Maryland lost out on one of its top targets from the 2016 class Wednesday, as offensive tackle Devery Hamilton committed to Michigan over the Terrapins and Stanford. This was an expected turn of events for the Terps: Stanford and Michigan held a combined 77% of Crystal Ball predictions for the recruit.
The 6'6 290 pound pound athlete from the Gilman School (Md.) is considered a four-star recruit by the 247Sports Composite. He ranks as the 24th best offensive tackle and eighth best player in Maryland. At Gilman, he plays offensive tackle and defensive end, but projects best as an offensive tackle.
The Terps are still targeting four-star offensive guards Terrance Davis and Richard Merritt as well as offensive tackle Elijah Johnson, scheduled to announce Thursday. Davis has Maryland in his top five (although Michigan is a strong contender) but Merritt is very high on Alabama so it may be unlikely that the Terps will snag him from that powerhouse program.
With commitments from Brian Plummer, Michael Clark and Terek Zingale (as well as a grayshirt from Alex Hall and a spot reserved for Davis), Maryland's offensive line class doesn't have many spots left. Hamilton is clearly a better prospect than Johnson, but his decision to go elsewhere should help the Terrapins' chances with the DeMatha lineman Thursday.