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What's left for Maryland football before Signing Day?

There are just a few weeks left in the cycle, but Randy Edsall still has a few spots open.

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Signing Day is less than two weeks away (Wednesday, February 4, for those who want to set their calendars), and Maryland's still got some work left to do. The Terps currently boast a top-40 class with 18 commits, and while focus is starting to shift to the monster 2016 class, there are a few 2015 targets still on the board.

If everything goes right, Maryland should be able to maintain a top-40 class despite what was a relatively weak crop of local prospects (there's not a single five-star recruit in the area this year). They'll need a few things first: here's what I think Randy Edsall wants to add between now and the end of Signing Day.

One (1) Isaiah Prince

The top-rated player in the state of Maryland, Prince is a four-star offensive tackle out of Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Maryland already has five offensive line commitments in the class, but at least three (and probably four) will end up playing an interior line position in College Park. A commitment from Prince would give Maryland four blue-chip freshmen offensive linemen (Damian Prince and Derwin Gray are already on campus, Quarvez Boulware is in the 2015 class) and would make it three out of four years that the Terps have landed the top player in the state.

Maryland's biggest competition here is probably Ohio State, although Alabama is making a late push at the prospect as well. Prince is visiting the Buckeyes this weekend and the Terrapins the next, and is expected to make his decision soon. 57 percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions have him going to Maryland.

One (1) or two (2) defensive linemen

This is Maryland's biggest position of need by far, as all three starters graduated from last year's unit (as well as reserve Spencer Myers). The Terps have already brought in four defensive line commitments in the class, led by four-star defensive tackle Adam McLean and early enrollee Oseh Saine, but they'll be looking to add at least one more to the class.

Austrian Robinson is the top defensive line target remaining, and he's the top non-Prince target remaining for Maryland by a pretty wide margin. The Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.) prospect has narrowed his decision down to Maryland, Ole Miss, Miami and Ohio State (he also received a Penn State offer), and has repeatedly named the Terrapins as his leader in the process. Sixty-two percent of the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions have him going to Maryland.

Maryland also recently extended an offer to Murphy (Ala.) recruit Mose Hall, who claims offers from Minnesota and Wake Forest. He's scheduled to visit the Gophers this weekend. Another option is three-star Ohio prospect Javon Provitt, who could be an ideal fit at nose tackle with his 6'3, 305-pound frame. He's reportedly down to Maryland, Pitt and Kentucky.

One (1) defensive back

Another position Maryland needs some help with, this has been kind of a rolling unit of need for the Terps going back a few years now (missing out on Jalen Tabor really hurt). Sandalwood (Fla.) cornerback prospect Jay Irvine recently committed to Oregon State, but he's still planning on visiting Maryland.

The other name on the radar is three-star Pittsburgh prospect John Petrishen, scheduled to visit Maryland next weekend (along with Prince). He's visiting Penn State this weekend (and could end up committing), and is also considering Northwestern, Pitt and Virginia.

If neither of those pan out, expect a late name to pop up and fill out the class, like Antwaine Carter last year.

One (1) quarterback

Think defensive back was a mystery? Maryland would really like to add another quarterback to the fold before next season (be it a transfer or a commitment), but there are no specific names to point to at the moment.

As many () pipe dreams as possible

These are four blue-chippers who are pretty far out of the realm of probability, but whom Maryland would unequivocally take in an unexpected commitment. All of these guys had mutual interest with Maryland at one point, but it would be a complete shock if any ended up in College Park.

  • Five-star Armwood (Fla.) defensive end Byron Cowart is reportedly down to Florida, Florida State and Auburn. He visited Maryland for the Big Show event last year, and took an official visit to College Park earlier in the year.
  • Four-star Lakewood (Fla.) wide receiver Ryan Davis is expected to pick between Alabama, Auburn and Florida. Davis was at the Big Show with Cowart, and could see an opportunity with the Terps after the departure of Stefon Diggs to the NFL.
  • Four-star Gilman (Md.) quarterback Kai Locksley is committed to Florida State, but is visiting Texas this weekend. Locksley is the son of Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, and the Terrapins have by far the least crowded quarterback situation of the three schools.
  • Four-star Gonzaga (D.C.) athlete Marcus Lewis is expected to choose between Miami, Kentucky and Washington State. He attended two Maryland camps and visited once in 2013, and his recruitment has kind of gone all over the place (as evidenced by Wazzu's inclusion in that group).