Welcome to our next edition of Inside the Shell, weekly Maryland football-recruiting roundup.
Various Recruiting Notes
-- Woodson (Washington, D.C.) running back Mychale Salahuddin just keeps adding offers. His latest three came in from Baylor, Michigan and Louisville, giving him close to 40 total. The soon-to-be-four star had the highest praise for the Wolverines, immediately noting their tradition and status as a national contender. Michigan is now firmly in play for Salahuddin, alongside Arkansas; USC; Oklahoma; Maryland; Va Tech; Nebraska and UNC. Recall, Salahuddin previously said the Trojans had his attention and he was excited to see Southern California this summer. But we’ll see if that remains the case later during the process, after the D.C. runner flies cross-country and truly gauges the program. Besides USC, Oklahoma is sitting in a strong spot and should be the recipient of a return jaunt at some point. Meanwhile, Salahuddin has lauded his treks thought Maryland, Va Tech and UNC, and each are under consideration for officials. The Terps are going to be in the game throughout due to Salahuddin’s relationship with recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and his hometown affinity, but we won’t know until down the road just where in the pecking order they sit (they’re not in the top three right now). Expect Salahuddin’s recruitment to continue fluctuating in the weeks and months ahead.
-- Mays (Atlanta, Ga.) tight end Maleak Bryant has dialed back his Maryland interest a bit. He still has the Terps at or near the top of his leaderboard, but he’s no longer calling them a clear frontrunner. The 6-6 three-star has Iowa State, which he’s visiting June 8-9, running alongside UMD at this time. Bryant has been in close contact with the Cyclones’ staff and knows they need tight ends. Additionally, the ISU coaches are willing to take Bryant’s teammate, receiver Amir Abdur-Rahman, who the Maryland coaches are somewhat lukewarm on. The other program Bryant’s honing in on is Tennessee, which would be the leader if he were an immediate “take” for the Vols’ staff. UT currently has other options on its board at this time. Either way, Bryant should be trekking through Rocky Top this summer. As for the Terps, Bryant continues to maintain a relationship with tight ends coach Pete Lembo and offensive coordinator Walt Bell, who stopped by Mays earlier this spring. Bryant thoroughly enjoyed his April foray through College Park, Md., and said he could see himself at Maryland for the next four years. But we’ll see if his mind is still on the Terps when decision time rolls around later this summer. Note: There’s also a good possibility Bryant isn’t a surefire “take” for the Maryland staff at this time. There are a couple other realistic tight-end options on UMD’s board (see: Chig Okonkwo, Elijah McAllister) the coaches may favor over the Atlanta product.
-- Imhotep (Philadelphia, Pa.) offensive tackle Justin Johnson is reportedly in a bit of a holding pattern, per Scout’s Brian Dohn. Dohn has a solid source close to the situation, and apparently Johnson is taking a long gander at hometown Temple before ending his recruitment. The 6-7, 345-pound three-star visited the Philadelphia school earlier in May, and the staff has his ear. “He has been around the school for years and they’re going a great job recruiting him,” Dohn said. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Johnson is going to commit to the Owls. Per Dohn and our own contacts, the Terps remain in a strong spot for the big tackle. Johnson, who was supposed to commit to Maryland shortly after his April 14 visit, remains in close communication with line coach Tyler Bowen and recruiter Anthony Tucker. He still loves the school’s close proximity to his home, the academics and the environment the Maryland coaches have created. Johnson may take a minute to actually follow through with a pop, but we’ll keep projecting him to College Park until we hear otherwise.
-- Dominion (Sterling, Va.) defensive tackle Jayde Pierre has slowly but surely been picking up offers this spring. The 6-1, 295-pounder now has close to double-digit looks, with Maryland, BC, Arizona, Rutgers, Wake, UVA, Purdue and Temple being some of his larger looks. Plus, coaches from Va Tech, Michigan State, Pitt and a few more have been in touch. Pierre has visited BC, Wake, Maryland and UVA and wants to hit Arizona; MSU; and Temple this summer. He’s taking a deliberate approach, Pierre in no rush to commit this offseason. He would ideally like to go through his senior season, take a couple officials and then commit later during the fall. The Terps have defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh on Pierre, and the two are in regular contact. Pierre, who isn’t claiming leaders but seems to have the Terps trending , thoroughly enjoyed his winter College Park visit and should be back for another stay this summer. He may not be the No. 1 priority for the Maryland coaches right now, but down the line Pierre could very well be a foremost option.
-- DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) BUCK John Morgan is nearing his college decision, which could come as soon as his birthday, June 6, although it’s likely to be pushed back. The three-star said he planned to see Pitt June 4, Va Tech June 11 and Duke June 16 before popping. But it wouldn’t shock if he committed to the Panthers before seeing the other two locales, however, as the Pitt staff may be pressing for the three-star more than any of his other suitors. And that includes Maryland’s coaches, who like Morgan but may have a couple other BUCK targets in mind. Morgan, who is in contact with UMD-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and position coach Jimmy Brumbaugh, was last in College Park in April and always speaks highly of the program. He’s keen on the DeMatha-to-Maryland pipeline, the hometown movement and the coaching staff. But if other schools’ coaches like Pitt’s and Va Tech’s are making a more ardent push, well, Morgan’s probably going to end up at one of those two rather than the local university. Note: Rutgers, which Morgan has seen, is among the DeMatha edge rusher’s leaders too.
