Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football recruiting roundup.
As The Dwayne Haskins (Bullis/Potomac, Md.) Wheel Continues To Turn
Oh boy ... Can I leave it at that?
Maybe not. Here goes . . .
So, here’s what we know:
1. Haskins took two visits last week, one to Rutgers for the umpteenth time April 24 and another to Virginia Tech April 25.
2. Tech is not considered a front-runner (read: in the top three) for Haskins’ services. Rutgers may be.
3. Haskins will return to Piscataway, N.J., for an overnight stay May 1-2.
4. Those close to Haskins have hinted he might commit to the Scarlet Knights either while on campus or shortly thereafter.
5. The chances of the above happening are a coin flip, give or take a few percentage points in either direction.
6. We still think Haskins wants to revisit Notre Dame again, with a May trip in the works should RU head coach Kyle Flood and Co. fail to secure a pop. There are some who believe UND has a strong foothold, almost equal to that of Maryland’s and Rutgers’.
7. We’ve spoken to several different sources who cover Notre Dame and Rutgers, and there’s a sense Haskins may have told three separate staffs (Terps, Irish, Scarlet Knights) that “I'm coming.”
8. No. 7 would seem to complicate matters some (for us and the coaches at each of those schools). But from what we’ve been able to glean, Maryland remains in a very strong spot for Haskins, which is why he remains “hot” on the hot board.
9. Florida, another Haskins favorite, is probably sitting fourth or fifth in the pecking order. It’s possible he could trek down to Gainesville, Fla., again, but don’t bank on it.
10. A reminder: Don’t buy too deeply into everything Haskins says publically.
11. A second reminder: Haskins changes his mind by the day.
Our gut? Well, we certainly can’t ignore the Haskins-to-Rutgers chatter, which has gained steam. Obviously if the Bullis triggerman is staying overnight in Piscataway the interest is real, so it wouldn’t be a shock to some if he opted to end his recruitment while in Jersey.
But, at the same time, our sources haven’t strayed on Haskins-to-UMD, and we’ll stand by that until further notice. That obviously means we’ll lean towards Haskins not committing to RU this weekend, sticking to his original late-May/early June decision date.
Either way, be on alert May 2-3 (or just wait for the inevitable Tweet). If Haskins remains a free agent into next week, we like UMD’s chances.
But …. what if Haskins does pop to RU?
The repercussions have been discussed at length:
1. DMV-to-UMD movement takes a hit (although the Terps will still get their share of locals).
2. No potential franchise quarterback (at least, not one named Haskins).
3. A halt in some of the local recruiting momentum this year.
4. Some questions surrounding UMD's ability to close/their recruiting pitch. Etc., etc., etc.
For the sake of all at UMD and beyond, let’s hope Haskins has College Park, Md., on the brain.
Defensive Line News
Ellison Jordan, DT, Gilman (Baltimore, Md.): Maryland’s primary defensive line target revisited one of his standout suitors April 25, taking in Virginia Tech for the first time since the fall. Tech holds prime appeal for Jordan because his former Gilman teammate, Melvin Keihn, is constantly pumping the Hokies, while he’s taken to Va Tech’s defense and defensive coordinator as well.
April 25 was the Hokies’ spring game, and Jordan (who visited on his birthday) called the atmosphere “electric,” raving about the intensity of the players and fans alike. He has a solid, longstanding relationship with the coaches as well, which is one of the main reasons Jordan figures to keep Tech among his leaders.
But while Jordan does hold the Hokies in high regard, we also believe Maryland and Penn State are right there for him. His admiration for the Terps has been well documented. Jordan has been in College Park, Md., more times than he can count, he loves the journalism program, he knows every coach on staff, he’s friends with several current Terps, and his parents like the school a lot too.
As for PSU, Jordan said the staff has made a hard push for him and he’s constantly in touch with the Nittany Lions’ defensive coaches. He’s also been in State College, Pa., several times, taking to Beaver Stadium; the fans; and the facilities. Jordan should be returning to Happy Valley shortly for yet another look see at PSU.
There’s still time for Jordan’s recruitment to change, however. It’s possible offerees likes UNC, Rutgers and Michigan State make a more potent push soon, convincing Jordan to delve deeper into their respective programs.
