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National Signing Day 2015: 3-star center Mason Zimmerman signs with Maryland

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Could he be a candidate to play early?

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With an opening emerging at center, Mason Zimmerman's decision to officially sign his National Letter of Intent with Maryland Wednesday means the Terrapins could have the rare distinction of starting a true freshman on the offensive line.

Zimmerman, a three-star center from Anthony Wayne High School in Whitehouse, Ohio, wasn't ranked by any of the major recruiting services when he committed to UMD back in June, but has since emerged as the No. 18 center in the country and even played in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl.

At 6 feet, 5 inches and 275 pounds, Zimmerman already has pretty good size for a center, and thanks to Sal Conaboy's graduation Zimmerman will have a chance to compete for the opening in the middle of the Terps' offensive line. Zimmerman will likely battle with redshirt freshman Brendan Moore, senior Stephen Grommer and fellow incoming freshman Quarvez Boulware for playing time at the position.

Even if Zimmerman ends up redshirting, another year to develop wouldn't hurt the offensive lineman. Zimmerman only had offers from Air Force, Cincinnati, Marshall and Toledo before he committed to Maryland and subsequently skyrocketed through the rankings as a senior. Another season of practice could see even more of an exponential improvement.