Maryland recruiting roundup: Jared Cohen taking official visit to North Carolina

Rob Carr

A new 2015 offer for Maryland, four official visits this weekend and a target going elsewhere.

Time for another recruiting roundup, as the open period is upon us and news is flying around.

First up, three-star offensive tackle Jared Cohen will take an official visit to North Carolina January 24. Cohen was Maryland's first commit in the 2014 class before decommitting after receiving an offer from dream school Penn State, but the Nittany Lions have gone in a different direction under James Franklin. Cohen was originally supposed to visit State College this weekend, but will instead be headed to Chapel Hill. This looks like a two-headed race between UNC and Maryland, and there are signs pointing either way (so we can call it a toss-up at this point).

Maryland has four visitors of their own this weekend -- commits Brett Kulka, Sean Christie and David Shaw as well as cornerback target Daniel Ezeagwu. Ezeagwu would be an important get for the Terps, who desperately need at least one (if not two) corners in the class to make up for the whiff on Jalen Tabor. Last weekend, Ezeagwu visited Virginia (and apparently enjoyed it quite a bit). Expect this one to be between Maryland, Virginia and James Madison -- the only school to offer both Daniel and his twin brother David.

The Terps have also extended a new offer in the 2015 class, to four-star Calvert Hall (Md.) cornerback Dionte Austin. Austin already holds offers from Virginia Tech, UVA and Rutgers, among others, and would be a pretty fantastic grab for the class. Maryland will likely end up with two depth-boosters (like Ezeagwu) at corner in this class, and the opportunity to bring in a blue-chipper in 2015 would be absolutely perfect. Here's his highlight tape -- he's got a great burst of speed and a good sense of the ball, but has to put on some bulk to become a college-level tackler.

A former 2014 defensive back target has pledged elsewhere, as DaeJuan Funderburk (from Friendship Academy in DC) has committed to West Virginia. It was an expected move, as Funderburk was rumored to be a WVU lean for a while and Maryland already has two safeties in the class (although Josh Woods may end up at corner).

Two top 2015 targets have received big-time offers, as Good Counsel defensive end Darius Fullwood was offered by Ohio State and Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley has been offered by Ole Miss. Locksley is obviously the more likely grab, but you can safely expect Fullwood's three-star rating to improve fairly shortly.

There's another local cornerback prospect that Maryland could look to try and bring on, either as a scholarship player or as a walk-on -- Northwood senior Zephaniah Langley. He's received interest from a host of FCS powers, but could end up being a backup option for the Terps if Ezeagwu and some of the other pieces fall elsewhere. Here's his highlight film.

2014 Big Board (Basketball):

The Commits:

  1. Melo Trimble, four stars, point guard, Bishop O'Connell (Va.) - committed 12/13/12
  2. Dion Wiley, four stars, shooting guard, Potomac (Md.) - committed 6/7/13
  3. Jared Nickens, four stars, shooting guard, Westtown (Pa.) - committed 6/16/13
  4. Trayvon Reed, four stars, center, Shiloh (Ga.) - committed 8/22/13

2015 Big Board (Basketball):

Point guards:

  1. Bryant Crawford, four stars, Gonzaga (DC)
  2. Malik Ellison, unrated, Life Center Academy (Pa.)

Shooting guards:

  1. Franklin Howard, four stars, Paul VI Catholic (Va.)
  2. Donovan Mitchell, three stars, Brewster Academy (N.H.)

Small forwards:

  1. Jaylen Brown, five stars, Wheeler (Ga.)
  2. Marcus Sheffield, four stars, Chattahoochee (Ga.)
  3. Jordan Murphy, unrated, William J. Brennan (Texas)

Power forwards

  1. Cheick Diallo, five stars, Our Savior New American School (N.Y.)
  2. Carlton Bragg, five stars, Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Ohio)
  3. Horace Spencer, four stars, Henderson (Nev.)
  4. Alex Owens, four stars, Oak Ridge (Fla.)
  5. Josh Sharma, four stars, Northfield Mount Hernon (Mass.)
  6. Jeremy Miller, four stars, New Hampton School (N.H.)
  7. Shawntrez Davis, three stars, Tri-cities (Ga.)
  8. Esa Ahmad, three stars, Shaker Heights (Ohio)
  9. Sylvester Ogbonda, unrated, National Christian Academy (Md.)

Centers:

  1. Diamond Stone, five stars, Dominican (Wisc.)
  2. Daniel Giddens, five stars, Wheeler (Ga.)
  3. Doral Moore, four stars, Luella (Ga.)
  4. Georgios Papagiannis, unrated, Westtown (Pa.)

2014 Big Board (Football):

Quarterbacks:

  1. Will Ulmer, four stars, St. John's College (DC) - committed 4/25/13

Running Backs:

  1. Donte Thomas-Williams, four stars, Hillside (N.C).
  2. Vernard Roberts, three stars, Dunbar (DC)
  3. Anthony Scott, three stars, Green Run (Va.)
  4. Phillip Butler, two stars, Linganore (Md.)
  5. Sterling Dailey, unranked, Stone Bridge (Va.)

