Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football recruiting roundup.
TT Spring Tour: DeMatha
Although I was able to catch up with many of DeMatha's (Hyattsville, Md.) star recruits at the NFTC combine in Clifton, Va., I wanted to visit the school to really get a gauge of Maryland's position with the program's headliners. Not since Kenny Tate have the Terps pulled in a Stags' star, and there's various theories floating around why that is.
The Maryland coaches have certainly shown DeMatha plenty of love recently, hosting them every summer for team camp while inviting the players out to games/junior days en masse. On top of that, the Terps' No. 1 recruiter, Mike Locksley, is responsible for Stags prospects, and the kids have all raved about him.
Former DeMatha coach Bill McGregor and current Stags' headman Elijah Brooks have both offered up plenty of Terps praise right here on Terrapin Times, and I'm inclined to believe Brooks -- despite some comments he made a couple years ago in the Washington Post that have since been smoothed over -- would love for his guys to stay local.
So, what is it then?
Is Hyattsville just too close to College Park and the kids want to experience something different? Are there outside forces pushing the recruits away from home? Does DeMatha's Nike affiliation play a role? Is the fact UMD hasn't been a consistent winner a major factor? Are the facilities, which aren't at the level of an Ohio State or Penn State, causing recruits to look elsewhere? Is it the fanbase, the stadium, the area, etc.?
It's hard to pinpoint exactly, but it's probably a combination of some of those factors, differing is each individual case.
Case No. 1 is the Stags' top 2015 recruit: safety-now-cornerback Tyler Green. Green currently holds offers from Maryland, Virginia, NC State, Indiana and Hawaii, and while he likes the Terps, he has his eyes set on Ohio State. He said the Buckeyes have been in close contact, and if they offer following a visit, well, Green's recruitment might just end in Columbus, Ohio.
Why would Green, who the Terps have been after since last year, immediately pop to OSU given the opportunity? The Buckeyes are glamour. The Buckeyes are glitz. And, most importantly, the Buckeyes win. A lot. (INTERVIEW).
If UMD can't turn Green, there is one other 2015 DeMatha prospect the Terps might pursue. Tight end/outside linebacker DeAndre Kelly holds a Toledo offer and is pining for a UMD verbal. If he does well in camp this summer, Maryland might make a run there and should be able to secure him.
But the main focus for UMD's purposes has to be DeMatha's star-studded 2016 crop. You know the names by now: Outside linebacker/defensive end Shane Simmons; offensive tackle J.P. Urquidez; running back Lorenzo Harrison; receiver Tino Ellis; and tackle Terrance Davis. (Cornerback Darryl Turner, who is coming off an injury, is also worth keeping an eye on down the road. He said Maryland is giving him a look.)
Right now, almost all of the above names like Maryland quite a bit. Urquidez, who currently resides in Texas, is a special case as he isn't from the area. UMD has offered him, but it would take one colossal effort to get Urquidez in the fold.
Urquidez's good friend, Shane Simmons, will also be a tough get considering the Stags' headliner is a 20-offer recruit with his eyes set on Alabama, LSU, Auburn, OSU, Florida State and the like. Simmons and Urquidez would like to go to school together, and that may ultimately give the SEC or Texas schools a leg up. But Simmons does have much Terps love and has developed a rapport with Locksley. UMD jumped on Simmons his freshman year, and he's been on campus several times, so we'll see if the hometown school can make a run. (STORY).
Ellis (offers from UMD, UVA, Va Tech, ODU, WVU and Rutgers), meanwhile, has had a Maryland verbal since last year and continues to insist the Terps are right in the game for him. West Virginia may have caught his eye some given that he envisions himself as a Tavon Austin type, but Ellis definitely likes Stefon Diggs and Maryland too.
