Maryland football doesn’t get too many chances to go into another Big Ten school’s backyard to pluck out top prospects. But if there’s one opponent the Terps are going to be able to do it to, it’s probably Rutgers.
New Jersey is kind of like an extreme version of Maryland in terms of recruiting. Both states have a lot of talented high schoolers that top out-of-state programs consistently come in and sign. But Rutgers has an even tougher time than Maryland does of keeping kids in-state. Last year, New Jersey was home to Rashaun Gary, the top recruit in the country. He elected to go Michigan, along with four of the state’s other blue-chip recruits. Of the eight 2016 in-state players rated four or five stars on the 247Sports Composite, Rutgers signed one.
Maryland and Rutgers are both breaking in first-year head coaches who spent last season as coordinators at top-tier Big Ten schools (DJ Durkin at Michigan, Chris Ash at Ohio State). This week, Maryland offered two 2019 New Jersey recruits. They’re still very early in the recruiting process and in all likelihood won’t be committing for a long while, but they’ll be guys to keep in the back of your mind. The quick rise of Durkin’s recruiting success could mean more competition between these two teams than just a yearly Thanksgiving weekend game.
This week’s offers
- Four-star defensive tackle Antonio Alfano from Rahway, NJ. He is the No. 2 player in New Jersey and the No. 7 defensive tackle in the class of 2019, according to 247Sports. Along with Maryland, Alfano holds offers from three other Big Ten schools: Ohio State, Penn State and, obviously, Rutgers.
- Four-star athlete Josh McKenzie from Oradell, NJ. He is the No. 1 recruit in the state of New Jersey and the top athlete in the class of 2019, according to 247Sports. Maryland and Rutgers are his only Big Ten offers so far, but according to 247Sports’ crystal ball, Stanford is his predicted destination.
In Other News
- It’s very, very early, but Maryland has made a good impression two DeMatha recruits: 2018 guard Evan Gregory and 2019 wide receiver DeMarcco Hellams, according to 247Sports’ Ryan Bartow.
- Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman thinks Oklahoma leads for four-star defensive end Josh Paschal, but has Maryland No. 2.
- Three blue-chip Maryland recruits are playing on the same field Friday, as St. John’s brings four-star quarterback Kasim Hill and four-star defensive tackle Cam Spence to face DeMatha and four-star offensive tackle Marcus Minor. DeMatha running back Anthony McFarland, possibly Maryland’s top remaining target, is out for the season with a broken fibula, so he’ll watch from the sidelines.
- Cam Spence confirmed to Testudo Times that he and fellow four-star Maryland commit Josh Kaindoh will be visiting for the homecoming game against Purdue on Saturday.
- Jayden Comma, another Georgia target, is taking his official visit to Maryland this weekend, according to his 247Sports page.