TTDave's Inside The Shell

Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football recruiting roundup.

Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, the weekly Maryland football recruiting roundup.

Running Down The Hot Board

When the last Shell was released, on Jan. 14, the Terrapin Times Recruiting Hot Board had the following recruits listed. Since then, several prospects have dropped off and others added. Here’s the position-by-position rundown from the last week up until Jan. 22:


Tyrrell Pigrome, QB, Clay-Chalkville (Pinson, Ala.): Priority No. 1 for Maryland. The quarterback Pigrome embarked on his first official visit to Tulane Jan. 15-17, a trip he was intent on taking since the Green Wave’s coaches had been pursuing since before the dual-threat began garnering power-five attention. The 5-foot-11, 180-pounder naturally enjoyed his stay, but he’s not going to Tulane unless his major offers expire.

These next trip is the one Terps’ fans need to track. Pigrome is heading to Virginia Tech Jan. 22 before hitting Rutgers Jan. 24 for a midweek official. Of those two, the Blacksburg, Va., jaunt could potentially prove troublesome (for UMD purposes.).

Pigrome has been in close contact with the Hokies’ staff, his relationship with them stemming from the coaches’ days at Memphis. The Alabama product would seemingly fit well into headman Justin Fuente’s spread too.

Trouble is, Fuente doesn’t want Pigrome to play quarterback for him. Rather, he’s being recruited as an athlete/slot receiver. Pigrome’s preference, however, is to throw the ball, so that could knock Tech down a peg or two.

That said, Pigrome does hold the Hokies in high regard, and It wouldn’t shock at all if the staff pushed for a pop while the Clay-Chalkville product’s on campus. But if the quarterback leaves Blacksburg, Va., without committing, the Terps should be positioned to reel the dual-threat in Jan. 29.

Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell, who trekked through Clay-Chalkville on the first day of the January open period, is making a potent push. Like Fuente at Memphis, Bell had a rapport with Pigrome when the coach was at Arkansas State. More importantly, the Terps’ spread offense -- which Pigrome said he’s very familiar with -- and the fact Bell wants him at quarterback hold primary appeal.

Initially, Pigrome was somewhat hesitant about Maryland with ex-UMD pledge Dwayne Haskins (discussed below) in tow, but the four-star has since flipped to Ohio State. So now the door has opened, and Pigrome’s free to walk through on Signing Day.

Note: Rutgers’ staff is reportedly targeting quarterback Tylin Oden (Spring Hill/Columbia, Tenn.). The Scarlet Knights’ staff will host Pigrome for an official, but they may not push, conceding him to Maryland or Va Tech.

Temperature Reading: HOT

Chase Fourcade, QB, Rummel (Metairie, La.): So apparently Maryland’s coaches will accept two quarterback pledges this year, according to the two-star signal caller Fourcade. Which means there would room for both Tyrrell Pigrome and potentially this Bayou gunslinger too.

Fourcade added his Terps’ scholarship Jan. 18 when offensive coordinator Walt Bell, who offered the quarterback when the coach was at Arkansas State, flew down to Rummel. Naturally, the Louisiana native couldn’t say enough about his first FBS offer, Fourcade heaping praise on Bell and the University of Maryland. Fourcade is now due in College Park for an official Jan. 22, and we’ve placed him on “pop alert.”

“[Maryland] a chance for early playing time up there, and it’s a Big Ten school and that’s great competition up there,” Fourcade said. “I love to compete, no matter what level, and the Big Ten is great competition and a great opportunity.

“And Coach Bell, he ran a great offense at Arkansas State. With him there, they scored a lot of points and were really up-tempo. Coach Bell did great things at Arkansas State and I know he’s going to do great things at Maryland. So that really stands out to me.”

Fourcade is currently committed to Nicholls State, which he officially visited Jan. 15. He gave Nicholls their due, offering up his share of respectful comments. But maybe the only way Fourcade sticks with the I-AA suitor is if the Terps’ coaches won’t accept his pledge.

After taking in Maryland, Fourcade is scheduled to see McNeese State for a midweek official and Louisiana-Monroe Jan. 29. But let’s see if Terps’ head coach D.J. Durkin can’t seal the deal by Jan. 24.

You can read more about Fourcade HERE.

Temperature Reading: HOT

Lindsey Scott, QB, Zachard (La.): Terps’ offensive coordinator Walt Bell went in-home with Scott on Martin Luther King Day, hitting home with the three-star dual threat and his family. Scott, a former Syracuse pledge, said Bell’s personality and eagerness resonated, although the coach’s offensive system (spread) and Maryland’s need for quarterbacks were the principal reasons the quarterback’s ears perked up.

A day later, Scott scheduled an official visit to Maryland for Jan. 22, excited about meeting the rest of the staff and seeing the campus.

But Bell and Co. will have to overcome a couple hurdles before locking Scott in. Namely, Scott’s hometown offer, which cropped up Jan. 20.

LSU’s staff has been missing right and left on signal callers this year, so offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and head coach Les Miles took a flyer on the local kid. Expectedly, Scott was in awe. The Zachard prospect, who is a noted LSU fan, admitted the Tigers’ scholarship had “changed his recruitment.”

He’s now set to visit Baton Rouge, La., Jan. 29 and could be LSU’s to lose. Unless, of course, Scott realizes he’ll probably be recruited over in a year and wouldn’t be a great fit in the Tigers’ offense.

But we’re not banking on it; the hometown pull might be too much to turn down.

Note: Scott is visiting Rutgers Jan. 24-26, but we don’t anticipate he’ll wind up in Piscataway, N.J., unless LSU and UMD fall off.

Temperature Reading: COOL

Ramar Williams, QB, McNamara (Forestville, Md.): There’s no secret who UMD commits D.J. Turner and Tino Ellis want to be the next Maryland quarterback. Both incoming receivers played against Ramar Williams in the WCAC, witnessing the dual-threat’s passing and running prowess. An all-conference honoree, Williams was probably the second-best quarterback in the state this year, behind Dwayne Haskins.

As of this writing, however, Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell had yet to offer the three-star. In all likelihood, Williams is likely fourth in the pecking order, behind Tyrrell Pigrome; Lindsey Scott; and Chase Fourcade.

But that doesn’t mean Terps’ fans should ignore the local star. Williams clearly wants in at Maryland, and it’s conceivable Bell could give him a late lifeline before Signing Day -- especially if something goes awry with either Fourcade or Pigrome.

Williams does have a pair of military academy offers from Air Force and Army, in addition to those from I-AA institutions. He could opt for West Point if Bell and Co. don’t pursue.

Temperature Reading: COOL

Dwayne Haskins, QB, Bullis (Potomac, Md.): The Dwayne Haskins drama mercifully ended Jan. 18. Although we figured the ex-Terps’ pledge would’ve provided a grander exit than tantalizing Maryland fans by attending a sold-out Xfinity Center basketball game; sitting alongside other UMD commits and friends; and then announcing his life-altering decision via a web diary, which detailed the quarterback’s “vision” and “dream” of playing for Ohio State. (Yes, that was sarcasm).

If you’re tired of reading about Haskins, skip this section. But it’s our journalistic duty to detail, one last time, the events leading up to the former DMV-to-UMD proprietor’s decommitment.

1.     In the wake of UMD head coach D.J. Durkin’s hire and ex-interim coach Mike Locksley’s presumed ouster, Haskins officially visited Columbus, Ohio, before the dead recruiting period set in Dec. 14, 2015. He returned with the typical post-official hyperbole, talking up head coach Urban Meyer; the vibe surrounding the Buckeyes’ program; its current roster; and the school’s tradition.

2.     Haskins remained firmly committed to Maryland, he and his family waiting to see what transpired with Locksley, while giving Durkin a chance to compile a staff.

3.     Urban Meyer, per our OSU contacts, wasn’t exactly infatuated with Haskins anyway. He had a couple other signal callers sitting higher on his board. While Meyer and Co. maintained contact with the Bullis gunslinger, the feeling was Haskins wasn’t an immediate “take.”

4.     Haskins pondered official visits to LSU and TAMU, among others, all the while reaffirming his Maryland commitment.

5.     The Haskins family met with Durkin before the dead period, and the headman reportedly did enough to appease some of the family’s concerns. The Bullis product praised Durkin’s demeanor and his vision for Maryland.

6.     Later in December, Ohio State’s staff ended up missing on a transfer target and another highly-rated high school quarterback. Haskins once again became a priority for Meyer.

7.     OSU area recruiter Luke Fickell visited Bullis Jan. 14, making sure Haskins knew the Buckeyes wanted him.

8.     UMD offensive coordinator Walt Bell finally had a chance to meet Haskins and his family Jan. 15. The Haskinses appreciated the coach’s overture, though the post-visit feeling was Bell and Co. still had work to do.

9.     The entire Haskins family headed up to College Park Jan. 16, taking in a basketball game. They once again chatted up Durkin, while Haskins spent the majority of his stay hanging out with the likes of LoLo Harrison; D.J. Turner; and Terrance Davis -- all Maryland commits. He did not reveal his flip intentions, allowing the Terps a glimmer of hope.

10. Haskins chose not to set up a Maryland official following his meeting with Durkin, giving the Jan. 16 visit an ominous overtone.

11. On Jan. 17, Haskins cancelled his LSU OV, an indication he was either about to flip to OSU (most likely) or re-up with Maryland (not likely).

