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Maryland football looks to flip 3-star Oregon State WR commit Quantino Allen

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Good morning. This is the weekend Maryland Minute, a short story and roundup of Terps-related news and links.

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The Maryland football program offered a scholarship this week to three-star Floridian receiver prospect Quantino Allen, he announced on Twitter.

Allen is a 2017 prospect from Glades Central in Belle Glade, Fla. – the same hometown and alma mater as Maryland cornerback Will Likely. He’s rated on the 247Sports Composite as the No. 160 receiver in the country.

Thing is, Allen is verbally committed to Oregon State. He committed to the Beavers in May, which is great, but Oregon State is arguably the worst Power 5 program of them all, and it can’t be easy for Gary Andersen’s staff to keep a player from Florida committed until February if that player’s getting lots of other offers. Louisville, West Virginia, Syracuse and South Florida have also offered Allen, so that’ll be hard.

Maryland’s three receiver commits for 2017 are all Southerners: Georgia’s Carlos Carriere and Sean Nelson and Florida’s MJ Jarrell.

In other news

Bill Connelly’s Big Ten power rankings have arrived, and Maryland places 11th in the league. Connelly has Maryland as the last team in "Tier II" of the conference, with Rutgers and Illinois below the Terps and then Purdue in a class of its own at the bottom. That seems more than fair to me.

Create your own rivalry trophy with Ryan Nanni’s generator. If Maryland and Rutgers can consider doing this, so can you.

Will Likely sounds ready to run, via The Washington Post’s Roman Stubbs.

A nice profile on Maryland volleyball freshman Gia Milana, from The Diamondback’s Daniel Bernstein. Here’s Noah Niederhoffer on Milana from back in the winter.

Enjoy your Friday and your weekend.