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Where does Dwayne Haskins rank among modern Maryland QB recruits?

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With Dwayne Haskins Jr. committing to Maryland, we look back through time at the quarterbacks Maryland has brought in dating back to 2000, when online recruiting databases really first started.

Chris Kelley, the highest-rated Maryland QB of the modern recruiting era.
Chris Kelley, the highest-rated Maryland QB of the modern recruiting era.
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1. Chris Kelley, Seneca Valley, .9647 (2000)

Kelley redshirted his freshman season (2000) after tearing his ACL in the Super 44 All-Star game that summer. Unfortunately for him, he re-injured the knee and had to spend time rehabbing in 2001. In his sophomore season (2002), he played in 11 games as the backup quarterback.

After his third major knee operation since graduating high school and losing the quarterback competition to Scott McBrien, Kelley switched to strong safety. He finished his junior season (2003) with 12 tackles (eight solo), a half sack and a pass breakup.

Kelley received an All-ACC honorable mention at the end of his senior season. That year, he had 85 total tackles; tying for second on the team with linebacker Shawne Merriman.

Former Maryland head coach Ralph Freidgen praised his work on defense in an ESPN article written by Doug Carlson: "Not only is he one of our better defensive players, he's one of our leaders. He plays with such enthusiasm and he loves to play football. It makes me feel good."  He was signed as an undrafted free agent safety to the Baltimore Ravens in 2005, but never played in an NFL game.

Stats (3 seasons at quarterback): 17-for-38 (44.7%), 171 yards (4.5 yards per attempt), three interceptions, 28 rushes, 10 yards (0.4 yards per rush).

Stats (2 seasons at safety):  85 total tackles (44 solo, 41 assisted), 13.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and an interception.

2. Dwayne Haskins Jr., Bullis High School, .9646 (2016)

Here is more coverage from Testudo Times on Haskins Jr. We reviewed Haskins' film examined whether his commitment could be what finally takes Maryland to the next level.

Stats (2 seasons w/Bullis HS): 231 -for- 387, 3066 passing yards, 36 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and two rushing touchdowns.

3. Jeremy Ricker, Bishop McDevitt High School, .9185 (2006)

After redshirting his freshman season, Ricker left the program after being placed No. 4 on a crowded quarterback depth chart. 

4. Orlando Evans, City College of San Francisco, 90, (2002)

Orlando Evans played his junior and senior seasons in College Park after starting his career with the Oregon Ducks in 1999. Evans came to Maryland as a junior college recruit, ranking as the top dual-threat JuCo quarterback in the country when he signed with the Terrapins out of the City College of San Francisco. For CCSF, Evans led them to a 12-0 undefeated season and a national title. In his junior season with Maryland, he tore his ACL against Eastern Michigan as the backup quarterback.

He was slated as the backup to Scott McBrien in the beginning of camp in 2003. As a redshirt senior coming off of his knee injury, he played in four games. In those four games, he was 14-for-21 (66%), threw for 161 yards( 7.7 yards per attempt) and one touchdown.

Stats (2 Seasons):14-for-22 (63.6%), 161 passing yards (7.3 yards per attempt), 1 touchdown, 140.1 passer efficiency rating

5. Tyler Smith, Wilson Area High School, .8884 (2010)

Tyler Smith redshirted the 2010 season at Maryland. After Maryland fired Ralph Friedgen and hired Randy Edsall, switching offensive schemes in the process, Smith transferred to FCS program Elon. He summed it up by saying "That's not my style; I'm a pro style quarterback." Smith ended up only playing 2 games for the Phoenix.

6. Will Ulmer, St. Johns College High School, .8747 (2014)

A highly-touted DC athlete, Ulmer chose the Terps over 23 schools including Ohio State and Nebraska. After spending some time in practice at quarterback, Ulmer ended up switching to wide receiver, where he could see playing time this year.

7. Shane Cockerille, Gilman High School, .8659 (2013)

Cockerille redshirted his freshman season (2013). The next year he played four games on special teams. With former starter C.J. Brown gone, five quarterbacks are on the roster: Cockerille, Caleb Rowe, newly acquired Oklahoma State transfer Daxx Garman, Perry Hills and incoming true freshman Gage Shaffer. With Rowe injured during spring practice, Cockerille took the majority of first-team reps, but Rowe is expected to compete with Garman for the starting job this fall.

