Maryland football announced Thursday the signings of four transfers, highlighted by a pair of additions to the offensive line. The Terps signed Georgia lineman Aliou Bah as well as Shorter (Division II) tackle Alan Herron, who was previously committed to Penn State.
Bah played three games for Georgia this fall after redshirting during the 2022 season. Currently standing at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, he was rated by the 247Sports Composite as a four-star high school prospect coming out of IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.). Bah has three years of eligibility remaining.
Herron verbally committed to Penn State on Dec. 11, but flipped to Maryland and signed with the Terps on Thursday. He comes from Shorter University, a Division II school in Rome, Ga., where he started every game over the last two years at right or left tackle. 247Sports ranked Herron, who has two years of eligibility remaining, as the 12th-best offensive tackle in the transfer portal.
The Terps have made a retool of their offensive line a priority with multiple impending departures. With up to four starters potentially leaving, Maryland signed eight offensive linemen on Wednesday — the first day of the early signing period — and remains in pursuit of five-star tackle Jordan Seaton. Maryland also secured a transfer commitment from Purdue center Josh Kaltenberger, who is yet to officially sign with program.
“I’m really excited about these additions to our football program,” Maryland head coach Mike Locksley said in a release. “We were able to address areas of need where these guys will provide some depth, but also have a chance to compete to play right away. I love that each player has multiple years of eligibility remaining so we’ll have a chance to really bring them into our football family, develop them and give them a chance to make a long-lasting impact as a Terp.”
Littleton to enter transfer portal
Earlier Thursday, Matt Zenitz of 247Sports reported that Maryland running back Antwain Littleton II is expected to enter the transfer portal. Littleton II would join Ramon Brown this cycle as the second Terp out of the backfield to enter the portal.
A rising redshirt junior, Littleton II joined the Terps as a four-star recruit ahead of the 2021 season, but saw just 15 carries during his freshman campaign.
The following season, however, he surged up the depth chart and became a formidable option for the Terps, scoring in each of their first four games. But Roman Hemby emerged in the latter half of 2022, and Littleton became a limited factor in the offense, going scoreless in his final seven games. He finished with 82 total yards in that span.
A similar story occurred this past season, with Littleton securing only 21 rushes in the final six games of the regular season. He ultimately began splitting carries more frequently with Colby McDonald. Backup quarterback Billy Edwards Jr. also became the more favorable option in short-yardage situations, where Littleton’s 6-foot-1, 235-pound frame proved advantageous.
With four-star freshman DeJuan Williams arriving next season and Hemby and McDonald still in the fold, Littleton’s chances for an expanded role were highly diminished.