After what seemed like an eternity, the wait is finally over for Terps fans around the country. The Terrapins reeled in one of the highest rated prospects on their board for the class of 2016, as DeMatha Catholic wide receiver Tino Ellis elected to stay home and commit to the University of Maryland. The four-star prospect announced his decision on Comcast SportsNet this past Friday. Maryland beat out the likes of Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Rutgers, Nebraska and Kentucky.
The Terrapins found a diamond in the rough when DJ Turner committed, but Ellis has been a household name in the DMV area for years now. The trio of Dwayne Haskins, Turner and Ellis will give Terps fans hope and should rejuvenate the "Stay Home Movement," as fellow Dematha Catholic Stag and offensive guard Terrance Davis and The Avalon School athlete Trevon Diggs are the top prospects remaining for Maryland.
Richmond, (TX) 2016 wide receiver Evan Fairs committed to the Terrapins on Friday. Fairs, a three-star receiver, is a significant pickup for wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell and the Terrapins, as Fairs could serve as the springboard for starting a Texas-to-Maryland pipeline. Since the beginning of McCardell's tenure at Maryland, the former NFL wide out has been tirelessly working to develop inroads with some of the top high school programs in the lone star state.
One commitment that impacted the Terrapins in an unfortunate way was Magna Vista (VA) safety Traveon Redd committing to Wake Forest. Redd was not labeled as a serious commitment possibility, even with the Terps in his final list of schools. The 5'11, 180-pound safety never visited College Park after being offered in late June. Redd chose the Demon Deacons over Maryland, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Indiana, among others.
There were no new offers reported this week.
2016 DeMatha offensive guard Terrance Davis trimmed his list to eight schools. The schools that make up the list are as follows (No Particular Order) Maryland, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida and UCLA.
Imhotep Institue (PA) 2016 tight end Naseir Upshur is no longer committing on August 8, per Adam Friedman of Rivals. Friedman also reports Upshur will be taking official visits to Arizona State, Florida State and South Carolina.
Central Catholic defensive tackle Rashad Wheeler received an offer from Tennessee. The three-star prospect is the 64th-ranked defensive tackle in the class of 2016.
Hudson (FL) 2016 offensive tackle Grayson Stover visited Maryland on July 27 and decommitted from Virginia on July 28. His 247Sports crystal ball reads in favor of Maryland, as 71% of the picks are for the Terps. The three-star prospect is the 45th-ranked offensive tackle in the senior class.
2017 Calvert Hall College (MD) linebacker Tyshon Fogg visited Rutgers on Wednesday. The four-star prospect also received an offer from Kentucky. Fogg is the ninth-ranked outside linebacker in the junior class, per 247Sports.
2017 Dematha Catholic defensive end Chase Young visited Maryland on Thursday. The 6'5, 220-pound junior is the 19th-ranked defensive end and 15th-ranked player in the state of Maryland, per 247Sports.
- 2018 Dematha Catholic defensive tackle Austin Fontaine received an offer from Virginia, per the Inside Dematha Football twitter page.