Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football recruiting roundup.
The Remaining 2015 Targets
There’s still a long way to go until Signing Day, but with 16 pledges already on board, it looks like the Terps have only a handful of spots open in this class. We detailed where UMD stands with its top targets last week, and here’s a brief rundown just to remind folks who the Terps want to round out the 2015 crop.
Quarterback:(Pick one) A JUCO or late emerger?
Running Back: (Pick zero or one) Ray-Ray McCloud (Sickles/Tampa, Fla.)
Receiver: (Pick zero or one) Ryan Davis (Lakewood/St. Petersburg, Fla.), Auden Tate (Wharton/Tampa, Fla.)
Tight End: None
Offensive Line: (Pick two or three) Quarvez Boulware (Friendship Collegiate/Washington, D.C.), Isaiah Prince (Roosevelt/Greenbelt, Md.)
Defensive Line: (Pick two or three) Austrian Robinson (Trinity-Pawling/Pawling, N.Y.), Wes Annan (Lake Forest/Lake Forest, Ill.), Jamal Milan (Al Raby/Chicago, Ill.), Neville Gallimore (Canada Prep/St. Catharines, Ontario), Byron Cowart (Armwood/Seffner, Fla.)
Linebackers: (Pick one) Isaiah Davis (St. Stephen's/St. Agnes (Alexandria, Va.), Amir Ealey (Coatesville, Pa.), Tremaine Edmunds (Dan River/Ringgold, Va.)
Cornerbacks: (Pick zero or one) Marcus Lewis (Gonzaga/Washington, D.C.)
Safeties: (Pick one) Jazzee Stocker (Coatesville, Pa.)
The Running Back Situation
While we initially thought Maryland and Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) running back Deshawn McClease were a match -- the former perhaps coveting a second back to round out its 2015 class and the latter offering up naught but praise for the program -- it became clear as the Virginia Beach product’s decision date neared he wouldn’t be donning the red and white. After speaking to both McClease and our Virginia area reporter earlier this week, I got the feeling that a) Virginia Tech had a real chance to snag the in-state product following his July 14 trip to Blacksburg, Va., and b) UMD may not have been as keen on him as it was previously.
Put two-and-two together and it became quite obvious McClease was going to be a Hokie. And that is indeed the school he opted for, popping to Va Tech July 15, a day earlier than he’d originally intended -- perhaps because he sensed Maryland had faded and the Hokies weren’t going to wait around forever.
Personally, I thought McClease would have been a solid addition considering he is talented and would have allowed UMD to break into the 757. Maybe taking McClease now could’ve helped the Terps down the road with an even more coveted recruit. But playing devil’s advocate, the smallish Oscar Smith back is similar in style and skill to current Maryland commit Deltron Sands (Aquinas/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), so perhaps the staff didn’t want to take two of the same kind of runner.
One guy UMD will almost assuredly take, however, is four-star running back Ray Ray McCloud (Sickles/Tampa, Fla.), who is set to announce his college decision July 28. The buzz at The Opening, which the 5-foot-10, 172-pound speedster attended, was that McCloud was favoring Florida or possibly one of his West Coast suitors like USC or UCLA. But our guys who were out in Beaverton, Ore., let us know Clemson is still very much in the picture here, and so are the Terps.
Recall, McCloud visited College Park, Md., on two separate occasions, once for a two-day stay with his father, and again for the June 28 Big Show camp. He thoroughly enjoyed both trips, even if he didn’t want to let on during subsequent interviews. On top of that, not only does McCloud have a tight rapport with area recruiter Mike Locksley, who has the Sunshine State back believing he could be one of the faces of Maryland football, but his father had positive reports about the Terps as well. And remember, the last two times multi-offer Terps targets’ parents favored Maryland, their sons ended up popping to UMD (See: Jahrvis Davenport and Kareem Ali).
Are we ready to forecast McCloud to Maryland? No, certainly not yet. But it’s a situation worth monitoring as July moves along.