Currently, the Gilman plugger is publically claiming no favorites and said the idea is to wait until August before announcing his future destination. We’ll see if the Terps can maintain their position between now and then, while holding off the Hokies and Nittany Lions.
Jeffery Pooler, DT, Chaminade Julienne (Dayton, Ohio): Pooler had been in touch with both Terps' defensive line coach Chad Wilt and area recruiter Greg Studrawa, the latter extending an offer while visiting Chaminade April 29.
Naturally, Pooler expressed excitement since it was his first Big Ten offer and it’s his dream to play in that conference. Pooler also pointed to UMD’s academics and Under Armour connection as two more reasons he wants to check out College Park this summer.
Right now, the Terps are in a good position for Pooler, but this 6-4, 275-pounder, who can play up and down the line, said his recruitment is just getting started. He has no leaders and said none of his current offers (Uconn, UMD, MAC schools) have an upper-hand as of yet.
Pitt and Purdue could be offering next, while he’s hoping for looks from WVU, OSU and MSU. Moreover, Pooler said he wants to take numerous visits, in addition to the College Park one, this offseason.
We get the sense this recruitment could ebb and flow all offseason, but we’ll see if Studrawa and Co. can keep him focused on the Terps before he chooses his college in July or August. (ARTICLE).
Rashad Wheeler, DT, Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, Pa.): Despite having the Terps among his top three suitors, we’ve kept Wheeler as “cool” on the hot board. Fact is, he’s Penn State’s to lose, and nearby Pitt is probably second in the running. UMD area recruiter Greg Studrawa has done well to keep Maryland in play, but it’s tough treading going against the Nittany Lions and Panthers for a Pennsylvania recruit.
Wheeler is planning to visit State College, Pa., once again May 8, and there’s a sense he could commit while on campus. If not, it’s probably because he’s feeling good about an Alabama offer materializing following a camp/visit to Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Either way, we’re not projecting Wheeler to wind up in College Park unless, for whatever reason, PSU, Pitt and Bama fall by the wayside.
Mike Panasiuk, DT, Lake Park (Roselle, Ill.): The Terps offered Panasiuk April 29, and there is some potential to gain ground here. Area recruiter Chad Wilt initiated contact via Twitter, has been through Lake Park, and has Panasiuk at least considering trekking to College Park.
But Panasiuk’s stock is on the rise, and we’ll believe it (the visit) when we see it. In addition to his UMD verbal, he also landed offers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Carolina and others recently, while Ohio State is interested. Plus Iowa, Illinois, Syracuse, Penn State and Vandy were already after him well before the Terps, Gophers, Badgers and Tar Heels entered the picture.
The Nittany Lions and Badgers may hold the early edge for Panasiuk’s services.
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Wake Forest-Rolesville (Wake Forest, N.C.): Maryland was the latest program to offer this five-star talent, giving him more than 20 scholarships to date. Florida, Clemson, FSU, South Carolina, Bama, Michigan, Miami, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia, Penn State, USC and others of that ilk are already all over this guy.
Lawrence is probably bound for an SEC power. We’re not going to add him to the hot board.
Offensive Line News
Elijah Johnson, OL, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): The Terps are pursuing another DeMatha prospect, head coach Randy Edsall extending an offer to the 6-5, 315-pound Johnson April 24. Johnson previously held verbals from BC, Rutgers, UConn, Temple, WVU, Wake and others.
The Terps have known about Johnson for a couple years, but in previous conversations he never mentioned Maryland as a school that he’d had much contact with. Johnson said he and area recruiter Mike Locksley touched base “from time to time,” but it was “nothing major.”
Well, turns out circumstances changed with the Terps attempting to add as much quality beef as possible. Johnson said Locksley started messaging him more frequently the last few weeks, eventually letting on that Edsall and line coach Greg Studrawa wanted him in the program.
Which Johnson will at least be considering. The DeMatha lineman didn’t seem as keen on Maryland as some of his teammates, but that’s probably because he hasn’t been in College Park since last fall.
Johnson should be visiting UMD in the next couple weeks with his family, at which point we fully expect him to place Maryland among his foremost suitors. He’s heard plenty about the school from soon-to-be Terps D.J. Turner and LoLo Harrison, likes that the school is just minutes from home, and is well aware of DMV-to-UMD.