Wide Receivers:

  1. Juwann Winfree, four stars, Dwight Morrow (Nj.) - committed 9/27/13
  2. Tyshun Samuel, three stars, Chapman (Sc.)
  3. Rico Johnson, unranked, Georgia Prep Sports Academy (Ga.)
  4. James Duff, unranked, Dunbar (DC)

Tight Ends:

  1. Andrew Gray, two stars, Chardon (Oh.) - committed 6/15/13

Offensive Tackles:

  1. Derwin Gray, four stars, Fork Union (Va.) - committed 6/15/12
  2. Larry Mazyck, three stars, Iowa Western C.C. (Ia.) - committed 8/25/13
  3. Sean Christie, three stars, Patchogue-Medford (N.Y.) - committed 12/15/13
  4. Damian Prince, five stars, Bishop McNamara (Md.)
  5. Jared Cohen, three stars, Mcdonogh (Md.)
  6. Andrew Miles, unrated, Flowery Branch (Ga.)

Offensive Guards:

  1. Brendan Moore, three stars, Westwood (Tex.) - committed 6/25/13

Defensive Ends:

  1. Jesse Aniebonam, four stars, Good Counsel (Md.) - committed 8/23/13
  2. Tyler Burke, three stars, Coatesville Area (Pa.) - committed 6/25/13
  3. Brett Kulka, two stars, General Mclane (Pa.) - committed 6/24/13

Defensive Tackles:

  1. David Shaw, two stars, Spring Grove Area (Pa.) - committed 6/2/13

Outside Linebackers:

  1. Nnamdi Egbuaba, unrated, St. Frances Academy (Md.)

Cornerbacks:

  1. Vance Roberts, three stars, ASA College (Ny.)
  2. Kendall Randolph, three stars, Lincoln (Fla.)
  3. Daniel Ezeagwu, unrated, Colonial Forge (Va.)
  4. Jamal Robinson, unrated, DeMatha
  5. Anthony Fludd, unrated, Wise

Safeties:

  1. Josh Woods, three stars, Owings Mills (Md.) -- committed 11/18/13
  2. Jordan Noil, three stars, Norcross (Ga.) -- committed 10/1/13

Athletes:

  1. Demetrius Johnson, four stars, Annapolis Christian Academy (Md.)
  2. Marquel Dickerson, unranked, North Point (Md.)

Long Snappers:

  1. Nate Adams, two stars, Greenway (Ariz.) -- committed 12/19/13

2015 Big Board (Football):

Quarterbacks:

  1. Kai Locksley, four stars, Gilman (Md.)
  2. Brandon Wimbush, four stars, St. Peters Prep (N.J.)
  3. Kamonte Carter, four stars, Gaithersburg (Md.)

Running backs:

  1. Andre Robinson, four stars, Bishop McDevitt (Pa.)
  2. Johnathan Sutton, four stars, Swansea (S.C.)
  3. Javarius Davis, three stars, Ed White (Fla.)

Wide receivers:

  1. Jabari Greenwood, four stars, Gonzaga (D.C.)
  2. Brandon Polk, four stars, Briar Woods (Va.)
  3. Tavin Richardson, three stars, Byrnes (S.C.)

Tight ends:

  1. Tyler Green, four stars, DeMatha (Md.)

Offensive tackles:

  1. Isaiah Prince, four stars, Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.)
  2. Ryan Bates, four stars, Archbishop Wood (Md.)
  3. Austin Clark, four stars, Rockbridge County (Va.)

Offensive guards:

  1. E.J. Donahue, three stars, Linganore (Md.) -- committed 10/26/13
  2. Matthew Burrell, four stars, C.D. Hylton (Va.)
  3. Richie Petitbon, four stars, Gonzaga (D.C.)
  4. Kendrick Norton, four stars, Trinity Christian Academy (Fla.)
  5. Quarvez Boulware, four stars, Friendship Academy (D.C.)

Defensive ends:

  1. Josh Sweat, four stars, Oscar Smith (Va.)
  2. Harry Lewis, four stars, Phoebus (Va.)
  3. Ryan Buchholz, unrated, Great Valley (Pa.)

Defensive tackles:

  1. Christian Wilkins, four stars, Suffield Academy (Conn.)
  2. Adam McLean, four stars, Quince Orchard (Md.)
  3. Darvin Taylor, four stars, Thomas Dale (Va.)
  4. Chance Hall, three stars, Northside (Va.)

Outside linebackers:

  1. Jeffery Holland, five stars, Trinity Christian Academy (Fla.)

Inside linebackers:

  1. Wyatt Cook, three stars, McDonogh School (Md.)

Cornerbacks:

  1. Minkah Fitzpatrick, five stars, St. Peters Prep (N.J.)
  2. John Reid, four stars, St. Joseph's Prep (Pa.)
  3. Jalen Christian, four stars, Damascus (Md.)
  4. Kareem Ali, four stars, Timber Creek (N.J.)
  5. Maurice Smitherman, four stars, Minor (Ala.)
  6. Ashton White, four stars, Friendship (D.C.)
  7. DuWayne Johnson, three stars, H.D. Woodson (D.C.)
  8. Darnell Savage, three stars, Caravel Academy (Del.)
  9. Elias Cane, unrated, Ezell-Harding Christian (Tenn.)

Safeties:

  1. Jay Stocker, four stars, Coatesville Area (Pa.)
  2. Ben Edwards, three stars, Trinity Christian Academy (Fla.)
  3. Ayron Monroe, three stars, St. John's College (D.C.)
  4. AJ Turner, unrated, Centreville (Va.)

Athletes:

  1. Garrett Taylor, four stars, St. Christopher's School (Va.)
  2. Jaason Lewis, three stars, Ocean Lakes (Va.)
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