If no McCloud, expect the Terps to shut down the running back recruiting and go with just Sands in this class. It’s also conceivable they could move slot receiver Ty Johnson (Fort Hill/Cumberland, Md.) to the backfield, considering that’s his high school position.
Note: One Terps target who visited College Park but never really expressed much interest in the program is Jaason Lewis (Ocean Lakes/Virginia Beach, Va.). Lewis claimed a top five of Miami, Oregon, Arizona State, LSU and Ole Miss a few days back, so no, he’s not a realistic UMD option.
We know you’re tired of reading about him, but as long as Kai Locksley (Gilman/Baltimore, Md.) publically keeps Maryland in play we’re obligated to report on him.
On July 15, the four-star gunslinger made his second trip to Tallahassee, Fla., in five weeks, allowing him to reconnect with Florida State assistants Randy Sanders and Sal Sunseri, and head coach Jimbo Fisher. FSU is targeting one more class of 2015 quarterback, and it’s down to in-state favorite Deondre Francois (IMD Academy/Bradenton, Fla.) and Locksley.
The Gilman gunslinger insists he won’t choose his college destination until the end of August (his team’s first game, which is broadcast on ESPN), but we’re inclined to believe if Locksley wants in at FSU he’ll let the staff know well ahead of his public announcement. Right now, with Fisher and Co. pushing the Jameis Winston comparisons, the Seminoles are in a good spot for Locksley -- though they might be trailing Texas by just a hair.
Speaking of the Longhorns, Locksley and his father, Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, tripped to Austin for a two-day stay July 18-19. We’ll know more about how the visit went by July 20, but the feeling is UT could be the team to beat in this recruiting race.
Although Texas already has elite quarterback Zach Gentry (El Dorado/Albuquerque, N.M.) on board, it hasn’t deterred the Horns from pursuing Locksley or said quarterback’s interest in the program. Locksley likes what head coach Charlie Strong did with former quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, as well as the offense he ran at Louisville. As with FSU, if Locksley decides he wants in at UT – which he very well may by July 19 – he could give head Strong a silent verbal to secure his place.
Maryland, meanwhile, is sitting third for the Gilman product, and we’re led to believe it’s a distant third. Unless something drastic changes here … well, you know our position by now.
With the West-Virginia-bound David Sills (Eastern Christian/Elkton, Md.), he seemed like a potential UMD fit considering he had a Maryland offer, visited College Park and did offer up some pro-Terps lip service, while many of his favorite programs never pursued. USC, the school he popped to in eighth grade, stopped recruiting him; Alabama didn’t offer; Michigan failed to ante up; the Sunshine State powers weren’t all that intrigued; Auburn went in a different direction; and the Pac-12 elites weren’t overly interested either.
So, some outsiders concluded, why not Maryland? Logically it made sense, but we never thought Sills was all that serious about UMD, nor were we positive Maryland ever really pushed for him -- despite its need for a proven signal caller. Truth be told, many staffs seemed to question Sills’ potential, and the Terps may have been one of them.
But at this point it’s no use speculating whether Maryland would have taken Sills in or not. Fact is, he’s headed to Morgantown, W.Va., where he’ll join several of his former teammates. After the likes of USC and Michigan fell through, the Mountaineers became the clear favorites, and it was no surprise when Sills committed to them July 16.
Some JUCO QBs to Keep in Mind
If Maryland does indeed decide to go the junior college route for a quarterback -- which is seemingly more likely with Kai Locksley fading and their other targets popping elsewhere -- there are a few intriguing names out there.
Earlier this week I spoke to Scout’s JUCO analyst, Scott Eklund, and he’s keeping his ears peeled for any Maryland involvement with post-grad gunslingers. So far he hasn’t heard anything yet, but perhaps UMD will wait until later in the fall before scanning the junior-college ranks in earnest.
