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Tino Ellis decides Friday: Maryland or Virginia Tech for 4-star DeMatha WR?

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One of the Terrapins' top remaining targets will make his decision on TV this week.

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Maryland football's recruiting has hit a little bit of a lull in July, without a single commitment in the month after receiving five in June. One of the program's very top targets may change that Friday, as four-star DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) wide receiver Tino Ellis will make his decision between Maryland, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, West Virginia and Wake Forest.

The Terrapins and Hokies have long been considered the frontrunners for the 6'1, 185-pound prospect. The two programs combine for all of the 19 Crystal Ball predictions for Ellis, with Virginia Tech holding a slight advantage.

There is reason to think Maryland will be the pick, however. The last three Crystal Ball picks have all gone to the Terps, who already have commitments from DeMatha teammates DJ Turner and Lorenzo Harrison, and are targeting Terrance Davis, another blue-chipper on the Stags' roster (as well as plenty of underclassmen at the local powerhouse). Maryland also has a commitment from four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins, a close friend of Ellis's, and appear to be in good position with four-star Avalon (Md.) athlete Trevon Diggs, also close with the pair.

To top that off, Virginia Tech accepted a commitment from three-star wide receiver Divine Deablo this week, making him the third wide receiver commit in the Hokies class. There's a chance that Virginia Tech is willing to take four wide receivers in the class (the Hokies certainly need the depth), but the timing of his commitment could suggest Frank Beamer's staff knows help is needed.

Turner is currently the only wide receiver in Maryland's class (Parnell Motley, listed as a wide receiver by some services, will more likely end up in the secondary). Adding Ellis would bring a much-needed boost to Maryland's class at the skill positions, joining Haskins and four-star linebacker Keandre Jones as the third blue-chipper in the class. The Terrapins signed two blue-chip recruits in 2015 (Adam McLean, Quarvez Boulware) and four in 2014 (Damian Prince, Juwann Winfree, Jesse Aniebonam and Derwin Gray).

Ellis is scheduled to make his announcement at 6 p.m. ET on Comcast SportsNet.