Maryland picked up a massive early commitment Monday night, as 4-star 2016 Good Counsel (Md.) outside linebacker Keandre Jones committed to Maryland, per Ryan Snyder. Jones is Maryland's second commitment in the class, following 3-star DeMatha (Md.) running back Lorenzo Harrison. Previous Maryland Good Counsel commits include Stefon Diggs, Wes Brown and Jesse Aniebonam.
Jones is a four-star recruit by the 247sports composite, ranking as the 19th-best outside linebacker in the country and the 11th-best player in the state of Maryland. This is big just beyond his accolades, however: Jones continues the 2016 recruiting momentum started by Harrison's commitment, adding another big piece of the massive 2016 recruiting scene. His commitment also means two of the biggest programs in the state each have a player pledged to Maryland.
You don't have to believe us. Blue-chip local 2016 recruits Trevon Diggs, Terrance Davis and Dwayne Haskins have been tweeting about it.
UMD Terps? The Movement? #terps— Number 1 (@TrevonDiggs) December 2, 2014
@LoHarrison_2 it LOOK good— Number 1 (@TrevonDiggs) December 2, 2014
@DoubleCinco_ quick— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) December 2, 2014
To make matters even better, this is Maryland's first local coup over James Franklin since Damian Prince. Jones had a Penn State offer and previously listed the Nittany Lions as his top school. Both Crystal Ball projections predicted him to go to Penn State. He also held offers from Iowa, Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia.
Here's a highlight tape, for your enjoyment.