Harrison (offers from UMD, Hawaii, ODU and UVA), meanwhile, just picked up a Terps verbal and seemed genuinely thrilled about it. The chance to play in the Big Ten and contribute early are major pluses for this 5-foot-9 dynamo. It's early, though, and Harrison indicated there are plenty of other schools looking to involve themselves in his recruitment. (INTERVIEW).
And the lineman Terrance Davis said he too has Terps on the brain since Maryland was the first school to offer him. The guard/tackle now holds verbals from UMD, Illinois and Kentucky, while intent on adding more Big Ten and SEC scholarships, but the local school has made an early impression.
Also watch out for elite 2017 running back Anthony McFarland. A 5-8, 185-pounder with legitimate 4.3 40-yard dash speed (officially tested at a combine), he already holds offers from FSU, Clemson, WVU, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Expect Maryland to jump into the fray shortly. McFarland is from District Heights, Md., and knows Taivon and Levern Jacobs, so there is some early Terps' connections there.
But now the question is, Can the Terps close the deal with some of these rising stars?
TT Spring Recruit Tour: Gilman
While Maryland hasn't had much success at DeMatha recently, the Terps have been able to pluck a pair of Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) recruits in Shane Cockerille and Kenny Goins. UMD has missed on a couple prime Greyhounds targets, namely Micah Kiser (Virginia) and Melvin Keihn (Virginia Tech), but the Gilman staff is fans of Randy Edsall and Co.
We're just not so sure that growing camaraderie is going to convince Gilman's top class of 2015 recruit to stay home for college. Yes, four-star quarterback Kai Locksley told me the Terps are firmly in play and will definitely be in his top five, along with Florida State and Auburn (the official top five could be released in the next couple weeks). And yes, Locksley visited UMD May 15 and came away talking up the Terps. Yes, he has a terrific relationship with the staff; he said he wouldn't mind playing for his father, offensive coordinator Mike Locksley; and he said he likes the idea of representing the state of Maryland.
So, why is it we're still not feeling Maryland as his ultimate destination? Call it a hunch, call it a vibe, call it reading between the lines … just not feeling it. Auburn, FSU, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, Oregon or maybe a Baylor could be more likely destinations at this point. (INTERVIEW).
As for the rest of Gilman's 2015 crop, there are a few names to monitor as camp season and the regular season rolls on. It's possible the Terps could take flyers on safety Robert Branch, safety Alonzo Mayo or slot/returner Jelani Roberts.
Branch currently holds offers from Georgia Tech, Boston College, Rutgers and Army and has been hearing from numerous FBS programs during the evaluation period. Maryland has done its homework on him, and Branch said the Terps are in contact. If UMD pounces, Branch indicated he'd definitely be willing to listen. But he'll probably have to show strong senior film to garner more Maryland attention.
Mayo (5-11, 180) isn't quite at Branch's level, holding one offer from Charlotte. He's received some looks from regional schools, but I'm not sure I see a Terps push on him at this time.
Roberts, though, is an intriguing specialist in the DeAndre Lane mold. This kid stands only about 5-8, but as a return man he plays the Road Runner role to the coverage unit's Wile E. Coyote. We're talking legitimate sub-4.4 40-yard dash giddy-up. He currently holds offers from Navy and several I-AAs, but perhaps when he shows off those wheels at UMD's camp the Terps will pull the trigger. Maybe Maryland will even be able to grab an on-the-spot commitment -- just as they did with Lane a couple years back.
Gilman's 2016 class is really where it's at right now, though. There are at least five BCS-caliber recruits in that bunch, and by the time the class graduates there should be double-digits prospects who sign Division I.
While the Greyhounds always have their share of skill guys, it's the linemen that make the 2016 crop special. It boasts that rare beef that brings in recruiters from all over the country.
Defensive end/tackle Devery Hamilton is 6-6, 260, with offers from Maryland, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and South Carolina, and more are bound to pile in. Hamilton had praise for the hometown school and has been on campus for junior days, but we'll see what develops as his offer list expands and he begins to visit other schools.