Right now, Eklund said there are about six or seven JUCO triggermen worth monitoring, who could potentially make an impact at the FBS level. His No. 1 recruit, seemingly, is dual threat Kenny Potter from Long Beach C.C. in Long Beach, Calif. “Potter is an absolute stud,” Eklund said of the 6-3, 215-pounder. “He’s the best two-way [JUCO] quarterback in the country, and there are some good ones.”
The others to watch out for include: Daniel Fitzwater (Copiah Lincoln/Wesson, Miss.), a 6-6, 225-pound pocket passer; Angelo Nocciolo (ASA – The College of Excellence/Brooklyn, N.Y.), a 6-3, 225-pound pro-style guy; William Abt (Grossmont/El Cajon, Calif.), a 6-3, 215-pound traditional quarterback; Larry Cutbirth (Citrus College/Glendora, Calif.), a 6-5, 210-pound dual-threat; Ja’Quay Garmon (Feather River/Quincy, Calif.), a 6-1, 190-pound dual-threat; and possibly Tay Bender (Iowa Western/Council Bluffs, Ia.), a 6-4, 210-pound pro-style recruit who transferred from Kansas State.
Again, the Terps aren’t necessarily pushing for the aforementioned recruits yet, but they are names to keep in mind.
The Defensive Back Situation
We’re getting the sense Maryland may be done recruiting defensive backs unless Marcus Lewis (Gonzaga/Washington, D.C.) wants in at some point down the road. Lewis is keeping the Terps among his top suitors, but the Florida commit will more than likely end up sticking in Gainesville, Fla., or heading to Michigan or Oregon. But, as we know with recruiting, unexpected happenings inevitably occur to alter a prospect’s thinking (i.e. spots fill up, coaching staffs suddenly stop recruiting kids, other staffs make late charges). So we’ll see what the mercurial Lewis is thinking later this fall and into the winter.
As for the other defensive backs on UMD’s radar, we just removed offered cornerback Mike Majette (Woodbridge Senior/Woodbridge, Va.), who recently revamped his top three suitors. Majette admitted he missed the boat at Maryland and Boston College, both of which filled up at corner, while stated favorite North Carolina never made a strong move.
The talented converted quarterback is now looking to camp at Tennessee, Virginia and Wake Forest later this July in order to secure offers from those programs, which he said are showing interest. In-state UVA could be the favorite as Majette indicated a scholarship could be forthcoming following his one-day there. Regardless, he’s off the board for Maryland purposes. (STORY).
At the safety spot, Jazzee Stocker (Coatesville, Pa.) still seems to be in play for Maryland, though we’ll have to gauge how reciprocal the interest is down the road. After taking in the Terps in June, the three-star has visited Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Penn State, the latter of which would be the favorite if the Nittany Lions ante up. Stocker indicated he’d probably pop to PSU should an offer materialize, but we’re not sure how hard James Franklin and Co. will actually push.
If the Happy Valley folks opt out, we’re thinking Pitt, Syracuse, West Virginia, Cincinnati and Maryland will remain involved, though to what degree remains to be seen.
Maryland, of course, already has one safety on board in Jameel Cook (Ridge Point/Missouri City, Texas), and there’s mixed signals whether the Terps are still pursuing Stocker in earnest. In fact, we’re not even positive UMD would accept a Stocker pledge at this juncture.
Not that the Coatesville product would pop now anyway. He insists he’s waiting until after he takes official visits in the fall before selecting his school.
Boulware on Southern Swing
Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.) guard Quarvez Boulware, one of Maryland’s two remaining elite offensive-line targets -- Roosevelt’s Isaiah Prince, who is tripping to Bama, Auburn and Florida next week, is the other -- is in the midst of a Southern college tour. He just took in Auburn and Alabama (no offer yet) and is currently trekking to Florida State (no offer yet) and Florida. Of those four, Boulware had effusive praise for Auburn and Florida, going as far as to say those two would assuredly be among his most desired destinations. The Tide and Noles impresses as well, but of the quartet he recently witnessed, AU and UF may have hit home the hardest.