-- Calvert Hall (Towson, Md.) inside linebacker Chance Campbell detailed his latest visits to Maryland, Duke and Virginia, discussed his summer plans, and mentioned a tentative decision timeline. The 6-2, 215-pound three-star lauded the Blue Devils’ and Wahoos’ academics, first and foremost, and said they had “good” football programs as well. Campbell had the most to say about UMD, however, which he’d been to several times prior to his April 20 jaunt. The Calvert Hall product lauded the spring practice he saw, the school’s educational opportunities and the Terps’ coaches. Following the jaunt, he said the Terps were, “High, really high. They do a lot of the little things very well there, which is very attractive. Like how they handle practice, showing up on time, how you carry yourself, being attentive in meetings, staying on-point, they way they talk to each other -- all these details stand out. Also, Maryland is a really good school and it was the first school to offer me, and that’s always something I’ll remember.” That comment is why Campbell’s been sitting “hot” on the hot board for several months. But, there is a chance his recruitment could turn. He’s been hearing from coaches from Stanford, Notre Dame, Northwestern and Vandy, and if any of those offers come in, they’d be admitted game-changers. (The Cardinal are the least likely to ante up). Furthermore, it would be a mistake to write off either Duke or Virginia. Campbell is an academics-first recruit, and both of those schools boast prestigious degrees. For now, however, we like the position Maryland’s and will keep projecting him to College Park. But let’s see what he’s thinking later during the summer, after he takes in some Midwest locales (Michigan State, Indiana) and possibly places such as UND; Northwestern; or Vandy. You can read more about Campbell HERE.
-- Oscar Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) inside linebacker Keshon Artis caught up with Scout’s Mike Clark at The Opening Charlotte and told him, surprisingly, that in-state Va Tech wasn’t among his most ardent pursuers. After asking around, we were told the Hokies remained in the game, but the staff doesn’t have Artis on top of its board. “They’re taking two linebackers and their main guys are Dax Hollifield and Alan Tisdale,” our contact said. But Artis should be returning to Blacksburg, Va., yet again this summer for his umpteenth look at the Hokies, and if the coaches can’t bring in their foremost targets, well, they’ll probably press for the local three-star again. Beyond that situation, Artis told Clark he was in close contact with coaches from Maryland and NC State. “[The Terps] were my first offer and I have a great relationship with the coaches,” Artis told Clark. “They're recruiting Virginia hard and that's impressive. I visited a few months ago and saw a lot of good things. I love the atmosphere and the academics at Maryland. [Linebackers] coach [Matt] Barnes is always honest with me. He tells me what I need to hear and not what I want to hear. He's told me that a lot of their linebackers are seniors and that if I choose Maryland, I'd be able to compete for early playing time." Artis had similar comments for NC State, which he visited a couple weeks back. The three-star then talked up his most recent offer, Tennessee, a school he’ll be checking out early this summer. West Virginia is on the docket for an offseason jaunt as well, while Artis plans to return to UMD for a second time. Our gut? Well, the fact Artis didn’t broach Va Tech does make us question things a bit. But we still believe the Hokies could lead, with the Terps right there for now (running second?). There’s a chance, however, Tennessee, with its SEC affiliation, could rise up the leaderboard after Artis visits. “That’s going to be a big trip for him,” our contact informed us. Of course, Artis’ situation could very well change as the summer/fall moves along. He doesn’t want to commit until after his senior season, so the three-star’s current contenders could fill up their spots and new suitors could emerge.
-- Curtis (Staten Island, N.Y.) athlete Amad Anderson is being recruited as a receiver, but this guy’s going to end up at safety or maybe corner in college. The 5-11, 170-pounder currently has Maryland trending, with Rutgers running either alongside, or a close second, to UMD. He’s in regular communication with area recruiter Pete Lembo and likes what the Terps’ program is about. Anderson was in College Park earlier this offseason as well, heaping praise on the coaches; campus; academics; facility upgrades; and more. RU, which Anderson has seen multiple times, is right there, however, and the three-star has a terrific rapport with the staff. But the Terps and Scarlet Knights may not be the only players; recent recruiting activity has given him some pause. He landed a Wisconsin offer in late April, and now Anderson wants to check out Madison, Wis. Moreover, he’s been hearing from coaches at Penn State, Va Tech and a few others. If the Nittany Lions’ or Hokies’ staffs come through with offers (unlikely), they’d immediately vault to the top of Anderson’s favorites list. But, for now, should Lembo and the Maryland coaches keep pushing (we’ll see if they do with other safety/corner options on their board), the Terps would be positioned well here.