Playing next to him on the line is fireplug Ellison Jordan (6-2, 250), who is like a hyped up, Energizer Bunny version of Andre Monroe. Jordan has verbals from Maryland, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and Virginia Tech, but schools from the Big Ten, SEC and ACC are showing the love. Like Hamilton, he will be a national recruit by this time next year. Jordan is one of those kids who can't say enough about the programs pursuing him, so he's a tough read right now. He seems to favor some of the power schools, however, and that might make him a difficult pull for UMD.
On the offensive side of the ball, tackle Stephen Spanellis (6-6, 290) just added a Terps offer to go along with Michigan State, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. Spanellis has been to College Park, had plenty of positive comments about the program, and believes UMD is moving in the right direction. But it's way too early to gauge his true interest in the program.
Two skill guys to watch out for are the running back tandem of Antonio Dupree (6-0, 205) and Dorian Maddox (5-10, 205). Dupree already has scholarships from Ohio State, West Virginia, Virginia and Michigan State, with others about to pull through. He's a pure power back with speed to boot, and he's the type of kid who can hit the hole, drag defenders and pop out the back end. The Terps should be on him in short order.
Maddox is a shiftier runner and doesn't quite have the power-speed combination Dupree does. He holds one offer from Charlotte, but he'll pick up more during camp season and after his junior film is released.
Some other Gilman 2016 recruits who will receive their share of looks include linebacker Shamar Shanks (he said UMD was in touch), cornerback Korey Stevens (5-10, 170), tight end John Fitzgerald (6-3, 205), lineman James Lotz (6-3, 270) and lineman Stuart Keehner (6-4, 260).
Think 2016 is loaded? Well, Gilman's 2017 class already features two primetime phenoms in quarterback Kasim Hill and defensive lineman Cam Spence. Hill has the potential to be one of country's best before it's all said and done, while Spence will be a known name as well. These are two special, special talents.
More Spring Tour: Eastern Christian Academy
Scout's Rachel Klein made it over to Eastern Christian (Elkton, Md.) for a workout last week, and the Honey Badgers once again feature a number of talented recruits. Offensive lineman Jamie Herr and safety Vashon Tucker were supposed to be 2014 prospects, but a few issues led them to reclassify to 2015. While both are FBS caliber (Herr committed to WVU last year and Tucker had UCLA on the table), neither are considered prime Terps targets for various reasons.
The other recruitable 2015 prospects include quarterback David Sills, a current USC commit; outside linebacker Malachi Felder; receiver Jonathan Lumpkin; lineman Shamar Hardin; running back Jahmee Ballard; receiver Devon Russell; receiver Elisha Sewell and linebacker Jacob Atkinson.
Of those, the Terps seem to be pursuing the quarterback Sills and the outside linebacker Felder, though only the former holds a firm offer. Sills has given UMD some cursory love, but we don't feel it's enough to include him on the hot board. He probably won't end up at Michigan now that Alex Malzone (Brothers Rice/Bloomfield, Mich.) is committed there, but Sills has other options, including Mississippi State, West Virginia and possibly Alabama with former USC coach Lane Kiffin there (Kiffin recruited him to USC). Perhaps UMD can get involved, but we just haven't gotten a great Terps vibe from him at this time.
Felder, meanwhile, holds a Syracuse offer but said UMD has shown solid interest. Terps assistant Keenan McCardell apparently likes him, and Felder indicated an offer could be on the table later this offseason. Maryland would seem to be a solid fit for the standup rush-end, and if the Terps pursue, Felder could very well listen. Stay tuned.
In ECA's 2016 class, the early name to know is national recruit Dele' Harding, who holds initial verbals from USC, Tennessee and UMass. This 6-1, 230-pound linebacker hits like a load of bricks and can cover sideline-to-sideline. He has some Terps interest early, but he won't be an easy pull as his profile grows.
