Maryland football received excellent news Friday afternoon when four-star Bullis (Md.) quarterback Dwayne Haskins announced his commitment to Randy Edsall's program. There was one part that perked the ears of many Maryland fans -- a long list of recruits Haskins said he intends to talk to about joining him in college.
Thanks to the intrepid efforts of Testudo Times copy editor MJ Kurs-Lasky, we have compiled all of them below, with some extra information about each prospect. All ratings via the 247Sports Composite.
Naseir Upshur, 4 stars (.9353), No. 4 TE, Imhotep (Pa.). A close friend of Haskins's, Upshur attends the same Philadelphia high school that Maryland plucked D.J. Moore from. Upshur visited College Park multiple times with Moore, but it's going to be a tough battle: Miami and Michigan are currently considered the favorites.
Rashan Gary, 5 stars (.9996), No. 1 DT, Paramus Catholic (N.J.). The top prospect in the entire 2016 class, Gary is about the same level of longshot that Byron Cowart was last year (although being closer to Maryland and friends with Haskins helps a bit). Alabama and Michigan are currently considered the favorites, but he has previously visited College Park.
Terrance Davis, 4 stars (.9525), No. 1 OG, DeMatha Catholic (Md.). Probably the likeliest Maryland commitment on this entire list, Davis is cousins with Terrapin pledge Lorenzo Harrison (also a DeMatha player) and teammates with commit DJ Turner. Michigan is the biggest competition for Davis, as well as Alabama, but Haskins's commitment may have pushed Maryland to the top. He released his own top 10 shortly before Haskins's decision.
Kareem Walker, 5 stars (.9847), No. 2 RB, De Paul Catholic (N.J.). Here's probably the biggest longshot. Walker committed to Ohio State back in January during halftime of the Buckeyes' eventual national championship win. He's friends with Haskins, but it's hard to imagine him backing down from Ohio State.
Richard Merritt, 4 stars (.9169), No. 9 OG, Archbishop Carroll (D.C.). One of the top linemen in the area, Merritt is familiar with College Park and with Haskins. He's one of the players who this decision may help Maryland with the most, but Alabama and Florida State are currently considered his top two suitors.
Tino Ellis, 4 stars (.9080), No. 44 WR, DeMatha Catholic (Md.). Maryland appears to have a very strong chance with Ellis, who previously favored Virginia Tech but has held off on a commitment. He is very close with Haskins (and with teammates Harrison, Turner and Davis), and there's a very real chance the Terrapins turn what has been a dry run with DeMatha recruiting into a class with four (or more) prospects from the school.
Robbie Robinson, 3 stars (.8800), No. 22 ATH, Phoebus (Va.). Maryland's been recruiting the Virginia cornerback for a while, but the in-state Cavaliers may have an early advantage (along with Duke). The Terrapins desperately need help in the secondary, however, for which an answer may be found in ...
Trevon Diggs, 4 stars (.9541), No. 6 ATH, Avalon (Md.). Stefon's younger brother is the top cornerback on Maryland's board and is very close with Haskins. The two have said repeatedly they're a package deal, something Haskins echoed after committing. Alabama is a tempting suitor, however, but the fact that he's gone this far without committing to the Tide is a good sign for the Terrapins.
Greg Ross, 3 stars (.8432), No. 89 CB, Potomac (Md.). From the same high school that produced Keiron Howard and Dion Wiley, Maryland offered Ross back in March. His recruitment has expanded a bit since then, and North Carolina appears to be the biggest suitor.
Keith Simms, 3 stars (.8649), No. 42 OLB, Landon (Md.). Simms would be a perfect fit at outside linebacker for Maryland with his combination of coverage and blitzing ability, and the staff has let him know it. He's been one of the top targets during the cycle, and Haskins's commitment could bring him on board soon as well. Stanford has been the top competitor (he at one point called it his "dream school"), but the fact that he returned from Palo Alto without committing is a good sign for Randy Edsall.
Josh Ball, 3 stars (.8769), No. 38 OT, Stafford (Va.). Maryland has found success in the Fredericksburg area before with prospects like Torrey Smith and Dexter McDougle, and Ball is starting to get some serious attention of his own. Maryland has been in on him for a long time now, but West Virginia and Florida State will be tough to beat.
Jauan Williams, 4 stars (.9377), No. 14 OT, Archbishop Carroll (D.C.). Williams and Merritt form a pretty terrifying duo for defenses at Carroll. Edsall and Haskins are hoping they can do the same in College Park. At 6'7, he's got an NFL frame, but Maryland isn't the only one that has noticed. Offers from Alabama, Florida and Ohio State are the main competition.
Jacob Mathis, 4 stars (.9009), No. 10 TE, Berkeley Prep (Fla.). The first on the list outside of the immediate area, Mathis received a Maryland offer in February. Florida, Miami and Ohio State are the rumored top suitors.
Johncarlo Valentin, 3 stars (.8821), No. 14 OG, Imhotep (Pa.). A high school teammate of Upshur's with an offer from Michigan, Valentin does not yet have an offer from Maryland.
Ellison Jordan, 4 stars (.9296), No. 17 DT, Gilman (Md.). One of the top players in the state, experts have liked Maryland's chances with Jordan for some time. Penn State and Virginia Tech are the main competition.
Jeff Pooler, 2 stars (.7600), No. 97 DT, Chaminade Julienne (Ohio). Out in Big Ten territory, Pooler was apparently mulling a commitment Friday. He has offers from UConn, Western Michigan and Bowling Green, among others, and could pop at any moment.
Kyle Taylor, 3 stars (.8575), No. 22 ILB, Gonzaga (D.C.). Taylor is the best inside linebacker prospect in the area, and received an offer in March. North Carolina and Iowa are considered the top competition, while he also received an offer from Wisconsin.
Patrice Rene, 4 stars (.9062), No. 24 CB, Episcopal (Va.). Rene is teammates with Maryland target Joe Goff, but he's the higher profile of the two. One of the top cornerbacks in the region, Ohio State and Rutgers are currently considered the top two schools for him.
Elijah Johnson, 2 stars (.7919), No. 113 OT, DeMatha Catholic (Md.). A recent DeMatha offeree, Johnson is a big-bodied lineman with offers from Rutgers, Boston College and West Virginia, among others.
Shane Simmons, 4 stars (.9708), No. 3 WDE, DeMatha Catholic (Md.). Perhaps the most enticing prospect of all for Maryland fans, Simmons would give the Terrapins an opportunity to flip a highly-prized local from Penn State for the second straight year (see McLean, Adam, also a defensive lineman). Simmons committed back in July and has not come close to wavering, so don't hold you breath, but he has many connections in Maryland's class now.