center Tommy Hatton off following his South Carolina visit and subsequent offer, we still think Maryland has a real chance here.
Yes, Hatton absolutely loved Columbia and came away beaming about Steve Spurrier's program. Yes, he said the chance to play in the SEC was huge. And yes, he loved the South Carolina coaches and their reputation for developing linemen.
So why are we giving UMD a legitimate shot to pull Hatton in when he's ready to decide later this summer? Because the Terps have been on him the longest (of the schools he's seriously considering); now have line coach Greg Studrawa; have left the most favorable impression on his parents; and have a strong education -- all of which are ringing true with the Jersey recruit.
Hatton does get impressed, but he's actually a savvy kid, who, once he steps back and observes from afar, takes a rather thoughtful approach. He has a terrific relationship with Terps' recruiter Keith Dudzinski, loves Studrawa's methods, and really bonded with the current players during an overnight College Park stay. Plus his parents both have his ear as well, and each of them are Randy Edsall fans.
So, are we saying Hatton will end up a Terp? Well, there's still a little while before Hatton decides, and it's possible North Carolina, a longstanding favorite, could offer and sway him. It's also possible the chance to play in the SEC is just too good to pass up and Hatton pops to the Cocks. But we do like what Maryland has done here, and we think the Terps' message could hit home in the end.
Monroe Still in Play… and Other Safety News
When St. John's (Washington, D.C.) safety Ayron Monroe visited and was offered by Penn State, we thought it was only a matter of time before he committed to the Nittany Lions. He returned from State College, Pa., about as high on PSU as could be, lauding head coach James Franklin, the school's tradition and the campus. Then, after attending Maryland's spring game, Monroe didn't exactly come away raving, mentioning only that he enjoyed watching his brother, Andre, in action.
But it's been a couple weeks now and Monroe is still uncommitted. The fact he refrained from popping to PSU bodes well for the Terps, as it likely means Monroe is really mulling his options before making an early decision.
Monroe's family and coaches are UMD backers, and it's entirely possible they've been in his ear, giving the St. John's safety plenty more to ponder. Also, Monroe has been back in contact with the Maryland staff since the spring evaluation period began, and the vibe is that Mike Locksley and Co. have made up whatever ground UMD may have lost to its Big Ten neighbor to the north.
Monroe isn't close to making a decision, however, so let's see how the summer months go before forecasting a destination. For now, though, the Terps are firmly in play and one of the top contenders.
At rival DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.), Tyler Green added an offer from Indiana, and his prime suitors are now IU, Maryland and N.C. State. Ohio State, Nebraska, Purdue, Wisconsin and Michigan, among others, were also through DeMatha and will be keeping tabs on him.
Green has gone relatively quiet lately with track season on-going, but he continues to pump up both UMD and NCSU. He's been in College Park numerous times, has ties with the Maryland coaches and is comfortable on campus. State, meanwhile, signed former Stags end Deonte Holden last season, and the edge rusher has been in Green's ear.
It's still early for Green, though, and he's bound to secure even more offers. We'll have to see what scholarships he hauls in, and where he chooses to visit, before predicting where he'll be playing college football.
Down in Texas, Terps target Jameel Cook (Ridge Point/Missouri City, Texas) visited Missouri last week and said the school did leave an impression. Cook, who holds offers from UMD, Missouri and Colorado, didn't rave about the trip, however. He continues to speak highly of UMD and said Terps assistant Keenan McCardell has been in close contact for a good while now.
In the coming months Cook said he'll visit College Park for the first time, though finances might preclude that from happening. If he can't make it this summer, expect him to take an official at some point.
Cook has already seen Colorado and Mizzou, and Miami, Florida, Florida State and Texas A&M visits are on the radar, though not set in stone. He may also return to Mizzou later this summer if time allows.
Remember, if a school takes a chance on Cook's "brother," running back Remus Bulmer, it could very well land the Texas safety (the two are very close). Maryland is the only program that's really given the undersized Bulmer any sort of look, but it hasn't indicated an offer is forthcoming. If the Terps really want Cook, though, maybe they take a chance on the Ridge Point running back as well.
If not, Maryland could still be in good shape. Cook genuinely seems interested in the school and has a deep rapport with McCardell.
