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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.

Oct. 22 Visitor Recap

The Terps scored a major victory against Michigan State Oct. 22, and several of Maryland’s foremost senior recruit targets were on-hand to witness it:

Devin Leary, QB, Timber Creek (Sicklerville, N.J.) (2018): OK, so Leary is a junior, but he’s also a quarterback, so his visit is worth noting. It was Leary’s third time on campus overall and his second foray through College Park, Md., in the last four months, which gives a clear indication of his interest level in UMD.

“Maryland right now, I definitely have built a great bond with Maryland, their football team and their staff,” Leary said. “It’s a really great school for me, and I’m excited to see what they have planned in the future.”

The Jersey signal caller, who has held a Maryland offer since May, raved about his initial game experience. Leary loved the energy and excitement inside Maryland Stadium, offensive coordinator Walt Bell’s spread offense, and the array of different playmakers the Terps featured.

The 6-foot-2.5, 185-pounder had an opportunity to take in more than just the Maryland-Michigan State battle, though. He and his father once again had time to chat up the Terps’ staff -- Leary and his parents met pretty much every Maryland coach during his August visit -- and reconnect with head coach D.J. Durkin and Bell, who is handling the quarterback’s recruitment. Leary has an outstanding relationship with Bell, the recruit pointing to the offensive coordinator’s personality; positive attitude; and the coach’s ardent pursuit. Not to mention Bell’s scheme, which Leary said fits him “perfectly.”

The Timber Creek recruit then said the players and “how much they cared about each other” caught his eye. If that weren’t enough, Leary previously said he enjoyed being on campus, liked the school’s academics and believed Maryland’s new facility upgrades were going to be a boon to the program.

All in all, he is confident the Terps are on the upswing under Durkin’s watch.

Given the above, we do thinks it’s possible the Maryland staff could coax out a winter/early spring commitment, despite Leary’s “no leaders” claim. But Leary does want to gauge his other suitors and see what other schools choose to ante up before ending his recruitment.

He currently holds offers from Boston College, Iowa, Rutgers, Syracuse, Wake and West Virginia, with others in the ACC and Big Ten monitoring him. Of those, he said he wants to return to WVU, Rutgers (he’s been to two RU games this fall), BC and Syracuse during the offseason.

Leary doesn’t have a defined college-decision timeline, but more than likely he’ll be selecting a school sometime during the spring.

Our gut?

The Terps are sitting pretty, but just how pretty isn’t quite clear yet. They could be running anywhere from first to third in the pecking order, alongside hometown Rutgers and maybe a program like SU or BC.

You can read more about Leary HERE.

Artur Sitkowski, QB, Old Bridge (N.J.) (2018): The second junior signal caller to visit College Park Oct. 22 was the four-star Sitkowski, a 6-4, 215-pounder with offers (some committable, some not) from several of the nation’s elite programs. Sitkowski, though, has had the Terps after him prior to almost every other power-five school save Rutgers, giving UMD a chance to stay in the game.

“Maryland is really, really high for me,” said Sitkowski, who has verbals from Florida, Miami, Rutgers, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Pitt, South Carolina, Va Tech and more. “It’s close to home, I love Coach [D.J.] Durkin, I love Coach [Walt] Bell and I just love everything about the program. It’s definitely standing out to me, and I had another great time there [Oct. 22].

“I loved how Maryland played. They ran the ball effectively, they threw the ball a good amount, and I just loved Walt Bell’s offense. Coach Bell, he’s young, but he’s serious about offense and serious about coaching. He really knows what he’s doing and I could see myself playing under him. And Coach Durkin, he’s a great coach too.”

Sitkowski, who has been at Maryland four times (twice under the new regime) and earned his Terps’ offer back in the winter, also extolled the fan atmosphere inside Maryland Stadium; how close-knit the team seemed; and the coaching staff’s overarching message. Sitkowski lauded the individual staff members’ genuine attitudes, while also commenting on how much he appreciated Bell’s; Durkin’s; and area recruiter Matt Barnes’ ardent pursuit.

UMD, however, is just one of many institutions on Sitkowski’s radar. He’s also pondering offers from Wisconsin, Florida, Miami, North Carolina, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Michigan and Ole Miss. He wants to check out several of those locales during the offseason, before selecting one of them either May 1 or June 1.

