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

Here’s our take on where the Terps’ staff stands with it’s recruit targets heading into the season.

Quarterbacks (Take 0)

Kasim Hill, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.)

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Running Backs (Take 1 elite)

Javon Leake, Page (Greensboro, N.C.)

Signing Day Projection: North Carolina

Tayon Fleet-Davis, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.)

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Anthony McFarland, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): WARM (Miami, Alabama, Maryland, TAMU)

Current Projection: Miami

Signing Day Projection: Miami

Receivers (Take 1)

M.J. Jarrell, Timber Creek (Orlando, Fla.)

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Sean Nelson, Langston Hughes (Fairburn, Ga.)

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Carolos Carriere, Alpharetta (Ga.)

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Quantino Allen, Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.): WARM (Oregon State, Louisville, Maryland)

Current Projection: Oregon State

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Noah Igbinoghene, Hewitt-Trussville (Trussville, Ala.): COOL (Duke, Notre Dame, Mizzou, Va Tech, Maryland)

Current Projection: Duke

Signing Day Projection: Missouri/SEC suitor

Markquese Bell, Bridgeton (N.J.): COOL (Michigan, Clemson, Rutgers, Ohio State, Florida, UMD)

Current Projection: Michigan

Signing Day Projection: Michigan

Tight Ends

Andrew Park, Lake Braddock (Burke, Va.)

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Blake Williams, Canada Prep (St. Catharines, Ontario): WARM (Syracuse, Maryland)

Current Projection: Unclear

Signing Day Projection: Unclear

Reese Leitao, Jenks (Okla.): WARM (Penn State, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, Maryland)

Current Projection: Nebraska

Signing Day Projection: Nebraska

Offensive Line

Jordan McNair, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.)

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Johnny Jordan, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.)

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Marcus Minor, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): WARM (Maryland, Miami, Florida, Va Tech, Auburn, Michigan State, Rutgers)

Current Projection: Maryland

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Tyran Hunt, Southampton (Courtland, Va.): WARM (Va Tech, UVA, Maryland, NC State, Syracuse, Wake, UNC)

Current Projection: Va Tech

Signing Day Projection: Va Tech

Deron Irving-Bey, Flint (Mich.): COOL (Michigan, MSU, Tennessee, Maryland)

Current Projection: MSU

Signing Day Projection: Michigan

Carter Warren, Passaic County (Wayne, N.J.): COOL (Rutgers, Maryland, UNC, Pitt, Va Tech)

Current Projection: Rutgers

Signing Day Projection: Rutgers

Cordavien Suggs, Fletcher (Neptune, Fla.): COLD (Mississippi State, Maryland, Va Tech)

Current Projection: Mississippi State

Signing Day Projection: Mississippi State

Defensive Line (Take 2-3)

Josh Kaindoh, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Cam Spence, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.)

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Lawtez Rogers, Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.): HOT (Maryland, ODU)

Current Projection: Maryland

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Tyree Johnson, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.): WARM (TAMU, Maryland, Tennessee, UNC)

Current Projection: Texas A&M

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Vic Dimukeje, Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.): HOT (Duke, Maryland, Va Tech, UVA)

Current Projection: Duke

Signing Day Projection: Duke

Josh Paschal, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.): WARM (Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Maryland, UNC, Clemson, Tennessee, USC)

Current Projection: Notre Dame

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Noah Curtis, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.): COOL (UNC,  NC State, Arkansas, Maryland, Minnesota, Kentucky, Pitt, WVU)

Current Projection: NC State

Signing Day Projection: UNC

George Ellis, American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.): COOL (Mississippi State, Maryland, USF, UCF)

Current Projection: Mississippi State

Signing Day Projection: Mississippi State

Linebackers (Take 3)

Ayinde Eley, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Jordan Anthony, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.): WARM (Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma, Clemson, Penn State, Ohio State, Auburn)

Current Projection: Michigan

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Ellis Brooks, Benedictine (Richmond, Va.): WARM (Va Tech, Maryland, Duke, UVA)

Current Projection: Va Tech/Maryland

Signing Day Projection: SEC suitor

Louis Acceus, St. Joseph Regional (Montvale, N.J.): WARM (Maryland, Rutgers, BC, Indiana, UNC, Nebraska, Wisconsin)

