As we approach less than 30 days until Maryland kicks off the 2015 season against Richmond, the 2016 recruiting class could see a major addition in their front seven. Baltimore native and IMG senior-to-be Rahshaun Smith announced at IMG Media Day last week that he has decided to re-open his recruitment and de-commit from Clemson.
Smith, the No. 1 inside linebacker according to 247sports.com, has strong ties to Maryland with his Baltimore upbringing. Another positive facet for Maryland is the hire of Corey Robinson, Director of Player Personnel for the Terrapins. Robinson could be the X-factor in Smith's recruitment, as he was most recently the defensive backs coordinator and IMG Academy, and previously was an assistant coach at Saint Frances Academy in 2014 - Smith was enrolled at Saint Frances before transferring to IMG. Positive news has been flowing since the news of Smith's decision, as his crystal ball has been favoring Maryland.
In other news, St. John's College (D.C.) 2016 defensive end Terrell Hall de-committed from Ohio State. The 6'5, 250-pound senior has seen a cornucopia of offers and accolades come his way, as he transformed his body drastically in a one year timeframe.
The Terrapins don't appear to be a serious threat for Hall's services, but with a re-opened recruitment and the possibility of adding Smith, anything could change.
There were no new offers reported this week.
- Landon School (MD) 2016 linebacker Keith Simms will visit Maryland for a training camp kick off on Saturday, along with other top Terps targets and committs . The Terps have regained the lead on his Crystal Ball predictions after Stanford was labeled as the team to beat.
- According to GABAttack - South Carolina's SB Nation blog site - 2016 Terps target Naseir Upshur will be visiting South Carolina this weekend. Upshur has released a top-8 list consisting of: Michigan, Florida State, South Carolina, Arizona State, USC, Alabama, Temple and Maryland, per Rick O'Brien of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
- St. John's (D.C.) 2016 linebacker, safety Aaron Hansford received an offer from Oklahoma.
- 2017 DeMatha Catholic (MD) running back Anthony McFarland has been named a preseason All-American by USA Today High School Sports.
- 2017 DeMatha Catholic defensive end Chase Young received an offer from Virginia. Young, the 18th-ranked strong-side defensive end in the junior class, received a Maryland offer June 23rd.
- Groton, Massachusetts (Lawrence Academy) 2017 running back AJ Dillon spent the majority of this past week visiting campuses. The four-star prospect visited Maryland, Wake Forest and Duke. Dillon has yet to receive an offer from Maryland. He holds offers from Virginia, Boston College, UCONN, Massachusetts, Syracuse and Temple.