A final safety note: Ayron Monroe's teammate at St. John's, William Jackson, just received his first three offers from ODU, UConn and N.C. State. Maryland knows all about him and could offer if he camps at UMD. Jackson isn't going to make an early decision, so the Terps have some time here. He certainly has all the physical qualities you want in an FCS safety, and I'd expect UMD to pounce at some point this offseason.
More O-Line News
I was able to catch up with Middletown (Md.) lineman Will McClain last week on his spring break (which he spent in Washington State). McClain recently added an offer from Rutgers and now has RU, UMD, WVU, JMU, ODU and Temple under consideration. He's also receiving looks from Miami, Clemson, FSU, PSU and others.
McClain has remained steadfast in his assertion he's wide open in his recruitment and won't begin to formulate strong opinions until he takes more visits. To this point he's still only seen College Park and Morgantown, W.Va., and wants to get up to Rutgers, PSU and Clemson (where his former teammate Justin Falcinelli signed), among others.
But early on McClain does like Maryland and has the Terps firmly in play. He enjoyed his February junior day, likes line coach Greg Studrawa and said he appreciates Edsall's education-oriented message. We'll see how it plays out.
You can read what he had to say HERE.
Over at nearby Linganore (Frederick, Md.), current Maryland commit E.J. Donahue has had several major programs come through to speak to coach Rick Conner about him. Florida State, Penn State, Wisconsin, Nebraska and others have been in, and we could see all of them eventually offering, despite Donahue's torn ACL (Wisconsin has already offered).
Donahue did say he'd welcome any suitor that was willing to take a look at him, but he insisted that didn't mean he was wavering on his UMD commitment. Donahue has maintained a close relationship with the Terps and continues to reiterate his love for the program. UMD fans are understandably skeptical following last year's Jared Cohen incident, but I'm not sure Donahue is the type to jump ship (although nothing surprises me anymore).
Moving over to Baltimore County, at McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.), Ellis McKennie is getting plenty of attention this spring. He still has the same two offers from Maryland and Rutgers, but Stanford, PSU and others have been through. McKennie doesn't want to rush things, and I do expect him to check out Rutgers and a few more schools, but we still believe UMD is in the pole position right now.
McKennie has bought into Edsall and the Terps, has a rapport with Keith Dudzinski, and is very comfortable in College Park. He'll enjoy the recruiting process, but we think he could pop to UMD at some point this summer.
In Greenbelt, Md., at Eleanor Roosevelt, four-star tackle Isaiah Prince just added an offer from Nebraska and finally claims a double-digit offer list. Prince has maintained a top four of Maryland, Florida, Auburn and PSU -- with UMD the current front-runner over No. 2 Florida -- but it's early and there's a long way to go in this one.
Nebraska could very well get involved, and it's likely other prominent suitors will emerge as well (Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Florida State and others have been through Roosevelt). Prince hasn't taken any visits outside of College Park, and he said he'll need to see the Floridas and Auburns of the world before he can truly name a legitimate set of favorites.
Even so, we continue to like Maryland's position, because Prince really does value his family. He strikes me as the type of kid who loves familiar surroundings and wants his relatives nearby.
Finally, in D.C., Friendship Collegiate's Quarvez Boulware is talking up Wake Forest now, and has UMD, Auburn, UNC and Penn State in play. The Wake interest is not entirely surprising considering it offered not too long ago, he enjoyed his visit to Winston Salem and the Deacons' coaches have been in his ear. But we don't see Boulware ending up at Wake -- not with some of the other suitors he has on the table.
Boulware did visit Penn State not too long ago and came away impressed with State College. I could see the Nittany Lions being a viable suitor should they make a push. But the Terps have done well here what with Locksley heading the recruiting, and we're sure once Boulware returns to College Park (he hasn't been in a bit since he missed the April 11 spring game), he'll be singing UMD's praises again.
Of course, Boulware is nowhere close to committing and will drag this one out to next January or February, so expect his recruiting to ebb and flow. Florida State, Clemson, PSU, Auburn and others all figure to get longer looks over the next few months.
One final note: I'm about ready to write off Hylton (Woodbridge, Va.) tackle Matthew Burrell. The four-star has always spoken highly of Maryland and did visit College Park, but he's been fawning over the name programs lately. Burrell was just at Ohio State and practically fell in love with the place, while Penn State left quite an impression as well.