Current Projection: UNC

Signing Day Projection: Rutgers/UNC

Nate Proctor, Lackey (Indian Head, Md.): WARM (Florida, UNC, Maryland, Miami, PSU, Ole Miss, South Carolina)

Current Projection: Florida

Signing Day Projection: UNC

Marcus Bowman, Douglass (Upper Marlboro, Md.): WARM (Syracuse, Maryland, Temple, Marshall)

Current Projection: Maryland

Signing Day Projection: Marshall

Malik Horton, Langston Hughes (Fairburn, Ga.): WARM (Maryland, Colorado, Toledo)

Current Projection: Colorado

Signing Day Projection: Colorado

Chris Pierce, Smithfield (Va.): COOL (UVA, Maryland, Temple, ODU, UCF)

Current Projection: UVA

Signing Day Projection: UVA

Safeties (Take 0)

Cornerbacks (Take 2)

Deon Jones, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.)

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Fofie Bazzie, Quince Orchard (North Potomac, Md.)

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Tariq Castro-Fields, Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.): WARM (Penn State, Maryland, Alabama)

Current Projection: Penn State

Signing Day Projection: Penn State

Kenny Bennett, Simon Gratz (Philadelphia, Pa.): WARM (Maryland, Va Tech, Pitt, Temple)

Current Projection: Maryland

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

Harrison Hand, Cherry Hill-West (Cherry Hill, N.J.): WARM (Maryland, Rutgers, Va Tech, Syracuse)

Current Projection: Rutgers

Signing Day Projection: Maryland/Va Tech

Tareke Lewis, Riverside C.C. (Calif.): WARM (Maryland, UCF, Kansas State

Current Projection: Maryland

Signing Day Projection: UCF

Special Teams (Take 0)

Jon Doerer, South Mecklenburg (Charlotte, N.C.)

Signing Day Projection: Maryland

News On Top Targets

Reese Leitao, TE, Jenks (Okla.): There wasn’t much new to report after updating Leitao -- the son of DePaul basketball coach Dave Leitao -- in last week’s space. However, the three-star tight end did mention that in addition to officially visiting Penn State, Oklahoma State and Nebraska, he would be embarking on a Terps official as well. Recall, last week Leitao broached the former three schools, but left Maryland out.

Now, in all likelihood, UMD is probably running fourth in the pecking order at this juncture. After speaking to Leitao, he let on the programs closer to his Oklahoma home, Oklahoma State and Nebraska, primarily had his eye, with Penn State hanging tough thanks to the tight end’s standout visit to Happy Valley.

Fact is, Leitao knows the Huskers’ and the Cowboys’ programs exceptionally well from having visited each on multiple occasions. He has close bonds with the staffs from each and has former teammates and rivals in both Lincoln, Neb., and Stillwater, Okla. In other words, Leitao’s comfort level with those two schools probably trumps PSU and UMD.

But Leitao did readily take to head coach James Franklin and his staff at PSU, while he had similar compliments for headman D.J. Durkin and the UMD coaches. Leitao has been in touch with Terps’ tight ends coach Pete Lembo and offensive coordinator Walt Bell, noting that both have increased the pursuit of late.

During his initial College Park, Md., foray, Leitao spoke highly of the school’s academics, campus and coming facility upgrades. He said Bell’s spread offense and the class Durkin’s putting together grabbed his attention too.

We’re not sure it will be enough to top Nebraska or Oklahoma State, but if Leitao does indeed return to UMD for an official, you never know what can happen.

Carter Warren, OT, Passaic (Paterson, N.J.): The four-star tackle Warren hasn’t ventured out recently as he spent the majority of his summer in the books, admittedly working hard to raise his GPA. But, in the meantime, his stock has seemingly dropped a bit -- and it only has partly to do with transcripts.

The Scout 300 recruit had programs such as Michigan, MSU, North Carolina, Miami, Tennessee, South Carolina and Penn State on his radar, but he’s not thought to be a “take” for any of those schools at this juncture. Some have already filled their tackle spots, others have higher-rated targets on their board (word is Warren’s play  has leveled off some), and still others aren’t sure Warren’s the right “fit.” Meanwhile, even nearby Rutgers’ coaches have reportedly been cooling on Warren, although head coach Chris Ash may still accept the local product’s commitment if he truly wants in.

