I have officially decommitted from the University of Maryland. I thank them for every opportunity they have given me— REEM (@Kareem2Ali) July 19, 2014
I will for go my academic and athletic career at Temple University! #GoOwls ⚪️— REEM (@Kareem2Ali) July 19, 2014
Ali was one of the top three commitments for the Terps in the 2015 class. His decommitment is especially hurtful for Maryland, as they have a need for corners in the 2015 class. Ty Johnson and Darnell Savage are still in the class, but Randy Edsall and his staff will now likely target another corner to replace Ali.
If Maryland is able to land four-star Florida commit Marcus Lewis, who has said he will take an official visit to College Park, they would end up in a better position at corner than they were with Ali.
With Maryland's recent run of commitments, a decommitment or two isn't unusual, but losing Ali is obviously a blow for Maryland's class. It's interesting that he's going to Temple, especially considering he was offered by so many schools, including most of the Big Ten. Florida and Louisville were considered Maryland's top competition for Ali when he committed to the Terps.
Pete will have more on the options at cornerback when he runs down the defensive targets later this week.