Denzel Conyers, Sophomore, Cornerback
Collegiate Stats: 24 tackles, two interceptions at Butte College
High School Stats (Senior Year): Can't find
247sports composite Ratings: N/A out of junior college; two stars, 197th-best safety, 363rd-best player in Florida out of high school
High School: Butte College (Calif.) by way of Boca Ciega (Fla.) High School
Hometown: Gulfport, Fla.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Conyers was a low-level prospect with some promise entering his senior year of high school (class of '12), but tore his ACL prior that campaign in a misstep during a practice drill and committed to FIU months after, over offers from UConn, New Mexico, Western Michigan and Middle Tennessee State.
No one will really say why, but FIU told Conyers he could no longer play for them, and Conyers ended up sitting out a year before going to Butte College in California. In the process, he grew an inch and gained 15 pounds, giving Maryland another corner with size.
Profiling the entire team
Conyers was a late addition to Maryland's recruiting class, committing to the Terps in April and shoring up what was a very thin cornerback group.
Signing with Maryland.
Conyers breaks into the starting lineup, playing one of the boundary positions in three-corner sets.
Maryland's in a pretty rough place at cornerback following the graduations of Dexter McDougle and Isaac Goins, and Conyers fills a pretty big void -- namely, "guy that prevents Maryland from having to rely on true freshmen." Will Likely and Jeremiah Johnson are the likely starters at cornerback for the Terps (assuming Johnson eventually gets fully healthy), with Alvin Hill, Jarrett Ross and Undray Clark as potential role players who each have significant room to grow.
Hill made strides in spring, and that's who Conyers will likely be battling with for playing time. Maryland also has true freshman Daniel Ezeagwu (and potentially Josh Woods, who is projected to play safety) coming in -- another big-body corner who impressed in his high school tape and is a candidate for early playing time. The Terps' corner depth, previously a source of major concern, can now be downgraded to minor concern, and that Hill/Conyers/Ezeagwu battle could produce more than one option for playing time.
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