As for the Terps, we’ve previously reported head coach D.J. Durkin may be taking a tentative approach as well. We’re led to believe that’s still the case, but the fact remains UMD is in need of another tackle in the 2017 class. And with the likes of Des Holmes (discussed below), Gabe Houy (Upper St. Clair/Pittsburgh, Pa.) and others falling off recently, the staff might be more inclined to take a chance on Warren and hope it works out (see: Javon Leake as precedent).

We do know Warren is in close contact with UMD offensive line coach Dave Borbely, and the two have a rapport. The Garden State recruit connected with Borbely April 16 during the tackle’s first trek through College Park, and Warren has had naught but praise for the Terps’ assistant since then. Moreover, Warren insists Maryland’s on his radar for a return sometime this fall.

We’re not ready to elevate Warren above “cool” on the hot board until his situation -- academically and athletically -- becomes clearer, but he’s someone we’ll continue to monitor closely in case the UMD coaches up the pursuit.

Deron Irving-Bey, OT/DE, Southwestern (Flint, Mich.): Irving-Bey, the four-star defensive end who the Maryland staff offered as an offensive tackle, finally made it to the second of his two assumed leaders Aug. 6. The Flint native took in Ann Arbor, Mich., and waxed hyperbole following the trip.

“It blew me away. The coaches, the friendships among the players, the facilities… another thing was the (Jordan) gear.  The gear, man… everything is so nice,” Irving-Bey told Scout.com’s Sam Webb. “Everything I experienced (during the barbecue) stood out. It was way more than what I expected. It was a 10.

“Really, I just loved it.  From the time I got there Chris (Wormley) hosted me throughout the whole experience.  He showed me the facilities, the field, and everything… telling us how the team is one. Chris told me (Greg Mattison) is a great coach. All around (the country) he has great connections.  He is a very experienced coach. He is a really great coach.”

Irving-Bey went on to mention his mother is a “huge” Wolverines fan, which will play no small role in the four-star’s college decision. And if that weren’t enough, we checked in with our colleagues earlier this week and they let us know Irving-Bey was “definitely a take” for head coach Jim Harbaugh and Co. (Yes, even after the Wolverines landed defensive end James Hudson (Central Catholic/Toledo, Ohio)).

Given that, it’s safe to assume Michigan has secured a spot among Irving-Bey’s unstated top-two leaderboard, alongside Michigan State. The defensive end has already seen East Lansing, Mich., multiple times and hasn’t hidden his affinity for the Spartans. Pre-Michigan trip, most analysts assumed Irving-Bey would wind up at MSU -- and he still might.

Running third and fourth, respectively, are Maryland and Tennessee. Irving-Bey reiterated that he wanted to officially visit both College Park and Rocky Top later this fall.

The Terps have offensive line coach and area recruiter Dave Borbely running point in this recruitment. Irving-Bey enjoyed working with Borbely at one of UMD’s June camps, the prospect talking up the coach’s techniques and demeanor.

But we’re not sure how much ground Borbely will be able to gain as long as Michigan and Michigan State are in play. Thus, we’re keeping Irving-Bey “cool” on the hot board, all the while keeping an eye on how the Wolverines and Spartans fill out their 2017 defensive lines.

Look for Irving-Bey to embark on three or four officials before selecting a school sometime after his senior season.

Cordavien Suggs, OT, Fletcher (Neptune, Fla.): The three-star tackle Suggs pulled a Maryland offer all the way back in May when Terps’ assistant Anthony Tucker stopped by Fletcher during the spring evaluation period. But since then, Suggs has said little about UMD, other than listing them among his initial 10 leaders later during the spring.

About a month after releasing that favorites list, though, Suggs popped to the presumed favorite, Mississippi State, ending any and all talk of his other contenders. After all, the three-star is from Mississippi and only moved to Florida for high school. Suggs was, and still is, all about the Bulldogs, lauding head coach Dan Mullen and his assistants. Furthermore, it sounds like his mother would welcome a return to Mississippi as well.

Given that, we’re inclined to believe Suggs is going to stick with the Bulldogs (our Florida colleagues have corroborated those feelings). But we did tentatively re-include the Fletcher product on the hot board, because he did mention Va Tech and Maryland as two other schools he might officially visit this fall.

Apparently Suggs and Tucker haven’t fallen out of contact, and the Terps’ running backs coach has done enough to pique the Fletcher product’s interest. And since UMD needs tackles and can offer early playing time, perhaps the Floridian could give Maryland an even closer look.

