Three-star Texas athlete Evan Fairs committed to Maryland Friday, the prospect announced on Twitter. Fairs chose Maryland over reported offers from New Mexico, Texas State, Texas-San Antonio and Sam Houston State. He ranks as the No. 261 wide receiver in the Class of 2016 and the No. 224 player in Texas by the 247Sports Composite.
The 6'2 180-pound prospect from Foster High School (Richmond, TX) played 10 games at wide receiver in 2015 and recorded 33 receptions, 705 yards (21.4 yards per catch) and 10 touchdowns with his longest catch being 74 yards.
What stood out right away was he beats corners who play off of him with ease, his size allows him to shield defenders on inside routes and he's got impressive breakaway speed. Pair him with the shiftier D.J. Turner and the Terps should be in good hands when 2016 rolls around.
DeMatha's Tino Ellis remains on the board, and is expected to commit to Maryland in a few hours. That would give Maryland a more than satisfactory 2016 wide receiver group, with possible cornerback/wide receiver target Trevon Diggs still the highest-priority player on the board.
One other thing to keep note of: Maryland now has just four scholarships left available in the 2016 class, assuming our calculations are correct. But there will certainly be attrition, as there is for every program every year, so that number isn't an exact cap on how many more players the coaches can bring in the class. Think of it more as a guideline for how much approximate room the Terps have left.