12. Urban Meyer himself went in-home with Haskins Jan. 18, sealing him to the Buckeyes. The Ohio State coach met with both the quarterback and another Terps’ pledge, linebacker KeAndre Jones (discussed below), securing commitments from both. By that point, Haskins had already decided he was going to be a Bukceye, but Meyer’s personal touch closed the deal.

So there you have it Terps’ fans, for hopefully the last time. The UMD staff quickly moved on even before Haskins’ flip became official, so we will too.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Devon Modster, QB, Tesoro (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.): When the four-star Modster received a Maryland offer just after the New Year, he wasn’t exactly beaming about it. Sure, he gave his props to offensive coordinator Walt Bell; his spread offense; and the chance to start right away at Maryland. But the idea of attending college 3,000 miles from home didn’t sit well.

So Modster saved his most flowing comments for in-state favorite UCLA and nearby Oklahoma State, placing UMD and recent offeree Syracuse on the backburner.  Thus, it came as no surprise when Modster officially visited Los Angeles, Calif., Jan. 15-17 and popped to the Bruins a day later.

Bell probably sensed that would be the case, because Maryland’s offensive coordinator never flew out to California. Rather, Bell concentrated his efforts on Tyrrell Pigrome, Chase Fourcade and Lindsey Scott.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Running Backs

Laderrien Wilson, RB, Osceola (Fla.): Last week in this space I wrote Wilson was the most likely Jan. 15-17 College Park official visitor to pop.

It took him a couple extra days to do so, but the three-star followed through Jan. 20.

 “I had a good visit at Maryland and had a lot of fun,” said Wilson, an ex-UVA pledge who was also considering Syracuse and possibly Louisville. “I liked all the coaches and started building a good relationship with them, I liked some of the players I met, and I liked what I saw.

It's a big campus and they're still building new stuff as well. They said by spring of next year, they'll have the indoor practice facility and locker room that leads all the way to the field with a tunnel. It costs around $150 million."

Maryland assistant Chris Beatty served as Wilson’s lead recruiter when the coach was at Virginia, so the two obviously had a prior association. Wilson said he was Beatty’s “No. 1 guy since Day One,” the running back detailing how their relationship extended beyond football.

But while Beatty did his part, Wilson also bonded with Maryland’s running backs coach, Anthony Tucker, on campus. Tucker broke down the back’s game, detailed how Wilson would fit the offense; and answered any questions the three-star had. On top of that, Wilson hit it off with his player host and fellow Floridian, Jahrvis Davenport, along with the other current Terps and coaches.

The basketball game Wilson witnessed (he liked the Maryland fans), the campus (he said it was beautiful), and the under-construction indoor practice fields (he called them “really nice”) all appealed too.

Now the question is, Can he play?

Well, Wilson’s not quite as dynamic as one of Maryland’s other running back commits, LoLo Harrison. But the Florida runner’s a burly, powerful bulldozer who can push to the second level and break a few tackles in the process. Wilson has plus balance, vision and toughness, the type of back who will doll out hits rather than absorb them.

At the same time, he’s not the fastest runner around and probably isn’t going to hit the homerun. Most analysts project Wilson to be a serviceable short-yardage or third-down runner at the FBS level. He does have some lead-back upside, although he’ll probably be most effective as a goal-line back.

You can read more about Wilson HERE and HERE.

You can read what Wilson’s coach, Doug Nichols, had to say about him HERE.

Temperature Reading: COMMITTED

Tyrek Tisdale, RB, Oak Ridge (Orlando, Fla.): An ex-Florida pledge, Tisdale is firmly on the Maryland staff’s radar too. While the Terps seemingly filled their running back need in the 2016 class, it’s conceivable head coach D.J. Durkin will accept commitments from both Laderrien Wilson and Tisdale, with the latter possibly moving to slot receiver (or even safety). We’ll know more about the runners’ respective situations closer to Signing Day, but for now the UMD staff is pursuing Tisdale in earnest. Durkin actually went in-home with Tisdale the day Wilson popped, indicating the headman remains serious about the Orlando runner.

As it turns out, interest is reciprocal.

Tisdale added an offer from Durkin Jan. 5 and scheduled a Jan. 29 official immediately thereafter. The 6-1, 200 pounder said Maryland’s lack of running back depth, Durkin’s energy and enthusiasm, and the chance to play Big Ten football all hit home. Tisdale pointed out he knew UMD defensive coordinator Scott Shafer fairly well too, the two forming a bond when the coach was at Syracuse.

Earlier this week, Tisdale confirmed his intended UMD trip. He also said Durkin and Shafer stopped by Oak Ridge Jan. 21 for an in-school sitdown.

The only other contender for Tisdale’s services is UMass, which the Florida back is checking out Jan. 22. The Minutemen coaches, who visited Tisdale shortly after the January open period began, have been pushing too.

But although Tisdale does have genuine interest in UMass, the feeling is he’s Maryland’s to lose. The only way Tisdale ends up in Massachusetts is if the Minutemen can coax out a pop before he leaves campus, or the back receives less-than-positive vibes when he’s in College Park (unlikely).

Tisdale should be announcing his destination Feb. 3.

Temperature Reading: WARM/HOT

LoLo Harrison, RB, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): Harrison, who popped to Maryland in July 2014, remains a hard commit, despite DMV-to-UMD pied piper Dwayne Haskins’ OSU flip. Harrison is ready to sign with the Terps Feb. 3.

Temperature Reading: COMMITTED

Jake Funk, RB, Damascus (Md.): Funk is signed, sealed and in College Park. The early enrollee will be playing spring ball with the Terps.

Temperature Reading: COMMITTED


Greg Dortch, WR, Highland Springs (Va.): Maryland assistant Chris Beatty trekked through Highland Springs on the first day of the January open recruiting period, extending an offer to this longtime Wake Forest commit. A 5-8, 170-pound slot, Dortch knew of Beatty when the coach was at UVA, but since the Cavaliers never offered their relationship couldn’t be considered “strong.”

Even so, Dortch was excited about his second power-five offer and said he’d “think about” officially visiting College Park Jan. 29. Beatty’s player-development reputation, offensive coordinator Walt Bell’s up-tempo spread, and the fact UMD isn’t too far from Highland Springs all enticed the diminutive slot. Plus, he’s been to Maryland before and enjoyed the game-day atmosphere and campus.

But Dortch allowed that it “would take a lot” to flip him from Wake, which he’s officially visiting Jan. 22. The Deacons have been on the Virginia slot for more than a year, hosting him for multiple games; visits; and the like. Dortch, who had a standout in-home visit with the Deacons’ coaches Jan. 19, said his inclination was to stick with Wake, even if he does follow through with a UMD official.

But  you never know what can happen when a staff gets a prospect on campus. Our gut is if Dortch -- along with teammate K’Von Wallace (discussed below), another Terps’ target -- makes it to College Park Jan. 29, head coach D.J. Durkin and Co. have a solid shot at pulling off the flip (if the coaches do indeed want him).

You can read more about Dortch HERE

Temperature Reading: WARM

Dredrick Snelson, WR, Flanagan (Pembrook Pines, Fla.): As expected, the race for the Under Armour All-American and “soft” Minnesota pledge Snelson is heating up as Signing Day nears.

Last week, we had the Terps trending for the four-star, the staff primed to reel him in following a Jan. 22 official visit to College Park. It’s a trip he planned to take with his good friends, Elijah and Elisha Daniels (discussed below), two recruits forecast to Maryland.

But a few days later, Snelson wasn’t as giddy about Maryland as he’d previously let on. Snelson backed off comments that he definitely wanted to play alongside the Danielses, while Dwayne Haskins’ decommitment -- the Bullis quarterback recruited Snelson to Maryland at the Under Armour All-American Game -- didn’t help matters.

In the meantime, in-state favorite Miami’s staff has shown interest, Snelson lobbying for a hometown Canes’ scholarship. Snelson may be a backup plan for head coach Mark Richt, but if the headman antes up, or hints at an offer, Miami could become the leader.

But the Terps’ staff hasn’t halted its pursuit, trekking through Flanagan twice since Jan. 14 in hopes of convincing Snelson to trek north. But Snelson elected not to officially visit Maryland, choosing not to accompany the Daniels brothers.

Meanwhile, Penn State’s made a hard charge and will host Snelson Jan. 29. The Nittany Lions have room for one more wideout, with Snelson and Viera (Melbourne, Fla.) wideout Tre Nixon on their board. Whichever prospect pops first gets the spot, and the feeling is Snelson may be more apt to do so than Nixon.

Note: Snelson officially visited UCF Jan. 15, but the Knights are not expected to land the four-star wideout. Minnesota’s coaches also made a last-gasp effort for Snelson this week, visiting him in-home. But Snelson’s subsequent pro-Gophers’ comments may have been mere lip service. At this point, he’s projected to flip to either PSU, Maryland or Miami (if the Canes’ staff offers).

Temperature Reading: COOL

Kee Whetzel, WR/LB, Countryside (Clearwater, Fla.): The Maryland staff has been after Whetzel since before Christmas, Terps’ head coach D.J. Durkin making the initial offer and promptly catching the two-way standout’s eye. Whetzel said the chance to compete in the Big Ten, play early during his career and Durkin’s vision all held prime appeal.