Thus, we’ll keep Suggs’ name in mind, but we’re not listing him above “cold” on the hot board unless he actually follows through with that intended official.

Lawtez Rogers, DE, Roosevelt (Greenbelt, Md.): Tick-tock goes the clock. Maryland fans have been waiting for what seems like a year for the DMV defensive end Rogers to commit, and after catching up with the three-star earlier this week, it’s even more apparent he’ll be a Terps (barring a transcript snag).

The holdup with Rogers is the Roosevelt product’s insistence on visiting more schools and taking officials. But the three-star admitted the only written, official offers he’s received are from UMD and ODU. Which means those claimed verbals from Louisville, Pitt, Wake and Rutgers aren’t committable at this juncture.

Now, Rogers hasn’t realized this yet, but once it dawns on him those other schools he’s hoping to visit probably don’t have a spot for him, we expect the local to finally pop to the Terps.

“Maryland is still my top school, mainly because it’s the school I’ve seen the most and I just really like it there,” said Rogers, who did not attend the Terps’ July 30 cookout because he had a team camp. “It’s right up the street, family is around, I like the coaches, and it’s a top 20 public school. My mom really likes it there too.

“Coach Aazaar still talks to me often. He wants me up there, and wants me on board. He says I’m a priority. And Coach London talks to me a lot of Twitter, and he just talks to me about like family stuff and things outside of football. I have a great relationship with both those guys.”

Again, Rogers said he’s inclined to see another campus or two during the fall, but he admitted there’s a chance he could commit this summer. So, don’t be surprised if he makes an out-of-the-blue announcement later this August.

You can read more about Rogers HERE.

Ellis Brooks, ILB, Benedictine (Richmond, Va.): I've been cautiously optimistic about Maryland's chances with the four-star inside linebacker Brooks. Both UMD-area recruiter Mike London and linebackers coach Matt Barnes have done well with Brooks and his parents, especially the Terps' defensive line coach, who has known the family for a couple years now. Brooks has also visited College Park twice this summer, praising the vibe surrounding the program; the staff's overarching energy; the academic reputation and the school's relative close proximity to home.

In-state Virginia Tech is also firmly in play after multiple jaunts to Blacksburg, Va. Brooks has a terrific relationship with the staff, likes the engineering programs and is keen on the idea of staying nearby for college. And Duke, which Brooks decommitted from, remains in the game too thanks to the unparalleled academics and the coaches' consistent overtures.

But after speaking to Scout's Michael Clark this week, Brooks may be seeking more options than just UMD, Va Tech and Duke. The feeling is Brooks decommitted in the first place because he was seeking SEC looks -- and apparently he still is. Brooks hasn't procured offers from Georgia, Auburn or Alabama yet, but he's willing to wait to see if said scholarships materialize (each of the staffs are in touch). The Benedictine backer is intent on having his senior film evaluated, gauging the interest level, and then taking officials later during the year.

If the coveted looks come to fruition -- and there's a solid chance at least one will -- we could easily see Brooks bolting for the nation's No. 1 conference. If not, well, he'll either re-up with Duke or possibly opt for Maryland or Va Tech.

Jordan Anthony, OLB, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.): The four-star Anthony has been quiet of late, and will likely remain so with camp season ramping up at IMG. But later this month expect Anthony to begin finalizing his official visits, of which he plans to take all five. The programs in position to claim one of those trips are Michigan, Maryland, Penn state, Clemson and Oklahoma, with the former three probably holding the edge over the Tigers and Sooners.

For now, the Wolverines may actually be the team to beat. Anthony loved his spring trek through Ann Arbor, Mich., and can’t wait to return this fall. The former Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) backer has a terrific rapport with position coach Don Brown, loves the idea of playing in the Big House, and is keen on Michigan’s history and tradition.

But the hometown Terps are right there too, positioned to potentially jump the Wolverines if area recruiter Chris Beatty keeps gaining steam. Beatty has constantly been in Anthony’s ear about joining the Movement, and so has the four-star’s teammate-turned-Terp, Josh Kaindoh. Meanwhile, Anthony raved about his summer College Park visit for the Friday Night Freak Show, which in effect vaulted UMD up his leaderboard. It’s clear Anthony’s thinking more and more about returning home for college and reuniting with his fellow locals in College Park.