Of course, if Bama and FSU actually extend scholarships, each would likely become prime contenders too. But unless those programs need to fill a spot down the road, we don’t believe the Tide or Noles will push as hard as Auburn or maybe UF.
Though currently a bit starry-eyed, Boulware is keeping two longtime suitors firmly in play. He noted that both Maryland and Wake Forest remain primetime contenders and has much love for both staffs. In fact, he’s planning return trips to Winston Salem, N.C., and College Park later this summer.
Boulware was just at UMD for the June 28 Big Show, and he continues to build a relationship with area recruiter Mike Locksley and head coach Randy Edsall. But, honestly, the Terps have been on this guy so long there’s not much more to sell. Boulware knows what Maryland has to offer and what the program’s all about, so for Locksley and Co. it’s just a matter of wadding through the recruiting waters and sealing the deal later this year. A strong performance in their inaugural Big Ten campaign would only aid the Terps’ chances here.
Note: A third O-line target, Tony Pilato (Hempfield/Greensburg, Pa.), popped to long favored Pittsburgh July 17. Pilato had the Terps among his top two or three suitors following a June campus visit, but even then he hinted the hometown school had his firm attention. Moving on.
An Early Look at 2016
With only a few spots left in the 2015 class and the main targets identified, we’ll take a look at some of the rising juniors the Terps are tracking. I’m not a fan of delving into next year’s class too early, because all the “names to know” haven’t been uncovered yet, while prospects’ statuses change so quickly it’s pointless to forecast their destination right now (unless you’re Alabama, Texas, Florida, etc.). With that in mind, here are some brief synopses on where the Terps stand with 2016 recruits:
Dwayne Haskins, Bullis (Potomac, Md.): Ohio State is a major player, along with many of the other power programs. The catch here is Haskins has numerous friends/followers in the DMV area, including Trevon Diggs, and they’re all chirping about heading to the same college together. That rarely, if ever, works out, but the one program that might be able to make such a vision become reality is the hometown school. That notion aside, it’ll be interesting to see how much traction the Terps gain here. Right now, Haskins doesn’t seem all that enthused about UMD, although that could change if Maryland makes some noise in the Big Ten.
Devin Butler, Douglass (Upper Marlboro, Md.): Butler may not end up at quarterback in college, but reports are he has all the tools. How he develops this year will determine his college fate, be it under center or in someone’s secondary. Butler loves the Terps early and is pining for an offer, and Maryland has been in touch with the Douglass staff about him.
Lorenzo Harrison, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): It’s way too early to forecast this one, but Harrison seems to have warmed up to the Terps now that he has an offer. He’s comfortable on campus, has a rapport with area recruiter Mike Locksley and has taken to the idea of representing his hometown state. But we’ll see what he’s thinking when more suitors start rolling in. Right now, Harrison holds verbals from UVA, UMD, ODU and Hawaii.
Antonio Dupree, Gilman (Baltimore, Md.): A bull-of-a-back, Dupree’s recruiting figures to skyrocket following the fall. He claims early offers from WVU and Ohio State, and that list will surely grow leaps and bounds. Dupree is saying all the right things about UMD and has been in College Park, and it’s probably only a matter of time before the Terps offer. But right now Dupree seems infatuated with some of the “name” programs, so he’s not going to be an easy pull.
Jonathan Lee, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.): Lee showed off his speed this summer, and if that translates to the field he could be a double-digit offer guy (he holds early offers from Army and Buffalo). Like many recent Good Counsel prospects, Lee really likes Maryland, but it remains to be seen if the Terps will pursue.
Dante Butler, Linganore (Frederick, Md.): Dante Butler is the younger brother of former Linganore/North Hagerstown back Philip Butler, a one-time Terps target who didn’t quite have the academic requirements needed for FBS ball. By many accounts, Dante Butler has just as much, if not more, speed and pure talent than his older sibling.