-- Woodson (Washington, D.C.) corner Vincent Flythe snagged new offers from Purdue and Louisville this week, bringing him to around 20. He’s not expected to wind up at either locale, but the new looks show that Flythe is about on par with his currently-higher-rated teammates Ed Hendrix and Noah Boykin. Flythe will have to prove himself in pads this fall, but he’s certainly done his part to command attention during the spring. As for his recruitment, it remains fairly status quo. Maryland is right there for him and possibly leading, with Syracuse (visited); Rutgers (visited); and UVA (visited) in play as well. Flythe is thinking about visiting Wake, Pitt, Vandy, Wisconsin, Kentucky and now probably Louisville this summer. Flythe will likely select a college shortly before his senior season, depending on which locales he can get to.
New Offers Out
Caziah Holmes, ATH/QB, Cocoa (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) (2020): Holmes is a 6-0, 170-pound dynamo from Florida who should command serious recruiting attention the next couple years with his size and speed. He plays quarterback for Cocoa, but projects as a receiver type at the next level.
The Terps’ staff identified Holmes early and became his very first offer May 17.
Unique Brissett II, RB, Westchester Community College (Valhalla, N.Y.): Maryland’s staff apparently identified this whirling dervish from the junior college ranks May 18. The 5-9, 160-pound Brissett, who is originally from Germany but prepped in the Bronx, N.Y., has received plenty of attention this spring, with offers claimed from Tennessee; Oklahoma State; Miami; Ole Miss; Louisville; TAMU; TCU; Penn State; Oregon; Notre Dame; Texas; Boise State; Oregon; Ohio State; North Carolina; and now Maryland. We say “claimed,” because it’s questionable which of those verbals, if any, are actually real. There are some red flags raised here, which is why we’re hesitant to even list Brissett as a new offer.
Brissett said he has trips planned to UNC, Miami, Ole Miss and PSU this June, while Maryland is on his radar too.
We’ll give the claim more credence if he shows up in College Park.
Jaren Mangham, RB, Cass Tech (Detroit, Mich.) (2019): The four-star 2019 running back Mangham snagged a Maryland offer May 17. It was his 19th to date, following institutions such as Michigan State; Illinois; Indiana; Arizona; Kentucky; Mississippi State; Mizzou; Pitt; Purdue; UCLA; and others.
The in-star Spartans have a bead initially, though Mangham is fairly open at this stage. He’s looking for some Big Ten/ACC/SEC bigwig coaches to ante up like those from Notre Dame, Clemson, Ohio State and Michigan.
David Robinson, WR, Hempfield (Landisville, Pa.): Maryland became the very first power-five offer for Robinson May 17 when area recruiter Pete Lembo and offensive coordinator Walt Bell anted up for the 6-4, 215 pounder.
Naturally, the Keystone State native was ecstatic, saying how honored and appreciative he was. Robinson knows a good amount about the Terps’ program too, pointing to the academics; the facilities; and the Under Armour connections. The fact Maryland is less than two hours from home makes it more appealing.
Robinson is now beginning to establish a rapport with the Terps’ coaches and will look to visit College Park in June. He’ll probably attend a one-day camp so the staff and receivers’ coach Chris Beatty can further evaluate him (and decide if he’s truly offer-worthy).
At first blush, one might consider the Terps a clear leader for the Hempfield product. But with the number of receiver options on the Maryland staff’s board, he’s likely further down the list than some of the Terps’ previous targets.
If UMD isn’t an option, Robinson has a few lower Division I suitors on the table.
You can read more about Robinson HERE.
Jacobi Bellazin, WR, Baker (La.) (2020): The 5-8, 170-pound 2020 slot man Bellazin actually committed to TCU back on April 1, which in and of itself proves football recruiting needs a fix. The chances of Bellazin remaining tied to the Horned Frogs for the next three years is slim, especially with all the new offers he’s gained this spring.
Maryland, with receivers’ coach Chris Beatty running point, became Bellazin’s latest look May 17. Before that, he pulled Ohio State, Va Tech, Georgia, Purdue, Kansas State and more. It’ll be interesting to see how his recruitment ebbs and flows the next few years.
Spencer Anderson, OT, Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.): Well, this was one interesting offer. The Terps’ staff is going to take about three tackles, and there are multiple options available. Those include the two four-star locals, Jaelyn Duncan (St. Frances/Baltimore, Md.) and Rasheed Walker (North Point/Waldorf, Md.); Gonzaga’s (Washington, D.C.) Aidan Rafferty; supposed imminent commit Justin Johnson (Imhotep/Philadelphia, Pa.); big Georgia tackle Jalynn Strickland (West County/Waycross, Ga.); interested JUCO T.J. Bradley (Lackawanna/Scranton, Pa.); and a couple other new offerees.
With that in mind, Anderson probably isn’t an immediate “take” for the Maryland coaches, but he very well could be down the road. Which could work out, because Anderson has no intention of committing until after his senior season.
Right now, however, Anderson is excited about his latest offer from the local university. He said he’d been in communication with UMD-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim for some time, and had a feeling the verbal would come through eventually.