At the same time, WVU has made plenty of inroads, Johnson admitting the Mountaineers stand out after a couple trips to Morgantown. Rutgers is also on the brain following a foray through Piscataway.
For the moment, Johnson sounds most infatuated with West Virginia, but we’ll see what he’s thinking later this offseason. He has no clear timetable for selecting a school, so his recruitment could very well ebb and flow. (ARTICLE).
Richard Merritt, OG, Carroll (Washington, D.C.): One of Maryland’s chief guard targets returned to College Park for a second time this offseason, this time for a more personal get-together with the UMD staff. Area recruiter Mike Locksley had stopped by Carroll to watch Merritt and Co. work out last week, and apparently Merritt returned the favor by heading over to Gossett.
We’ve already spoken to the burly guard numerous times, so there wasn’t really a need for a full interview with him, but Merritt did say his most recent trip to campus allowed him to build a more personal connection with the coaches.
He’s known Locksley for years now, but he’s in the process of familiarizing himself with line coach Greg Studrawa. Merritt said he and Studrawa had a sit-down April 27, going over his potential role at UMD, the state of the O-line, what Merritt could add to the program, and the like.
As we’ve said in this space previously, we do believe Maryland resides among Merritt’s upper tier of suitors and will remain in play until he’s ready to choose his college next January. The Terps probably aren’t the favorites, but they’ve certainly got a puncher’s chance.
Some of Merritt’s other prime contenders include Florida, Va Tech (just visited this week as well), Miami, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama (no push likely) and FSU (no push likely). Merritt has gone on record as calling the Seminoles a leader, but we’ll see if Jimbo Fisher and Co. truly want him.
Next up for the big guard are trips to Tallahassee, Fla., Miami, Tennessee, Bama and Auburn this June and July.
Jauan Williams, OT, Carroll (Washington, D.C.): Joining Merritt in College Park April 27 was his teammate, tackle Jauan Williams. In last week’s Shell we mentioned that we’d removed Williams from the hot board as neither the recruit nor the Terps were seeing eye-to-eye.
So, did this trip to College Park change things?
We don’t believe the Terps will pursue the Carroll tackle, and it’s unlikely Williams will give his hometown school more than a cursory look. Not every prospect who chooses to visit is actually being recruited, and that’s probably the case in Williams’ situation.
Look for the D.C. product to end up at Tennessee, or possibly one of the Florida programs, by the time he commits next winter.
Zach Adams, OT, Riverbend (Fredericksburg, Va.): The Terps jumped on Adams before his profile expanded, but as the evaluation period has moved along he’s added several more offers and picked up interest from a few elite programs (Illinois, Kansas, ODU and Marshall have offered, with WVU, Florida State, Va Tech and others keeping tabs).
The vibe now is Adams might be trending away from UMD, despite having a solid visit back in March and a solid rapport with area recruiter Chad Wilt. But unless Wilt can convince him to return to College Park at sometime this spring/summer, Adams will probably focus his attention elsewhere, especially if some of the bigwigs ante up (a distinct possibility).
Currently, in-state suitor UVA remains Adams' leader, while Va Tech would join the Wahoos if the Hokies choose to pursue.
We have Adam’s listed as “cool” on the hot board.
Chandler Reeves, OT, Eagles Christian Landing (McDonough, Ga.): We've been waiting ... and waiting ... and waiting for this Peach State tackle to visit Maryland. He's had an offer since February, but has pushed back his initial trip to College Park three times now. Normally, we'd write a recruit off after such rigamarole, but not in this case.
Reeves explained that schoolwork, his job, and extracurricular activities have prevented him from driving North thus far, but he's "definitely" set to visit in early June. Reeves told me he remains highly interest in the Terps, is in constant contact with area recruiter Lyndon Johnson and likes what UMD is all about. He said Maryland is going to "do something special in the Big Ten" and wants to learn more this summer when he's free from school.
Now, we don't think Reeves is blowing smoke, but he does have other suitors in play. California has a firm offer out to him, and Reeves did visit the Bears earlier in April. He lauded the school's academics, atmosphere and staff, noting how he would't mind playing on the West Coast at all.
Reeves also has verbals from Army and Navy (both definite possibilities given Reeves' value on academics and a penchant to serve in the military), while Syracuse, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Tennessee are showing plenty of interest. In-state Ga Tech would become an immediate leader should the Yellow Jackets offer, while the Gamecocks and Vols have his attention as well.
We're not sure South Carolina or UT will actually pursue, but Reeves led us to believe the Jackets would eventually extend the scholarship. If so, that's probably going to be his destination.
Regardless, Reeves said he has no intention of committing until after his senior season. He had a limited junior campaign and wants to have his 2015-16 film evaluated before popping.
The Terps have made inroads here, and it wouldn't floor us if he committed to UMD, but Lyndon Johnson is going to have to stay on Reeves to make it happen. (ARTICLE).
Devery Hamilton, OL/DL, Gilman (Baltimore, Md.): Following trips to Stanford a few weeks back and Michigan last week, Hamilton was back at another of his foremost contenders April 27. The two-way lineman took in College Park at the behest of his recruiter, Mike Locksley, giving him yet another opportunity to connect with the offensive coordinator and line coach Greg Studrawa. Hamilton also had a chance to tour the campus, see the dorm upgrades and check out the various colleges.
But he said the one difference during this particular trip was learning more about the school’s academics. The Gilman product already knew UMD had a solid education, a primary reason he had the local program under consideration, but he wasn’t aware of the support/study hall policies and how the football players work within their respective majors. Hamilton called Maryland’s system “really good” and said it changed his perception of the school (in a positive way).
Even so, Maryland still has work to do to vault to the front of Hamilton’s leaderboard. It’s clear Stanford and Michigan are standing out -- both are fighting for the top spot -- the Gilman lineman admitting as much in my conversation with him. Hamilton couldn’t say enough about the coaches, academics and environments in Palo Alto, Calif., and Ann Arbor, Mich., and we’re inclined to believe he’ll wind up at one of those two locales.
Wisconsin, which Hamilton is in the process of setting up a visit to, is in the thick of things too. The Badgers’ staff stopped by Gilman and are making a potent push as well.
Look for Hamilton to select his future destination by August.
Jesse Meyler, OT, Episcopal (Alexandria, Va.): Maybe the third time is the charm for Maryland and area recruiter Keenan McCardell. The Terps have been pursuing Episcopal cornerback Patrice Rene and defensive lineman Joseph Goff, but neither are projected to wind up in College Park. Meyler, however, does seem to have interest in the school given its academic reputation, the fact its close to home and his budding relationship with McCardell.
Meyler has been on campus before and would like to return now that an offer’s materialized. The Episcopal product wants to learn more about the program in general and the school itself.
But UMD isn’t exactly a favorite per se (yet). Vanderbilt, another renowned academic institution, has his attention, as do Boston College, Wake Forest and Northwestern. Big Ten power Wisconsin also is in play after the Badgers recently extended a scholarship.
Meyler would like to have his college decision made before his senior season, so he’ll be traveling around this summer to get a look at several of his main offerees. We’ll know more about where he stands later this offseason.
Receiver/Tight End News
Tino Ellis, WR, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): Ellis visited one of his standouts, West Virginia, April 25, the first time he’d been in Morgantown, W.Va., since February. The DeMatha wideout expectedly had a good time in Mountaineer country, talking up the wide-open spread attack; the coaches; and facilities. We didn’t get the impression WVU had vaulted itself into Ellis’ top three or so suitors, however, and we don’t believe the Mountaineers will be a major threat moving forward.
But here’s where things get a bit, shall we say, odd. Ellis, who before the evaluation period had a clear top four of Maryland, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and West Virginia, with an intended announcement date of July 31, has seemingly taken a 180. Now, the Stags’ star is apparently considering several other programs and is in the process of scheduling numerous visits/camp dates for the summer.
Ellis has recently added offers from the likes of North Carolina, Wisconsin and Nebraska, while Miami, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida State and even Alabama are showing interest. That kind of recruiting uptick has caused the Baltimore native to reevaluate his position some.
So, instead of merely checking out Morgantown, Piscataway, N.J., College Park and Blacksburg, Va., this offseason, Ellis will attempt to see Madison, Wisc., Lincoln, Neb., Chapel Hill, N.C., Knoxville, Tenn., Miami, Fla., and Tallahassee, Fla., as well. In addition, Ellis intends to camp at Ohio State and Bama to try and cull out offers from the Buckeyes and Tide.
It’s doubtful Ellis will trip to all of the aforementioned locales, but the chances of him popping by late July are probably slim (unless he changes his mind again). Ellis might take the same tact as his teammate, lineman Terrance Davis, and delay a decision until after his senior season.
So, where does that leave Maryland? Well, we think the Terps are in a good spot to secure Ellis’ services (it would help UMD if Dwayne Haskins was in board; hurt if he’s not), but now area recruiter Mike Locksley and Co. are going to have to fend off a few bigwigs.
Noah Turner, TE, Carmel Catholic (Mundelein, Ill.): The Terps dodged a bullet of sorts when one of their main tight end targets left East Lansing, Mich., without an offer. Turner had previously called Michigan State a “dream school," and he attended the Spartans’ spring game April 24 in hopes of pulling the coveted verbal.
Instead, MSU chose to offer another Midwest tight end, St. Xavier’s (Cincinnati, Ohio) Noah Davis, who ended up popping on the spot. That means the Spartans are probably off the radar for Turner, which is good news for UMD aficionados.
Maryland remains one of Turner’s top two suitors, along with North Carolina, and the vibe is the Terps have a real shot to reel the tight end in. UMD area recruiter Chad Wilt has left a distinct impression, and he was back at Turner’s school yet again (he visited last year as well) April 23. Moreover, Turner already visited College Park March 23, raving about the campus and coaches, and plans to return for a second trip this summer.
UNC, which Turner saw the day after UMD, is probably right up there with the Terps, however. The Carmel Catholic prospect should be checking out Chapel Hill, N.C., again as well in the coming months.
Although the Heels and Terps are the current standouts, it’s always possible more suitors could catch Turner’s eye during the evaluation period. He visited Louisville, for example, in early April and came away thoroughly impressed. The Cardinals haven’t anted up, yet, though, so while they’re not an option for him right now, they could easily become a prime contender.
Wisconsin, Nebraska, Georgia, Virginia Tech and others are reportedly monitoring Turner, so we’ll see if any of those programs join the fray, complicating matters for Maryland and Carolina.
Turner maintains he wants to go through the official visit process, waiting until after his senior season before committing. But we’ll see if he changes his mind later this summer.
Jalen Elliott, WR/CB, Lloyd C. Bird (Chesterfield, Va.): We thought the Terps would be all over this nearby two-way star after he visited College Park in April, but no dice thus far.
It’s been almost a month since the 6-1, 180-pounder has taken in Maryland, a school he’d seen numerous times growing up and had a built-in affinity for, and in that time Elliott has added several offers (UVA, Miami, Georgia, Auburn), but no Maryland. He’s remained in contact with UMD area recruiter Chad Wilt, but unless Elliott attends a one-day, we’re skeptical the Terps will actually get involved.
Right now, Elliott has Georgia, AU, Miami, NC State, UVA, Va Tech, Wake and a couple others on him, and his focus appears to be on those particular schools. He’ll be trekking to Auburn May 30, and around the same time the Virginia product will take in Georgia tool. Meanwhile, the in-state mainstays UVA and Va Tech have a bead on him and could lead at this time.
We’ll keep Elliott on the hot board for now since he did talk up the Terps after his trip, but he could be removed at any time.
Nick Eubanks, TE, American Heritage (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.): Yet another American Heritage offer out for the Terps. UMD anted up April 29, joining the country’s elites for this four-star tight end. Eubanks previously held scholarships from Alabama, South Carolina, LSU, Auburn, Miami, Michigan, Oregon, USC, Georgia, Missouri and others. The Tide have the inside track for Eubanks, with LSU lurking.
Eubanks has not been added to the hot board.
Kobay White, WR, Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.): White never really opened up to the media, so it was difficult to gauge his recruitment. Thus, we kept him on the hot board since Maryland had offered, and then waited to hear any inkling of news from our analysts in Pennsylvania.
