Maryland identified wide receiver as a position of need early in the 2015 recruiting cycle. With senior Deon Long scheduled to graduate and junior Stefon Diggs likely to enter the NFL (which he did), the Terps knew before the season they'd have to replace their top two receivers.
As a result, offers flowed out to the position -- more than any other in the class. Randy Edsall and Maryland offered 27 wide receivers in the 2015 class (seven more than cornerback, the position with the next most), ultimately bringing in two signees.
The first domino to fall was four-star Briar Woods (Va.) slot receiver Brandon Polk, who committed to Penn State back in March. Four-star Damascus (Md.) receiver Jalen Christian, another potential replacement for Diggs who visited Maryland three times, committed to South Carolina in May. Just a day earlier, Maryland identified another potential slot option, three-star Robinson (Fla.) prospect Jahrvis Davenport. He committed to Maryland in late June, giving them their first receiving commit of the class.
The next two followed suit soon after, but only one stuck. Highly regarded three-star Imhotep (Pa.) prospect D.J. Moore was offered by Maryland when wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell visited his school in April, and committed in early July after taking a visit to College Park. Three-star Woodbridge (Va.) athlete Mike Majette committed in late July immediately after receiving an offer, but was let go by the Terps after choosing to take an official visit to Indiana. Majette committed to the Hoosiers days later.
There were two other local prospects who Maryland was unable to make significant inroads with. Three-star Gonzaga (D.C.) Jabari Greenwood visited Maryland in November 2013, but was considered a Kentucky lean from early in the process and committed to the Wildcats in June. Calvert Hall (Md.) prospect Lawrence Cager never ended up visiting College Park, and chose Miami in January over Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State, among others.
A trio of blue-chip receivers from Florida visited Maryland in late June for the Big Show, and while the Terps made it later in the process for each of them, none of them ended up in College Park. Five-star East Lake (Fla.) recruit George Campbell signed with Florida State and enrolled early, four-star Wharton (Fla.) prospect Auden Tate committed to Florida State in August (and said the Terps were his runners-up) and four-star Lakewood (Fla.) star Ryan Davis committed to Auburn on Signing Day.
As for tight end, Maryland has struggled to get consistent production at the position and was unable to bring in a single signee (returning all four players at the position did not help). Four-star Avon (Conn.) prospect Chris Clark became the Terps' top target at the position early on, first attending a camp in June 2013, receiving an in-home visit from inside linebackers coach Keith Dudzinski in January 2014 and receiving an offer in February 2014. He visited College Park in March, committing to North Carolina later that month before flipping to Michigan in June. Clark decommitted from the Wolverines after their coaching change, eventually signing with UCLA.
After Clark's original commitment to the Tar Heels, Maryland changed their focus at the position. They offered three-star Coatesville Area (Penn.) prospect Amir Ealey in April, receiving a visit from him in September. The Terps were long thought to be the favorite for the 6'4, 236-pound recruit, but he committed to Syracuse in December after taking an official visit there.
Maryland 2015 wide receivers in review
Who's leaving: Deon Long, Stefon Diggs
Who's coming in: D.J. Moore, three stars, 50th-best athlete, 13th-best player in Pennsylvania
Jahrvis Davenport, three stars, 159th-best wide receiver, 188th-best player in Florida
Major targets missed: Jalen Christian (South Carolina), Auden Tate (Florida State), Jabari Greenwood (Kentucky), , Lawrence Cager (Miami), Ryan Davis (Auburn), Chris Clark (Michigan), Amir Ealey (Syracuse)
Other players with offers: JJ Arcega-Whiteside (Stanford), Tavin Richardson (Kentucky), Equanimeous St. Brown (Notre Dame), John Burt (Texas), Jovon Durante (West Virginia), Kemah Siverand (Texas A&M), Jaason Lewis (Arizona State), Brandon Polk (Penn State), JF Thomas (Texas Tech), Tristan Payton (USC), Christian Philpott (Georgia Tech), James Proche (SMU), Kalif Jackson (Florida), Kevin Thomas (Kansas), Nolan Borgersen (Boston College), Jonathan Giles (Texas Tech), Akile Davis (BYU), Will Gragg (Arkansas), Chris Cunningham (Virginia Tech), Chris Garrison (Boston College)
Projected 2015 depth chart:
|1||Levern Jacobs||Junior||Marcus Leak||Senior||Taivon Jacobs||Freshman||Andrew Isaacs||Junior|
|2||Jacquille Veii||Junior||Amba Etta-Tawo||Junior||Juwann Winfree||Sophomore||P.J. Gallo||Junior|
|3||DeAndre Lane||Sophomore||Malcolm Culmer||Junior||Daniel Adams||Senior||Derrick Hayward||Sophomore|
|4||Will Ulmer||Freshman||DJ Moore||Freshman||Jahrvis Davenport||Freshman||Andrew Gray||Freshman|
We're assuming redshirts for Taivon Jacobs and DeAndre Lane, but neither is guaranteed. There have been rumors that Adams may not return, but we'll keep him on here until any official word is heard.
2015 Signing Day Grade: C+. Moore is very good and Davenport has tremendous upside, but Maryland didn't do enough to replace the kind of talent that was leaving. They completely struck out at tight end, as well, bringing this grade further down. The wide receiver haul is solid, however, and combined with Maryland's current playmakers at the position it should be one of the team's strengths once again.