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Which 2015 offensive targets remain for Maryland football?

We break out the big board again to analyze how Randy Edsall will fill out the Terps' recruiting class.

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Maryland has 17 commitments in their 2015 class so far, and are likely to add between three and five before Signing Day finishes. Of those 17, nine are on offense, led by four-star offensive guard E.J. Donahue -- currently the only blue-chipper in Maryland's class. Wide receivers Mike Majette and D.J. Moore are the next two highest touted offensive recruits, followed by running back Ty Johnson and quarterback Gage Shaffer.

The Terps have lacked the kind of marquee signings that have defined previous classes under Randy Edsall, but that's in large part due to the relative lack of elite-level talent in the area this year. There are plenty of Power 5-level prospects, as usual, but it's the first year since 2010 that the state of Maryland has not produced a single five-star prospect.

2016 will be a more important recruiting year for Maryland. The only player currently rated as a five-star from the state in that class is Penn State commit Shane Simmons, but there are plenty of other targets (Rahshaun Smith and Dwayne Haskins, to name two) who could end up with that status.

That's a bit far away, however -- let's focus on the 2015 kids. We'll start out with offense, going position-by-position to detail who Maryland is still targeting. We'll have a defensive list later on.


Kelly Hilinski, Riverside C.C. (Calif.)

Ratings: Unrated as a JuCo Player. Three stars, 64th-best pro-style quarterback coming out of high school.

Maryland doesn't necessarily need another quarterback in the class, but Shaffer's definitely a project and the team's situation at the position is decidedly unclear after 2015. Caleb Rowe is the likely starter next season, but beyond that there are a whole lot of questions. Bringing in a JuCo player like Hilinski would allow someone to come in and compete for playing time in 2016 (if not sooner).

Coming out of Notre Dame (Calif.) in high school in the class of 2013, he committed to Columbia over offers from Arkansas, Colorado and NC State, but ended up in the JuCo ranks. Hilinski seems to like Maryland and the Terps are his only listed offer, but there hasn't been much available coverage about his recruitment.

Other options:

Kai Locksley and Nick Johns. Both are currently committed elsewhere, but there's a chance Maryland could get back into play with either. Locksley, committed to Florida State, is rumored to be taking visits to both Maryland and Texas, and Florida State already has two other blue-chip quarterback commits in their class. Johns, committed to Virginia, hasn't said anything publicly that would signal he's a potential flip, but Mike London is almost certainly gone after this season. When a head coach leaves, his recruits are usually up for grabs, and Maryland was a very solid second-place behind Virginia for his services.

Running back

Deltron Sands, St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)

Ratings: Three stars, 86th-best running back, 159th-best player in Florida

Sands was at one point committed to Maryland, but re-opened his commitment once Louisville offered. Here's the thing: that Louisville offer is no longer listed by the recruiting services. The Cardinals and UCF have been rumored to be the front-runners, but it appears neither have extended an offer. Maryland and Georgia Tech have, and still remain in contention for him. The Terps had interest in Sands before and he's a promising prospect, but we'll have to see if the two parties can re-kindle that fire.

Other options:

Maryland already has Ty Johnson in tow, and while his position is not set early signs suggest he may end up at running back. If they do decide to bring anyone else in and Sands doesn't work out, local prospect Kesean Strong (high school teammates with Maryland commit Keiron Howard at Potomac) would likely commit instantly, as would Texas prospect Remus Bulmer (the brother of Maryland commit Jameel Cook).

Wide receiver

Ryan Davis, Lakewood (Fla.)

Ratings: Four stars, 23rd-best athlete, 41st-best player in Florida

For those unfamiliar, "athlete" is a designation given to players who can play multiple positions at the next level, but Davis would almost certainly play wide receiver at Maryland. He's one of that group of blue-chip Florida players that visited College Park earlier this year for the Big Show, and is probably the one they have the best shot at. It will be difficult to pull off -- the Terps are competing with Florida, Kentucky, Miami, Ole Miss and Texas Tech for his services -- but Maryland has had success bringing in top wide receiver prospects in the past.

Lawrence Cager, Calvert Hall (Md.)

Ratings: Three stars, 48th-best wide receiver, 8th-best player in Maryland

Here's another wide receiver with an impressive offer sheet, but Cager is local. Maryland is competing with Notre Dame, Alabama, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Miami and Ole Miss, among others, but the Buckeyes are widely considered to be the favorites. That doesn't mean Maryland is out of it quite yet, but don't hold your breath on Maryland being able to keep Cager home. Maryland already has D.J. Moore, Mike Majette and Jahrvis Davenport at the position, so they don't necessarily need another wide receiver, but they'd take either of these two guys.

Tight end

Amir Ealey, Coatesville Area (Penn.)

Ratings: Three stars, 32nd-best tight end, 20th-best player in Pennsylvania

Tight end hasn't been a position of particular import in Maryland's offense under Mike Locksley, but that's been in part because they haven't had very strong options there. Ealey has the potential to be that guy -- he could also line up as a larger receiver, if need be -- and has said repeatedly that he's very high on the Terps. Maryland is competing with North Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and West Virginia for the prospect, but there's an additional connection. Freshman linebacker Tyler Burke was high school teammates with Ealey, as is defensive back target Jay Stocker.

Offensive tackle

Isaiah Prince, Eleanor Roosevelt (Md.)

Ratings: Four stars, 9th-best offensive tackle, best player in Maryland

Maryland has grabbed the top player in the state in two of Randy Edsall's three full recruiting classes (he came in late for 2011). Stefon Diggs started the Maryland Pride movement in earnest in the 2012 class, and after Maryland lost Kenny Bigelow to USC in 2013 they rebounded by landing Damian Prince in 2014. Could Edsall make it three-for-four? That would be a pretty big success considering the Terps' history recruiting the region, and this Prince would be another huge get.

Prince is being heavily pursued by top-line programs, and Maryland is competing with Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Auburn. His recruitment currently seems to be a toss-up -- early signs were encouraging for Maryland, but trips to SEC programs have a way of piquing one's interest. If Maryland misses on Prince, they'll likely just stick with current commit Will McClain.

Offensive guard

Quarvez Boulware, Friendship Academy (D.C.)

Ratings: Four stars, 14th-best offensive guard, third-best player in D.C.

Boulware's another top local lineman pursued by big-time programs (Auburn, Florida, Florida State), but Maryland's biggest competition may come from an unlikely source: Wake Forest. He's been high on the Demon Deacons for nearly his entire process, and it will be interesting to see how his official visits unfold.

Most recruiting analysts still believe he'll end up at Maryland (in part, I think, due to an unwillingness to consider Wake Forest a legitimate contender for any out-of-state blue-chipper), but this one could also be difficult. Like Prince, don't expect Maryland to pursue any other guards if Boulware commits elsewhere -- they already have three interior linemen committed, but would definitely make room for him.