Running Backs Notes
Running back Deltron Sands (St. Thomas Aquinas/Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) once again reaffirmed his intentions to commit to Maryland. Sands, who claims scholarships from UMD, Syracuse, WVU, Wake Forest, Cincinnati and Western Michigan, reiterated that he'd announce for the Terps right after his spring game May 24.
We've reported on Sands several times, and after checking in at Aquinas, we do think the Terps have made a legitimate offer and will accept his commitment. We'll find out May 24 if that's definitely the case, but right now this looks promising for UMD.
In Virginia, Centreville (Clifton, Va.) running back A.J. Turner just saw his profile grow leaps and bounds when he added offers from Ohio State, Miami, Clemson, Wisconsin, UConn and ECU in a two-day span. He added Nebraska on April 24 to boot. Turner already held scholarships from Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Duke, and has been receiving interest from Florida, FSU, Michigan State, Tennessee and others.
Turner said he hasn't had much time to completely process all the new verbals yet, but admitted he'd probably check out the likes of Florida, Miami, Michigan State, Ohio State and North Carolina in the near future.
The Centreville back has talked plenty about Maryland, which he's visited twice, but we get the sense UMD may be losing traction here. Turner said before his recent offer binge that UMD may be sitting behind UNC, South Carolina and UVA in the pecking order, and now he has even more options to consider. We'll see if Maryland can turn things around; Turner has no plans to commit anytime soon so there's a lot that can change.
A third running back target, DeShawn McClease (Oscar Smith/Chesapeake, Va.), was supposed to visit College Park April 12, but was unable to make it up. He still hasn't been on campus, though he said he still wants to see the school later this spring or in the summer. The early favorites are UNC and Virginia Tech, with the Hokies perhaps catching his eye, but the Terps would figure to have a shot should McClease follow through with a trip.
Timber Creek (Sicklerville, N.J.) cornerback Kareem Ali remains steadfast on his top five of Maryland, Florida, West Virginia, Michigan State and North Carolina. Ali is currently trying to set up a College Park visit, and we should know more once he finally does make it down to campus (he backed out of two previous attempts). But we do think UMD is in good position here, with UNC in the thick of things as well. That said, Ali is not close to making a decision and he's been known to change his mind, so we'll see if the Terps continue to trend.
Meanwhile, Darnell Savage (Caravel/Bear, Del.) said Boston College and Cincinnati have been through the school and could offer at some point this offseason. Savage has verbals from Maryland and Temple, and we still believe UMD will be his ultimate destination unless the staff decides to back off. Savage is in no hurry to commit, though, and may wait until mid-fall to make any kind of commitment.
Down in Texas, three-star corner William Lockett (Manvel, Texas) is in the process of setting up a College Park visit. He has had a Terps offer -- along with Houston, Michigan State and Indiana -- for a couple months and said he and UMD recruiter Keenan McCardell stay in touch regularly. Lockett has taken to McCardell's message about the school and the Maryland defense, and has connections to the Maryland area, so he's eager to trek East.
Lockett did say Michigan State is his early standout, but we think UMD is firmly in play. He wants to have his decision made by August, so we'll see if he gets up to College Park later this spring or in the summer.
You can read what Lockett had to say HERE.
In Kansas, Maryland is apparently monitoring JUCO cornerback Wesley Bailey (Coffeyville CC/Coffeyville, Kans.). Bailey holds early offers from Iowa and North Texas, but he said assistant Chad Wilt indicated UMD would be giving him a look. If Wesley does follow through with a proposed Maryland visit, he could very well get the verbal then. And if the scholarship's on the table, well, anything can happen.
Locally, Bishop McNamara's (Forestville, Md.) Ashton White said Maryland, Clemson and Penn State have been in to see him this spring. He claims scholarships from UMD, Kentucky, Ohio State and Virginia Tech, and is bound to secure more this summer. He continues to talk up Maryland, though, and we like the hometown team's position at this point.
Another under-the-radar local, Thomas Stone's (Waldorf, Md.) Trey Lee, picked up his first offer from Army and could be on the verge of snagging ODU. Lee said UMD has been in touch and through the school, though we're not sure a strong push is coming.
Darrell Taylor, OLB, Hopewell (Hopewell, Va.): Taylor picked up five huge offers from Michigan, Miami, Florida, Missouri and Tennessee and will undoubtedly give each consideration. He added the Vols, Hurricanes, Tigers, Wolverines and Gators to a growing list that includes UMD, Illinois, Iowa, UVA, UNC, Purdue, Nebraska, Virginia Tech and others. Taylor visited Maryland and is intrigued by the school, but the thought here is that Va Tech, UVA and UNC are three current standouts, with others like Michigan, UT or UF working into the mix. Carolina, in particular, has caught his eye following a recent visit there.