8. Jordan Steffy, Conestoga Valley Senior High School, .8556 (2004)

Steffy played in six games as a freshman (2006) and redshirted his sophomore season. As a redshirt sophomore, he played in only one game. As a junior (2007), he started five of the seven games he played in. He was sidelined due to a concussion he suffered during a game vs Rutgers that same season. The following year, in his final season (2008), he started the season opener, and played a reserve role for the last four games.

Stats (4 Seasons): 92-for-159 (57.9%), 933 passing yards (5.9 yards per attempt), two touchdowns, eight interceptions, 125.7 passer efficiency rating

9. Perry Hills, Central Catholic High School, .8540 (2012)

In his freshman season (2012), Hills started the first seven games of the season after an offseason injury to C.J. Brown. He became the first freshman to start a season opener for Maryland since Calvin McCall in 1999. Hills redshirted his sophomore year after getting injured and as a redshirt sophomore (2014) he received All-Big Ten Academic honors.

Coming into this season with playing time not assured, Hills is not looking to be complacent. "You have to go in with the mindset that you're going to change it. If you don't, you're just going to lay back and let someone have the job that you want. So you have to go [into] camp saying that I'm going to work my butt off and try to take this guy's job."

Stats (2 Seasons): 102-for-179 (57%), 1422 passing yards (7.9 yards per attempt), nine touchdowns and seven interceptions, 132.5 passer efficiency rating.

10. C.J. Brown, Seneca Valley Senior High School, .8525 (2009)

Brown was a mainstay at quarterback for the Terps during his six year tenure. He redshirted his freshman season (2009) before missing nearly all of 2010 with an injury. Brown played in 10 games in 2011 as a sophomore, starting in five. In 2012, he tore his ACL during preseason practice, petitioned the NCAA and received two more years of eligibility. As a senior he was named the team’s offensive player of the year, was given the Ray Krouse Memorial Award as the team's MVP and is the first Terrapin to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 500 in a single season.

With his extra year of eligibility, he started all 12 games for the Terps, earned an All Big Ten selection and was a Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award watch list member in 2014. Brown also finished as Maryland's all-time leader in total touchdowns, with 58.

Stats (4 Seasons): 437-for- 803(54.4%), 5372 passing yards (6.7 yards per attempt), 33 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, 101.2 passer efficiency rating

Rushing: 381 attempts, 1701 yards (4.5 yards per rush) and 25 touchdowns.

11. Caleb Rowe, Blue Ridge High School, .8475 (2012)

Rowe played in two games in 2012, filling in for Perry Hills following his injury Rowe was then injured himself, leaving way for scout-team linebacker Shawn Petty to finish the season at the positions. In 2013, Rowe had two starts and played in five total games.  As a junior in 2014, he played in four games before he tore his ACL. Due to the injury, Rowe received an extra year of eligibility.

In Maryland's inaugural Big Ten matchup vs Indiana, Rowe came in during the second half after C.J. Brown sprained his wrist. Rowe completed six of his first seven passes and scored on a 36 yard screen pass to Brandon Ross. He completed seven passes of 17 yards or more in the game as well.

Stats (3 Seasons):123-for-229 (53.7%), 1768 passing yards (7.7 yards per attempt), 12 touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 127.1 passer efficiency rating

12. Torrey Smith Stafford Senior High School, .8451 (2007)


Believe it or not, Torrey Smith was considered a quarterback prospect when he committed to Maryland. After redshirting his first season, Smith played in all 13 games in 2008 at wide receiver and kick returner. He became a standout in the ACC over the second half of the season, as he averaged 141.2 all-purpose yards per game over the last five games. He set a school record gaining 21.3 yards each time he touched the ball (1,425 yards/67 attempts).

As a sophomore (2009), Smith received All-ACC recognition and played in every game. As a result of his great play, he ranked sixth in the nation in all purpose yards per game (182.7); That statistic also put him at fifth in ACC history.  He set a single season school record with 2,192 all-purpose yards which ranks second in ACC history.

In his last season with the Terps, he earned three team awards for his hard work on the field: C.P. "Lefty" McIntosh Public Service Award, Most Valuable Offensive Player and team captain. He was drafted to the Baltimore Ravens in 2011, won a Super Bowl with the team in 2012 and is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers.

