Three-star 2014 offensive tackle Marcus Applefield has committed to Rutgers, giving Maryland their second piece of recruiting bad news in under an hour. Along with Rutgers and Maryland, he was reportedly considering Purdue.
Weeki Wachee OL Marcus Applefield has committed to Rutgers.
— Drew Goodman (@DrewGoodman89) December 13, 2013
Applefield, listed at 6'6" and 280 pounds, attends Weeki Wachee High School in Florida, and would have been one of eight Floridian players on the Terrapin roster next season (led by cornerback Will Likely). The 247sports composite rates him as a three-star prospect -- he's the 94th-best offensive tackle in the country and the 156th-best player in the state.
Derwin Gray, Jared Cohen, Larry Mazyck and Brendan Moore are Maryland's current commitments on the offensive line, and 247sports rates them in that order -- Applefield would have slid in between Mazyck and Moore. Unlike the first three, he likely would not have played his first year (at least not significantly), but depth is something the Terrapins desperately need on the line, and Applefield certainly would have provided better depth than they had there this season.
Like we said when Brock Ruble committed to Florida State earlier Friday -- this doesn't necessarily mean anything for Maryland's pursuit of Damian Prince, but it can't be a bad thing to have an extra wide open spot right there for him. The Terps might pursue some further JuCo options to fill out the class, and we'll pay close attention to who they decide to target.
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