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Maryland football competing with LSU, others for 5'7 2018 RB Shaun Shivers

Maryland offered a small but quick 2018 running back on Saturday. He plans to visit.

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The Maryland football team offered a scholarship on Saturday to Shaun Shivers, a 2018 running back from Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Fla.

Shivers is an interesting prospect, because he doesn't have classic Power 5 size - at 5'7 and about 160 pounds - but his speed and athleticism have already netted him offers from LSU, Louisville and West Virginia, now in addition to Maryland. He hasn't narrowed down a list of top choices.

Shivers has 14 offers so far, "because of my speed," he told Testudo Times on Sunday. His primary recruiter at Maryland has been receivers coach Chris Beatty.

"I think my explosiveness at running back, how I play," Shivers said, "because I'm quick, I have speed and I'm very powerful. I get north and south." He compares his game to that of Darren Sproles, a 5'6 lightning bolt who had a productive four-year career at Kansas State and has carved out a 10-year run in the NFL.

Shivers isn't yet rated on the 247Sports Composite or Rivals. His full offer list includes Mississippi State, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati, Illinois, Temple and Syracuse.

What does Maryland have going for it in Shivers' recruitment? For one thing, Shivers is close with 2016 defensive backs Elisha and Elijah Daniels, twins from Cardinal Gibbons in Fort Lauderdale, who committed to Maryland this winter.

He plans to visit Maryland, though he hasn't set a date yet. Shivers also has an interesting commentary on how Maryland - which has made Florida a heavy recruiting emphasis under DJ Durkin - can have sustained success in the Sunshine State.

"If they recruit kids hard down here and make kids go to their school - I think Elisha and Elijah are gonna start a trend," Shivers said. "If they do well this year, I think everybody's gonna start wanting to go there."

Obviously, Maryland isn't close to being a heavy hitter for Florida's best talent. But it might not need to be to make a significant impact for the program. For instance, Elijah Daniels was the No. 130 player in Florida in this year's class, but he'd have placed No. 24 in Maryland on the 247Sports Composite.