Stats (3 Seasons): 152 receptions, 2215 receiving yards (14.6 yards per catch), and 19 touchdowns.
123 Kick Returns, 2983 yards (24.3 yards per return) and three touchdowns

13. Gage Shaffer, Frankfort High School, .8414 (2015)

Check out our film study on Shaffer to see what the Terps have in their 2015 QB commit.

Stats (2 Seasons w/ Frankfort High School (WV): 131 -for- 244 (53%), 2434 passing yards (18.6 yards per attempt), 23 touchdowns, 10 interception and 102.7 passer efficiency rating

14. Danny O'Brien, East Forsyth High School, .8368 (2009)

Danny O'Brien spent two seasons with the Maryland Terrapins, transferred to play for the Wisconsin Badgers but left there to finish his career playing for  Catawba College. He was able to get the opportunity to tryout for the Atlanta Falcons at their rookie mini camp in may 2014 and he made the roster. O'Brien is now in the CFL with the  Ottawa Redblacks.

In his redshirt freshman season with Maryland (2010) he earned multiple honors:

  • Earned Freshman All-America Honors
  • ACC Rookie of the Year (First Terp to win the award since its inception in 1975)
  • Five time ACC Rookie of the Week
  • Top first year offensive performer in the ACC
  • Named to preseason first team

Other Career Accomplishments

  • He was a candidate for the Davey O'Brien and Manning Awards; Awards honoring the Top QB in the NCAA
  • 2011 Preseason First Team All-ACC choice
  • Named the 2011 Preseason ACC Player of the Year
  • One of four Maryland players to throw for 400 yards in a game

Stats (2 Seasons): 342-for-603 (57.2%), 4086 passing yards (6.8 yards per attempt), 29 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, 123.5 passer efficiency rating

Stats (7 games w/Wisconsin):  52 -for- 86 (60.5%), 523 yards (6.1 yards per attempt), three touchdowns, one interception, 120.7 passer efficiency rating

Stats (Catawba College): He passed for 2,490 yards, 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. He completed 68 percent of his passes

15. Joel Statham, Murray County High School, 83, (2002)


Joel Statham sat for his first year in 2002 but saw six games of action in his redshirt freshman season(2003). During this period, he finished the season with these numbers: 12 -for- 25, threw for 156 yards and an interception.

Statham started every game his sophomore season (2004) except for the final game that year. In his three games with Maryland as a junior, he was 18-for-36 (50%) for 201 yards (5.6 yards per attempt), throwing two touchdowns and two interceptions. After his junior season, the Post reported that he planned to transfer to Division 1-AA school Jacksonville State.

Stats (3 Seasons):156-for-295 (52.9%), 1947 passing yards (6.6 yards per attempt), 10 touchdowns, 18 interceptions, 107.3 passer efficiency rating

16. Dominique Richmond, South Hagerstown Senior High School, 83, (2002)

Richmond was converted to defense as a free safety with Maryland, but never played in a game.

17. Chris Turner, Chaminade College Preparatory School .8111 (2005)

Turner redshirted his freshman season (2005) and in his sophomore season proved he was an efficient passer. He ranked third in the ACC and 36th in the nation with a passer efficiency rating of 135.5. The next year, he started 12 games and threw for 2516 yards, the fifth highest single season yard total in Maryland history. In his final season (2009), he increased his passing yards per game average from 194.3 the previous year to 206.9.

Stats (3 seasons): 547-for-918 (59.6%), 6543 passing yards (7.1 yards per attempt), 30 touchdowns, 28 interceptions, 124.1 passer efficiency rating.

18. Sam Hollenbach, Pennridge High School, 80, (2002)

Sam Hollenbach redshirted his freshman season in 2002. As a redshirt freshman (2003), he didn't see much action that year.  in his sophomore year (2004), he played three games during the season and started the final game vs Wake Forest. As a junior (2005). he played in 11 games and started in 10 of them. Sam's numbers that season put him in the record books:

  • Career-high 2,539 yards (sixth on school's single season list), his 315 attempts and 192 completions (eighth on the school's single-season list),
  • Fourth in the ACC in total offense with a career-high 229.2 yards per game)
  • Second in the ACC in passing yards per game (230.8)
  • Fifth in the ACC in passing efficiency (132.8)

He received an All-ACC honorable mention as a senior (2006),  and earned the Champs Sports Bowl MVP with a 15 -for- 24 223 yard and two touchdown performance in a 24-7 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers. He went undrafted in the NFL but signed with Washington in 2007.


