Dwayne Haskins' commitment to Maryland Friday was a huge moment for Maryland football. Having a pro-style quarterback who can strike fear in the eyes of opposing defensive coordinators could change how Maryland's offense operates.
But having the fifth-best pro-style quarterback in the recruiting class can only mean so much if he doesn't have anyone protecting him or catching his passes. Luckily for Maryland, Haskins will be surrounded by young players who can help Maryland's offense rise to the next level. Haskins should have the right mix of young players who will mature as he does, in addition to guys who will be able to contribute right when Haskins gets there.
Let's start on the offensive line:
In 2016, former five-star tackle Damian Prince will be in his redshirt sophomore year, as will four-star tackle Derwin Gray. Four-star guard Quarvez Boulware may need some time to develop, but he'll add depth to the interior line as well. 2016 guard target Terrance Davis would give the team another four-star player to populate their line. If they can keep Haskins upright against some strong Big Ten defenses, he will have a much easier time getting the ball to his talented receivers.
Speaking of receivers:
While the Terrapins don't quite have the playmakers they did in 2014 with Stefon Diggs and Deon Long, the wide receiver group is a solid one that should develop well between now and when Haskins gets to College Park.
Talented receivers Juwann Winfree (a former four-star recruit) and Taivon Jacobs (a Signing Day flip from Ohio State) will be juniors when Haskins arrives and as of now they project to be the starters when he arrives. Former quarterback Will Ulmer, who redshirted last season, has made strides in spring practice this year and should see more playing time free up after 2015. Look out for 2016 target Tino Ellis to make an impact upon his arrival as well if he does choose to come to Maryland. He is one of the 20 recruits whom Haskins wants to bring with him but Virginia Tech may be tough to beat.
Maryland's tight end situation is a little more murky. The team lacked production at the position last year, with P.J. Gallo and Andrew Isaacs tying for the lead with two catches on the season. They've offered six tight ends in the class of 2016, but have yet to land a commitment, and top targets Naseir Upshur and Jacob Mathis have national suitors (although Upshur is very close with Haskins).
We also don't really know who's going to be joining Haskins in the backfield.
While senior Brandon Ross figures to be the starting running back in 2015, Wes Brown projects to be the starter his senior year in 2016. Beyond then, the Terps signed three-star Lorenzo Harrison from DeMatha. There's only one underclassman on the roster right now (Ty Johnson), so expect the team to look for another recruit in the class of 2016 or in the transfer market. Haskins listed Kareem Walker, a five-star recruit from New Jersey, as a target for Maryland, but Walker committed to Ohio State in January and seems unlikely to change his mind.
Overall, Haskins should have the supporting cast necessary to elevate his talents as high as they can go. The team's biggest quarterback recruit in a very long time won't be alone in his effort to get Maryland into the top of the Big Ten East.