The UMD coaches developed the relationship during the month since, and then Durkin personally visited Whetzel’s school Jan. 21. Whetzel already had the Terps under heavy consideration, but the in-person spiel resonated.

Afterwards, the Florida receiver said he would be taking his College Park official Jan. 22 (he cancelled his originally-scheduled trip to Indiana), suggesting a commitment would be possible while on campus.

Maybe even probable.

“I like the sound of Maryland a lot. I can tell it’s a program that’s really building up,” Whetzel said. “The coaches there sound like they know what they’re doing. I’m excited to get up there.”

If Whetzel opts not to pop, Arizona’s coaches, who are recruiting the Floridian at linebacker, will have their chance to win him over. The Wildcats have stayed on the three-star too, Whetzel saying how much he “loved” the staff. For now, Whetzel’s scheduled to take in Tucson, Ariz., Jan. 29, giving Arizona’s coaches last dibs.

But we’ll see if Durkin and Co. can seal the deal beforehand. For our part, we like UMD’s position -- provided the staff has prioritized Whetzel.

Note: Don’t count out UCF in this race. It’s an in-state program that’s been pushing, and Whetzel did let on the Knights were currently leading for his services.

Note Part II: Whetzel could also play linebacker at Maryland. So if the UMD staff fills up its receiver spots, they’ll probably make room and shift the Florida product to defense.

Temperature Reading: WARM

Trevon Diggs, WR, Avalon (Gaithersburg, Md.): This one’s not over yet, Terps’ aficionados: Diggs is officially visiting UMD Jan. 22. (Well, he's supposed to anyway. The snowstorm has rendered it a 50-50 proposition).

Yes, the four-star Maryland legacy recruit remains committed to Alabama. Yes, Diggs unofficially visited Tuscaloosa, Ala., Jan. 15 for his third sitdown with head coach Nick Saban and Co. And, yes, Saban does seem willing to take Vikings’ receiver Stefon Diggs’ younger brother, per our Bama colleagues.

But there’s been some rumblings out of Trevon Diggs’ camp of late that could potentially work in Maryland’s favor.

First and foremost, Saban may prefer Diggs at cornerback rather than receiver, the recruit’s desired position. Saban will undoubtedly attempt to smooth things over, but who knows how that will go over with the Diggs crew?

Secondly, Diggs has been hearing consistently from UMD assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, the Terps’ defensive backs coach exchanging texts and trekking through Avalon earlier this week. Abdul-Rahim had a rapport with Diggs when the coach was at Alabama the last two years -- and it’s continued at Maryland.

Now, Diggs is at least mulling over Maryland. This could get interesting.

Stay tuned.

Note: After checking out College Park, Diggs may take another official before Signing Day. But even if he ventures out Jan. 29, Diggs will more than likely end up at Alabama or Maryland on Singing Day.

Note Part II:  It’s possible Diggs will have to attend prep school before enrolling in a four-year college. So if the Maryland staff can flip the four-star, he may not see College Park until 2017.

Temperature Reading: WARM

D.J. Turner, WR, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): The Maryland pledge Turner ruffled a few feathers in Terps’ County after he admitted he was considering officially visiting Syracuse Jan. 22. The Orange coaches anted up Jan. 20, pitching their receivers’ reception numbers and early playing time. Despite the late offer, Syracuse’s staff has been in touch with Turner for several months, so they did have a rapport with him.

Maryland’s coaches, meanwhile, worked to put the kibosh on the visit. Turner reportedly hemmed and hawed, contemplating the trip’s ramifications, but decided it couldn’t hurt to take a look at 'Cuse. The DeMatha slot has never been actively courted by another program besides UMD, and thus has never taken another official. So Turner might've just want another “free steak dinner,” so to speak.

But just as we was set to leave, Turner decided it was best not to travel north in a snowstorm. He also let Terps' fans know via Twitter that he was "100 percent committed."

We're inclined to believe him.

Temperature Reading: COMMITTED

Nate Craig-Myers, WR, Tampa Catholic (Tampa, Fla.): The Terps made a run at this five-star Florida receiver, their message intriguing enough for Craig-Myers to consider a Jan. 22 College Park official visit. Maryland assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim pitched early playing time and the chance to become a face of the program a la ex-UMD receiving great Stefon Diggs.

But Craig-Myers, who was at Auburn Jan. 15-17, told our Tigers’ contacts Maryland no longer resided among his foremost contenders. Rather, he pointed to AU; Ole Miss, which will get a Jan. 29 official; UNC; and in-state favorite Florida State.

Many believe Craig-Myers, who committed to Auburn as a sophomore, could very well re-up with the Tigers after this latest official. UNC is also a trendy pick with the Tar Heels’ staff leaving a favorable impression, as is the program he’s most familiar with, FSU.

It’s important to note Craig-Myers wants to attend the same school as his half-brother, cornerback Jayvaughn Myers (discussed below). Myers joined Craig-Myers at Auburn, perhaps giving the Tigers a leg up, while they both have North Carolina and FSU atop their list as well.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Xavier Lane, WR, Carver (Montgomery, Ala.): The three-star receiver Lane was supposed to officially visit College Park Jan. 22, but as of this writing he wasn’t inclined to follow through. The Terps are taking one or two more receivers and have a couple higher-rated targets on their board. Lane had been exchanging messages with UMD-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, but said their communication hasn’t been consistent recently.

Sensing he probably wasn’t a Maryland priority, Lane is now focused on his more ardent pursuers. He was at Western Kentucky Jan. 15, and should be at Toledo Jan. 29. Both program’s staffs have had offers out for months, and each program sent coaches through Carver recently.

It’s possible other offerees such as Cincinnati become involved, but, either way, we’re not sensing much Maryland traction. 

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Benaiah Franklin, WR, Wheeler (Marietta, Ga.): The longtime Purdue commit Franklin landed a Maryland offer in December, and in the immediate aftermath said he’d “definitely” consider officially visiting College Park Jan. 22. His partiality was to the Boilermakers, but UMD offensive coordinator Walt Bell’s pitch at least had him thinking about the Terps. Which made sense considering Bell recruited Franklin when the coach was at Arkansas State, maintaining the rapport after arriving at Maryland.

But Franklin admitted he hadn’t had much contact with Bell, or any UMD coach for that matter, since landing the scholarship. Thus, he said he would not be checking out Maryland and would stick with Purdue.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Rick Wells, WR, Raines (Jacksonville, Md.): We added this Florida commit to the hot board last week after Wells reported he’d had contact with UMD assistant Chris Beatty, who was set to see the recruit Jan. 21. But I touched base with Wells and there didn’t seem to be much reciprocal interest.

“I’m still kind of talking to Maryland, and they’re coming in, but it’s kind of late,” Well said. “I’m not really looking at them.”

Wells said he’ll be officially visiting Virginia Tech Jan. 22 and Florida Jan. 29. He told me in all likelihood he’d wind up with the Gators, whose coaches went to see Wells Jan. 20.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Tino Ellis, WR, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): The Terps’ receiver pledge remains 100-percent on board with the hometown school. He is set to officially visit College Park Jan. 22 and sign Feb. 3.

Temperature Reading: COMMITTED

Tight Ends

Noah Barnes, TE, Auburn (Ala.): The lone tight end target on Maryland’s board will be taking his College Park official Jan. 22, the two-star’s second time on campus since last summer.

Barnes embarked on an OV to Memphis, the school he’s been committed to since September, Jan. 15-17, but the Tigers’ coaches failed to lock the tight end in. While the Alabama product enjoyed his Tennessee trip, fact is Barnes was unfamiliar with the new Memphis staff since ex-headman Justin Fuente and several assistants bolted for Virginia Tech.

So, Barnes will follow through with his Terps’ jaunt, with a commitment possibly coming at the visit’s conclusion. Barnes has been in contact with UMD offensive coordinator Walt Bell, who offered the tight end at the coach’s former employer, Arkansas State. Plus, Maryland’s tight ends coach, Pete Lembo, trekked through Auburn High last week for an in-person meeting.

Furthermore, Barnes journeyed out to College Park last June for the Big Show, taking a liking to the campus and environment. The school’s academic reputation (Barnes wants to major in engineering), Big Ten affiliation; and the fact he grew up watching Terps’ football only aids the UMD staff’s chances at securing the tight end’s services.

Unless head coach D.J. Durkin elects to look in a different direction, Barnes could be a Terp by Jan. 24. On this end, we do believe the Auburn prospect is a “take,” either as a blocking tight end or potentially a long snapper.

Temperature Reading: HOT

Offensive Linemen

Jauan Williams, OT, Carroll (Washington, D.C.): Maryland’s staff has made it known it wants the four-star All-American in College Park, the coaches stopping off at Carroll for the second straight week. The tackle has connected with UMD recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, and he liked head coach D.J. Durkin after an initial sitdown too. Williams is a rather mercurial recruit who tends to change his mind, but it is possible he visits Maryland, maybe for a midweek trip, before Signing Day.

Most reporters, though, believe Florida State, which Williams visited Dec. 11, is the team to beat. Not only did the Tallahassee, Fla., official win Williams over, but the Noles’ staff has gone in-home with the D.C. product to ensure his interest level doesn’t wane.

Williams did foray through Texas A&M Jan. 15, although there was little news emanating out of TAMU in regards to how the trip went. (It’s unclear whether or not the Aggies’ coaches would accept a Williams pop to begin with).

