It isn't totally crazy to call this past week one of the biggest in Maryland football's recent history. It began with the official unveiling of a state-of-the-art indoor practice facility that could lead to the Terrapins competing with the Big Ten powers and ended with a trip to the Big House, where the Terps proved their present superiority to one of the conference's traditional powers. It's no secret that these are both things that fans — and prospective athletes — like.
The affect of the facility on recruiting is outlined well in the linked piece above and most succinctly explained by SB Nation's recruiting editor Bud Elliott:
This facility is a big deal. If you're a biology major, you want to have a great lab. A concert violinist wants the best acoustic practice rooms. And if you're an elite football recruit, you want the best in training and practice facilities.
A few days later, the Terps took down an admittedly disappointing Michigan team, but it's still a win in Ann Arbor against a team a lot of people thought Maryland wouldn't be able to compete with on a routine basis.
That's something that stands out. Instead of Maryland joining the likes of Indiana and Purdue as conference doormats, the Terrapins have been the clear-cut third best team in a Big 10 East division that includes the Wolverines and Nittany Lions. Beating both on the road during the same season carries a certain level of cache, and that's not lost on recruits including local four-star 2016 quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
Big win in the big house !!— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) November 22, 2014
2016 LB target Keith Simms tweeted this:
— keith simms (@basedkeith) November 22, 2014
On to the roundup:
- Robert Washington, a four-star 2016 running back from North Carolina, landed an offer from the Terrapins, Scout.com reports. Washington's other offers include Florida, Nebraska and Michigan.
- 4-star DT Adam McLean retweeted this tweet about the new facilities.
- The Terrapins sent out a pair of offers to under-the-radar 2016 Pennsylvania linemen this week. Karamo Dioubate, a defensive tackle, and Connor McGovern, a guard, aren't ranked, but have impressive offer lists. Dioubate also has interest from Penn State and Ohio State, and McGovern has gathered interest from PSU, Duke and Georgia Tech.
- Maryland sent out an offer to defensive end Khalid Kareem on Friday, he announced on his Twitter. The three-star 2016 prospect from Farmington Hills, Mich., also landed a Tennessee offer last week.
- Maryland finished a busy week by sending out an offer to 2016 cornerback Damar Hamlin on Sunday. Hamlin is a four-star prospect from Pittsburgh with offers from Penn State, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh.
- Austrian Robinson, a three-star 2015 defensive end from New York, recently named Maryland as the favorite to land his services, but this week he picked up offers from Penn State and Ole Miss. He announced both on his Twitter account.
- And a little bit of basketball, because it is basketball season after all, 2015 five-star center Diamond Stone pushed his decision date back and fellow 2015 big man Yankuba Sima was in College Park for the Terrapins' 66-50 win Thursday. The center isn't ranked, but was a member of the U-18 Spanish national team and also has interest from Louisville.