Maryland has made a late addition to their 2014 recruiting class, as JuCo cornerback Denzel Conyers has commmited to the Terps, as first reported by Terrapin Times.
Conyers was a three-star prospect coming out of Boca Ciega (Fla.) High School as a member of the class of 2012, committing to FIU before reportedly being told he could not play there. He then ended up at Butte (Calif.) Community College, growing into a bigger corner (and now a Big Ten commit).
Conyers is listed at 6'3" and 200 pounds, and fits the mold of what Maryland is looking for at the cornerback position (as seen by the commitment of Daniel Ezeagwu). It was a position of concern for the Terps, and Conyers should help fill the gaps caused by the departures of Dexter McDougle and Isaac Goins (a former California JuCo prospect himself).
Will Likely has impressed in spring but is much better suited for an interior cornerback position, and Alvin Hill and Jarrett Ross are still raw (although Hill has played well in practices and scrimmages open to the public). Conyers helps provide cover, experience and size at the position, and it would not be surprising at all if he joins Jeremiah Johnson as the two outside corners in nickel sets (with Likely on the inside).
Here's Conyers's highlight tape, where he shows off his size, field awareness and playmaking ability. It's not often you can make a pickup like this so late in the recruiting process, but Conyers addresses Maryland's needs in a significant fashion and should play a role this season.
What it doesn't help, however, is Maryland's scholarship situation. By our count, they are now three over the allotted limit, so there will certainly be some roster movement before fall kicks off.