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National Signing Day 2015: 3-star DT Keiron Howard signs with Maryland

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One of the top tackles in the area is staying at home.

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Keiron Howard, one of several talented defensive linemen in Maryland's Class of 2015, officially became a Terrapin on Wednesday when he signed his National Letter of Intent with UMD as part of National Signing Day. The three-star defensive tackle from Potomac High School in Oxon Hill had verbally committed to the Terps back in June.

At the time, Howard's commitment came as a surprise. The 6-foot-4, 295-pound tackle was considered a heavy Tennessee lean, but was swayed to join Maryland after attending a prospect camp and working with defensive line coach Chad Wilt. He spoke with Testudo Times back in August about Wilt's affect on his recruitment.

Now, Howard is just one of several defensive linemen with a chance at immediate playing time. Four-star defensive tackle Adam McLean figures to challenge for an immediate starting role if healthy and strong-side defensive end Austrian Robinson could also commit to the Terrapins on Wednesday.

With all three of UMD's starting defensive linemen graduating, starting spots are up for grabs and Howard will be in the mix. Here are some highlights from his senior season at Potomac: