Four-star St. John's (Washington, D.C.) defensive end Terrell Hall committed to Ohio State Monday, taking one of the Terps' top local targets off the board. Fellow St. John's defensive end Devante Brooks committed to Tennessee in January.
Hall is rated a four-star recruit by the 247Sports Composite, ranking as the No. 9 weak-side defensive end in the country and the No. 2 player in the District. His recruitment skyrocketed recently, earning the attention of multiple national powers, and that's the direction he'll be going in.
Maryland is now batting .500 on local prospects in the region. They've grabbed commitments from three players: four-star Good Counsel linebacker Keandre Jones, three-star DeMatha running back Lorenzo Harrison and three-star DeMatha athlete Darryl Turner. Three local players with offers have committed elsewhere: Hall, Brooks and four-star DeMatha defensive end Shane Simmons (Penn State).
Here's a screenshot of our map of the immediate area (Jones and prospects near Good Counsel are just north of the picture). You can see the whole interactive map here.
All three of the local prospects committed elsewhere are defensive ends, putting Maryland into kind of a bind at the position. A player like Good Counsel's Izon Pulley (Cincinnati offer) could get another look, although the Terps recently extended a number of offers to defensive linemen in the Midwest.
Four-star Bullis quarterback Dwayne Haskins, four-star Gilman defensive tackle Ellison Jordan and four-star Avalon cornerback Trevon Diggs remain the three most important targets for Maryland, but Hall committing to a division rival is an extra blow. For more, check out coverage from our friends at Land-Grant Holy Land.