With the additions of Juwann Winfree and Jordan Noil, Maryland 2014 football class currently stands strong at 12 members. If you include Derwin Gray (which I would advise you not to do as Gray's status academically and with Maryland are far from known at the moment), that's 13. The rumor has been that the Terps are keying in on a class of about 17 or 18, so who are the guys they're looking at to fill out those last few spots?
The big names:
Jalen Tabor, cornerback, Friendship Academy (D.C.)
Maryland is competing with: Alabama, Florida, USC and Arizona
He's been the guy for Maryland for nearly four years now, and a commitment from the five-star corner is looking more and more likely. Scheduled to announce at the Under Armour game in January 2014, Tabor is rated as the 18th-best player in the country, the fourth-best corner, and the best player in DC. He fills a need for Maryland at corner -- Dexter McDougle and Isaac Goins both graduate this year, and it's not hard to imagine Tabor starting alongside Jeremiah Johnson at corner with Will Likely pushed inside to the nickel position.
Damian Prince, offensive tackle, Bishop McNamara (Md.)
Maryland is competing with: Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina
Tabor may be the top target for the Terps, but Prince is the best player that they're chasing. Rated as the 11th-best player in the country, he's the consensus top prospect from Maryland and the second-best offensive tackle in the nation. With the move to the Big Ten upcoming for Maryland, offensive line is a position that desperately needs a shape-up, and adding a 6'6", 300 pound five-star lineman with offers from Alabama, Florida State and Ohio State would do wonders for that cause.
Game-by-game highlights can be found here.
Earlier high school highlight tape:
Brock Ruble, offensive tackle, DeMatha Catholic (Md.)
Maryland is competing with: Ohio State, Florida State, NC State, Tennessee
Ruble is absolutely massive -- listed at 6'8" and 325 pounds -- and would instantly be the biggest offensive lineman on the team. He would also, not uninmportantly, be the only DeMatha player on the squad (besides new walk-on Michael Washington), helping re-establish an important in-state pipeline that the Terps have repeatedly missed out on. If Maryland snagged Ruble, Prince, Gray, Jared Cohen and Brendan Moore all in the same class, it would do wonders for their future chances in the B1G, as they would immediately be competitive in the trenches.
Junior year highlights can be found here.
Melvin Keihn, defensive end, Gilman (Md.)
Maryland is competing with: Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Miami, Rutgers
Speaking of important pipelines, Maryland has received a Gilman commitment in each of the past two classes, with fullback Kenneth Goins coming to the program in the 2012 class and quarterback Shane Cockerille in the 2013 group. Consistently one of the top-talent producers in the state, the Baltimore High School has two big-time Maryland prospects now -- Keihn and 2015 quarterback Kai Locksley. The Terps have youth and depth on one side of the line with Quinton Jefferson and Roman Braglio, but Keihn is more likely to slot in at the other position, where juniors Keith Bowers and Andre Monroe sit atop the depth chart. Monroe, it is worth noting, has an additional year of eligibility, but Keihn would push for playing time nearly immediately.
Senior highlights can be found here.
Junior year highlights:
If Maryland somehow landed all four of those guys, it's hard to think of a better Terrapin class in recent memory.
The other contenders:
JaWhuan Bentley, defensive end, DeMatha Catholic (Md.)
Maryland is competing with: Iowa, Syracuse
Bentley could be considered a back-up option to Keihn, and like Ruble, the DeMatha connection is key. Maryland appears to be his top choice -- the only question, it seems, is whether the Terps want to take him.
Highlights of the first three games from his senior year can be found here.
Junior highlight tape:
DaeJuan Funderburk, safety, Friendship Academy (D.C.)
Maryland is competing with: Arizona, Kentucky, Rutgers, Wisconsin
Funderburk may very well be out of the running now that Maryland has received a commitment from Jordan Noil, but the Friendship connection is quite important here. A former Temple commit, he is rated as the fifth-best player in D.C.
Junior year highlights:
Maryland is competing with: Illinois, North Texas, South Carolina
Maryland already has two sets of brothers on their roster -- Levern and Taivon Jacobs and Brandon and Jarrett Ross. Could the Roberts twins join them? Both were highly-recruited skill players out of Dunbar in D.C. who committed to West Virginia before heading to Iowa Western Community College (former home of Deon Long) and ASA College in New York.
It's not entirely sure whether Maryland is even recruiting the two of them, as those offers are from at least a year ago. But they're a pair to keep an eye on, as they could easily make an instant impact in College Park.
Elliott Davis, cornerback, Quince Orchard (Md.)
Maryland is competing with: Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Clemson
Davis could be considered a back-up option to Tabor, but that's not likely -- Maryland loses two cornerbacks after this season and will likely look to replace them both. He's fast -- very fast -- and has visited Maryland three times.
You can find game-by-game highlights for his senior year here.
Kevin Wilkins, offensive guard, St. Joseph Regional (N.J.) High School
Maryland is competing with: UConn, Boston College, Rutgers
Quite possibly a back-up option in case Prince, Ruble and Gray don't work out, but there's no such thing as too much offensive line depth.
You can find highlights for him here.