That’s some unfavorable competition Maryland’s facing, but some of those programs (Michigan, Florida, Ole Miss) likely won’t accept Sitkowski’s commitment at this stage. For our part, it sounds as if North Carolina and hometown Rutgers could have the upper-hand, with the Terps maybe sitting around third.

But much can change between now and the spring, so let’s see what transpires during the offseason.

You can read more about Sitkowski HERE.

Jalen Browder, WR, East Paulding (Dallas, Ga.): See “Browder On Board” below.

Calvin Ashley, OT, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.): The Auburn commit Ashley doesn’t grant many interviews, but we’re told his latest trip to Maryland went as well as could be expected. The five-star was able to connect with the Terps’ coaches yet again, namely headman D.J. Durkin and area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, whom the tackle has developed a strong rapport with.

Ashley has now attended two Maryland home games this year, which is obviously a major positive for the Terps. He seems to be warming up more and more to UMD,  mainly because two of his teammates, Kasim Hill and Cam Spence, keep hyping Maryland, while the staff has been after him in earnest. Ashley also knows he could potentially play right away in College Park, which is particularly appealing to him.

That’s all well and good, but we’re still not ready to elevate his temperature on the hot board. Ashley has multiple schools’ coaches after him and will be lining up official visits for after the season.

Hometown Miami and Florida should both receive officials since their respective staffs have made it known they’d love the local tackle to return to the Sunshine State. Meanwhile, USC’s coaches have been making a charge of late, with Ashley inclined to officially visit the Trojans as well. Ashley has been to each of Miami, UF and USC previously and has expressed interest in all three in the past.

And, of course, Auburn’s staff is going to get every chance to keep Ashley in tow. He’ll take his Tigers’ official sometime in the winter, and the sense is he’ll probably stay committed -- if head coach Gus Malzahn remains in place. If Malzahn is let go, however, Ashley could very well bolt to another locale, with Florida or Miami the two most likely possibilities.

But the Terps have made their case too and are in the conversation. If Ashley decides to take a Maryland official, well, then we’ll know he really is serious about UMD.

Josh Paschal, DE/BUCK, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.): The four-star Paschal attended his first Maryland game this fall, the local edge rusher making good on his claim that he’d be in College Park after missing the Oct. 15 Minnesota game. Following the MSU affair, Paschal texted in he loved being in the electric Maryland Stadium atmosphere. He enjoyed the game as a whole, liked how the Terps performed defensively, and felt like he could fit well into UMD’s scheme.

Paschal also had the opportunity to reconnect with the Maryland coaches. The local product has a terrific rapport with the UMD staff and believes head coach D.J. Durkin has the Terps on the rise.

(Paschal did not want to conduct a full-blown interview this time, because he suffered a concussion earlier this week and didn’t want to spend too much time on the phone).

The feeling is there’s a solid (not spectacular quite yet) chance Paschal does join the hometown movement, but the Maryland coaches will have to keep fighting for his services. The Olney native is intent on taking all of his officials before committing on Signing Day.

Paschal doesn’t have any firm trip dates set, but he does want to see USC, Tennessee and North Carolina at some point. All three of those staffs have prioritized Paschal and seem to have his ear. Furthermore, Oklahoma continues to be a real threat for Paschal’s services after his September official to Norman, Okla.

It’s entirely possible another major suitor emerges later during the game too, especially if the Notre Dame coaches decide to pursue Paschal in earnest once again.

Again, we like Maryland’s position and are encouraged after his latest College Park foray, but there’s a ways to go until February. We’ll keep listing the four-star “warm” on the hot board.

Tyree Johnson, DE/BUCK, St. John's (Washington, D.C.): The TAMU commit Johnson attended the Oct. 22 game with his girlfriend, although he didn’t say much, if anything, about it.

Earlier in the week, though, Johnson caught up with Scout's Brian Dohn, and, as expected, the three-star will be embarking on multiple officials. Johnson is scheduled to see Va Tech Nov. 12 and Rutgers Dec. 2, and he's setting trips to Tennessee, Missouri and Texas A&M too. 

The DMV edge rusher did mention Maryland as a school he's continuing to monitor, but it was somewhat disconcerting (for UMD purposes) he didn't list the Terps as an official visit destination.

It's possible Johnson could stop by College Park after his senior season, however. UMD-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim has continued to press for the local star, and Johnson does have much respect for the defensive backs coach and the rest of the Maryland coaches. Moreover, he hears about UMD daily from teammates-turned-Terps Kasim Hill and Cam Spence. And at one time Johnson was keen on the hometown movement and building the local school into a winner.