Tino Ellis, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): Ellis has verbals from Maryland, ODU, Rutgers, UVA, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, but expect that number to triple or quadruple after the fall. A talented downfield playmaker, Ellis may have his pick of schools in the ACC and Big Ten before it’s all said and done. The Terps were on him early and often, and Ellis seems to have genuine interest in the program. WVU is also a prime player, while others are bound to emerge, but if there was a guy to break the ice at DeMatha, Ellis might be it.
Trevon Diggs, Avalon (Bethesda, Md.): Stefon Diggs’ little brother has about a dozen offers already, though he still has much to prove at the high school level. Schools such as FSU, UF, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, UVA, Clemson, Georgia, NC State and of course Maryland have extended verbals, though they’re probably not all committable just yet. The Terps’ scholarship undoubtedly is, and Diggs has high praise for UMD early. Although he wants to “carve his own path,” he said he wouldn’t mind following in his brother’s footsteps in College Park. At the same time, Trevon Diggs refuses to name any leaders or favorites, so we’ll have to see how this shakes out. But early indications suggest Maryland will be firmly in play for his services.
Steven Smothers, Franklin (Reisterstown, Md.): Maybe the most talented receiver in Maryland, Smothers is up to about 20 verbal offers, though UMD isn’t one of them. Maybe it’s academics, or maybe it’s because he hasn’t been in College Park for a formal visit yet, but for whatever reason the Terps aren’t budging here. At this point, it’s hard to envision Smothers winding up at Maryland. He’s likely bound for an elite SEC, ACC or Big Ten program, with Alabama, Florida and Florida State on his brain.
Brennon Dingle, Spalding (Severn, Md.): The Terps offered Dingle following a one-day camp, and would seem to be sitting pretty for his services. Not only does Dingle have genuine interest in UMD, but he plays at a program headed by a Maryland alum (Kyle Schmitt). Dingle won’t claim early favorites, but we could easily see him popping to the Terps down the road. (He can play cornerback as well).
Delontae Moore, Ballou (Washington, D.C.): Moore is one of the more talented D.C. recruits, and Clemson hopped on him already. The Tigers, it would seem, are the clear favorites, and Moore suggested he could pop to them early. Maryland has not been involved as far as we know.
Devante Brooks, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.): Brooks’ offer list has predictably grown to include several name programs, but he’s keeping UMD right in the thick of things. Maryland was one of the first schools to offer this tight end/defensive end, and he has a tight rapport with area recruiter Mike Locksley. Though Brooks has talked up Nebraska, Tennessee, Va Tech and PSU (no offer yet), UMD is in a good spot -- and should remain so. He is a frequent College Park visitor and has been back a couple times this summer.
Jauan Williams, Carroll (Washington, D.C.): Williams is a national recruit and likely will be one of the most sought after offensive line targets on the East Coast. Currently Williams has schools like Michigan, Alabama, FSU, Florida, Ohio State, Penn State and Oklahoma on the brain, but Maryland is right at the forefront. The Terps got in there first, and Williams hasn’t forgotten that. He has a terrific relationship with area recruiter Mike Locksley.
Richard Merritt, Carroll (Washington, D.C.): The bookend tackle at Carroll, Merritt transferred over from Friendship Collegiate a few months back. Unlike teammate Jauan Williams, however, he’s not as high on UMD and seems focused on the big-name schools. Mike Locksley and Co. has plenty of ground to make up here.
Terrance Davis, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): Davis just picked up Alabama and FSU offers, and that should send his recruiting soaring. Maryland was first to pull the trigger, however, and Davis does have interest in the hometown school. But we’re not feeling overly confident about his chances at choosing College Park.
J.P. Urquidez, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): Maryland offered this Texas transplant, but he’s already said he’s heading back South for college. Baylor, Texas, Texas Tech, LSU and the like are all in play.
