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Which 2015 defensive targets remain for Maryland football?

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The Terps will look to shore up their defensive line as they fill out the 2015 recruiting class.

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Last week, we took a look at the offensive targets remaining on Maryland's 2015 radar. There are some blue-chippers sprinkled about, with more help potentially coming in on the offensive line and at wide receiver (with some possible pick ups at quarterback and running back as well).

The situation looks a bit different on defense, mostly because Maryland's focus is dedicated almost entirely to one unit: the defensive line. Maryland already has commitments from 3-star DT Keiron Howard and 3-star JuCo DE Ulric Jones (kinda), but with Andre Monroe, Darius Kilgo, Keith Bowers and Spencer Myers all graduating, the Terps need some extra help to deal with some of the massive offensive lines in the Big Ten.

That's ... that's pretty much it. Maryland's almost certainly done at linebacker with Gus Little, Brett Zanotto and Isaiah Davis, but they may bring in another defensive back even with the commitments of Darnell Savage and Jameel Cook. They probably want three DBs in the class -- after Kareem Ali flipped to Temple, Mike Majette took his place. With rumors that Majette's future will come on the offensive side of the ball, don't be surprised if they pick up a late cornerback or safety.

On to the targets:

Defensive ends

Byron Cowart, Armwood (Fla.)

Ratings: Five stars, fifth-best player in the country, best strong-side defensive end in the country

This is not at all likely. Repeat: this is not at all likely. That said, Florida (thought to be the favorite) just fired their head coach, which could make Maryland's case strong, although he has said his decision will not be impacted by the move. It does appear Muschamp did at least play some role in his interest, however:

"[Muschamp] is a great man, more than a coach ... a great father and person. I hate this to happen to him and I still love the guy."

Again: this is almost certainly not happening. Even if he sours on Florida, there's still Oregon, Florida State and Alabama -- none of whom often lose to Maryland for prospects.

Austrian Robinson, Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.)

Ratings: Three stars, 38th-best strong-side defensive end, fourth-best player in New York

Robinson claimed Maryland as his leader earlier this month, but things may have gotten more complicated after he received a Penn State offer Tuesday. He took his official visit to College Park in early December, with other officials taking place at Purdue and UCF.

Beyond the Penn State offer and those two, Robinson has been offered by Miami, Pitt, Rutgers and Virginia, among others. He's been a fast-rising prospect, but Maryland's been in on him for a while. If they make him a priority, this will be an interesting test to see if Maryland can close out on James Franklin with a headstart.

Drew Bailey, Pearl River CC (Miss.)

Ratings: Unrated

Bailey picked up an offer from Maryland last week, and also claims offers from Fresno State, Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Miss and Georgia State. We're not sure if they'll want to take two JuCo defensive linemen, but the staff likes him as a prospect and he's a good story.

Defensive tackles

Adam McLean, Quince Orchard (Md.)

Ratings: Four stars, 13th-best defensive tackle, 2nd-best player in Maryland

Oh, hello. McLean decommitted from Penn State Tuesday and has been rumored to be considering a visit to Maryland, but this still falls in the Cowart "dream scenario that's probably not happening" category. He has four of his five visits scheduled -- Washington State, Ole Miss, Penn State and Tennessee, and the SEC schools appear to be the odds-on favorites.

That said, McLean would be a pretty perfect fit for Maryland in nearly every way. He could play defensive tackle as well as the larger defensive end position, and adding him and Isaiah Prince would be a pretty significant boom to the Maryland Pride movement.

Jamal Milan, Al Raby (Ill.)

Ratings: Three stars, 44th-best defensive tackle, 14th-best player in Illinois

Milan and Wesley Annan both took official visits for the Michigan State game. With Annan off the table, Milan is Maryland's last chance at a defensive lineman from Big Ten country. He's also being pursued by Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Iowa State and Syracuse, but Maryland seems to be in a reasonable place.