Well, White finally made some noise April 29, announcing via Twitter that he had committed to Boston College after visiting Chestnut Hill, Mass., a handful of times the last few months. He chose BC over offers from Georgia Tech, UMD, Va Tech, WVU, Illinois, Uconn, Pitt, Rutgers, Wake and more.
Pitt was considered his No. 2 option; we don’t believe White gave Maryland more than a passing glance.
More News & Notes
Greg Ross, CB, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.): The local cornerback Ross was supposed to return to College Park with his family this week, but he’s since placed the visit on hold.
And that’s not the only thing he’s putting off.
Ross also backed off his original college decision date (May 2), now planning to announce at some point later this summer. He said the interest uptick during the evaluation period, coupled with a few new offers in-hand, has caused him to reevaluate the situation some.
Indiana and Syracuse were the latest universities to jump on the bandwagon, joining the likes of UMD, UNC, Va Tech, WVU, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Iowa, UMass, Nebraska and ODU. Meanwhile, he’s hearing from Ohio State, Michigan State, Tennessee and more.
Given the above, Ross has indicated he’d be rethinking his original top five favorites list (I say “indicated,” because nothing is ever a sure thing with Ross), which was Tar Heels, Terps, Hokies, Mountaineers and Badgers.
Ross may attend one-days at Ohio State, Tennessee and more this June, while it’s possible he’ll be checking out Wisconsin, Kentucky and others that may enter the mix. Any of those programs could vault into his top five should the offers come to fruition.
The Potomac corner is keeping Maryland firmly in play, and we do expect him to eventually make his way back to College Park with his family. But area recruiter Mike Locksley is going to have to keep working to fend off UNC (perhaps his current No. 1 option), Va Tech, Wisconsin and possibly more.
Abdul Adams, RB, Woodson (Washington, D.C.): Michigan State had long been a favorite for Adams, the D.C. back doing little to hide his affection for the Spartans. When I spoke to him in person at The Opening D.C. April 19, he practically admitted he’d be committing to MSU while in East Lansing, Mich., April 24 for the spring game.
The question, though, was, Would Michigan State accept his pledge given the various issues surrounding Adams? Apparently so, as the DMV product popped to MSU soon after arriving on campus, citing the staff’s consistent overtures and offensive system.
The Terps were involved with Adams, who maintained contact with area recruiter Mike Locksley and had visited College Park on a couple occasions this winter. But Maryland would not officially offer him until he ironed out some academic/Clearinghouse concerns. And, even if UMD did pursue, Adams personally was more infatuated with Sparty than DMV-to-UMD anyway.
Keith Simms, OLB, Landon (Bethesda, Md.): I spoke to Simms this week, and he said he will be returning to College Park some time in the next week or two. Simms said UMD area recruiter Chad Wilt stopped by Landon April 30, and later on the two had a long chat via Twitter. Simms is apparently keen on the Terps again, eager to return to College Park with his parents at some point in May.
That said, Terps fans shouldn't get their hopes up too too high just yet. Stanford remains a front-runner given Simms' standout visit to Palo Alto and the school's unmatched academic reputation. Meanwhile, Wisconsin, which Simms should be trekking to this spring/summer has his eye, while California (Simms visited Cal while on the West Coast) remains in play too.
But one thing working in Maryland's favor is the Landon backer is still unsure if he wants to play his college ball 3,000 miles from home. Simms knows all about the hometown movement, and he wants his parents to see him in action at the next level.
We're still not projecting him to College Park, but Simms isn't off the hot board yet. Let's see what kind of noise Wilt and Co. can make in the next couple months.
Skylar Thompson, QB, Fort Osage (Independence, Mo.): The Terps stopped by to watch this under-the-radar 2016 gunslinger April 30, perhaps as a potential backup option in case Dwayne Haskins falls through or possibly as the second quarterback in the class. Thompson holds offers from Kansas, Ohio, Wake Forest, UNLV, Kansas State and Illinois State, with interest from a few other Midwest and Mountain West programs. If nothing else, it's an indication Mike Locksley and Co. are on the lookout for more signal callers. Let's see where this leads.
New 2016 Offers Out
Elijah Johnson, OL, DeMatha: See above.