Wyatt Cook, LB, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.): Cook added an offer from Purdue to go along with Maryland, ODU, Toledo and Virginia. UMD is in solid shape here, but Cook, like his teammate McKennie, is going to take his time and see what offers come in. Cook is receiving plenty of ACC and Big Ten attention, so we'll see what he's thinking after more verbals are extended and following a few more visits. He plans to hit the road again this summer.
Jamie Gordinier, Red Bank Catholic (Red Bank, N.J.): Gordinier picked up an offer from Nebraska and has verbals now from NU, UMD, BC, Michigan State, UConn, Duke, Miami, Northwestern, ODU, Pitt, WVU, Wake Forest, UVA and Temple. The Jersey backer is still mulling his options, but Keith Dudzinski has done well here and Gordinier is trying to make it back to College Park. However, Northwestern has caught his eye, Michigan State is firmly in play, Duke has his ear and it's likely he'll give Nebraska a look now too. We'll have a better idea where Gordinier stands later this offseason.
Eric Assoua, LB, St. John's (Washington, D.C.): Assoua secured an offer from Boston College and now holds verbals from BC, Rutgers, Toledo and Western Michigan. RU seems to be standing out, though Assoua said he's hoping the hometown Terps pull through. UMD is a constant presence at St. John's and has been through to check on him, but we're not sure an offer will come without a standout camp and/or solid senior film. Maryland could get involved down the road -- if Assoua doesn't commit elsewhere first.
What's Up With the JUCOs?
For the first three years of Randy Edsall's tenure at Maryland, the Terps sniffed around the junior college ranks but never really dived in full force. Mainly they looked for a player or two late in the process to fill a need, such as Silvano Altamirano.
But this year the Terps have taken a 180-degree turn, as both Brian Stewart and Chad Wilt have been actively scouting community colleges. Stewart had been in California, and last week Wilt was all over Kansas, another state with prominent JUCOs. Some of the prospects they're looking at are discussed in other sections of this Shell.
So, why the change in philosophy? With UMD heading to the Big Ten, Maryland knows it's going to need already-developed beef in order to hang with the big boys. Some of the more developmental linemen types like a Sean Christie or a Brett Kulka aren't going to be physically ready just yet, and UMD has to have depth guys who can hang. The best college football teams can plug in and rotate quality players all along both lines, and Maryland obviously feels the best way to find it is in the junior college ranks.
The TT Spring Tour: Good Counsel
I started my spring tour in Olney, Md., where I caught up with head coach Bob Milloy and assistant Kevin McFadden, two good guys we've known for years. I expect Good Counsel to be competing for WCAC titles again in the not-too-distant future as the Falcons' 2016, 2017 and even 2018 crops are packed with up-and-coming talents.
I get the feeling the Terps will take a pass on the 2015 class, however, with defensive end Darius Fullwood still lacking a UMD offer and receiver Myles Robinson not generating much Maryland interest.
Fullwood will likely make his decision soon, and after talking to him Ohio State looks to be in a favorable position if it's ready to take him, while Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Michigan State and Miami are also in the game. Robinson, meanwhile, continues to be in touch with Michigan State and Virginia, and MSU could eventually be his destination.
Now, onto the 2016 guys. The No. 1 name you need to know here is Keandre Jones a safety-turned linebacker who will be a top 100 recruit in next year's class. A strapping, athletic and fleet-footed phenom (not to mention highly intelligent and humble), Jones holds early offers from Maryland, UVA and Penn State with many more to come.
Jones already has a strong relationship with UMD and has been in College Park a few times. Moreover, he grew up a Maryland fan and has Falcons-turned-Terps Wes Brown and Stefon Diggs hyping the hometown school. We'll see if all of that continues to resonate as his profile grows.
The next 2016 guy to watch for is Izon Pulley, a 6-foot-4, 220 pounder with interest from Maryland, Michigan State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Nebraska and others. Pulley doesn't hold any early offers, mainly because he didn't see the field much last year, but he looks the part and could see his stock skyrocket next offseason.