Maryland lost a pair of prime local targets when St. John's (Washington, D.C.) safety Ayron Monroe popped to Penn State May 10 and Damascus (Md.) slot Jalen Christian verbaled to South Carolina May 15. While both had hinted they'd be making summer decisions, the fact each commitment came so early is a strong indication the old squeeze was in play.
Monroe was basically deciding between Penn State and Maryland, and while he almost committed to the Nittany Lions following a visit to State College, Pa., we thought the Terps had gained ground when he failed to do so. The Terps probably did narrow the gap -- harping on the hometown movement, the chance to play with his brother, Andre Monroe, and the like -- but ultimately it wasn't enough to mitigate James Franklin's allure.
Monroe's PSU commitment may have been inevitable, but the feeling here is Penn State had other safety targets in mind who were ready to pop. It's possible they let Monroe know if any of them jumped on-bard there wouldn't be a spot left for him in Happy Valley.
The same situation probably played out with Jalen Christian and the Gamecocks. Christian gave absolutely no indication he was ready to commit, and he insisted he had to take summer visits before deciding on a school. But when South Carolina -- a school that intrigued him from the jump -- landed its third receiver recruit in Dexter Neal in mid-May, well, Christian probably saw the writing on the wall. He chose the Gamecocks over Maryland, Kentucky, Wisconsin and West Virginia, and it's likely UMD sat either second or third on that list. The Terps and assistant Chad Wilt did well here, but Christian wanted the chance to play in the SEC for Steve Spurrier.
It hurts to lose a pair of talented locals, especially a legacy recruit whose brother is on the team and who currently attends an Under Armour school, but it is what it is. Moving on.
Defensive Line News
A number of Terps defensive line targets generated some news last week. Here's the rundown:
Mbi Tanyi, Bush (Sugar Land, Texas): Perhaps it was inevitable, but following Tanyi's visit to Houston May 9 he said the Cougars and his longtime No. 1 suitor, Maryland, were "50-50." Tanyi, who also holds an offer from LA Tech, lauded Houston's staff; success in Conference USA; pharmacy program; and academic-oriented message. At the same time, Tanyi insisted UMD, which he visited for a junior day, is right in the thick of things. He harped on the Big Ten move, his relationship with area recruiter Keenan McCardell, Randy Edsall's overall view, and the school's academic reputation.
Tanyi originally said he wanted to choose his college destination by late spring or the summer, but now he might push that date back into the fall. The reason? He wants to visit both Houston and UMD officially, and said he's particularly interested in how Maryland performs in the Big Ten. For now, we'll leave him as "warm" on the hot board, though the fact Houston is so close to Tanyi's home might help the Cougars' chances. (STORY).
Wes Annan, Lake Forest Academy (Lake Forest, Ill.): Maryland looks to be in solid initial position for this Illinois product, who sports a 3.6 GPA. The Terps were Annan's first FBS offer, and he heaped praise on recruiter Chad Wilt; the school's direction; and the strong academic reputation. Annan is set to visit College Park June 1 for a camp, and he did indicate he could commit "if it feels right."
But Annan also just received Syracuse and Rutgers verbals and should be visiting the ‘Cuse June 23 and RU around the same time. He is also receiving interest from Duke, Northwestern, Indiana, Illinois and others, and wants to see if he can secure those scholarships following one-days.
Annan, who also holds offers from Ball State, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and several Ivies, would like to have his college decision wrapped up by August, so let's see what transpires after camp season. Unless there's a change of heart, though (and that's always possible. See Tanyi, Mbi), we do like UMD's position given its strong push and education-first message. (STORY).
Keiron Howard, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) This recent Maryland offeree visited College Park along with his mother May 12, and he left saying the Terps were "right there" for his services. Howard's mother was impressed with head coach Randy Edsall and the school's academic support, while the big Potomac defensive lineman talked up defensive line coach Chad Wilt. The vibe I got from Howard is he genuinely likes being near his family, and that could ultimately push him to UMD. He also has a budding rapport with his recruiter, Mike Locksley, and Howard said Maryland's "stay home" message is resonating.
