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Maryland football makes blue-chip RB Anthony McFarland’s top 5

The Terps are going to have to top some national powers to land him.

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McFarland at Maryland’s spring game.
Alexander Jonesi

Maryland football has always been competing with some of the top programs in the country for four-star DeMatha Catholic (Md.) running back Anthony McFarland. On Thursday, he made it official.

The Terps join Alabama, Miami, Florida and Tennessee in McFarland’s top five.

McFarland is the No. 2 player in Maryland and the No. 4 all-purpose back in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite. He’s a running back, but has the ability to catch passes from the slot, too.

Maryland previously made his top 10, which McFarland announced in June.

His teammate, four-star offensive lineman Marcus Minor, committed to Maryland earlier this week. DeMatha defensive end Chase Young, the top-rated player in Maryland, committed to Ohio State in July.

"I think about it all the time, staying home, playing with my friends again and my teammates and things like that," McFarland told Testudo Times in April. "But at the same time, I've gotta go see these other schools and what they've got to offer me, what type of institution I'm gonna be in, because you just never know with the recruiting changes and the coaches and things like that, you just never know. So I'm just going all out with this recruitment process."

McFarland is probably Maryland’s top uncommitted target out there. DJ Durkin and his staff will surely charge hard for Young, but landing McFarland would be a huge get. Maryland has a steady stable of backs in sophomore Ty Johnson and freshmen Lorenzo Harrison, Jake Funk and LaDerrien Wilson, but should McFarland commit to the Terps, he could quickly turn into the team’s No. 1 offensive weapon.