“I was overwhelmed. It’s the hometown, so it’s a good option for me,” said Anderson, who also holds verbals from Kentucky, Pitt, Wake Forest, ECU and BC. “Coach Aazaar is always texting me back and forth. He’s a real good guy and we’re pretty close. I called him after he told me about they offer, and he said they really want me there. He was asking me where I had Maryland on my board and then said I could be the next great lineman there. He told me Damian Prince went there and to follow him. So it was a pretty cool conversation. … They’re definitely top five. Definitely top five.”
The McNamara product proceeded to detail why the Terps were on his favorites list, pointing to his multiple treks through campus; his affinity for the hometown movement (“it’s pretty great”); his fondness for the Maryland coaches (“Coach [Tyler] Bowen is a great young coach… and all the coaches are all about getting you better”); and more.
Anderson has Wake Forest firmly in play too. Of his current suitors, he said the Deacons’ coaches have been in contact the most. Anderson has been in Winston Salem, N.C., before and wants to return this summer.
Kentucky is on Anderson’s radar and in line for a visit as well. The McNamara tackle will also see what new offers come in next and evaluate those.
If Anderson had to select a school today, Wake would probably be his choice since it’s clear he’s coveted by the staff. And that might ultimately wind up being the case down the line, depending how other programs’ recruiting boards shake out.
You can read more about Anderson HERE.
Hamilton Hall, OT, Chamblee (Ga.): The 6-6, 320-pound Hall landed his third power-five offer from Maryland May 16, and it resonated. Hall gave kudos to UMD offensive coordinator Walt Bell and recruiter Andy Buh, both of whom he’s known since early May, and said he’d be venturing north to College Park this summer.
“I want to see what the campus is like in person and meet all the coaches,” Hall said.
“I know they’re building new facilities and that Under Armour is helping them out. On the academic side they’re pretty good with that. They’re a top [public school] university. I was pretty impressed with that as well.”
Hall also has offerees Mississippi State and Indiana in mind, and isn’t discounting UCF or Georgia State yet either. But the big lineman acknowledged he’s been hearing increasingly from other power-five schools such as UNC, OSU and LSU, and if those verbals come to fruition, he’d surely contemplate them. Now, we’re not positive the bigwigs are going to enter the picture, but given Hall’s size and relative athleticism, he should garner more attention.
Hall’s banking on it too, which is why he wouldn’t let on exactly what trips he wanted to take this summer. He’ll gauge what offers come in first, and then go from there.
But Hall said he wouldn’t jump at a national elite just because it’s a known program. He’s well aware how the recruiting game works, mentioning he’d rather attend a school where he’s wanted and needed than a place where he might not see the field.
We’ll see if that remains true if larger SEC/ACC/Big Ten programs do toss a scholarship Hall’s way. But currently he seems level-headed enough, realistic enough, and interested enough in Maryland for us to list him ‘warm” on the hot board. (We’ll have to see exactly where Hall sits on the Terps’ staff’s board, though. Remember, Aidan Rafferty, Justin Johnson, Jaelyn Duncan, Jalynn Strickland, Spencer Anderson and Rasheed Walker are all still on the board.)
Hall has no timeframe for selecting a school. It’s possible he could commit later during the summer, but Hall could elect to take fall officials before ending his recruitment.
You can read more about Hall HERE.
Nick Lewis, OT, Bolles School (Jacksonville, Fla.): The 6-8, 340-pound Lewis turns heads with his size, although most of the power programs haven’t pursued him. Mizzou is his lone SEC offer, while others such as Iowa State; Washington State; Memphis; Minnesota; FAU; ECU; Toledo; and UCF have verbals out.
The Terps, who have area recruiter Anthony Tucker and offensive line coach Tyler Bowen on the recruit, became his latest suitor May 13, afterwards Lewis saying it was another program under consideration. He isn’t privy to much about the institution yet, but it’s on his radar as far as summer visits are concerned.
“Maryland, I love Maryland. I have family there and I can’t wit to get there on June 3 for a camp,” said Lewis, who has looks from ECU, Colorado State, FAU, Iowa State, Memphis, Minnesota, Mizzou, UCF, Washington State, Buffalo and more. “I love the coaches there. Coach [Anthony] Tucker and Coach [Tyler] Bowen have been showing love to me, so I really appreciate that. Also, my aunt lives there and I’ve been there a couple times. She’s in Washington, D.C., so I’ve been around the area. I love it up there and it’s very nice. It feels great up there. It’s definitely cool to be near D.C.”
Currently, Lewis is keeping an open mind and isn’t naming leaders or standouts. That said, he did like Mizzou a good deal after he visited, noting the SEC affiliation and coaching staff. He’s also keen on Washington State since the coaches are in regular communication. Staffers from ECU (visited) and FAU (visited) are involved heavily too and figure to be players with Lewis.
It remains to be seen exactly how ardently the Terps’ coaches will pursue. Lewis doesn’t figure to be the main priority for Maryland’s staff at this time, but he’s certainly going to be fairly high on the board.
Expect Lewis to visit numerous locales and possibly commit by August. The Terps, who have his desired major (engineering), could be a destination for him if a couple others fall off. But, if there’s not a push, maybe a place like FAU or ECU could be a better fit.
You can read more about Lewis HERE.
