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Maryland football lands North Carolina transfer QB Caleb Henderson, a former 4-star recruit

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This is a significant catch for the Terps.

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The Maryland football program landed a commitment from transfer quarterback Caleb Henderson, the team announced on Wednesday.

Henderson had played for North Carolina, where he committed as a four-star recruit in the class of 2014. He won’t be eligible this season but figures to compete for playing time in 2017 in afterward.

From that point, Henderson has two years of eligibility remaining, and he’ll join a group of other Maryland quarterbacks in competition. Barring attrition, Maryland will also have Gage Shaffer, Tyrrell Pigrome, Max Bortenschlager and four-star 2017 commit Kasim Hill on its roster by the time Henderson becomes eligible.

That’s helpful depth for offensive coordinator Walt Bell, and it should guard against Maryland having any more disastrous quarterback seasons on the level of 2015.

Henderson played in high school at Lake Braddock, in Virginia. That’s the same school that produced 2017 Maryland three-star tight end commit Andrew Park.

The Terps have put a sharp emphasis on recruiting the Virginian high school scene ever since they hired former Virginia head coach Mike London as an associate head coach last winter, but that’s not the connection here. Bell coached at North Carolina in 2013, when the Tar Heels were recruiting Henderson under head coach Larry Fedora.

Henderson appeared briefly for the Heels last season, seeing brief playing time in two games. He was 0-for-1 passing and ran five times for 53 yards.