Howard does hold other offers from Buffalo, Marshall, ODU, Temple and Tennessee, but he said he hadn't heard from the Vols in awhile. That leads us to believe the UT verbal may not be committable, though he and his team are set to visit Knoxville (along with Georgia) this summer. If Tennessee does put the firm scholarship out there, Howard could very well take it while on campus. If not, well, he could be UMD's to lose -- provided there's not another emerging suitor that catches his eye (he said Iowa was close to offering). (STORY).
Aaron Crawford, Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.): We never felt all that great about UMD's chances with Crawford, even after he said he "had a great time" following a College Park junior day. Late last week I had to scratch him from the hot board after he announced a final three of North Carolina, Virginia and Boston College. No need to get into specifics here, but basically he felt comfortable on all three campuses, connected with the staffs and believed he fit well into each of their schemes. A decision is imminent, but Crawford did say he wants to visit each of the trio one more time -- with UNC up first this weekend. UVA, which has new commit Nick Johns (Gonzaga/Washington, D.C.) in Crawford's ear, could be in prime position, though a pop to UNC isn't out of the question either.
Deonte Reynolds, Contra Costa C.C. (Contra Costa, Calif.): This JUCO defensive tackle has offers from Maryland, Arizona State, Boise State, Tennessee and Kansas State, with Miami, UCLA, USC and other Pac-12 programs showing interest. It's way too early to forecast Reynolds' destination, but he did say UMD and ASU were pushing the hardest for him, and he wants to visit both schools this fall. We're inclined to leave Reynolds "cool" on the hot board, however, until his full complement of offers is realized. We also would like to see if he actually follows through with the proposed cross-country official.
Micah Dew-Treadway, Bolingbrook (Ill.): Maryland extended an offer to Dew-Treadway, and the 6-3, 270-pound three-star indicated he could visit College Park this summer. Terps assistant Chad Wilt made some in-roads here and seems to have Dew-Treadway's attention. But at the same time, Dew-Treadway has visited Purdue twice and loves the Boilermakers; is high on nearby Indiana and Illinois; has Wisconsin firmly on the radar; and is pining for offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Iowa. He is not going to be easy to pry from the Midwest, but if he makes it to campus the Terps have a shot.
Neville Gallimore, Canada Prep (St. Catharines/Ontario: Gallimore hit the 20-offer plateau this week when Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Miami extended scholarships. Besides an ever-expanding profile, Gallimore remains status quo and is looking forward to numerous visits this summer. Maryland, as he's indicated several times, should be one of them.
Jamal Milan, Al Raby (Chicago, Ill.): Milan earned a Terps offer May 15 and now holds verbals from UMD, Syracuse, Illinois, Bowling Green and Northern Illinois. The Midwest DT was thrilled when the Terps pulled through and said the verbal "really made my day, I have a lot of interest in Maryland." Milan, who has a rapport with Chad Wilt, is set to visit College Park this summer. But there are other programs involved, and Syracuse is a prominent player. Indiana, Purdue and Missouri have been in touch as well. We'll see what happens after this summer and he finishes his tour through the Midwest and to select East Coast schools.
Jon Bateky, Poolesville (Md.): Bateky just picked up a Navy offer to go along with Boston College, Rutgers, Western Michigan, WVU and ODU. He previously said Maryland was showing some interest, but he'll likely have to shine at camp to garner more serious attention. At this point he seems a bit lukewarm about the Terps and is instead focused on visiting RU, WVU and BC in June. At this point, he's probably bound for one of those three programs.
Running Back News
Deltron Sands, Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.): For the last two months Sands has said his commitment to Maryland is imminent. I spoke to him again this week just to make sure he still wanted to follow through with said verbal. Sands replied succinctly and bluntly that, yes, he did plan to announce for the Terps May 24, right before his school's spring game. He has been in touch with his Maryland recruiter, Lyndon Johnson, and said the conversation with UMD is on-going.