Jeffery Pooler, DT, Chaminade Julienne (Dayton, Ohio): See above.
Mike Panasiuk, DT, Lake Park (Roselle, Ill.): See above.
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Wake Forest-Rolesville (Wake Forest, N.C.): See above.
Nick Eubanks, TE, American Heritage (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.): See above.
Jesse Meyler, OT, Episcopal (Alexandria, Va.): See above.
Griffin Grady, LB, Dublin Coffman (Dublin, Ohio): Maryland joined the likes of Kentucky, Illinois, Northwestern, Pitt, Wisconsin and others in the race for Grady. Area recruiter Greg Studrawa stopped by the school recently, and extended the Terps verbal April 29.
There’s some potential for Maryland to get more involved with Grady, but he’s likely going to wind up in the Midwest. Grady has his eye on Northwestern, Wisconsin and Kentucky, while others in the area could enter the fray shortly.
Roderick Campbell, CB, Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis, Mo.): Campbell committed to Northwestern April 28, one day before Maryland offered. He chose the Wildcats over offers from Arizona State, Iowa, Notre Dame, Kentucky, Duke, Illinois and others.
Deon McIntosh, RB, Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.): McIntosh has upwards of 30 offers, but we’re unsure how many of those are committable. He’s someone to keep an eye on down the road if some of McIntosh’s standout pursuers (Miami, UNC, Notre Dame, PSU, Pitt, Michigan State, Duke, etc.) fall by the wayside, but we’re not going to add him to the hot board unless he actually visits College Park.
UMD running backs coach Terry Richardson checked in on McIntosh earlier this week, and apparently the two are building a relationship. We’ll see how much the new assistant’s pitch is resonating later this summer.
Jonah Morris, WR, Hoban (Akron, Ohio): Terps area recruiter Greg Studrawa has trekked through Ohio, and evidently he liked what he saw out of the 6-4, 190-pound Morris. This rising star athlete now holds verbals from the likes of UMD, Kentucky, Pitt, Indiana, Illinois and several MAC programs. Meanwhile, Michigan, MSU, UNC, OSU, Purdue and others are keeping close tabs.
Morris has already visited the Wildcats and Panthers this April, and the sense is Kentucky may lead for his services. But if the likes of an Ohio State a Michigan or Michigan State get involved, well, he’s likely to change his mind.
Morris said he’s going to give the Terps a look as well, noting the school’s academics, Big Ten affiliation and the chance for early playing time. But we’ll see if he actually makes it to campus before adding him to the hot board.
New 2017 Offers Out
The Terps handed out numerous offers to nationally-rated class of 2017 prospects this week, which, if nothing else, gets Maryland in the conversation early. Here’s the list:
Damani Neal, S, Bullis (Potomac, Md.): Maybe the most attainable of the sophomores Maryland offered this week. Neal hasn’t seen his recruitment “blow up” yet, but he does have a Stanford verbal already, in addition to Rutgers and UMD.
Neal, though, has been in touch with Terps area recruiter Chad Wilt, and the safety is listening to the defensive line coach’s pitch. The Bullis product has been in College Park before and plans to return at some point, either this summer or for a game in the fall. Maryland's academics, staff, campus and the fact it's close to home all resonate early.
Neal is likely to secure his share of glamour offers, and Stanford is his current leader, but Wilt and Co. did well to ante up before he vaulted onto the national scene. (ARTICLE).
Toneil Carter, RB, Langham Creek (Houston, Texas): This Keenan McCardell five-star recruit added Maryland to an ever-expanding list that includes LSU, Texas A&M, Arkansas, Georgia, TCU, Baylor, Texas Tech, Kansas State, Colorado and more. He’s probably going to wind up at one of the Texas or Southern powers.
Hezekiah Jones, WR, Stafford (Texas): Another top-level talent area recruit Keenan McCardell watched and offered. Jones has the Lone Star State elites after him, as well as Oklahoma, Florida, Michigan, Miami, UCLA and others. He has not been added to the hot board.
Avery Roberts, ILB, Concord (Wilmington, Del.): This Keenan McCardell target is actually from Delaware, not Texas. Regardless, Roberts is still considered a four-star prospect and has several major schools pursuing: Nebraska, Penn State, Illinois, Rutgers, Stanford, Miami, Temple and Va Tech are in play. PSU could be the team to beat if he reneges on Stanford.
