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David Robbins commits to Florida State: Offensive guard dominoes begin to fall for Maryland

After Richie Petitbon pledged to Alabama, another local guard talent is headed to a national-title contender.


Three-star local offensive lineman David Robbins has committed to Florida State, as first reported by Scout.

Robbins attends Glenelg (Md.) High School, and is considered the 69th-best offensive guard in the class and the 24th-best player in the state of Maryland by the 247sports composite. Maryland and Kentucky were thought to be the main two competitors for his services (along with Florida State), and Robbins has surprised most everyone with his early commitment (he had scheduled visits to Wake Forest and Kentucky next week).

It's not a huge loss for Maryland -- although many had predicted he would end up in College Park, the Terps have bigger interior linemen in sight. The thought was that Maryland had more high-level offensive guards with interest in them than they could take, and Robbins was on the lower end of that spectrum, rankings-wise.

So where do the Terps go from here? They already have E.J. Donahue, a four-star guard, in the class. But four-star Quarvez Boulware and three-stars Tommy Hatton and Ellis McKennie still stand on the board, with all holding high reported interest in Maryland. It's possible the Terps could take all three (if they want to push the massive Donahue to the outside), but a more likely scenario is probably Boulware plus whichever one of the other two guys commits first. Robbins has taken his name out of the running for that third spot (and hey, if you're going to do that, why not commit to the defending national champs?), joining Richie Petitbon, who just recently committed to Alabama.

To sum up -- yes, Maryland has now lost two offensive guard prospects in a week, but it's a position that they look very healthy at in the class of 2015. If one of those final three names commits elsewhere soon (or if Donahue re-opens his commitment), maybe then it's time to panic a little. For now, however, everything appears to be under control (but if you're starting to get itchy for a second 2015 commit, no one blames you).