Sands did listen to overtures from Syracuse, and then West Virginia, but he told me he's all in for the Terps. He hasn't visited College Park, Md., yet, but that doesn't seem to be preventing him from popping. We'll see if he follows through, but at this point he looks like he'll be UMD's next 2015 commitment.
DeShawn McClease, Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.): One of Maryland's main running back targets will be visiting College Park May 23, which will be his first time on campus. He seemed genuinely excited about the trip and the chance to meet several current players and coaches. McClease currently has Maryland in his top three, along with Virginia Tech and UNC, and there is a shot UMD could resonate following the trip.
But it's way too early for Terps fans to get their hopes up. McClease will trek to North Carolina right after UMD, and he'll undoubtedly return to presumptive favorite Virginia Tech as well. McClease also said he has no plans to commit until after the fall, which gives other programs plenty of time to jump into the fray. We'll see if Maryland can maintain its position and perhaps convince McClease he'd have a shot to shine early in the Big Ten.
Remus Bulmer, Ridge Point (Sugar Land, Texas): Recall, Bulmer is the 5-foot-6 teammate of prime Terps safety target Jameel Cook. The two, who consider themselves brothers, indicated they'd love to play together in college and said whichever FBS school gives them that opportunity would become the favorite.
Bulmer currently holds no offers, however, while Cook has continued adding to his list. Maryland seemed to be the only team showing interest in both Cook and Bulmer, but the Ridge Point running back said he hadn't heard from UMD in awhile.
I get the feeling now both are resigned to the fact they won't be playing together at the next level. Cook seems infatuated with his new Arizona State offer and is hoping the Texas programs get involved, while Bulmer is still hoping to scratch out his first verbal.
For Terps purposes, Bulmer isn't the main concern, however. Cook is the prime target, and it seems like he may not be quite as high on UMD as when he first received the verbal.
Taylor Boose, Centreville (Clifton, Va.): Maryland probably is out of the running for Centreville's No. 1 back, A.J. Turner, but evidently the Clifton, Va., school has another back generating interest. Boose holds offers from Cincinnati, Nevada and some I-AAs, but Vanderbilt, Boston College, Rutgers and Maryland have been keeping tabs. Boose said BC might be closest to offering next, though he also mentioned Cincinnati is the front-runner right now. If the Terps are truly intrigued they could probably work into the game, but at this time they may have their sights set elsewhere.
More News & Notes
Kelvin McKnight, WR, Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.): McKnight picked up a Maryland offer May 15 to go along with FAU, FIU and Troy. He is highly interested in UMD and lauded the school's communication and sports management programs, Under Armour affiliation, Big Ten shift and coaching staff. He's already been to College Park (his team played Gilman in Byrd last year) and plans to return this summer. McKnight doesn't want to claim early favorites, but UMD looks be in solid position early. West Virginia, Temple, ECU and a few others could get involved, so we'll see what happens. (STORY).
McKnight wants to make an August decision and will be trekking to a few schools this summer. He isn't sure which programs he'll be taking in, but he's sure he wants to return to Maryland. Stay tuned.
Amir Ealey, LB/TE, Coatesville (Pa.): One of the Terps' more recent linebacker targets, Amir Ealey, returned to College Park May 12 and said the trip was "an eye opener." Ealey, who also holds offers from Cincinnati, UVA, WVU, Syracuse, UConn, Cincinnati and Rutgers, has UMD in his upper-tier after meeting head coach Randy Edsall, touring the campus, and learning about the school's academics. But Ealey has many visits ahead, including SU, UVA, WVU, Cincinnati and possibly Michigan State. Virginia is in solid shape early, and if MSU extends a scholarship he could wind up there. Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, PSU and Indiana have been in touch, and several of them might offer at some point. Ealey has no plans to commit until after the season, so his recruiting is bound to ebb and flow.