Given that, we're inclined to keep Johnson on the hot board. But, at the moment, it sounds like the St. John's prospect is either sticking with Texas A&M (we no longer envision the TAMU staff recruiting over him) or perhaps giving Tennessee (he likes the SEC affiliation); Mizzou (SEC affiliation); or Va Tech (defensive coordinator Bud Foster's reputation) more consideration.

Markquese Bell, S/OLB, Bridgeton (N.J.): The Maryland staff did as well as could be expected with the four-star Bell during his College Park official Oct. 21-23. The 6-3, 185-pounder said he thoroughly enjoyed his 48-hour stay and now has the Terps  entrenched among his foremost contenders.

Bell, who saw UMD once before during the spring, lauded head coach D.J. Durkin’s pitch; the welcoming reception provided by the rest of the staff; and the players’ attitudes. The Jersey recruit connected with linebackers’ coach Matt Barnes, secondary coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and Durkin himself. Bell also enjoyed speaking to the current Terps, including host LoLo Harrison, who let the safety/linebacker hybrid know the ins and outs of the program.

The Bridgeton prospect went on to talk up the fan atmosphere inside Maryland Stadium, the school’s academics and the job opportunities in Washington, D.C. Bell then stressed how his grandmother, who accompanied him, was highly impressed too.

But will it be enough for the Terps to leapfrog Bell’s other main suitors?

At first blush, maybe not, especially since he still has three major officials coming up. Bell will be at Clemson Nov. 12, Ohio State Nov. 25 and Michigan sometime soon. Plus, his OV to hometown Rutgers in September resonated and has Bell at least pondering staying local for college.

In all likelihood, though, Bell is going to be picking between the Wolverines, Tigers, Scarlet Knights and Buckeyes. But if those elites back off some (it’s unlikely all three will), coupled with Barnes and Co.’s ardent pursuit, maybe the Terps can snag the four-star. (Of course, the UMD staff would also have to top Rutgers, which currently has the edge over Maryland since it’s the hometown school.)

Either way, look for the early enrollee Bell to pop Dec. 1, his set decision date.

You can read more about Bell HERE.

Underclassmen Visitors

Devin Leary, QB, Timber Creek (Sicklerville, N.J.) (2018): See above.

Artur Sitkowski, QB, Old Bridge (N.J.) (2018): See above.

Brian Cobbs, WR, Hayfield (Quantico, Va.) (2018): Future FBS receiver... No offers yet… 6-3, 180 pounds and on Maryland’s radar.

Quincy Hall, WR, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.) (2018): Go-to receiver for QB Kasim Hill… Borderline Division-I receiver… UMD is monitoring.

T.J. Banks, TE/DE, East Allegheny (North Versailles, Pa.) (2018): See “New Offers Out” below.

Jaelyn Duncan, OT, Northern (Owings, Md.) (2018): Attended first UMD game this fall… Has offers from UMD, PSU, OSU, Va Tech and more… Like Terps a good deal, but Ohio State offer gave him pause.

Justin Johnson, OT, Imhotep (Philadelphia, Pa.) (2018): Emerging tackle with offers from BC, UMD, UMass and Mizzou. … Has SEC, major Big Ten interest... Will be difficult get out of Pennsylvania when PSU inevitable becomes involved.

P.J. Mustipher, DT, McDonogh (Owings Mills, Md.) (2018): Attended his first Maryland game this year … Mustipher remains a tough pull for the UMD staff what with Notre Dame (where his brother Sam attends) and SEC involved, but the four-star has been warming up to UMD of late.

Eyabi Anoma, BUCK, St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.) (2018): A rising star who added a Maryland offer earlier in the fall. … Also has offers from Syracuse, WVU… Has UMD high early, but will blow up on the trail.

Tyler Baylor, BUCK, Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) (2018): Fast-rising local defensive end, related to Elgin Baylor… Has a couple early FBS offers, but no Terps look yet … Has plenty of UMD interest early.

Chance Campbell, OLB, Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.) (2018): Projected FBS linebacker… No offers yet… Someone UMD is monitoring and could offer in offseason.

William Luckey, LB, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md. (2018): Emerging junior with no offers yet… Projects as a potential FBS recruit.

Noah Boykin, CB, Woodson (Washington, D.C.) (2018): A rising D.C. corner, could be best in his class in the District… Will get FBS looks during camp season.

