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Recruiting roundup: Offense a priority for Maryland during Michigan State weekend

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Updates from the week that was in Terrapin recruiting.

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The present for Maryland's offense is rough. On Saturday, albeit against a touch Michigan State defensive unit, a 15-point showing without Stefon Diggs served as a reminder of that. The future, though, could be in good hands. The Terrapins played host to a treasure trove of offensive talent, mostly members of the Class of 2016, who could serve as the future of the program. It may have been an ugly-at-times performance, but it was still a big stage to showcase the program.

  • Brad Hawkins, a four-star wide receiver from New Jersey, was among the wealth of high-profile offensive recruits in attendance for Maryland's loss to Michigan State on Saturday, 247sports reports. That group includes at least three other four-star offensive targets from the Class of 2016.
  • Two offensive commits who will be in College Park next season both got a bump in 247sports' rankings this week. Mike Majette, a three-star quarterback and athlete from Virginia, and Ty Johnson, a three-star running back from Fort Hill (Md.), are both now regarded as high-end three-star prospects. Majette is up to an 89 rating, the highest possible for a three-star recruit, and Johnson is up to an 87 from a low three-star grade.
  • This weekend gave the Terps an opportunity to appeal to some local recruits — four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins got a chance to see what a difference an elite quarterback can make — and others in the Mid-Atlantic area. Four-star Pennsylvania tight end Naseir Upshur seems to have enjoyed his weekend:

  • The defensive side of the ball, of course, wasn't neglected either. Patrice Rene, a 2016 four-star defensive back from Virginia, was also at Byrd Stadium on Saturday, Rivals.com reports.
  • Maryland sent out an offer to JUCO defensive tackle Drew Bailey this week, according to Rivals. Bailey, who currently plays for Pearl River (Miss.), is unranked by Rivals and has already visited Louisville.
  • Speaking of the Cardinals, local four-star 2015 lineman Quarvez Boulware picked up an offer from Louisville this week.

  • Terps also played host to four-star Illinois defensive end Wesley Annan, who took a trip to the Lincoln Memorial and had a chance to go inside the Maryland program: