(Props to bloodwatermission for getting this before we did.)
The recruiting momentum that was recently so tangible still hasn't returned, but it's getting there. Pennsylvania offensive lineman Andrew Zeller committed to Ralph Friedgen and Maryland today on his visit, and his commitment marks the 13th of the year - and the fourth offensive lineman.
Zeller was ready to commit a few days ago if his visit to Maryland, which took place today, went okay. Evidently it did, and now the 6-5, 280-pound Zeller, from Red Lion, Pennsylvania, is a Terp. He had other offers from Duke, Rutgers, and Oregon; the list won't blow anyone away, but it's certainly impressive enough to make anyone feel good about the commitment.
He's three stars across all three services - ESPN, Scout, and Rivals - and a 75 on ESPN. His 6-5 frame is a big draw, and ESPN lauded his hands and technique in pass blocking. Considering that Cyrus Kouandjio is probably headed anywhere but Maryland, the pick-up is a good one and should solidify the offensive line for this class (unless Kouandjio wants in, and then Maryland will make room).
In terms of overall strategy, Zeller's commitment sticks to the plan. He's not as limber as some of Maryland's other recent offensive line commitments, but 6-5, 280 is by no means massive. He's also pretty similar in terms of his rankings and offers - Maryland's grabbed quite a few kids with decent offer sheets and rankings, and that's just fine with me considering the season the Terps just turned in.
Zeller's commitment and recruitment also shows that the coaching staff has learned their lesson with the offensive line. Combine this year's four commitments with last year's quartet, and Maryland won't be lacking in offensive line depth any time in the near future.
Maryland's still waiting for the "break open" commitment - the Blake Countess or Darius Jennings - but as long as they keep grabbing recruits of Zeller's general quality, everything should be okay.