Tyquan Brown, RB, Woodbridge (Freedom, Va.) (2019): Maybe the best running back in VA in 2019… Has a Terps offer and has now visited College Park twice… UMD-area recruiter Mike London has an early bead on him.

Isaiah Hazel, WR, Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.) (2019): Terps offered Hazel a month or so ago… Has high interest in UMD… Is quickly gaining steam on recruiting trail.

Dante Anthony, TE, Potomac (Oxon Hill, Md.) (2019): A 6-5, 220-pound sophomore tight end.

Kevens Grammont, DE, Charlotte Latin (Charlotte, N.C.) (2019): A future star from North Carolina… Likes Maryland and the staff a lot early… 6-3, 230 pounds as a sophomore.

Jacolbe Cowan, DE, Providence Day (Charlotte, N.C.) (2020): Will be a stud… A 6-5, 230-pound freshman… Should have his pick of schools in time.

More Recruiting News

Anthony McFarland, RB, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): The four-star McFarland took an official to Penn State Oct. 21-23, and it does sound like the Nittany Lions will be somewhat of a factor here (meaning, in McFarland’s top five). The DeMatha back didn’t overtly comment on his stay in State College, Pa., but we’re told he took to the coaching staff’s pitch and personalities; the atmosphere inside Beaver Stadium; the current Nittany Lions; and the vibe on campus.

But we’re not sure Penn State is going to rise that high on McFarland’s leaderboard. He hadn’t broach PSU much prior to the trip, and though the official probably helped the Nittany Lions’ standing, we don’t envision him in Happy Valley.

As we’ve written numerous times in previous Shells, McFarland seems focused in on Miami and Maryland, with Florida probably running fourth. Alabama would be right there too, but we’re holding to the assumption head coach Nick Saban isn’t going to push.

The Hurricanes grabbed McFarland’s attention during his Oct. 15 official visit. He loved reconnecting with head coach Mark Richt and his staff, hanging out with the players and taking in the school itself. Plus, he ate up the Miami vibe and said he could see himself living in south Florida for four years.

Maryland, though, still may have the upper-hand when it’s all said and done. McFarland should be officially visiting College Park in December, giving the UMD staff and several local Terps’ commits a chance to win him over. The four-star already has much affinity for area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, running backs coach Anthony Tucker, head coach D.J. Durkin and the rest of the coaches. Furthermore, he loves the idea of the DMV movement, has numerous friends/former teammates already in the program and is keen on showing out for the hometown school.

Situations can always change, but we’ll keep McFarland “hot” on the hot board until we hear otherwise. So far, our contacts are holding to the “McFarland-to-Maryland” mantra.

Naytron Culpepper, S, Carol City (Miami, Fla.): The three-star safety Culpepper took his first official to South Carolina Oct. 21-23, and, as expected, he loved his stay in Columbia, S.C. The Gamecocks were the presumed frontrunners heading into the trip, and, per Scout’s Corey Bender, Culpepper’s latest foray only elevated their position. Culpepper bonded with head coach Will Muschamp and the rest of the staff, the coaches letting the safety know he was a priority for them.

The Carol City prospect didn’t pop, however, as he intends to take at least one more official to Michigan State Nov. 19. The Spartans have been on Culpepper’s mind for some time now, the three-star dubbing them a co-leader alongside South Carolina prior to his USC official.

After taking in East Lansing, it’s possible Culpepper could make it to Maryland and Mississippi State. However, neither trip has been locked in, and we’re somewhat skeptical he follows through. (Remember, Culpepper rescheduled his Oct. 15 UMD official at the behest of the Terps’ staff, which prefers to host recruits during the offseason).

Culpepper would like to commit sometime shortly after his senior campaign ends around mid-November. So, unless he backs off that decision timeline, it’s unlikely he’ll be able to complete four official visits.

But even if Culpepper does delay his college announcement, it’s going to be tough for the Terps -- and the Bulldogs and Spartans for that matter -- to top the Gamecocks. Previously, we questioned whether or not the USC coaches would accept Culpepper’s commitment, but apparently they are pushing for his services.

It wouldn’t shock us if he’s a Gamecock before the winter, but let’s see if UMD recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim can keep Culpepper on track to visit College Park. Maybe, if Maryland is the beneficiary of the safety’s final official, the Terps can pull off the upset. At the moment, though, we're not banking on it; we've shifted him to "cool" on the hot board.

