A funny thing happened while we were waiting for some 2015 prospects to join lonely E.J. Donahue in Maryland's next recruiting class: the Terps surprisingly picked up a last-minute 2014 cornerback, Denzel Conyers. Even though Maryland is currently over its scholarship limit -- which means there's going to be some some attrition coming -- there's no way to look at this commit as anything other than a good thing. The Terps were thin, really thin, at corner and Conyers adds immediate depth to a unit that badly needed it. But can he be more than just depth this fall? Let's take a closer look.
Click here to see Conyers' film from his lone season of JUCO ball.
High School: Boca Ciega High School, Gulf Port, Florida.
Measurables: People take liberties with these numbers sometimes, so take them for whatever they're worth to you. If these measurables are true, Conyers is one long, strong, freakish cornerback. He's listed at 6-foot-3, 206 pounds and runs a 4.41 40. He also benches 300, squats 340, has a 34-inch vertical, runs a 10-9 in the 100 and a 49-9 in the 400. In other words, he's Richard Sherman, only a little heavier, faster and stronger.
Longterm outlook: When you're a 6-foot-3, 205-pound, young, fast and strong athlete who plays on the outside, the sky is the limit really. Let's go back to that other Terp out of Boca Ciega HS, Terrell Skinner. He was the exact same type of tall, slender, buildable athlete when he was recruited as a Bogie (you get a mascot like that to work with, you just have to drop it twice) and Maryland recruited Skinner as a receiver. Well, Skinner didn't make it at receiver, but became a great two-year starter at safety just because he was the type of athlete you could do a lot of different things with. Conyers fits that description to a tee.
Don't be shocked if he makes it at corner because he's that nice of a specimen. But also don't be shocked if he winds up at safety (that's what he looks like to me), linebacker or receiver someday. He's got the tools and raw athleticism to help the Terps in any number of ways provided he buys into the system, he's patient and he's coachable. He does have three years of eligibility remaining, which gives both himself and Maryland plenty of time to work with. Denzel Conyers will go down in history as the last member of Maryland's 2014 recruiting class, but his position and his physical profile make him a candidate to be one of the first first-year guys to play a meaningful role. Whether that happens or not, this enticing athlete is a great addition to the program with limitless potential. Can't wait to see him on Saturdays!
How do you feel about Denzel Conyers' immediate prospects for playing time?