The Maryland football program has its first 2017 commit from outside its traditional local recruiting area.
Three-star Langston Hughes (Ga.) wide receiver Sean Nelson committed to the Terrapins on Saturday. Nelson, who has 14 other scholarship offers in total, picked Maryland over Arizona, Louisville and West Virginia, among others.
Nelson is rated the No. 83 receiver in the country and No. 57 player in Georgia. He's also listed at 6'2, which would make him Maryland's tallest scholarship receiver if the Terps don't add more between now and the 2017 season.
The Terps' seven other verbal commits for the 2017 class all have local ties, either playing in the area now or having gone to Florida's IMG Academy via the DMV area. Nelson represents a wider geographic reach. He's not rated as a blue-chip recruit, but he's a consensus solid three-star and regarded as one of the better receivers in the entire country. This might not be Joshua Kaindoh-level news, but it's still pretty great for DJ Durkin's program.
Maryland is also hard after a second Georgia receiver, 6'5 Alpharetta target Carlos Carriere.
Here's some tape on Nelson: