Maryland has added commitment No. 10 to their recruiting class, securing a commitment from Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia High School prospect Terek Zingale, the prospect announced on Twitter. Zingale is Maryland's third commitment in the past two days, joining four-star Bullis (Md.) quarterback Dwayne Haskins and two-star Chaminade Julienne (Ohio) defensive tackle Jeffery Pooler.
Excited to announce that I am verbally committed to the University of Maryland. pic.twitter.com/HstIAvctAB— Terek Zingale (@TerekZ) May 17, 2015
The 6'6, 300-pound prospect received an offer from Maryland April 7, quickly setting up a visit to campus for the weekend's spring game. He chose the Terps over offers from Illinois, Akron, Ohio and Toledo.
Zingale joins Pennsylvania prospect Michael Clark and in-state recruit Brian Plummer as the Terps' third offensive tackle commitment in their 2016 haul. All three stand at least 6'6, and two of the three (Plummer and Zingale) weigh in at 300 pounds. Maryland has looked to increase the size of their offensive line since moving into the Big Ten conference, and this is another step in the right direction.
It also helps move the program in another right direction -- that of Big Ten territory. With a new conference comes new recruiting territory, and adding another player from Ohio helps establish what Maryland hopes can be at least a somewhat successful pipeline for the program in the future. This is the third straight class that the Terps have added a player from Ohio (Andrew Gray in 2014, Mason Zimmerman in 2015).