Football recruiting has really seemed to slow down as Maryland's coaching staff has begun to focus on its high-level targets: guys like Stefon Diggs, Eddie Goldman, Noah Spence, Wes Brown, Cyrus Jones, and so forth. Basically, everyone still listed on this page.
But the base of the class apparently isn't done quite yet, as the Terrapins picked up their 17th commitment on the year earlier today in the form of Clarksburg linebacker Stefan Houston. Houston isn't rated on any of the three recruiting services, but he had offers from East Carolina, Rutgers, and West Virginia. The simple fact that the Terrapins picked up an in-state commitment over WVU is nice enough for me after last weekend. He seems to have been very impressed by Edsall:
"Stefan really enjoyed all of his visits to Maryland and he was really impressed that Edsall was on our sidelines when we played Damascus the first week of the season," Hurd said. "[Current Maryland linebacker and Clarksburg graduate] Avery Graham has had a positive influence on Stefan [as well]."
Houston is listed at 6-3, 200, which is a little small for 'backer but a great frame to put on more size. He's the fourth linebacker taken in this class by Maryland (assuming Shawn Petty stays on defense), which is clearly putting an emphasis on bulking up the defensive depth. And, of course, the Rutgers and West Virginia offers are indicative of plenty of talent, at least enough to keep the Edsall recruiting hounds at bay. No highlights, sadly.
All in all, a strong addition, particularly over border rivals. Now, just lock up one of the local stars and I'll be set.