Don’t discount Penn State, however. The Nittany Lions may be sitting even with UMD given the PSU staff’s potent pitch. Anthony took in State College, Pa., back in the spring and couldn’t say enough about assistants Charley Huff and Brent Pry, not to mention head coach James Franklin, who has personally been all over the backer. Anthony talked up the Happy Valley vibe, Beaver Stadium and Penn State’s penchant for producing linebackers.

Clemson and Oklahoma should get looks as well. The Tigers, for their part, have been a longtime favorite for Anthony and could make a quick ascent if he returns for an official.

Our gut? We are encouraged by Maryland’s spot here, but it could be tough to top the Wolverines. There’s a ways to go, though, and much can change following official visits.

Malik Horton, BUCK, Langston Hughes (Fairburn, Ga.): It was somewhat telling the three-star Horton elected to visit Toledo Aug. 6 rather than trip to two of his stated frontrunners, Colorado and Maryland. Remember, Horton reneged on intended forays through Boulder, Colo., and College Park because he “couldn’t get a plane ticket.”

But apparently he did secure one for an Ohio flight, an indication the Rockets and a few other non-power five schools are the only programs with “official” offers out to Horton. Following the visit, Horton told our Scout colleagues Toledo was now a foremost contender, alongside the Terps and Buffaloes.

Horton, who will be committing sometime in September, insists he still wants to check out UMD and Colorado. But we’re not so sure he will make it to Maryland. He’s not a “take” for the Terps, despite saying the UMD staff “hits me up all the time.”

It’s clear Maryland head coach D.J. Durkin has higher-rated targets he’s pursuing and willing to wait on. Horton, the teammate of Terps’ 2017 pledge Sean Nelson, may only be an option if the likes of Jordan Anthony (IMG Academy/Bradenton, Fla.); Nate Proctor (Lackey/Indian Head, Md.); Tyree Johnson (St. John’s/Washington, D.C.); Louis Acceus (St. Joseph Regional/Montvale, N.J.) and others fall off.

Of course, all of the aforementioned names could end up at locales outside of College Park, which is why we’re keeping Horton “warm” on the hot board. There’s a chance the Terps’ coaches will make a run down the line.

For now, though, Horton projects to Colorado or maybe a program like Toledo.

Harrison Hand, CB, Cherry Hill-West (Cherry Hill, N.J.): We mentioned the Terps could possibly be positioned for Hand in last week’s Shell, and now we’re more sure of it. Scout’s Brian Dohn touched base with Hand earlier this week, and the sense afterwards is it’s UMD and Va Tech vying for his services. Hand personally isn’t claiming leaders, but the overwhelming feeling is he wants to leave the Northeast, meaning programs such as hometown Rutgers and Syracuse are currently on the backburner.

Maryland area-recruiter Anthony Tucker offered Hand in late July, and since then both the Terps’ running backs coach and defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim have maintained regular communication. The two assistants seem to have Hand’s attention, with the Cherry Hill native eager to officially visit College Park during the fall.

"Ever since they offered, they've been on me heavy," Hand told Dohn. "To be honest, I don't know a lot about them, which is why I plan to get there soon. The only thing I really know is their defensive backs coach (Aazaar Abdul-Rahim) is a great guy. Also, their running backs coach (Anthony Tucker) ...I talk to both of them a lot.

"I know (Abdul-Rahim) is a fun guy. He definitely knows what he is talking about. ...He teaches you."

Hand does want to embark on multiple officials, with Va Tech a surefire destination spot. But, provided the Maryland staff makes a potent push, we could easily see the Jersey three-star winding up a Terp.

Note: If the Terps’ coaches are able to land corners Tariq Castro-Fields (Riverdale Baptist/Upper Marlboro, Md.) and Kenny Bennett (Simon Gratz/Philadelphia, Pa.), then Hand would no longer be a “take.” Hand probably couldn’t commit to UMD head coach D.J. Durkin right now if he wanted to, but we envision a spot could very well be open up down the line.

New Offers Out

Brock Sassler, LS, Boys’ Latin (Baltimore, Md.): The local long snapper Sassler is well regarded in the region and was a recent Super 22 Baltimore Touchdown Club honoree, which recognizes the Baltimore-metro area’s top senior recruits. The 6-0, 215-pounder didn’t hold any firm offers prior to Aug. 10, but he is considered a top talent in his craft.