Chris Garrison, TE, Lawrence Academy (Groton, Mass.): Maryland extended an offer to Garrison last week, and the Massachusetts tight end indicated he'd like to visit College Park and find out more about UMD. Duke, which also just verbaled, is a school he'll be checking out as well.
But the vibe from Garrison is he's leaning towards the school that's been on him the longest: Boston College. BC has hosted him multiple times, the coaches are constantly in touch, and it's close to his home. Garrison also wants to make his college decision in June, which doesn't give him much time to visit other interested suitors. The feeling here is he might just pop to the Eagles and be done with it.
Blake Camper, OT, Cox (Virginia Beach, Va.): Miami was the latest school to offer this Terps offensive line target. Camper now holds verbals from UM, UMD, NC State, ECU, Northwestern, Rutgers, UVA and Marshall. We still feel the Terps are in the thick of things for Camper, though Virginia, which he's visited four times, may be on the brain; Wisconsin is a school that's caught his eye; Miami is now in play; and Rutgers is also involved. Camper is trying to pick his school by late summer, so let's see if Maryland can get him back on campus.
Juwuan Briscoe, CB, Thomas Stone (Waldorf, Md.): Briscoe, who holds offers from Maryland, Clemson, NC State, ODU, Rutgers, West Virginia and Toledo, is set to visit the Wolfpack and Tigers this weekend. He indicated he might not return from his Carolina travels uncommitted. Clemson has been the favorite from the outset, and the feeling I got is he could very well end the recruiting process in Death Valley. Briscoe visited UMD and does like the hometown school, but he seems infatuated with CU.
Darnell Savage, CB, Caravel (Bear, Del.): Savage recently picked up offers from Delaware, Monmouth and Bucknell to go with Maryland and Temple. This longtime Terps target told me he's still riding high on UMD and plans to return to College Park for a personal visit this summer. He does want to see what schools show interest after he releases senior film, but UMD is in solid position here. We still think after it's all said and done Savage opts for the Terps -- unless something drastic happens with his recruitment. Savage seems like a kid who values loyalty, and he appreciates how UMD stuck with him even after his season-ending broken femur.
Xavier Nickens-Yzer, S, Centreville (Clifton, Va.): Nickens-Yzer has one offer from ECU and said Maryland might be next. He'll likely have to camp at UMD before securing a verbal, however, so we'll see if he makes it to a Terps' one-day. He's set to camp at Va Tech and Miami, two more interested schools, and it wouldn't surprise us if he made the drive to College Park as well. Nickens-Yzer is a name worth monitoring this summer.
Rashad Blunt, WR, Creekside (Jacksonville, Fla.): Blunt added offers from Miami of Ohio and Toledo to go along with Cincinnati, FAU, FIU, Tulane, Temple, UAB and others of that ilk. Maryland continues to show interest, and Blunt said the Terps will visit Creekside May 19. If UMD does indeed offer, Blunt could very well opt for Maryland. Remember, he visited College Park for a junior day and called the Terps his No. 1 choice. He indicated he'd likely commit if given the opportunity.
Zach Gentry, QB, Eldorado (Albuquerque, N.M.): Gentry has been off our hot board for a good while, but he was a top Terps target. But the four-star just committed to Texas May 12, so for all intents and purposes he's off UMD's board now too. The ramifications here are that Kai Locksley, would had the Longhorns in his top 10, probably won't be heading to Texas for college.
Madison Akamnonu, OT, Bowie (Arlington, Texas): Maryland offered this rising star Texas tackle, but we'll see if they can gain any momentum here. Akamnonu claimed a top three of Kansas State, Missouri and Texas Tech last month, and since then he's added even more significant verbals, including Texas, Mississippi State, Nebraska and Oklahoma. He's indicated he'd like to play at a Big 12 or SEC power.