Drew Singleton, OLB, Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.): Singleton now has offers from Michigan, Alabama, Clemson, Ole Miss, Rutgers and Maryland (plus any others that may have materialized after I wrote this section). Terps area recruiter Keith Dudzinski spotted and analyzed Singleton, the offer coming to fruition April 29. He’s considered a longshot for Terps purposes.
Colin Wilson, RB, Clay (Green Cove Springs, Fla.): Maryland running backs coach Terry Richardson let the staff know about this five-star Sunshine State recruit, the Terps becoming the latest program to ante up. Wilson has practically the entire SEC and ACC after him, with powers from the Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 also involved.
Craig Yeast, WR, Fremont Ross (Fremont, Ohio): The Terps and area recruiter Greg Studrawa offered Yeast April 29, joining Kentucky, Cincinnati, Louisville, Toledo and Washington State. Yeast doesn’t have many major suitors yet, but the 5-11, 175-pound speedster should have his pick of Midwest programs by the time next fall is through. We’ll see if UMD’s initial push means anything to him later in the process.
Leroy Henley, WR, Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.): Henley picked up a Maryland offer after area recruiter Mike Locksley watched him work out. The four-star already held scholarships from California, Miami, WVU, FAU, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Indiana, Miami of Ohio and Toledo. His recruitment is wide open at this point, but Henley is trying to (and likely will) gain the attention of the Florida mainstays.
Daniel Wright, S, Cardinal Gibbons (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.): It’s the same story as Henley above. Wright currently claims offers from Auburn, Clemson, Michigan State, Pitt, Miami, Maryland and more, and is pining for more Sunshine State looks. He’s a “blow up” Florida talent.
Blake Gallagher, LB, St. Sebastian’s (Needham, Mass.): This sophomore linebacker resides in Keith Dudzinski territory, and Maryland’s defensive coordinator gave Gallagher his fourth offer to date April 29. Gallagher does have interest in checking out College Park given its academic reputation and Big Ten affiliation, so it seems like the Terps did well to enter this race before Gallagher sees his stock rise on the trail.
He also has initial offers from BC, Duke and Nebraska, with programs throughout the Big Ten and ACC monitoring him. Gallagher should have his pick of schools by this time next year.
Ellis Brooks, LB, Benedictine (Richmond, Va.): Brooks added a Maryland offer April 29 to a list that consisted of Duke, NC State, Va Tech and ECU. Little is known about his recruitment at this stage, except that he values academics (which is why Duke is considered a top contender). The Terps and area recruiter Chad Wilt have stressed UMD’s educational values, and Brooks is intrigued enough to check out College Park at some point.
Brooks figures to secure many more offers as the evaluation period/summer moves along, with Clemson, UNC, UVA, Wake, PSU and more showing increased interest.
Dylan Rivers, LB, Sherando (Stephen's City, Va.): The Terps' offer binge continued April 30 when head coach Randy Edsall gave an offer to the star Sherando sophomore Rivers. A four-star talent, he previously held verbals from Arizona, NC State, Penn State, Vandy, UVA, VA Tech and WVU. The consensus is the in-state programs have his ear, although PSU holds plenty of weight with him as well.
Deon Jones, CB, Carroll (Washington, D.C.): The only shock with this offer was it took so long to materialize. I remember interviewing Jones at Carroll his freshman year, when he pulled in scholarships from Clemson, Michigan State and a couple others. Since then his recruitment has predictably taken off, and now he has offers from Auburn, UConn, FSU, Miami, Nebraska, OSU, Pitt, Vandy, Va Tech and Maryland, in addition to MSU and Clemson.
Jones does know UMD area recruiter Mike Locksley, who has been through Carroll on numerous occasions, so maybe Maryland can make up ground. For now, though, Clemson and AU may have the upper-hand.
TT Spring Tour: South Carroll (Sykesville, Md.
I stopped by South Carroll earlier this week to give Terps fans a glimpse of offensive tackle commit Brian Plummer on camera. He discussed his Terps pledge, his developing game, recruits he's talking to and more. You can see the interview HERE.
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