Kenny Bennett, CB, Academy at Palumbo (Philadelphia, Pa.): The corner Bennett was supposed to visit Maryland Oct. 22, but he said a “scheduling conflict” prevented him from doing so. Which was unfortunate for Terps’ purposes, because the expectation was the Philly product would commit on campus. Bennett came close to popping during the first UMD game he attended Oct. 1, so the assumption was he'd finally make his intentions public during his College Park return.

That didn't happen, but evidently the corner still wants to end his recruitment Nov. 9, a long-targeted decision date. We’ll see if he changes his mind in the week leading up to that date, however. Bennett might be holding out so he can take an official visit or two before ending his recruitment.

He should be heading for an OV to Maryland sometime in December, and he could check out Pitt as well. Previously, we didn’t think the Panthers posed a threat for Bennett’s services, but the Pittsburgh staff has made a push and does have the recruit’s attention somewhat.

Bennett could also be pining for another power-five suitor so he can have more options. Penn State’s coaches were interested previously, Bennett letting on he coveted a Nittany Lions’ scholarship. If, for whatever reason, the PSU staff jumps back on the Academy at Palumbo prospect, well, it would likely be a game changer.

For now, though, we still like Maryland’s position with the three-star corner. Bennett will stay “hot” on the hot board until we hear otherwise.

Tancey Richardson, CB, South Aiken (S.C.): Richardson didn’t personally report anything new this week, but we did elevate him to “hot” on the hot board after confirming he is indeed a “take” for the Terps' staff. Additionally, some of his more significant “suitors,” namely Georgia and South Carolina, aren’t willing to accept his commitment at this time.

The three-star landed a Maryland offer in mid-September and has been in contact with UMD defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim since then. Richardson has even exchanged messages with head coach D.J. Durkin, who has let on he’d like to have the 6-0, 190-pounder in his secondary. Plus, the South Aiken corner has been hearing about Maryland from his good friend, Terps’ pledge Sean Nelson (Langston Hughes/Fairburn, Ga.).

Richardson is set to officially visit College Park Dec. 2, and the sense is he could pop to Maryland on campus or shortly thereafter. Currently, he has no other officials scheduled, and the only other programs' coaches pushing for him are the likes of Colorado State and some other smaller Division I schools.

New Offers Out

T.J. Banks, TE/DE, East Allegheny (North Versailles, Pa.) (2018): The two-way star Banks has started gaining significant steam on the trail after college coaches have evaluated his junior film. The Terps became the third power-five program to offer the 6-5, 225-pounder Oct. 22, with Maryland joining Cincinnati and Pitt. UMD offensive coordinator Walt Bell, tight ends coach Pete Lembo and area recruiter Dave Borbely are after the North Versailles native. Those staffers were able to meet Banks at the Michigan State game, which the recruit reportedly “loved.”

Banks, who doesn't grant many interviews, didn’t extensively comment on his latest offer, but he should be returning to College Park at some point. Of course, he will be looking at his other suitors and potential suitors as well. Hometown Pitt has Banks’ eye since it’s the local university, and coaches from Penn State; Michigan State; Michigan; Rutgers; Syracuse and others throughout the Big Ten and ACC are considering anteing up.

It’s never easy pulling the crème de crème out of Pennsylvania, but the Terps’ coaches did well to jump on Banks early. Let's see what kind of traction they can gain.

Payton Wilson, OLB, Orange (Hillsborough, N.C.) (2018): Future star with offers from Maryland, UNC and Penn State within the last week. In-state UNC has his eye early.

Kofi Wardlow, BUCK, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.): With the Terps’ coaches still in need of a BUCK and unable to make headway recently with Wardlow’s teammate, Tyree Johnson, UMD-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim offered the 6-3, 240-pound Wardlow Oct. 23. It was Wardlow’s very first power-five offer, and, needless to say, he was thrilled.

“I’m really, really happy right now. This opportunity, for my family to see me play and with [teammates] Cam Spence and Kasim Hill already going there, I can’t say enough about what this means,” said Wardlow, who also has offers from Nevada, Ball State, Bowling Green, Monmouth and others of that ilk. “I can play for my hometown school in front of the hometown fans, and that’s just a blessing.

“Maryland is definitely the favorite right now. It’s real high up there.”