Stats (3 Seasons)
: 417-for-679 (61, .4%), 5139 passing yards (7.6 yards per attempt), 28 touchdowns, 26 interceptions, 130.9 passer efficiency rating

19. Jamarr Robinson, Myers Park High School, .7667 (2006)

Robinson redshirted his freshman season (2007). As a redshirt freshman(2008), he played in one game on special teams, and was the number three quarterback for much of the season due to Jordan Steffy's hand injury. He was named Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year at season's end. In his sophomore season(2009), he played in seven games as a backup and earned the team's most improved offensive player award.

In his junior year(2010), he played 11 games and threw for just under 350 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Robinson did not spend his senior season in 2011 with the Terps because he transferred to Bethune-Cookman University. He played seven games with that program.

Stats (2 Seasons): 72-for-134 (53.7%), 808 passing yards (6 yards per attempt), six touchdowns, two interceptions, 116.2 passer efficiency rating

Stats (1 Season w/Bethune Cookman): 60-for-106 (56.6%) 607 passing yards (5.7 yards per attempt), five touchdowns, six interceptions

Rushing Stats (Maryland): 90 rushing attempts, 326 yards (3.6 yards per attempt)

20. Shaun Hill, Hutchinson Community College, (2000)

Hill started his college career at Hutchinson Community College (Kansas). He was a two-year starter there and received an NJCAA All-American honorable mention as a freshman. In 2000, as a junior with the Terps, he started three games and played in a total of six. In his senior season (2001), Hill led the Terps to a 10-1 season.

He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in 2002 and has also played for the Detroit Lions, St.Louis Rams and San Francisco 49ers. He is now a 14-year NFL veteran  and currently with the Minnesota Vikings.

Stats (2 Seasons): 270-for-455 (59.3%), 3158 passing yards (6.9 yards per attempt), 19 touchdowns, 13 interceptions, 125.7 passer efficiency rating

21. Ryan Mitch, DeMatha Catholic High School, (2003)

Ryan Mitch came to the Terps by way of DeMatha Catholic High School. He redshirted his freshman season (2003) and there were reports that he may have wanted to transfer his sophomore year. It was later confirmed by Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun in August 2004 that even though Ryan Mitch considered quitting and he missed two practices, he came back to the team to Ralph Friedgen's surprise.

In that same season he only threw one pass for 12 yards. Just recently as two years ago, Mitch was named the head coach at Hilton Head Christian Academy Eagles replacing Tommy Lewis who had a 97-28 and led the team to six state championships in seven years.

Stats (Maryland): 1 -for- 1(100%), 12 yards, 200.8 passer efficiency rating

22. Dan Gronkowski, Williamsville North High School, (2003)

Football is in Dan Gronkowski's blood. His brothers Chris and Rob Gronkowski are both in the NFL. He converted to the tight end position for the Terps and redshirted his freshman in 2004. In his redshirt freshman season the next year, he saw action in five games. As a sophomore, he played in all 13 games with nine starts; he was also voted to the ESPN The Magazine All-District II team and received the George Boutselis Memorial Award for the player with highest GPA on the team. To be eligible to receive the Academic All-America accolade a a student athlete needs to have a cumulative GPA of 3.30.

As a junior (2007), he started eight games out of the 10 he played in and received the team's C.P. "Lefty" McIntosh Award for Public Service.  He had the best season of his college career in receptions; he caught 29 passes for a career best 287 yards and three touchdowns. He also ranked second in ACC  in receptions among tight ends with

By the end of his tenure at Maryland, he was a three time ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America nominee, two-time member of the All-District II team and a two-time Academic All-ACC honoree. He also was given iron Terp status in his last four spring practices with the team and proved that he had serious strength; He had a career best 635 pound squat measure which is second to fellow Maryland tight end Vernon Davis.

He was drafted in seventh round (255th overall) in the 2009 draft to the Detroit Lions. He's been in the league five season and has also played for the Denver Broncos, New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns.

Stats (4 Seasons w/Maryland): 40 receptions, 401 receiving yards (10 yards per catch), 4 touchdowns