Next up, Williams is set to see LSU Jan. 22 and Oklahoma Jan. 29, both the Tigers’ and Sooners’ coaches stopping by Carroll to check in. Of those two programs, Williams is thought to be favoring the OU.

So while we do believe the Terps are involved, the Seminoles are trending, with the Sooners following closely behind. 

Temperature Reading: COOL

Luke Campbell, OT, Olentangy (Lewis Center, Ohio): This three-star tackle does not speak to the media much, but Scout’s Bill Greene caught up with him. Campbell, who saw Iowa State Jan. 15, let on he would be taking an official visit to East Lansing, Mich., Jan. 22 and College Park Jan. 29.

Evidently UMD headman D.J. Durkin and line coach Dave Borbely were in to see Campbell this seek. Additionally, Terps’ assistant Pete Lembo offered Campbell when the coach was at Ball State, leading the tackle to say, “I really like the Maryland staff a lot.”

But although the Terps’ coaches did well to secure the final official visit, we’re not so sure Campbell makes it to College Park. Campbell recently added that Michigan State scholarship, and afterwards dubbed the Spartans the prohibitive favorites. He’s been to MSU three times and knows multiple coaches very well. Furthermore, the Ohio native told Bill Greene he could commit while on campus. (We checked with our MSU Scout colleagues, and they said the Spartans’ coaches would accept Campbell’s commitment).

Iowa State, a program whose staff has been after Campbell for longer than UMD’s and MSU’s, is also in play. But the tealeaves read “Spartans” for this one.

Temperature Reading: COOL

Brian Plummer, OT, South Carroll (Sykesville, Md.): We mentioned last week that Maryland pledge Brian Plummer’s commitment status appeared secure. He let us know he was in touch with the UMD staff and would be finalizing his College Park official visit shortly.

Be that as it may, we remained somewhat skeptical. But evidently Plummer wasn’t lying.

This week, he had an in-home visit with UMD-area recruiter Pete Lembo, which pretty much assures Plummer’s in head coach D.J. Durkin’s plans. The South Carroll product then said he would be officially visiting Maryland Jan. 29.

So, unless there’s a last-minute change, we expect the South Carroll product to sign with Maryland Feb. 3.

Temperature Reading: COMMITTED

Grayson Stover, OT, Hudson (Fla.): The Terps, Stover’s former No. 1 suitor, remained in the game for the Florida tackle all the way up until he popped to USF Jan. 20. Stover had been in communication with Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin, the recruit maintaining his Terps’ interest. Moreover, the UMD staff was supposed to trek through Hudson earlier this week to firm up an official visit for either Jan. 22 or Jan. 29.

But rather than fly up to Maryland, Stover opted for the in-state program that just hosted him for a standout OV. The Bulls were thought to be on the outside looking in, but the Jan. 22 trip, combined with the USF coaches’ ardent pursuit (an in-school and in-home visit), persuaded Stover to stay home.

Indiana, which Stover officially visited back in November, was thought to be the current frontrunner. But the Hoosiers’ staff had other tackle targets higher on their board and may have tapered their contact recently.

Maryland sat third in the race, in part because of ex-area recruiter Mike Locksley’s and ex-line coach Greg Studrawa’s departures. While Stover publically backed the new UMD staff, it was clear Locksley and Studrawa were “his guys” in College Park.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Javon Kinlaw, OT, Goose Creek (S.C.): The Terps saw one of their foremost tackle targets come off the board this week, though not because another coaching staff stole him away. Four-star South Carolina pledge Javon Kinlaw had some academic issues to iron out and decided to enroll in Jones County C.C. in Ellisville, Miss.

Maryland -- with assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim running point given his past relationship with Kinlaw from coaching the recruit at Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.) -- was in line for a Jan. 22 official. The feeling was Kinlaw may very well have flipped once he saw UMD firsthand and met the entire staff. But Kinlaw was also supposed to trek through South Carolina Jan. 29, the Gamecocks’ staff confident about securing his services.

It won’t make a difference now with Kinlaw off to JUCO. But we’ll see if the South Carolina native’s name crops up again in two years. If Abdul-Rahim is still in College Park, we could see the coach reengaging the talented tackle down the line.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Tyler Watson, OT, Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.): Terps’ offensive coordinator Walt Bell tossed out a Jan. 1 offer to this Wake Forest commit in hopes of luring Watson north. At the time, it seemed like Bell had a decent shot at pulling it off considering the coordinator went after Watson when the coach was at Arkansas State.

But even after hearing Bell out, Watson said he was tied in “pretty tight” with the Deacons’ staff. He said he’d consider officially visiting Maryland, but would have to think long and hard about flipping. Wake’s small-school atmosphere, proximity to his home and the close-knit staff all rung true.

Watson was still contemplating the Terps’ trip in mid-January, however, but the Wake coaches put the kibosh on that soon after the recruiting period opened up. The Deacons’ staff visited the Georgian in-home earlier this week, and are set to host him Jan. 22.

Watson said the upcoming Winston Salem, N.C. trip is the only one he’ll take this January. Barring a last-second change, Watson should be signing with Wake Feb. 3.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Terrance Davis, OG, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): The four-star All-American isn’t wavering on his Maryland commitment. He’s fully on board with UMD head coach D.J. Durkin’s program and set to sign with the hometown school Feb. 3.

Temperature Reading: COMMITTED

Richard Merritt, OG, Carroll (Washington, D.C.): Another All-American Maryland pledge, Merritt, like Davis, isn’t backing out now. He’ll be inking his name to a UMD Letter of Intent on Signing Day.

Temperature Reading: COMMITTED 

 Defensive Linemen

Aaron Thompson, DT, Dillard (Forth Lauderdale, Fla.): Before officially visiting College Park Jan. 16-18, we didn’t give the Terps much of a chance with this three-star defensive tackle. During a pre-visit interview with Scout’s Corey Bender, Thompson suggested South Carolina and Tennessee led for his services, with Maryland and Idaho on the backburner.

But Thompson did a 180 after trekking north for his first look at UMD.

“Man, that official was live. Maryland was really cool,” Thompson said. “Right now I’d say Maryland is at the top for me. Man, it was cool up there, bro. I really liked it. Just the vibe, the people, the coaches, the community. I loved it and I felt like I could fit in well, for real.”

Three days later, Thompson was a Terp, reneging on trips to South Carolina and Tennessee. UMD head coach D.J. Durkin stopped by Dillard Jan. 21, convincing the defensive tackle to end his recruitment early.

“[Durkin] was saying how much it would mean if I committed to Maryland. And I told him, ‘Coach, I’m ready.’ I understood what I was getting into, and I told him I was ready to commit,” Thompson said.

Thompson had been in touch with Terps’ assistants Chris Beatty and Mike London, who recruited the defensive tackle at the coaches’ former employer, UVA. The Dillard product said he had a terrific rapport with the two staffers previously, and then followed them right over to College Park soon after Durkin hired them.

But while Beatty and London did the heavy lifting, convincing Thompson to visit, the UMD staff as a whole sold the defender. Thompson said he connected with each coach, his eyes opened when Durkin showed him UMD’s depth chart and mentioned immediate playing time.

The current Maryland players, including host Jesse Aniebonam, also showed Thompson a good time, while the three-star took to the campus; surrounding area; and College Park’s location. The school’s communications program held weight as well since Thompson wants to be a sportscaster one day.

Add it all up, and Thompson didn’t feel the need to trek to South Carolina or Tennessee.

“I’m done with this recruiting business,” Thompson said. “Maryland is my school.”

As far as his game is concerned, Thompson played both the 3- and 5-techniques at Dillard, although he projects as more of an interior lineman in a 4-3 scheme. Thompson has a potent first step, comes off the ball low and hard, and can get skinny in the holes. He’s fairly explosive, pursues well and possesses a decent motor. But Thompson still has a ways to go before he’s ready for the FBS level. He has to play with better leverage, do a better job scraping and hone his fundamentals (hand placement, footwork). His lateral agility, pursuit angles and conditioning could use some work too. Moreover, Thompson needs to get in the weight room and continue building up his body.

But if Thompson keeps working, he has solid upside potential and should eventually be a starter along the defensive front.

You can read more about Thompson HERE

You can see what his coach had to say about him HERE

Temperature Reading: COMMITTED

Terrell Hall, DE, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.): Hall went mum after his Maryland official visit Jan. 15-17, although his coaches clued us in. The four-star defensive end thoroughly enjoyed his 48-hour stay in College Park and came away with a different feel for the program than he’d had before.

UMD head coach D.J. Durkin, defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, line coach Mike London and area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim all did their part to sell the program. Hall, previously skeptical about the hometown school, is now convinced the Terps are on the up-and-up and could be a true Big Ten contender. Furthermore, Hall is well aware he could contribute from Day One in College Park;  play alongside some of his good friends like Adam McLean; and potentially develop into an All-American/face of the program. 

A few days after the official, the Maryland staff made yet another pitch, visiting Hall in-home. The D.C. native already had turtles on the brain, but that last personal touch may have helped the Terps’ position even more.

But before Hall inks that UMD Letter of Intent, Alabama will have its shot to sway him. If Tide head coach Nick Saban truly wants Hall -- at last check we heard he does -- the defensive end could start gravitating back to Bama during his official Jan. 22. Hall, who Saban visited earlier this week, has long favored Alabama, speaking to the Tide’s tradition; player development; and the program’s aura.