Raiqwon O’Neal, OT, Conway (S.C.): The 6-5, 265-pound O’Neal has seen his stock rise this spring, and May 12 the Terps came through with an offer. O’Neal didn’t say much about his latest look, but he is considering venturing north to College Park for a looksee at the Terps.
In the meantime, though, O’Neal will be checking out some of his primary contenders. Louisville has his ear and could be the early leader in the clubhouse. Wake Forest is another school that’s resonating after O’Neal’s trek through Winston Salem. And WVU, Illinois and Mississippi State have the three-star’s attention as well. Furthermore, O’Neal has been hearing from coaches from South Carolina, North Carolina and a couple more SEC programs, all of which would be game-changing offers if they materialized.
We’re not listing O’Neal on the hot board unless he makes it to UMD.
You can read more about O’Neal HERE.
John Harris, OC, Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.): Terps’ area recruiter Walt Bell extended an offer to Georgia’s No. 1 center prospect, Harris, May 12. It was the 6-4, 275-pound three-star’s 30th overall offer.
Currently, Harris has his eye on Virginia Tech, Louisville and North Carolina, all of which have scholarships out. He plans to visit each of those three programs this summer, although the Hokies and Heels are “must see” destinations for him. Duke, whose staff anted up in early May, is on Harris’ radar too, with the Peach State product considering trekking through Durham, N.C.
The Terps could possibly get a look during the summer or fall, but the sense is Harris is going to wind up at Tech or some school further south. He’s not going on the hot board unless he actually takes in College Park.
Jaevon Becton, DE, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, Va.): And another offer out to an Ocean Lakes recruit. Of all the verbals the Maryland staff approved this week, Becton may be the one to pay attention to because of the school he attends and the position he plays.
Naturally, the 6-4, 240-pound three-star had been in regular contact with UMD 757 recruiter Chris Beatty. The two know each other well and have already built a relationship. So now, post offer, Becton is eager to visit College Park for the first time.
"I've known Coach Beatty since I was in 10th grade. It's been awhile now we've been in touch," Becton said. "I like him as a person and as a recruiter. He's good at his job. We've had some good conversations and I think he's a real good due. He likes the way I move and play, and was telling me I could play not just defense but some offense for Maryland too. The offer is for defensive end, but he thinks I could play some tight end with how I catch and run. I've done it before, so that would be great (laughs). But Coach Beatty is great and we talk a lot."
Other than Beatty, Becton likes UMD’s close proximity to his home, Big Ten connections and the fact he can play early in College Park. Moreover, he has former teammates heading to Maryland. Becton said he’s a friend of 2017 UMD signee Tahj Capehart and 2018 commit Tyler DeSue, both of whom have let on how much they like the program.
But the Terps are hardly the only program on Becton’s mind. Va Tech, UGA, Syracuse and Rutgers, which all have offers out, are in the running. And coaches from Tennessee and UVA could be next to ante up, and, if so, would enter the picture.
Of the above offerees, the in-state Hokies and the SEC-affiliated Bulldogs (if the staff pushes) are likely standouts. He’s visited both schools before and likes each a good deal.
Becton’s situation could change, however. He’s in no rush to commit, intent on taking a deliberate approach. He’ll likely form a leaderboard in late summer, take his officials and then commit later in the fall.
We’re going to list Becton “warm” on the hot board, mainly because he goes to Ocean Lakes and knows Beatty well. Which means, if the UMD staff truly wants him, they’re probably going to be in the game.
You can read more about Becton HERE.
Dennis Briggs, DE, Gateway (Kissimmee, Fla.): The Terps were the latest to offer the three-star Briggs May 15. UMD-area recruiter Chris Beatty did the honors, Maryland joining Florida; FSU; Miami; Louisville; Tennessee; Wisconsin; UNC; South Carolina; Kentucky; Oregon and others.
Briggs has already called UF, FSU and Miami his three leaders, with the Gators possibly holding the pole position after several trips to Gainesville, Fla. But the UF staff, in addition to coaches from the Noles and Canes, may not be pushing for Briggs at this time.
Which means maybe Briggs could drop to another program whose staff does covet his services. But we’re not so sure that’s going to be Maryland at this current juncture. Besides UF, FSU and Miami, Briggs is looking at some other southern suitors like Tennessee, Kentucky, Louisville, South Carolina, UNC, NC State and maybe more.
The Terps aren’t thought to be contenders at first blush.
Ireland Burke, DT, Pope John XXII (Sparta, N.J.) (2019): The 6-3, 280-pound Burke landed a Maryland offer May 12 and now has verbals from Purdue; Temple; FAU; ODU and UMD. He’s keeping an open mind and will wait to see what comes in this summer, fall and next offseason before listing any standouts.
We’ll see how his recruitment develops and what schools he chooses to visit. Rutgers is the only university Burke has seen thus far.
Randy Charlton, BUCK, Miami Southridge (Miami, Fla.): The 6-4, 225-pound Charlton landed a Maryland offer from recruiter Chris Beatty May 15. Afterwards, the three-star placed UMD on his initial top-10 leaderboard and said they were a school he’d be digging deeper into. Charlton broached Beatty as one of his four most ardent pursuers, while mentioning Maryland’s uniforms and Under Armour affiliation always had his attention.
