For the last two days I have given the lo down on the top recruiting prospects in the states of Maryland and Virginia and where Maryland stands in regards to them. Maryland is looking very good in state and in position to land some solid prospects and has a chance with other high upside guys in what is a talent rich state of Virginia this year. I'll wrap up this 3 part series with looking at how Maryland is shaping up in the most important city in the world - The District of Columbia.
#1 Player - Jalen Tabor, 5 stars, CB, 6"1", 182 Ib - Tabor has a ton of upside. He grades out as a 4 star in the Top 247 but composite has him as a high 5 star and Top 20 prospect. He has a good frame, tall guy, he's physical, he has all the tools. He's a second team All-American but if you get the coaches working with him he's going to be a very good player. He has the tools, the frame, the talent, he just needs polishing. You can see the potential oozing out of Tabor and he can be a stud in CFB. Maryland is facing a tough ask to land Tabor. They are among 7 favorites who are in the "warm" zone which are Alabama, Florida, FSU, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, and Vanderbilt. I like what Mike Locksley is doing in the DMV area and this is a guy who is landable. We landed Stefon Diggs and Tabor is in a similar situation. I think it's going to be a tough ask but if he comes to Maryland then Tabor is a starter straight away. He could be a stud by his Sophomore season. There are benefits for him coming to Maryland and that's why I think we can get him. If I was a betting man I wouldn't bet on it but we have a decent shot.
#3 Player - Will Ulmer, 4 stars, QB, 6"1", 190 Ib - I like Will Ulmer. A lot. Caleb Henderson is thought of as a must have at QB. I really like potentially what Will Ulmer can bring though. He's got a good arm and has the ability to make throws but he is fast. Really fast. Runs a 4.3 40. With an offensive line that while I believe has a lot of potential and can be very good this year it is young. It is a bit raw. Ulmer is the guy who could be an absolute game-changer in the B1G. His speed, athleticism, could really help us. He's no slouch at QB either. He can make throws and if Locks can work with him he's going to improve. Caleb Henderson would be great but I'll admit I'm a bit of a leaner towards us picking up Will Ulmer. This Locks' guy. He's in the DMV area, he's an offensive talent, and Maryland is in great position. We were the first to offer, he attended the UCONN game last year, he came for the UNC basketball game, we are in position. 4 teams are after him and in the "warm" zone and they are Maryland, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Oregon. Maryland and Nebraska have made offers. On the surface, with what Locksley has done in the area, and with his visits to Maryland I really like our chances. It'll be a fight but I think Will Ulmer will be a Terp.
#4 Player - DaeJuan Funderburk, 3 stars, S, 6"1", 180 - First off the guy has a great name. DaeJuan Funderburk. I can see it "Braxton Miller drops back and it's picked off by Funderburk, he's at the 30, the 20, Touchdown Maryland! Is this upset on in CP!?". Anyway back to reality. Hard to know what to make of DaeJuan. He's got decent speed, good height, good frame. He's kind of like Tabor. He has the potential and the tools to be a good player. He's got some solid upside and was a high 3 star player. I've said it a lot and it is recurring but if coaches work with the guy, and he gets experience and he can be polished then he can be a good player. The kind of guy who is a welcome addition to a roster. Funderburk currently is slightly high on Florida State and Wisconsin. He did visit Maryland for Junior Day but we haven't offered yet. I think we could and he would be a good addition but it's a little too early to make any projections for where he will end up.
#5 Player - Jonathan Haden, 3 stars, APB, 5"8", 180 - Haden isn't really fast, he isn't really big. He's not a great player but he's versatile and can do a lot of things. He can break out of the backfield and catch passes, he does have the ability to ground and pound and overall he is a decent prospect. He's a good player and I think Locksley can do good things with him. Currently it is early in Haden's recruiting process. Ohio State is listed at "warmer" and many schools under him are all "cool". Maryland has yet to offer but he did take an unofficial visit. I think Maryland has a good shot but the lore of OSU might be too much. We'll see.
DC isn't that talent rich this year but there is talent to obtain and talent that can become good players. With the local talent this year Maryland really can assemble a great class and one that solidifies this team on the field and for future classes as we move into the B1G.
That'll wrap up my summary of where Maryland stands recruiting wise and I hope you all enjoyed.