Another SEC suitor, Ole Miss, is scheduled to host Hall Jan. 29, although we can’t envision the St. John’s product in Oxford, Miss. That said, the Rebels’ coaches do have Hall’s ear and have been particularly aggressive on the trail. Plus, Ole Miss does have the benefit of last dibs.

Given the above, there will be a few more twists and turns the new two weekends. But, for the moment, we’re encouraged about Maryland’s chances.

Temperature Reading: WARM

Keldric Preston, DL, Robinson (Tampa, Fla.): When the Terps offered Preston back in December, he hinted it would take one heck of a push for him to renege on his Wisconsin pledge.

But give the Maryland staff credit; assistants Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and Chris Beatty stayed on the three-star defensive end and attempted to drum up interest. Intrigued enough by the coaches’ comments and their early-playing-time pitch, Preston said he continued to ponder a Maryland official visit all the way up until mid-January. Plus, Preston attended the same high school as UMD receiver Jahrvis Davenport, which added more intrigue.

The Wisconsin staff didn’t back down, either, however. The Badgers’ coaches visited Preston in-home and in-school, ensuring the recruit’s mind remained on Madison, Wisc. And earlier this week Preston confirmed that he’d indeed be signing with Wisconsin. He said he had no intention of following through with any other official visits.

Moving on.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Amir Watts, DL, Phillips Academy (Chicago, Ill.): Maryland defensive coordinator Scott Shafer has ties in Chicago, and he offered this three-star tackle in mid-January. The hope was for Watts, who knew Shafer when the coach was at Syracuse, to cancel one of his final three officials in favor of a trip to College Park.

But Watts demurred, his coaches telling Scout’s Allen Trieu this week the defensive tackle had taken one official to Indiana Jan. 15 and would likely be at Pitt Jan. 22 and Iowa State Jan. 29. Penn State could possibly work into the mix if the Nittany Lions’ coaches extend a late offer.

Trieu said the Phillips Academy staff did not mention Maryland as a possibility.

Moving on.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Mykelle McDaniel, DL, Grayson (Loganville, Ga.): This three-star tackle added a Maryland offer via offensive coordinator Walt Bell in December, and subsequently placed the Terps on his leaderboard. But McDaniel hasn’t responded to media inquiries of any kind since then, leaving us in the dark as to where he stands.

But we did some digging this week, and apparently McDaniel hasn’t had much, if any, contact with UMD since adding the offer. Now, he seems to be favoring Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia and Nebraska.

That’s a highly tentative list, however, because there are some issues that may prevent McDaniel from enrolling at any of those schools. Per our Georgia colleagues, there’s an increasing likelihood McDaniel ends up going the JUCO route.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD


Jaquan Yulee, ILB, Indian River (Chesapeake, Va.): The Alabama decommit Yulee wasn’t prepared to take an official visit to Maryland Jan. 15-17, but he did stop by College Park for the first time Jan. 16. The four-star middle linebacker had the opportunity to take in a Maryland basketball game, tour the campus and, most importantly, meet head coach D.J. Durkin and his staff.

Yulee came away raving, promptly elevating the Terps to No. 2 on his leaderboard, just behind Alabama. He said he appreciated how the staff “was straight up” and “didn’t sugarcoat anything.” Yulee is also keenly aware he’d have an opportunity to earn playing time soon after arriving on campus, maybe even starting as a freshman. For what it’s worth, he lauded the “crazy” fanbase and the “tight” Under Armour uniforms too.

Moreover, the Virginia product has been in contact with ex-UVA coaches Mike London and Chris Beatty for more than a year, the two Maryland assistants actively pursuing Yulee when they were in Charlottesville, Va.

Shortly after leaving, Yulee said he’d definitely be returning for an official visit, with Jan. 29 a possible target date.

The other primary players here are Alabama, which Yulee decommitted from Jan. 7, and Virginia Tech. He has not set officials to either Tuscaloosa or Blacksburg yet, and probably won't at this point unless he takes a midweek trip.

We’re not so sure the Tide are willing to take Yulee back, either way. Alabama has plenty of options on its board and could very well move on as Yulee deliberates. Meaning this could very well be a UMD-Va Tech race, with the Terps holding the edge thanks to Yulee’s rapport with Beatty and London.

On top of that, Durkin went in-home with Yulee Jan. 21, which aids UMD’s chances even more.

Realize, though, that even if Yulee commits to Maryland on Signing Day (his stated announcement date), he may have to attend prep school. Yulee even admitted in the interview he had to hit the books hard.

You can read more about Yulee HERE

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

UPDATE: Yulee ended up committing to Marshall Jan. 22. The four-star had some classroom issues that may have prevented some of his other suitors from signing him, including Maryland. Marshall was willing to work with him, so he popped to the Herd. 

Tavante Beckett, OLB, Indian River (Chesapeake, Va.): The three-star Virginia Tech pledge Beckett trekked up to College Park for an official Jan. 15-17, his first opportunity to see new-look Maryland. He’d previously been on campus for a game and a spring practice, but admitted he “didn’t feel the love” from the Terps’ former staff, which never offered the backer.

But the three-star had known now-UMD receivers’ coach Chris Beatty and defensive line coach Mike London for more than a year. When Beatty was at UVA last year, he served as Beckett’s area recruiter, constantly trekking through the 757 and its various high school powers.

That relationship was enough to convince Beckett to head north for a longer look at Maryland.

“I loved the new coaching staff at Maryland. I’d been up there before, but it was just a very different vibe with the new staff there,” Beckett said. “They have a young linebackers’ coach [Matt Barnes], who is real down to earth. And then they have two coaches from the 757 in Coach Beatty and Coach [Mike] London, and having coaches from my area who can relate to me is an added benefit. I really related well to those guys.”

Beckett said he easily connected with Barnes, the linebackers’ coach detailing the three-star’s exact role in UMD’s defense. He talked up head coach D.J. Durkin and the rest of the staff too, noting how the Terps’ coaches “have me at the top of their board.”

The Indian River prospect also praised player-host Jermaine Carter (“we had a lot in common,” he said), the campus itself, the facility upgrades and the fact Washington, D.C., is right outside College Park.

But before Beckett contemplates a flip, he’ll be officially visiting Virginia Tech Jan. 29. That trip could potentially solidify his status with the Hokies, although we’ve heard new Tech headman Justin Fuente may not be overly infatuated with Beckett. The recruit is publically leaning towards the Hokies, but we’ll see if he’s singing the same tune after the Tech staff gives him the lowdown.

Our gut? It’s all going to come down to the Blacksburg trip. If the Hokies’ staff does indeed want Beckett, he’ll probably firm up his pledge. But if the three-star doesn’t get a great vibe, a Maryland flip is likely.

You can read more about Beckett HERE

Temperature Reading: WARM

Keith Simms, OLB, Landon (Bethesda, Md.): The four-star linebacker Simms embarked on his third official visit Jan. 15 to Chapel Hill, N.C. Simms -- who saw Oregon and Va Tech officially before the holidays -- didn’t grant extensive interviews this week, but our UNC contacts let on the trip may not have gone as well as anticipated.

The feeling heading in was the jaunt could’ve potentially moved North Carolina to the top of the leaderboard, ahead of presumed No. 1 Va Tech. But while Simms appreciated headman Larry Fedora’s program, the vibe is the linebacker’s not heading to Chapel Hill.

Next up for Simms is a potential official visit to Ole Miss Jan. 22 (Simms didn’t confirm whether or not he was actually going), with one weekend left for the linebacker to see Michigan State; Cal; or Maryland.

The Rebels, whose staff offered in December, have been in constant contact, convincing the Landon backer to see what Oxford’s all about. Granted, Mississippi doesn’t seem to fit Simms’ “profile” (i.e. high academic recruit, wants to play on the East Coast), but we’ll see what happens after he visits.

Michigan State and Cal just reentered onto Simms’ radar in recent weeks. He rarely broached either program during recent months, leading us to believe neither is a primary contender.

As for Maryland, Simms has been fading from the Terps’ grasp -- and the UMD staff might have sensed it. The UMD coaches have offered several other outside linebackers, hosting one (Tavante Beckett) for an official visit Jan. 15.

That said, Simms did meet head coach D.J. Durkin and defensive coordinator Scott Shafer, offering favorable comments for each, while he chatted with linebackers’ coach Matt Barnes earlier this week.

But Simms didn’t have a relationship with those staffers prior to the last month or so. His Maryland point man was now-Army defensive line coach Chad Wilt, whom Simms had a terrific rapport with. That lost connection may not have been the Terps’ undoing, but it did drop them down Simms’ favorites list.

Unless there’s a change of heart, the local linebacker doesn’t sound like he’s coming to College Park. Virginia Tech, which Simms has lauded time and again (his ties to defensive coordinator Bud Foster run deep), could be his ultimate destination.

Note: Rumors have been swirling about Simms, and since the Landon backer won’t go on record, it’s been difficult to vet the information. We did hear from one source Simms might be leaning towards Maryland again, but take that with a grain of salt for now.

Temperature Reading: COOL

KeAndre Jones, OLB, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.): This one stung, no ifs ands or buts about it.