Wardlow is just beginning to build a relationship with Abdul-Rahim and the Maryland staff, but he already knows enough about the school to place them atop his favorites list. He extolled the coming facility upgrades, the campus, the academics and the direction the program is heading under head coach D.J. Durkin. Wardlow has also heard plenty about the Terps from the UMD pledges Hill and Spence, who both urged their newly offered teammate to jump on the local bandwagon. And, indeed, the idea of the DMV movement readily appeals to the just-emerging BUCK option.

Now, the St. John’s edge rusher and his family are set to visit College Park Oct. 30. Then, he’ll likely be in Maryland Stadium Nov. 12 for the UMD-Ohio State game.

True, Wardlow did say he wanted to wait until after his season ended before committing -- and that seems more likely now with Pitt offering Oct. 26 and more power-five programs (Va Tech is one) showing interest. After Panthers’ assistant Andre Powell (here, here Terps' fans) extended the look, Wardlow said he wanted to check out Pitt after taking in UMD.

But, in all honesty, Wardlow’s Maryland pledge is practically inevitable. Barring some sort of snag like an SEC offer materializing, the St. John’s BUCK projects as a Terp.

You can read more about Wardlow HERE.

Browder On Board

The Georgia three-star Jalen Browder (East Paulding/Dallas, Ga.) didn’t know what to expect during his first official visit, but apparently it was enough to convince him to commit on campus Oct. 23. Browder called the Oct 21-23 College Park experience eye-opening and said he couldn’t see himself at any other school.

When I got to Maryland, the players and the coaches all kept it real with me, and that’s really what sold me,” said Browder, who at one time claimed offers from Louisville, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, NC State, Purdue, South Carolina, Kansas State, Mizzou and others. “I felt really comfortable around the entire team and I loved the energy from the coaches. Coach Durkin, Coach [Chris] Beatty, Coach [Walt] Bell, all of them. It just felt right at Maryland, and I didn’t need to see anywhere else.”

The 6-3, 185-pounder couldn’t say enough about the atmosphere inside Maryland Stadium, the vibe around campus and the energy emanating from the coaching staff. He easily bonded with head coach D.J. Durkin, offensive coordinator Walt Bell, receivers’ coach Chris Beatty and the other coaches. He extolled Bell’s offensive system, mentioning how he could thrive in the spread, and believes Beatty, who ran point in this recruitment, could readily develop him.

Plus, Browder loved interacting with the current players, noting how positive and upbeat they were. If that weren’t enough, Browder praised College Park’s location in-between D.C. and Baltimore, and talked up the school’s academic reputation as well.

Browder originally wanted to take a few more trips before ending his recruitment, including Ole Miss, Louisville and Mizzou, but he may have sensed those options weren’t exactly “open” any longer. Additionally, he didn’t want the Maryland opportunity to fall by the wayside by holding out too long.

“I’m excited to be a Terp,” Browder said. “I’m committed and I’m not taking any other visits.”

So, what are the Terps getting in the three-star with the 4.58-second 40-yard dash time?

Well, readers know we don’t like to evaluate off of highlights, but Browder looks to be the best of UMD’s four 2017 receiver pledges. He has ideal size, a wide wingspan and a plus-vertical. Browder eats up the cushion quickly, has solid acceleration and shows the ability to get behind the defense. He also possesses perceivably soft hands, proving he can make tough grabs in traffic and hold onto the football after absorbing contact. Browder can make plays after the catch too, displaying some shake and above-average burst.

To improve, Browder probably needs to shore up his route running and continue honing his fundamentals.

You can read more about Browder HERE.

You can read what his coach had to say about him HERE.

Off The Board

Charles Reeves, TE, Steubenville (Ohio): The elite tight end Reeves has been forecast to Pittsburgh for awhile now, and it’s probably only a matter of time before he pops to the Panthers. There are some academic concerns that may prevent the Pitt staff from accepting Reeves right away, but ultimately that’s where he’s been projected to.

Either way, it doesn’t sound like UMD can or will become involved here, despite Reeves intimating he would be taking an official visit to College Park. If Reeves’ transcript situation is shaky enough for Pitt to hold off, it’s unlikely the Terps could take him either.

Tyler Dunning, ILB, Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.): Dunning committed to Mississippi State back in the spring, but a number of schools have come after him since then. The Maryland staff, for its part, made a strong run at the Aquinas backer, with assistant Christ Beatty in contact. Dunning even said earlier during the fall he could entertain an official visit to College Park and other locales.

But, in his latest interview, Dunning said he was “finished” with recruiting and ready to roll with the Bulldogs.


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