Class of 2016 running back Jonathan Lee, whose twin, Josh, is a GC linebacker, should also see an interest uptick this fall. Lee only had a few carries in 2013, but he's a well-built back with power and 4.5 40-yard dash speed. Expect UMD to give him a long look.
Cornerback Travon Stott is a track guy with great speed, and he should catch many an eye in 2014. He stands 5-10, 160 pounds, which isn't bad for a corner, and flashes the necessary skills (loose hips, solid breaks, makeup speed) needed to succeed at the FCS level.
In the 2017 class, pay attention to a pair of wideots, 6-3, 190-pounder Ayinde Eley and 6-1, 172-pounder Malik Davis. I'm told both are quick-twitch, athletic specimens who project as FCS recruits. Also, the coaches tell me quarterback Travis Naanen, who is already 6-3, 180, will be the real deal and could be the best pure gunslinger GC has featured.
TT Spring Tour: Gonzaga
Conrad Singh is the potential/likely head coach at Gonzaga, taking over for Aaron Brady, who moved on to Malvern Prep (Pa.). Brady's move may actually help the Terps at talent-laden Malvern, which this year features defensive end Ryan Buchholz (Penn State); lineman Hayden Mahoney (Miami); quarterback Alex Hornibrook; and linebacker Trevor Morris. Maryland and Mike Locksley had a good relationship with Brady at Gonzaga and I expect that continue at Malvern with Terps assistant John Dunn.
As for Singh, he's already very familiar with Maryland after having been the offensive coordinator at Gonzaga for three years. He told me he has "a ton of respect" for UMD and knows Mike Locksley well. This should bode well for the Terps down the road.
As for the Gonzaga recruits, I already discussed Nick Johns above and did this video interview with him April 24: INTERVIEW.
Basically Johns is 50-50 between UVA and UMD, but the feeling is Maryland holds the edge here.
With receiver Jabari Greenwood, he just announced a top five of Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan State, Kentucky and N.C. State. He refused to tip his hand with which of those programs are popping out a bit, however, and he won't know for sure until he returns for visits.
Greenwood was just at Kentucky for a second time and was highly impressed by the Wildcats' offense and coaches. But he wants to compare their system to that of UMD, Rutgers, N.C. State and Michigan State. So, he's planning on taking in summer workouts and each of his four remaining suitors and then coming to a decision in late July or August.
It's still too early to make a call, but for Terps purposes just know that Randy Edsall, Mike Locksley and Keenan McCardell have done well here. They've worked UMD back into the game.
Maryland really isn't sniffing Gonzaga's other 2015 guys. Cornerback Sam Morrison said he hasn't been in touch with UMD and will likely commit to BC, Rutgers or Georgia Tech at some point this summer. Running back Reggie Corbin, meanwhile, has a couple lower level Division I offers on the table but hasn't heard much from the Terps either.
In the 2016 class, the two main targets are linebackers Kyle Taylor and Landan Word. Taylor, a 6-1, 230 pounder, holds an early offer from Iowa, which is where his brother, Myles Taylor, just signed.
Word is a Virginia legacy recruit (his father, Barry Word, was a running back for the Cavs) who already holds a UVA verbal. Word basically called the Hoos his dream school, and it wouldn't shock me if he committed to them very early next year.
Another 2016 name to monitor is Nasheed Bridgeman, a 6-3, 290-pound defensive tackle. He holds no early offers but will get looks.
Finally, in the 2017 class, Coach Singh said guard Johnny Jordan will be special. A 6-2, 280-pounder, Singh thinks he could be another Richie Petitbon.
More News & Notes
Rashad Blunt, WR, Creekside (Jacksonville, Fla.): Blunt, who visited Maryland for its spring game, said Terps assistant Keenan McCardell is coming to see him and has been in close contact. The Florida receiver believes UMD could be "very close" to offering. If so, expect the Terps to be in solid position for Blunt, who holds offers from Cincinnati, FAMU, FIU, Tulane and Middle Tennessee State. Blunt will be visiting a bunch of southern schools (in addition to Cincinnati and a possible return to UMD, this summer) so we'll see what interest he draws after that. Blunt has his sights set on a number of high-profile programs, but they probably won't offer. The Terps just may pull the trigger, however, and UMD could very well end up being his destination if he impresses the staff enough.