That’s great, but Charlton sounds a bit mercurial. He tends to talk up whichever school he’s questioned about, and his aforementioned “leaderboard” seems to fluctuate depending on the reporter he’s speaking to or what new offers are presented.
The vibe on this end is Charlton is favoring Tennessee, Oregon, Syracuse and maybe Baylor. Of those, the Vols may sit atop the totem pole (depending on whether or not the staff keeps pushing). Charlton has been in Rocky Top before and has a former teammate heading to Knoxville, Tenn.
Meanwhile, Oregon’s uniforms and coach overtures have him thinking about an official visit to Eugene, Ore., the Syracuse staff’s persistent pitch has Charlton seeking to see the Orange; and Baylor’s defensive player development attracts the three-star.
Charlton is considering Michigan State, Indiana, Colorado, Iowa State and Temple too. If more major offers come to fruition, those will also likely enter the mix.
We’ll list Charlton as “cool” on the hot board, because it does sound like he has some interest in visiting Maryland. Furthermore, some contenders could fill their spots with Charlton intent on dragging out his recruitment, so it’s possible a program like UMD could rise up.
Of course, that would mean the Miami native would have to be a “take” for the Terps’ staff as well. And right now, there are a few other BUCK options ahead of Charlton on the coaches’ boards.
You can read more about Charlton HERE.
Rashawn Yates, BUCK, Treasure Coast (Port St. Lucie, Fla.): Yates landed a Maryland offer from area recruiter Matt Barnes and defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh May 17, and then promptly included the Terps on his leaderboard. He said Barnes and Co. have been on him since last year -- when the Maryland staff saw Yates at a Port Saint Lucie satellite camp -- and the offer only solidified the coaches’ interest.
“Coach Barnes hits me up regularly,” Yates said. “Even though the offer wasn’t there until [May 17], he was always in touch. He asks me things like what I thought of the basketball game, how I’m doing in practice, things like that. It’s real cool.”
Now that he has the offer, Yates is planning out a June visit. The 6-3, 250-pounder said UMD has always been a school he’s watched since his favorite receiver, Stefon Diggs, played there, while he’s heard College Park is “really nice.” Yates’ proposed position, the BUCK, appeals to him as well.
The Terps aren’t the only school on Yates’ mind, though. Louisville, Rutgers, UCF, Pitt, UNC and Tennessee are among his early leaders. The UCF Knights are the only programs he’s seen, so he wants to hit as many of the aforementioned locales as possible this summer.
We’ll see which of those “leaders” keep pushing for Yates, however. Many of them have other targets in mind, including Maryland. The Terps’ coaches have numerous BUCK options to wad through, and there are only a couple open slots.
Regardless, Yates wants to go through the entire recruiting process. He’s seeking to take all five officials before committing, which means his situation (and his favorites list) is going to change down the road.
He’s “cool” on the hot board initially.
You can read more about Yates HERE.
Myjai Sanders, BUCK, William M. Raines (Jacksonville, Fla.): The 6-4, 215-pound Sanders had nary a power-five look prior to May 16. But then UMD-area recruiter Anthony Tucker let him know the Terps’ defensive staff had evaluated his film and wanted to offer.
By our count Sanders makes about 10 realistic/semi-realistic BUCK options on the Maryland staff’s board. And with only one or maybe two slots left after local BUCK Durell Nchami committed, we’re not sure how hard of a look Sanders is going to get from UMD’s coaches.
Even so, Sanders is eager to build a rapport with Tucker and other Terps’ staffers. Sanders didn’t know much about the Maryland program off the bat, but he wants to learn more and potentially visit College Park.
That may or may not occur, depending on Sanders’ summer travel schedule and how ardently the UMD coaches press for him. If he doesn’t sense a push, Sanders could circle back to offerees like FAU, Colorado State and Troy, or other programs whose coaches ante up down the road.
Franklin Jackson, BUCK, West Orange (Winter Garden, Fla.): Jackson is yet another BUCK prospect to watch out for. The 6-3, 220-pounder, who pulled his UMD verbal from area recruiter Matt Barnes and defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh, didn’t have power-five looks prior to May 17. Mainly schools such as Dartmouth, App State, FAU and Air Force were after him.
The Terps’ coaches did like what they saw during a workout, and Barnes and Co. will likely stay in touch with Jackson, keeping him interested in the program. (Jackson messaged in that he was excited about the offer). But, like some of the above BUCK recruits we wrote about, we don’t envision him being a prime UMD target. Multiple prospects would have to head elsewhere for the Maryland coaches to push for Jackson.
JaQuez Jackson, OLB, Peach County (Fort Valley, Ga.): Jackson snagged his first power-five offer from UMD-area recruiter Tyler Bowen May 13. The 6-1, 210-pounder said he’d been in contact with Bowen, who’d trekked through Peach County this spring, for around two weeks and the two have a solid bond. Jackson also knows a bit about Maryland and wants to visit this summer.