Deondre Francois, QB, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.): Francois picked up a Terps offer, to go along with about 25 others. He is set to pick between Auburn, Oregon, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State before July. Yeah, not feeling this one...
Some 2016 News & Notes
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Bullis (Potomac, Md.) (2016): The state of Maryland's top 2016 quarterback prospect, Haskins was recently dubbed the "hottest recruit in America" after landing around 20 verbal offers during the spring evaluation period. The national programs (Ohio State, FSU, Florida, Notre Dame, etc.) have already caught his eye, but Haskins does have the Terps in play for now. He visited College Park with his parents May 11 and said he had a great time talking to Randy Edsall and Mike Locksley. But we'll see how much that resonates as he's set to visit OSU, FSU, UF, WVU, Virginia Tech and others this summer. The Buckeyes may be the team to beat early.
Brendan Ferns, LB, Saint Clairsville (Ohio) (2016): This 2016 recruit added a Maryland offer to go along with Cincinnati, Kentucky, NC State, Ohio, UVA and WVU. He's a national recruit who figures to blow up this summer and fall, so he won't be easy for UMD to attract. Ferns did say he was honored when the Terps became his first Big Ten offer, and he does want to learn more about the program, but we'll see what he's thinking later in the game. It's worth noting that Ferns' brother, Michael, is a Michigan signee.
Nick Conner, LB, Scioto (Dublin, Ohio) (2016): Maryland also offered this 2016 linebacker out of Ohio, but we're not sure the Terps will gain much traction with Conner. He's a four-star, claims almost 20 verbals to date, and seems to be favoring the Midwest programs early.
Cary Angeline, TE, Downingtown East (Exton, Pa.) (2016): A touted 2016 tight end, Angeline is set to visit Maryland and Virginia this weekend. But this 6-6, 230-pounder has a growing offer list and it's going to be hard to pull him out of Pennsylvania with Penn State already on him.
This Week's Hot Board Scratches
Ayron Monroe, S, St. John's (Washington, D.C.): See above.
Jalen Christian, WR, Damascus (Md.): See above.
Aaron Crawford, DT, Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.): See above.
Sam Morrison, CB, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.): Maryland knew about Morrison from recruiting Gonzaga, but the Terps never made much of a push. Morrison holds offers from Rutgers, Temple, Duke and Buffalo, and an RU pop may be imminent here shortly.
Darrell Taylor, OLB, Hopewell (Va.): Taylor has given several interviews since his offer explosion, and he doesn't mention Maryland anymore. Taylor did visit College Park a couple months back and showed some interest, but since then other programs have caught his eye. In-state Virginia Tech is still considered a favorite, and Ohio State could vault to the top of his list should it offer.
Alex Badine, CB, Grand Street High (Brooklyn, N.Y.): Badine said UMD had been showing solid interest following a junior day visit, but he hasn't heard much since. He still may camp in College Park, but we're not feeling a Terps push here. He has one offer from UConn, and that might be his ultimate destination.
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ATH Pennix Thinking Big Ten EarlyAn update on 2018 athlete Trent Pennix (Sanderson/Raleigh, N.C.).
TerrapinTimesYesterday at 4:37 PM
Great Maryland experience for Va. ILBChesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith inside linebacker Keshon Artis attended Maryland's junior day this past weekend and came away impressed.
Scout FootballYesterday at 9:50 AM
S Faustin Just Getting Started, Has UMD OfferSammy Faustin (Naples, Fla.) is taking the recruiting process a bit slower than most high-level prospects. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior safety has offers from schools in the Pac…
TerrapinTimesSunday at 10:46 PM
DT Thomas Talks Up First Maryland TripOscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) is one of the foremost football programs in Virginia, and Feb. 18 a number of the school’s up-and-coming recruits trekked north to College Park, Md.,…
TerrapinTimesSunday at 11:00 AM