The ex-Maryland linebacker pledge Jones hinted he’d be taking a couple official visits before Signing Day, and he did indeed follow through with a Columbus, Ohio, jaunt Jan. 15-17 after meeting with OSU-area recruiter Luke Fickell Jan. 14. Jones, who had been in Columbus before, had a great time reconnecting with headman Urban Meyer; the defensive coaches; and the current Buckeyes.

Two days later, Jones -- along with former Terps’ pledge Dwayne Haskins -- flipped his commitment, reneging on his previous comments that he was “100 percent” Terps.

Jones previously said he and head coach D.J. Durkin were seeing eye to eye, the linebacker believing in the coach’s vision and mentality. Jones had a rapport with the other UMD staff members and his fellow incoming 2016 Terps’ recruits too. On top of that, the Good Counsel product wanted to represent his home state and give his mother an opportunity to see him play regularly.

But when Urban Meyer’s on the prowl, it always makes us leery. There’s a distinct possibility Meyer talked “package deal” with Jones and Haskins, convincing the two DMV four-stars they could thrive in Columbus. There’s also a distinct possibility Jones was coaxed into flipping by “outside forces,” which have been discussed on the message board.

Regardless, Durkin and Co. will roll with the punches, moving on to the likes of Jaquan Yulee; Tavante Beckett; and others.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Chase Pine, OLB, Lafayette (Williamsburg, Va.): Pine wasn’t the No. 1 outside linebacker on Maryland’s board, but the Terps did offer him a scholarship and were set to host him for a Jan. 29 official visit. He’d never been to College Park before, but had a direct connection to UMD Virginia-area recruiters Mike London and Chris Beatty, who pursued Pine when the coaches were at UVA.

But Pine, who had been committed to Pitt since last June, cancelled his College Park trip last weekend. The Virginia product officially visited Pitt Jan. 15-17, the Panthers’ coaches doing their part to cement Pine’s commitment. The backer entered the trip unsure about the staff and its direction, but his concerns were appeased once he met with headman Pat Narduzzi.

Soon after returning to Williamsburg, Pine texted in that he would no longer be taking trips to Minnesota and Maryland. In all likelihood, he’ll be signing with Pitt on Signing Day.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Aaron Hansford, OLB, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.): The Terps’ staff made a run at the local linebacker Hansford and did well to work their way up the four-star’s favorites list. Hansford, recall, didn’t even mention Maryland prior to headman D.J. Durkin’s takeover and assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim’s hiring.

But although Hansford listened to the latter two, he viewed Maryland as more of a backup option to some of his longtime contenders. The DMV recruit had UCLA, Michigan State, Oregon, Notre Dame and TAMU out in front, officially visiting the former four and opting to take his final trip to College Station, Texas, Jan. 29.

The Bruins, which Hansford saw Jan. 22, are the clear leaders. The St. John’s product is intent on playing receiver in college, and of his final contenders, only UCLA is giving him that opportunity. The California vibe, the academics and the Bruins’ coaching staff have Hansford smitten too.

Expect Hansford to commit to UCLA on Signing Day.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Antoine Brooks, ILB, DuVal (Lanham, Md.): Maryland assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim was in DuVal Jan. 19 to check in on the local linebacker Brooks, who suffered multiple fractures during a midseason game and could be out until the spring. Brooks was one of the state’s top linebacker recruits prior to the injury, on the radar of numerous power-five programs (many wanted to evaluate his transcripts before offering).

But Brooks has heard nary a whisper from college football’s top levels since then, although there’s a chance the Terps’ staff could extend an olive branch of sorts. Nothing has been decided yet, but UMD headman D.J. Durkin could give Brooks a greyshirt offer, with an opportunity to earn a full scholarship once he’s healthy.

If so, Brooks might just hop on it. The prospects of staying home and representing the DMV certainly hold weight with him.

But Brooks is also looking at Buffalo, which has a greyshirt offer out, and UMass, with a tentative official visit set for Jan. 22. Of the two, he’s favoring Buffalo since the staff “stood by me even when I was injured.”

Let’s see if the Terps pursue.

You can read more about Brooks HERE

Temperature Reading: WARM


J.J. Givens, S/CB, Atlee (Mechanicsville, Va.): Maryland now has some real competition for the safety/corner Givens. Fresh off an official visit to Miami, Givens seemingly has the Canes running neck-and-neck or slightly behind the Terps. Givens, who just landed a Miami offer when the coaches trekked through Atlee earlier this week, lauded his Coral Gables foray to the point of hyperbole. He loved the Hurricanes’ new defensive coaches, bonded with the current Miami players, and ate up the campus vibe.

But Givens has yet to pop, giving Maryland and N.C. State a window of opportunity.

The Terps have been pursuing the three-star in earnest for more than a year, first under the Randy Edsall regime and now the D.J. Durkin one. UMD assistants Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, Scott Shafer and Mike London, in addition to Durkin, have been in close contact since December, Givens lauding each coach. And not only have those four coaches been exchanging messages with the Virginia product, but they’ve also stopped by Atlee. Meanwhile, Durkin and Abdul-Rahim went in-home with him Jan. 19.

Maryland also has the advantage of having a strong business program (Givens’ intended major) and being close to Givens’ home. To boot, Givens has been in College Park previously, offering up plenty of compliments for the campus; area; and facilities.

But before taking in the Terps Jan. 29, Givens, who hosted NC State coach Dave Doeren for an in-home, will visit the Wolfpack Jan. 22. We do not expect the prospect to land in Raleigh, N.C., barring unforeseen circumstances., however.

This is a Miami-Maryland battle, with the Terps having the advantage of leaving the final impression.

Temperature Reading: HOT

K’Von Wallace, S, Highland Spring (Va.): Last week, the Maryland staff handed a scholarship to Highland Springs slot receiver Greg Dortch. Less than seven days later, UMD assistants Mike London and Chris Beatty offered K’Von Wallace, a corner/safety hybrid. London trekked through the school Jan. 19 and gave Wallace the word in person.

Wallace, committed to Cincinnati since last July, said the offer came out of nowhere. But he wasn’t complaining.

The Virginia safety noted how he’d been to College Park before and liked the area and campus, not to mention its close proximity to his home. Furthermore, Wallace had had contact with London and Beatty when both staffers were at Virginia, the coach-recruit familiarity already established.

“I liked the way [London and Beatty] saw me as a person and not just a football player,” Wallace said. “They’re really personable people.”

Wallace already had his official visit schedule booked, intending to foray through Virginia Tech Jan. 22; Arizona for a midweek trip Jan. 26-28; and Pitt Jan. 29. But the safety said he “might just have to bump” Pitt in favor of Maryland.

Wallace and Dortch are both discussing heading up to UMD together on the 29th, allowing Maryland’s staff a chance to flip them (Dortch is pledged to Wake Forest). But we’ll see if Wallace, and Dortch for that matter, make it to campus.

The defensive back officially visited Cincinnati Jan. 15 and still holds some affinity for the Bearcats. Moreover, in-state Va Tech could potentially lead given Wallace’s desire to represent the state school. Arizona is in position as well, although likely trailing Tech and UMD.

But if both Wallace and Dortch are in College Park Jan. 29, the Terps could very well orchestrate the double flip. (Of course, the UMD staff may not have prioritized the pair, either, considering the number of defensive backs and receivers the Terps’ coaches have offered.)

You can read more about Wallace HERE.

Temperature Reading: WARM

Perry Young, S, Spain Park (Hoover, Ala.): This safety/nickel back committed to Cincinnati back in December, but a late Maryland offer has him reconsidering. Terps’ head coach D.J. Durkin tossed a Maryland scholarship the two-star’s way Jan. 19, prompting the safety to tentatively schedule a College Park official for Jan. 29.

Young’s connection to UMD? Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell, who recruited (and secured a commitment from) Young when the coach was at Arkansas State.

“I know coach Bell is an offensive guy, but he was still in touch with me at Arkansas State. I actually was committed to Arkansas State at one point, so I knew Coach Bell really well,” Young said. “Then he came down to my school [Jan. 14] and was talking to me then. He’s a really offensively-gifted coach, but overall he’s a great guy; easy to talk to; and has been recruiting me for awhile. For him to be recruiting me so long, the right thing to do would be to give him a shot to recruit me at Maryland.”

Young also praised Durkin for the coach’s defensive background, while the fact UMD’s a Big Ten program attracted the safety too.

Provided Young’s College Park trip comes to fruition and he’s a “take” for the staff” -- Maryland may fill up its defensive back spots before Jan. 29, or have higher-rated targets trending to the Terps -- the Spain Park prospect indicated he would flip. That is, if Young experiences the same family feel he’s received at Cincinnati.

Young, who officially visited the Queen City Jan. 15, said he had a strong bond with the Bearcats’ coaches and “everything just felt right there.” For the Terps to flip the Alabama safety, he said his Maryland experience would at least have to match, and probably exceed, Cincinnati’s.

Note: Young is officially visiting Tulane Jan. 22, but the Green Wave are not a true contender.

You can read more about Young HERE.

Temperature Reading: WARM

Jeawon Taylor, S, Park Crossing (Montgomery, Ala.): This four-star safety will be following through with his Maryland official Jan. 22, Taylor in close contact with UMD defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. Taylor, a Florida pledge, knew Abdul-Rahim well when the coach was at Alabama, and they renewed their relationship when the assistant moved on to Maryland.

But of all the defensive backs the Terps are hosting, Taylor may be the least likely to wind up in College Park.