“I know they’re a top program and coming up. I know it’s Big Ten. But Coach Bowen told me they have good academics in what I want to major in, which is sports management. So that was great to hear,” Jackson said. “Coach Bowen said Maryland would fit me well, and it does sound like a great place. He said they’re looking for guys that are game ready and I’m one of those guys….I loved it. It’s great to hear.”
That’s all well and good, but Jackson probably is a couple slots down the Maryland’s staff’s depth chart. He’s surely couldn’t commit right away, but Bowen will keep in contact and the Maryland coaches will pursue if other targets go by the wayside.
At this juncture, Jackson said staffs from Marshall, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern and Rutgers are in touch the most. He is hearing from coaches at Pitt, WVU, Wake, Cincinnati, Miami and Florida, but none of those schools have offered yet (and probably won’t).
In our estimation, Jackson could wind up at an FBS program, but maybe not at the power-five level. But if a place like UMD needs a backer late during the process, perhaps Jackson becomes a “take” for the Terps’ coaches down the line.
He’s listed “cool” on the hot board initially.
You can read more about Jackson HERE.
Ge’mon Eaford, OLB, Deerfield Beach (Fla.) (2019): Terps’ linebackers coach Matt Barnes anted up for Eaford May 17, but this is going to be one tough pull. The 6-1, 220-pound 2019 recruit had 31 offers prior to Maryland’s, and many of those verbals were from the crème de crème.
Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State and more throughout the ACC, SEC, Big Ten and Big 12 are on Eaford. In-state FSU had the inside track, but the offers from OSU; Michigan; and Bama have given him pause.
Drake Thomas, ILB, Heritage (Wake Forest, N.C.) (2019): The Terps and recruiter Pete Lembo were the latest to identify the rising star Thomas May 17. It was the 6-0, 225-pounder’s 12th offer to date and the fourth within the last week or so.
UNC, NC State, Va Tech, Duke and Michigan all have recent verbals out to Thomas, who is bound to attract many more suitors in the months ahead.
His recruitment is wide open.
Briton Allen, S, Lake Highland Prep (Orlando, Fla.) (2019): Allen, a 6-0, 180-pound safety/receiver, is starting to generate attention during the spring evaluation period. He landed his first offer from SEC school South Carolina earlier in May, and May 15 he snagged his second from Big Ten suitor Maryland. Allen should have more significant options later this summer and into the fall.
Cortez Andrews, S, Amos. P. Godby (Tallahassee, Fla.) (2019): The Terps offered the star safety Andrews May 18, his ninth offer to day. The 6-2, 205-pounder had looks from Auburn, UGA, Mizzou, UCF, ECU and a couple more before Maryland came in.
The in-state programs are trending for Andrews right now, and most figure he’ll wind up at one of the prominent Florida schools. But others in the SEC could entice him.
Elijah Jones, CB/S, Cardinal Hayes (Bronx, N.Y.): Jones landed one of his more significant offers from Maryland-area recruiter Pete Lembo May 12 and now has the school under principal consideration. Jones said the Terps’ academic reputation, coupled with his longtime rapport with Lembo, have UMD standing out. Additionally, Jones has been a Terps’ fan (or sorts) since he was little.
“I like Maryland a lot. I've been watching them play since I was little, and when I play NCAA Football [on PlayStation] I always use the Terps,” said Jones, who will be visiting Maryland for the first time June 22. “Plus, my dad's girlfriend went to Maryland and had a great experience there. She told me it's a great place. I'm looking forward to visiting myself."
Besides UMD, Jones is considering BC and UConn, two suitors he’s been through before. He’ll be returning to Boston College June 2, and the sense is the Eagles may be the initial standouts.
Rutgers, which Jones will take in later in June, is in play as well, although it’s unclear how the Scarlet Knights’ coaches are prioritizing Jones.
Speaking of priority recruits, Jones probably isn’t at the top of the UMD staff’s board either. But it does sound like they’re going to keep in close contact (Jones said Lembo messages him on a daily basis), positioning themselves to make a run if some other targets fall off.
We’re listing Jones “warm” on the hot board due to the prospect’s positive comments about the program.
You can read more about Jones HERE.
Trey Morrison, CB, Greater Atlantic Christian (Norcross, Ga.): The Georgia corner Morrison added a Maryland offer from UMD-area recruiter Walt Bell May 12. He’s since been in touch with defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and is pondering a trek through College Park this summer.
But the 5-10, 175-pounder didn’t know a whole lot about the Terps and seems to have other locales on the brain. North Carolina, which Morrison has visited, is his stated leader, and West Virginia, which he’s also been to before, has his ear too. Moreover, the three-star is taking a hard look at suitors like Louisville, Pitt and UVA, seeking to see each of the three in the summer. (Morrison wants a Notre Dame offer, but he’s unlikely to get it).
Look for Morrison to embark on several offseason visits and then pop later during the summer – if not sooner (to UNC).
He won’t go on the hot board unless he treks through Maryland and some others like UNC and WVU go by the wayside.
You can read more about Morrison HERE.