Stephen Spanellis, Gilman (Baltimore, Md.): The Terps, along with Georgia Tech, Michigan State and South Carolina, have pulled the trigger on Spanellis. He’s visited UMD and talked up the Terps, but it’s way too early to make a call here. Spanellis seems to like Michigan State and other Big Ten schools, though.
Devery Hamilton, Gilman (Baltimore, Md.): Hamilton has the exact same offer list as Spanellis, but he seems a bit higher on UMD than his linemate. Hamilton said he has a close connection with the Maryland staff and has enjoyed his couple visits to College Park. But, again, it’s way too early to get a true read on Hamilton until he sees other schools.
Shane Simmons, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): Simmons, a surefire four- to five-star recruit and maybe the top defensive end in the 2016 class, is a savvy guy who always gives the politically correct response. Yes, he likes Maryland. Yes, Mike Locksley is all over him. But, no, we don’t project him to UMD. Simmons has suggested he’d love to play at the same school as new teammate J.P. Urquidez, which means those Texas schools could have the upper-hand here. Alabama and the rest of the SEC are also right in the game and have Simmons’ attention.
Ellison Jordan, Gilman (Baltimore, Md.):If pressed on the matter, Ellison Jordan is the one guy we’d forecast to Maryland this early in the recruiting process. Not only has Jordan gushed over the Terps and their staff (see his interview post Big Show camp), but he’s bought into the hometown/Maryland Pride movement. On top of that, both his parents want him close to home and love what head coach Randy Edsall is doing at UMD. Penn State is another prime contender early.
Oluwole Betiku, McNamara (Forestville, Md.): Betiku claimed a Terps offer, though we’re not sure it’s committable at this juncture. The McNamara prospect said UMD has caught his eye early, though, so if UMD does push it could be in solid position for him. At the same time, we’ve heard Betiku might be leaving McNamara and moving cross-country, which would obviously throw a kink into things.
Taro Lipscomb, Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.): Lipscomb just transferred into FCA, and the jury remains out on how good he actually is. He has the measurables (6-4, 275), for sure, but we’ll have to see how he performs once the pads come on. Lipscomb has visited UMD a couple times already and is high on the local school.
Rahshaun Smith, St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.): The Old Line State’s top outside linebacker recruit has his pick of schools, and he’s got his eyes set on the country’s elite. Smith has visited Maryland and does like the school and staff, but it may not be as high on his radar as, say, Florida State, Alabama, Oklahoma, Ohio State or Florida.
Keandre Jones, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.): Maryland, Kentucky, Penn State, UVA and WVU are Jones’ offers, and more are bound to surface this fall. Jones said PSU has caught his eye, but he admitted that was just a first-blush reaction to a State College, Pa., visit. Maryland has his attention as well, and we think the Terps will remain in the thick of things for the state’s No. 2 outside linebacker recruit.
John Daka, Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.): Daka is a “blowup candidate” at nearby power Wise this fall. He’s 6-3, 220-pounds, and once he bulks up and shows off his speed rush the offers are going to start rolling in. The Terps already know about him, and if a scholarship were to be forthcoming Daka would be very receptive.
Kyle Taylor, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.): Taylor holds offers from Iowa (that’s where his brother, Myles, is currently enrolled), Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. He’s said the right things about UMD, and we’ve heard Maryland could eventually offer him. We’ll see what Taylor is thinking if said verbal materializes, but the tealeaves don’t read Terps at this point.
Dele’ Harding, Eastern Christian (Elkton, Md.): Harding has been offered by Michigan, Tennessee, USC and UMass, with the Wolverines perhaps holding the upper-hand right now. Harding said Maryland intrigues him, but the interest may not be reciprocal. Based on the Terps’ brief history recruiting ECA, we’re not holding our breath on UMD pushing or Harding giving Maryland more than lip service.
Landan Word, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.): Word has one FBS offer from Virginia, and that’s where he’ll end up barring the unexpected. His father played at UVA, and Word has gone on record to say he’d love to follow in his footsteps.