Elijah Robinson, CB, Montclair (N.J.): Robinson visited College Park with his teammates April 23 and said Maryland is showing him more interest. He doesn't hold an offer yet, however, and apparently the staff is still monitoring him. Robinson already holds verbals from UConn, Rutgers, Michigan State, Nebraska, Rutgers, Temple and UVA, with NU, RU and MSU running in front. The Terps may have work to do if they decide they want Robinson.
Austrian Robinson, DE, Trinity-Pawling (Trinity, NY): Robison picked up his 10th offer from Purdue. He now holds offers from UMD, BC, ODU, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Wake Forest and others. He still is highly interested in Maryland and wants to visit College Park soon.
Jeremiah Ledbetter, DT, Hutchinson CC (Kans): This JUCO tackle was once an Oklahoma State pledge. He now holds offers from Florida, Georgia, Arkansas, South Alabama and Miami, and said Maryland could be close. But based on his comments he has his attention focused on Big 12 and SEC programs. He is originally from Florida and wants to stay close to home when he enrolls in a four-year school.
Kevin Murphy, DE, East SHS (West Chester, Pa.): A burly plugger with offers from UConn and Cincinnati, Murphy has seen plenty of schools stream through East SHS this spring. Maryland was one that checked him out, though we're not sure a push is coming. We'll see if he visits/camps in College Park and then go from there.
Nolan Borgersen, WR, Westwood (Washington, N.J.): Borgersen said the Terps were in to see him and he plans to return to College Park for a camp. He was at a Maryland junior day in February and said UMD had been in touch since then. However, he'll have to run well at the one-day to seriously be considered for an offer.
Channing Hames, DE, Bishop O'Connell (Arlington, Va.): Hames added a Purdue offer to a list that already included BC, UVA, UConn, WVU, ODU, Temple and Wake Forest. Maryland is still kicking the tires some here, but we get the sense they aren't going to make a strong push unless Hames impresses at a camp.
Jake Pickard, TE, Milburn (N.J.): We scratched Picakrd from the hot board last week, and we'll keep it that way even though the Terps were in to see him. Pickard talked up UVA following a visit there and has Rutgers and BC on tap. The feeling here is he'll end up at Purdue, another favorite, or maybe a Northeast school like BC.
David Rysklik, DT, The Peddle School (Hightstown, N.Y.): Rysklik said Maryland had shown interest in him, and he was supposed to visit for a junior day but never made it to College Park. He did just pick up two offers from Cincinnati and Yale to add to Duke and Temple. If he camps at UMD the Terps could get involved, but unless that happens I'm not sure Maryland pursues.
Myles Wolfolk, CB, Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.) (2016): We told you this 2016 corner would blow up, and it's already begun. He just picked up offers from Clemson, BC and UConn this week, and will secure even more as the spring moves along. I'd expect Maryland, which knows about him and was in the school April 22, to make a move during camp season after he's visited College Park.
This Week's Hot Board Scratches
Jonathan Holland, DE, Bullis (Potomac,Md.): Holland has offers from Nebraska, Indiana, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Wake, UVA, Georgia, Illinois, NC State, Rutgers, BC and Temple, but Maryland has yet to pull through. He's supposedly close to popping to Penn State, so we'll scratch him.
Jim Jones, LB, Godby (Tallahassee, Fla.): Jones said Maryland was showing solid interest last month, but he's gone quiet and hasn't added to his offer list since picking up a South Florida verbal. He hasn't indicated he'll be visiting College Park anytime soon, either.
Myles Robinson, WR, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.): See above in the Good Counsel section. Maryland seems to have other priorities at receiver.
William Harris, LB, Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallington, Conn.): Harris said the Terps were tracking him a while back, and the interest was mutual as the linebacker wanted to check out the school. But Harris told me he hasn't had contact with UMD in some time and has been in touch mostly with BC, Penn State and Pittsburgh. I could see him ending up at BC, which has offered.
Hunter Littlejohn, OL, Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio): Littlejohn had some Terps interest in March when the UMD staff contacted him, but he's focused on Midwest programs. He has offers from Indiana, Purdue, BC, Cincinnati and Akron, with interest from Louisville, Duke, WVU, OSU and others in the Midwest. Indiana, a school he's seen twice, could be his destination. He wants to decide on a school this summer.
Louis Csazar, OL, Bethlehem Catholic (Bethlehem, Pa.): He's mainly generating Division I-AA interest and told me he hasn't had much contact with Maryland since attending the February junior day.
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