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National Signing Day 2015: Highly coveted OL E.J. Donahue signs with Maryland

The Terrapins' first commitment in the 2015 class has made it official.


E.J. Donahue was the first member of Maryland's Class of 2015, verbally committing to the Terrapins back in October of 2013. On Wednesday, the high three-star guard made his pledge official, signing his National Letter of Intent as part of National Signing Day.

Donahue committed to Maryland in October 2013, becoming the first player in the 2015 class to do so. He later picked up offers from Florida State and Wisconsin, but never wavered from his commitment to the Terps.

Donahue is part of a loaded core of offensive linemen for UMD. The 6-foot-5, 335-pound guard from Linganore High School in Frederick is already joined by four-star Quarvez Boulware and three-star linemen Mason Zimmerman, Will McClain and Ellis McKennie. The Terps could pick up a commitment from four-star prospect later on Signing Day.

Donahue certainly has Division I size and will probably get the opportunity to replace graduating left guard Silvano Altamirano, who started all 13 games for Maryland in 2014. The Terrapins, however, have a history of redshirting offensive linemen under head coach Randy Edsall. Last season, UMD kept former five-star tackle Damian Prince and four-star tackle Derwin Gray redshirted despite the Terps' struggles at both tackle spots.

Donahue is considered the eighth best player from Maryland in the Class of 2015 and the No. 25 guard in the nation by the 247Sports Composite.