Taylor took in Georgia Jan. 15-17 and couldn’t say enough about the Bulldogs. He talked up new headman Kirby Smart, the other incoming recruits who visited Athens, Ga., with him, and the overall environment surrounding the program.

Then, after visiting Maryland, Taylor is set to see Florida Jan. 29, Taylor’s UF status took a bit of a hit when the Gators’ secondary coach, Kirk Callahan, left, but he’s going to hear Florida head coach Jim McElwain out nonetheless.

Even if Taylor wavers on his Gators’ pledge, most believe he’d simply flip to Georgia. The Terps are thought to be a distant third for Taylor’s services.

But who knows what the four-star will be thinking about visiting UMD? Maybe if Abdul-Rahim, headman D.J. Durkin and the rest roll out the red carpet -- and Taylor later decides to renege on his UF pledge -- the Terps can jump Georgia and scoop the safety up.

We’re not counting on it, but stranger things have happened in recruiting.

Temperature Reading: COOL

Daniel Thomas, S, Lee (Montgomery, Ala.): The sudden-riser Thomas embarked on his first official visit to South Carolina Jan. 15, the Gamecocks the prohibitive favorites. Thomas lauded the new South Carolina staff, their defensive scheme and the environment. So smitten was Thomas that he thought about committing while in Columbia, S.C., ending his recruitment without taking any other officials.

But Thomas will take at least two more trips, although Maryland will not be one of them. The Lee prospect was supposed to see College Park Jan. 22, but a late North Carolina offer changed his thinking. Now, Thomas is heading to Chapel Hill instead.

Another later offeree, Clemson, will be receiving an official too, Thomas locked in for Jan. 29. Word is the CU trip could vault the Tigers to the head of the pack. The fact Clemson just played in a national championship game, coupled with head coach Dabo Swinney’s increasing popularity, has Thomas excited about the Tigers.

Thomas might still give Maryland its due, perhaps embarking on a midweek official. The Alabaman has known ex-Tide staffer Aazaar Abdul-Rahim for over a year, and the pair have remained in consistent communication since. Thomas reportedly hosted Abdul-Rahim Jan. 20, which is why the safety wants to honor the reneged-upon College Park trip.

But even if Thomas does make it to Maryland, the Terps are probably fourth on the totem poll, behind South Carolina; Clemson; and UNC.

Temperature Reading: COOL

Qwuantrezz Knight, S, East Gadsden (Greenville, Fla.): The Terps had a “tentative” offer out to this under-the-radar safety, UMD assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim initiating contact. But the Maryland staff never made much of a push, and Knight’s now inclined to remain committed to Eastern Michigan.

He’s hosted the EMU coaches in-home and should be officially visiting Jan. 22 or Jan. 29. Knight has not set up any trips to College Park. Needless to say, he’s off the board.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD


Elisha Daniels & Elijah Daniels, CB/S, Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.): The brothers Daniels are in College Park, and it wouldn’t shock at all if they popped to UMD before leaving Jan. 24. The twins, who decommitted from Minnesota a couple weeks ago, met with Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin and defensive coordinator Scott Shafer Jan. 21 and said the in-home “went really, really well.”

The two coaches laid out their plan to feature the twins in the defense, imparted UMD’s need for defensive backs, and said both brothers could play soon after arriving in College Park. Durkin’s and Shafer’s enthusiastic approach grabbed the twins’ attentions as well.

Now, the Danielses do want to officially Syracuse Jan. 29. The Orange coaches went in-home with the brothers Jan. 19 and coaxed them into checking out New York.

But although ‘Cuse could have the benefit of the final official, the tealeaves still read “Maryland” for the safety-corner duo. Let’s see if Durkin and Co. can close the deal before the pair venture farther north.

Note: Elisha and Elijah Daniels officially visited UCF Jan. 15-17, and while the two had high praise for the hometown suitor, the Knights are not expected to land the duo.

Temperature Reading: HOT

K.J. Sails, CB, East Bay (Gibsonton, Fla.): Sails was Maryland’s to lose . . . until North Carolina’s coaches offered Jan. 20 and subsequently went in-home with the three-star. Before said offer, the cornerback texted that he’d be officially visiting College Park Jan. 22 following a Jan. 19 meeting with UMD headman D.J. Durkin; defensive coordinator Scott Shafer; and area recruiter Chris Beatty. Twenty-four hours later, the UMD trip was off and the UNC one was a go.

Which flies in stark contrast to what Sails told us during an earlier interview. The East Bay product said he was tied in with Durkin and UMD assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, Sails in regular communication each week. Sails said the possibility for immediate field time, the school’s journalism program (he wants to be a sports reporter) and Maryland’s Big Ten affiliation attracted him as well.

And, to some extent, maybe they still do. There is a chance Sails opts to visit College Park Jan. 29, a weekend he currently has nothing scheduled.

But there’s also a possibility Sails simply ends his recruitment after returning home from Chapel Hill. Per our UNC connects, the Carolina coaches -- who flattered Sails during their Jan. 20 in-home -- will push for a pop before the corner can set up any last-minute officials.

We’re leaving Sails on the hot board until he completely eliminates Maryland, but the Floridian may be North Carolina’s to lose.

Note: The Tar Heels do have a half-dozen defensive backs committed, so Sails could realize he has more of an opportunity at Maryland than at UNC. That could potentially be the Terps’ saving grace.

Temperature Reading: COOL

Sir Patrick Scott, CB, Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.): After Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin stopped by Riverdale to see Scott last week, UMD assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim followed up Jan. 19. Typically, this would be an indication the staff is pushing for a commitment, but that doesn’t seem to be the case right now.

After two meetings with Terps’ coaches, the ex-Wolverines pledge Scott has yet to schedule a College Park official visit, leading us to surmise the local might not be a priority target yet. In fact, Durkin hasn’t even extended a firm offer.

The Maryland staff will maintain contact regardless, but might not pursue unless the likes of Elijah and Elisha Daniels; K.J. Sails; Perry Young; K’Von Wallace; and J.J. Givens drop off.

Scott, for his part, does have interest in the hometown school since it would be an opportunity to stay local. If the offer’s on the table, there’s a better-than-average chance Scott visits College Park Jan. 29 and pops shortly thereafter.

But it’s not like Maryland is his only option. Pitt, West Virginia, Penn State, Wake Forest and Marshall are also involved to various extents, with Scott in the process of finalizing an official. It’s unclear where he’s headed this weekend, but it’s not College Park.

Temperature Reading: WARM

Jayvaughn Myers, CB, Pasco (Dade City, Fla.): The half-brother of wideout Nate Craig-Myers (discussed above), Myers officially visited Auburn Jan. 15-17 and has the Tigers sitting pretty. After the trip, our colleagues would not be surprised if Myers and his sibling wound up signing with Auburn.

But Myers, who won’t be visiting anywhere Jan. 22, has one open weekend left Jan. 29 -- and technically the Terps remain in the running for that trip. Myers has continued to exchange messages with UMD defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, while the UMD staff trekked through Pasco, intent on convincing the five-star corner to check out College Park.

The Maryland staff’s words, pointing to UMD’s need for defensive backs and the chance to start immediately, do have Myers’ attention. But the stargazers aren’t exactly seeing turtles in the sky.

Myers holds North Carolina, another school both he and his half-brother are looking closely at, in regard. The feeling is the cornerback has the Heels ranked ahead of the Terps. Florida State, which Myers has been to so many times he doesn’t feel the need to officially visit, is in the thick of things too.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Damon Hayes, CB, Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.): The Maryland coaches continue to keep the local corner Hayes in the loop, the staff trekking through Wise once again Jan. 19. No offer’s been presented yet, but the interest level is real. Hayes said he’s had consistent communication with Terps’ assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, the defensive backs coach hinting at a possible scholarship.

Hayes already has his official visit schedule set in stone, taking in Boston College Jan. 15; Wake Forest this coming weekend; and Rutgers, the school he’s currently committed to, Jan. 29. But while each of those staffs have prioritized Hayes, the Wise defensive back keeps feeling the hometown pull. Word is, Hayes’ desire to stay home and play in front of his mother is strong enough that he could flip to UMD on Signing Day if the Terps’ staff antes up.

Which is a possibility with some of Maryland’s other defensive back targets falling by the wayside. The Terps are looking to bring in five or six more secondary recruits, and it remains to be seen who the staff can close on.

If the offer’s not on the table, look for Hayes to stick with his Rutgers pledge.

Temperature Reading: COOL

Armunz Mathews, CB, North Florida Christian (Tallahassee, Fla.): In a somewhat surprising development, the three-star Mathews reneged on intended official visits to Maryland Jan. 22 and Louisville Jan. 29 in favor of his school he committed to his sophomore year: USF. Mathews said his latest in-home with the Bulls, followed by a trek through campus, convinced him he didn’t need to leave Florida to achieve his goals.

Which stood in stark contrast to Mathews’ previous statements that “things were complicated” with USF and his recent Maryland offer “changed things.” Simply put, when Mathews added an offer from UMD assistant Chris Beatty Jan. 4, he couldn’t say enough about the Terps. He had an outstanding rapport with Beatty, whom the cornerback knew from the coach’s tenure at UVA and Syracuse; he believed Maryland was a rising power in the Big Ten; and he had even watched ex-UMD great Stefon Diggs and current corner Will Likely the last three years.