Kenneth Dicks, CB, Lambert (Suwannee, Ga.): The Georgia corner Dicks doesn’t speak on recruiting much, so it’s unclear what he thought of his May 12 offer from Maryland. The Terps did represent one of the 6-0, 195-pounder’s larger verbals, though, and we’d think he would consider visiting College Park.
But for now we’ll have to gauge what other looks come in for him and where he chooses to trip to this summer. Dicks previously claimed offers from Louisville, Iowa State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Wake, WKU, EKU, Georgia Southern, UMass, Troy, FAU, Buffalo, Army, Air Force and a host of Ivies.
The Maryland coaches likely have other corner targets prioritized ahead of the Georgian.
Divaad Wilson, CB, Northwestern (Miami, Fla.): Wilson committed to Florida back in February and has been steadfast in his pledge. He’s been up to UF numerous times and seems to be all in with the program.
That hasn’t stopped Wilson from adding offers, though. Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, TCU and, on May 15, Maryland, have all come through.
The Terps’ Aazaar Abdul-Rahim is on the Miami native, and will attempt to coax out a visit. But Wilson isn’t going on the hot board unless he decommits and treks north to College Park.
Tyus Fields, CB, William Amos Hough (Cornelius, N.C.) (2019): Fields is the son of two-time NFL Pro Bowler Mark Fields and the younger brother of current Clemson corner Mark Fields Jr. Needless to say, the Tigers, whose staff has offered and hosted the 2019 corner, have an early edge for Tyus Fields. In-state North Carolina is also involved after Fields’ treks through Chapel Hill, and so is offeree LSU, where some of Fields’ family lives.
The Terps became Fields’ latest offer to date May 15 when area recruiter Walt Bell anted up.
Keontae Jenkins, CB, Bishop Sullivan (Virginia Beach, Va.) (2020): The 5-10, 155-pound Jenkins is becoming a shutdown corner. He’s smaller, but is athletic and possesses terrific ball skills. Va Tech was first to offer him, but UMD’s Chris Beatty was second into the fray May 12.
Jenkins will have multiple suitors to consider in the next couple years. Maryland should be involved given Beatty’s ties at the school.
2019 DMV Recruits Of Note
Here are some of the local recruits who have caught the Terps’ staff’s eye during the spring evaluation period and figure to be priority targets moving forward:
Devyn Ford, North Stafford (Va.): Va Tech, Clemson, Ohio State, PSU, Texas, Georgia, USC, UNC, South Carolina, Auburn, Michigan, Nebraska, Maryland
Joachim Bangda, St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.): Alabama, Ohio State, UCLA, VA Tech, Maryland, Indiana, Rutgers, Syracuse (STORY HERE)
Tyquan Brown, Freedom (Woodbridge, Va.): Maryland
Keilan Robinson, St. John’s (Washington, D.C.): Maryland, Michigan State, UNC, Rutgers (STORY HERE)
DeMarcco Hellams, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): Clemson, Maryland, Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan, UNC, PSU, Purdue, Rutgers, Tennessee, Va Tech, Wisconsin
Isaiah Hazel, Wise (Upper Marlboro, Md.): Maryland, Va Tech, Syracuse, Kentucky, Rutgers, Temple, Indiana, ECU
Andrew Allmond, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.)
Donovan Robinson, St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.)
Joseph Wete, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.): NC State, Penn State, Rutgers, Va Tech, Pitt, Wisconsin
Shane Lee, St. Frances (Baltimore, Md.): Penn State, Maryland, Clemson, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, UNC, Nebraska, LSU, Syracuse, Rutgers, UCLA, Va Tech, Wisconsin
Dean Ferguson, Potomac Falls (Sterling, Va.): Maryland, ECU, UVA, Army, ODU
Jamal Speaks, Ballou (Washington, D.C.): Maryland, Toledo, Charlotte
Nick Cross, DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.): Purdue, Maryland, Temple (STORY HERE)
Off The Board
Shaka Heyward, OLB, Mill Creek (Hoschton, Ga.): The outside backer Heyward had been saying from the jump he wanted an offer from Duke. So when it came through May 13, the 6-3, 200-pounder jumped at it, citing the school’s academics as the primary reason.
Heyward was contemplating a visit to Maryland and had been in contact with UMD-area recruiter Walt Bell since March. But he never made it north and doesn’t expect to venture out this summer.
Heyward also had offers from Minnesota, Rutgers, Wake, Iowa State and Ole Miss.
Nolan Johnson, CB, Southwest Guilford (High Point, N.C.): Johnson was one of the first 2018 recruits to receive a Maryland offer, and he loved his winter visit to College Park. But he hasn’t been a priority for the Terps’ coaches for some time and defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim hasn’t been regular contact. Johnson may be bound for ECU or a lower-level program.
Daymon Williams, CB, Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.): If the Terps’ coaches were going to ante up for the local corner Williams they likely would’ve done so by now. It hasn’t happened, so Williams could be headed to Marshall or maybe another program of that ilk.
Williams likes Maryland a good deal and had been maintaining contact with area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. But unless there are multiple UMD corner targets that fall off, the coaches probably aren’t going to pursue the Riverdale product.