Juantez McRae, St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.): He reclassified from 2015 and transferred from Calvert Hall to St. Frances. McRae already claims offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, UConn, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Iowa, UNC, NC State, WVU and others, though it remains to be seen which of those schools will stay on him now that he’s reclassed. Like many local recruits, McRae had nary a negative word about Maryland, but there’s been no indication of a UMD push here yet.
Eric Burrell, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.): Burrell holds offers from UVA, Va Tech and ODU, but it’s probably only a matter of time before the Terps ante up. He’s McDonogh’s best 2016 prospect, and Maryland has made a habit of snagging one every year. Burrell has legitimate interest in UMD, and we’re pretty sure the Terps’ staff feels the same way about the Eagles’ corner/safety.
Myles Wolfolk, Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.): This has the makings of another head scratcher out of Wise. Wolfolk already has Boston College, Clemson, UConn, Illinois, ODU and SMU verbals, but he hasn’t heard much, if anything, from UMD. It remains to be seen if Maryland gets involved at all, but even if the Terps do make a push it’s likely they’ll have some ground to make up.
Sir Patrick Scott, Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.): Scott claimed an early Michigan State offer and said Maryland is on him early. We’ve heard he’s the real deal, so if he shows out this fall his recruiting could very well explode. He’s a Prince George’s County recruit with Terps area recruiter Mike Locksley tracking him, so we like UMD’s chances should it pursue.
James Green, Forestville (Forestville, Md.): Green’s recruiting hasn’t taken off yet, but he has the measurables and the speed. His head coach, Charles Harley, said Green has surefire FBS talent, so he’s worth monitoring this fall.
Darryl Turner, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): Turner, who reclassed to 2016, showed out at numerous one-day camps this summer, including Maryland’s. He’s bound to secure his share of offers, and it wouldn’t shock us at all if the Terps pulled through in order to gain some inroads at DeMatha. Turner has much love for the hometown school, so if UMD hops in early it could have a solid chance at landing Turner.
Morgan Scroggins, Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.): Scroggins holds a couple MAC offers, but larger programs are monitoring him at safety, corner and receiver. The Calvert Hall product has been in College Park and performed in front of the UMD coaches, but we don’t see the Terps going after him unless he improves his speed and balls out this fall.
Out-of-State Names to Know
I’m not going to delve into the out-of-state 2016 targets just yet, but here are some top prospects who have either visited College Park, been connected to UMD or hold a Terps offer. Many of these recruits will be, or already are, national names, meaning they won’t be easy pulls. But it is worth keeping them in mind at this juncture and seeing what materializes down the road.
Brandon McIlwain, QB, Council Rock North (Newtown, Pa.)
Eddie Hahn, QB/S, Red Bank (Red Bank, N.J.)
Kareem Walker, RB, DePaul Catholic (Wayne, N.J.)
Robert Washington, RB, Southlake Christian (Huntersville, N.C.)
Cameron Chambers, WR, Timber Creek (Erial, N.J.)
Scott Bracey, WR, Benedictine (Richmond, Va.)
Eric Kumah, WR, Forest Park (Woodbridge, Va.)
Courtney Lark, WR, Bellaire (Texas)
Naseir Upshur, TE, Imhotep (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Michal Menet, OT, Exeter Township (Reading, Pa.)
Clark Yarborough, OT, Woodberry Forest (Woodberry Forest, Va.)
Josh Ball, OT, Stafford (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Rashan Gary, DT, Paramus (Paramus, N.J.):
Kyree Campbell, DE, Freedom (Woodbridge, Va.):
Anthony Long, DT, Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.):
Brendan Ferns, LB, Saint Clairsville (Ohio):
Koby Quansah, LB, Kingswood Oxford (West Hartford, Conn.)
Korey Charles, S, North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, Fla.):
Patrice Rene, CB, St. Peter Catholic (Ontario, Canada)
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