The Terps’ Pete Lembo extended a preferred walk-on offer Aug. 10, leaving the local Sassler downright ecstatic.

“I was really, really shocked and really excited. Maryland is my No. 1 school, obviously,” said the 6-foot, 215-pound Sassler. “To get a [walk-on] offer from the hometown school and a Big Ten school, it got me really excited. Coach [Pete] Lembo, the special teams coach, he gave me a call and I tried to stay as calm as possible. I actually thought about committing right there (laughs). But I’ll give it some time, talk to my parents, and then go from there.”

Sassler had attended a UMD camp back in June, drawing both Lembo’s and head coach D.J. Durkin’s attention. Since then, he had several chats with Lembo, along with his UMD-area recruiter, Mike  London. Sassler has taken a liking to both staffers, noting their welcoming personalities and standout resumes.

Furthermore, Sassler, who has toured around College Park on a couple different occasions, loves the school’s academic reputation; the fact it’s just 40 minutes from home; and the program itself. Sassler said he’s proud to have the opportunity to represent his hometown school.

Add it all up, and Sassler’s another imminent Terps’ special teams popper. We fully expect him to accept the preferred walk-on offer and then vie for a scholarship down the line.

You can read more about Sassler HERE.

Off The Board

Desmond Holmes, OT, Cardinal O’Hara (Springfield, Pa.): Another Maryland tackle target came off the board Aug. 7 when Holmes popped to Penn State the day after his Happy Valley return. The three-star lineman pulled the coveted Nittany Lions’ offer after performing well at PSU’s Friday Night Whiteout July 15, and then made it back to State College three weeks later with the intention of committing. Holmes said head coach James Franklin’s enthusiasm, offensive line coach Matt Limegrover’s teaching techniques and the history surrounding the program all hit home.

The Terps, for their part, likely finished second or third in the race, with Pitt also firmly in the running. Holmes took his second College Park trip July 30 and said it raised UMD’s profile considerably. The Pennsylvania product was thoroughly impressed with head coach D.J. Durkin’s personality, line coach and area recruiter Dave Borbely’s overtures, and Maryland’s educational opportunities.

But about the only way Borbely and Co. were going to leapfrog Penn State is if the Nittany Lions’ coaches weren’t ready to accept Holmes’ commitment.

Apparently they were, and so the search continues for quality beef to bolster UMD’s line.

Corey Bolds, DT, Paramus Catholic (Paramus, N.J.): And just as quickly as Bolds went on the hot board, he comes right back offScout’s Brian Dohn stopped by Paramus earlier this week, and Bolds, who visited Maryland Aug. 4, didn’t even broach his UMD trip. Bolds told Dohn about his recent visit to Rutgers and then said he was looking forward to checking out Georgia and Penn State this fall. In-state RU seems to have left a distinct impression, and the Scarlet Knights’ coaches have made it known how much they want to keep Bolds home.

Bolds did note he has been talking to coaches from Rutgers, Clemson, Georgia, Penn State, Michigan and Maryland, but it’s unlikely he’s a take for the Tigers or Wolverines.

It’s also questionable whether the Terps could even accept a Bolds pledge at this stage due to possible transcript issues. That said, UMD defensive line coach Mike London, area recruiter Matt Barnes and headman D.J. Durkin had all had contact with Bolds, doing enough to have the recruit down for a visit.

Perhaps, if Bolds’ academics are ironed out and some of his other main contenders back off, UMD’s staff can make a run. That is, if Maryland still needs another interior defensive lineman by the time Bolds is ready to commit later this fall.

Keontae Jones, S, Corlerain (Ohio): Jones landed an offer from the Terps a couple months back, but we don’t believe UMD-area recruiter Dave Borbely has made a significant push. In fact, Jones probably doesn’t even have a committable offer from Maryland. Not because the three-star lacks talent; more so because the Terps’ staff isn’t inclined to add a true safety in 2017 anyway unless it is an elite prospect. Head coach D.J. Durkin seems content to recruit longer corners, and, if need be, move one over to safety down the road (see: Deon Jones).

Jones has gone mum of late, but the Ohio safety is thought to be favoring Indiana, Iowa and Iowa State. The Cyclones, where Jones’ brother plays, likely have the inside track.


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