But the USF coaches reengaged Mathews once the January dead period ended, reminding the three-star why he popped in the first place. Thus, Mathews elected to end his recruitment and firm up his pledge.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Nick McCloud, CB, Rock Hill (South Pointe, S.C.): Maryland assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim tossed an offer out to McCloud earlier in January to see if it would stick.

Apparently not. Or, at least, not really.

The three-star South Carolina product didn’t have much to say about the scholarship, other than he was appreciative of Abdul-Rahim’s interest. McCloud said since he didn’t know much about Maryland and hadn’t been in contact with the UMD defensive backs coach regularly, he wasn’t inclined to officially visit. McCloud later allowed he could journey up to Maryland Jan. 29, although that’s highly uncertain.

What’s not uncertain is McCloud’s interest in nearby Georgia Tech and NC State, two staffs that been after him for longer. Of those two, McCloud could be favoring the Yellow Jackets. He’s set to officially visit Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 22, calling the Jackets a great fit academically and athletically.

NC State, meanwhile, is right in the thick of things since it’s close to home, have what McCloud dubbed a “great atmosphere,” and lack cornerback depth.

McCloud is counting UCLA (in the running for the Jan. 29 official) and Vanderbilt as standouts too, although it’s unlikely he’ll wind up at either.

Temperature Reading: OFF THE BOARD

Travon Stott, CB, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.): The Maryland commit Stott’s scholarship is secure, and it doesn’t sound like he’s going anywhere. The Good Counsel corner should be signing with the Terps Feb. 3.

Temperature Reading: COMMITTED

Special Teams

Wade Lees, P, Deakin College (Melbourne, Australia): The 27-year-old punter Lees has signed with Maryland and made his way from Australia to College Park. He’ll be ready to show off his leg in spring ball.

Temperature Reading: COMMITTED

The Official Visitor List

This list changes by the day, and with the impending snowstorm set to hit the Northeast, who knows which recruits will actually make it to College Park. But here are the prospects scheduled to be at Maryland Jan. 22-24 as of publication:

Chase Fourcade, QB, Rummel (Metairie, La.)

Lindsey Scott, QB, Zachard (La.)

Tino Ellis, WR, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)

Trevon Diggs, WR, Avalon (Gaithersburg, Md.)

Kee Whetzel, WR/LB, Countryside (Clearwater, Fla.)

Noah Barnes, TE, Auburn (Ala.)

Elijah Daniels, S, Cardinal Gibbons (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Jeawon Taylor, S, Park Crossing (Montgomery, Ala.)

Elisha Daniels, CB, Cardinal Gibbons

Class Of 2017 Notes

Kasim Hill, QB, Gilman (Baltimore, Md.) (2017): The Terps offered a second class of 2017 signal caller Jan. 15 when UMD’s Gilman recruiter, Mike London, extended a verbal to Kasim Hill. The 6-2, 200-pound dual-threat said he was “very excited” about the hometown look and mentioned he’d be delving deeper into the program. He already knows several staff members well, including London from when he was at UVA; defensive coordinator Scott Shafer from when he was at Syracuse; and headman D.J. Durkin from when he was at Michigan.

Hill has not visited Maryland since last winter, but should be back on campus for a junior day or spring practice.

“It was very exciting to know Maryland offered me,” Hill said. “It’s the hometown school, so it’s always cool to get an offer from a school 20 minutes from your house. It was very exciting for me.”

But Hill is wide open in the recruiting process and isn’t hinting at any leaders just yet. That said, he has visited a couple programs multiple times, which may indicate some of the schools that have his eye. Hill’s been to Michigan, Penn State and Northwestern twice, and some believe the Nittany Lions could be the team to beat.

It’s way too soon to prognosticate, however. Hill did say he’s open to anything, and is hoping programs such as Va Tech; Notre Dame; UNC; and Oho State ante up, which would obviously change his thinking.

Maryland is right there, though, and if the staff elects to push it should reside among Hill’s primary contenders throughout the process.

You can read more about Hill HERE

Troy Simon, CB, Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.) (2017): The former Maryland staff, under Randy Edsall, offered this junior corner last spring, and D.J. Durkin’s crew reaffirmed the early verbal Jan. 19. Terps’ offensive coordinator Walt Bell, who offered Simon when the assistant was at Arkansas State, stopped through Milton and let the 6-0, 180-pounder know he now wanted him in College Park.

“I was really excited about the offer, because it’s one of my favorite schools and I’ve always watched their players and followed their coaches on Twitter,” Simon said. “Coach Bell is one of my favorite recruiters. He’s a younger recruiter and he has this ‘walk and talk’ to him that’s really cool. He gives you a firm handshake, looks you in the eye, and is just really likeable and cool.”

Simons’ rapport with Bell and his inherent interest in the school have him motivated to visit College Park as soon as possible. In fact, the Georgia product said he wants to check out UMD both for a junior day and a spring practice.

But Maryland isn’t the only program that’s caught Simon’s eye early. He also holds offers from Wake Forest and Illinois, while UNC and Cal could be anteing up shortly (both the Heels’ and Bears’ staffs trekked through Milton).

Simon will be taking multiple visits this offseason, with UMD; Wake; Illinois; and UNC on the radar.

For now, his recruitment is in its infant stages, but the Terps are in solid shape initially.

You can read more about Simon HERE

Devon Hunter, S, Indian River (Chesapeake, Va.) (2017): The five-star safety Hunter joined his teammate, Jaquan Yulee (discussed above), in College Park Jan. 16 and was reportedly blown away. He bonded with the new Terps’ staff, was in awe of the UMD fans during a basketball game and absolutely loved the Under Armour gear. Hunter, whose UMD point man is Chris Beatty, said he’s gung-ho about building a relationship with the Terps’ two 757 coaches (Beatty and Mike London) during the next year. In addition, Maryland’s defensive backs coach, Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, knew Hunter when the assistant was at Alabama, the two continuing to talk to this day.

“Maryland is definitely one of my top schools now,” Hunter told Scout’s Michael Clark after the trip.

Of course, it won’t be easy sledding ahead for the Terps’ assistants. Beatty and London will have to stave off the county’s elites and the in-state favorites for Hunter’s services. Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Michigan State, Michigan, Tennessee, Va Tech, Florida State, Miami, UNC, PSU and inevitably more are in hot pursuit. Hunter visited Tuscaloosa and Columbia recently, offering up acclaim for each, while he’ll be foraying through UNC; Clemson; Tennessee; NC State; and others coming up.

But the Terps have a puncher’s chance here, especially if Hunter’s good friend Yulee signs with Maryland. The Indian River stars have already talked “package deal.”

Johnny Jordan, OC, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) (2017): The Terps’ staff was back in the DMV Jan. 21, and the local center Jordan picked up his third offer from Maryland assistants Dave Borbely and Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. The 6-3, 290-pound Jordan extoled the two coaches, mentioning that he’d worked with the ex-UVA line coach Worbely at a Wahoos’ camp last year (“he doesn’t sugarcoat anything,” Jordan said).

The Gonzaga product said he’d always had an affinity for Maryland given its proximity to his home. Jordan noted how he’d like for his family and friends to easily see him play college ball too.

The center also talked up the campus, the stadium once known as Byrd, and the vibe surrounding the D.J. Durkin-led program. Jordan said, with the staff’s focus on DMV recruits, the “future is definitely bright” at Maryland.

But Jordan’s recruitment is just beginning. He also holds offers from UNC and Kentucky, while numerous programs throughout the ACC and Big Ten are intrigued. Pitt, which is where Jordan’s originally from, has his eye; as does Penn State; Clemson; North Carolina; and others. Jordan previously told us the Nittany Lions were a dream school of sorts, but he backed off those comments this time around.

Jordan’s situation will come into focus once he begins procuring more verbals and venturing out to some junior days. He’s unsure which campuses he’s heading to this winter and spring, although Maryland figures to be one of them.

You can read more about Jordan HERE

Mark Webb, , Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.): This is an offer that would’ve gone overlooked during the Randy Edsall regime at Maryland. A four-star receiver? Out of Pennsylvania? With a Penn State offer? Not a chance.

But let’s see what kind of traction UMD receivers’ coach Chris Beatty and Key Stone State-area recruiter Pete Lembo, who extended the offer Jan. 21, can do with Webb. We haven’t reached the 6-2, 190-pounder for comment yet, but we’ll be tracking Webb to see if he ventures down to College Park for a junior day.

Some of his more prominent offers to date include Penn State and Pitt, of course, along with UNC; Va Tech; WVU; Michigan; Syracuse; Wake Forest and UVA.

He’s been to several regional campuses so far, including PSU’s. Many analysts are already forecasting the wideout to the Nittany Lions.

Adarius Lemons, RB, Clearwater (Fla.) (2017): The Maryland staff was in Florida earlier this week and became the latest to offer this four-star running back. Lemons picks up a new verbal every couple days, now claiming scholarships from the likes of UMD; Michigan; Ohio State; Florida; Missouri; Mississippi State; UCLA; UNC; Va Tech; WVU; Colorado; Kentucky; and more.

Lemons actually named Kentucky an early leader, while Ohio State; Florida; and Michigan are on the brain. But it’s way too soon to prognosticate how his recruitment will turn out.

Let’s see if the Terps can make some inroads here given their deep Sunshine State connections.

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