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Maryland DE target Eyabi Anoma announces commitment date

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Maryland football’s top remaining 2018 target, five-star St. Frances Academy defensive end Eyabi Anoma, announced Wednesday night that he’d make his college decision on Friday, Dec. 22, the third and final day of the new early signing period.

The 6’5, 230-pound defensive end is the No. 7 overall prospect in the Class of 2018 and the No. 2 weak-side defensive end, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. He officially visited Michigan on Nov. 25, Alabama this past weekend and may visit Maryland this weekend, giving the Terps’ coaching staff one final chance to win him over.

Aside from being the highest-ranked prospect to ever commit to Maryland, landing Anoma would fill a gigantic need for the Terps on the field. Maryland’s pass rush was anemic last season, and the run defense was similarly inept. He’s a raw talent, but it’s hard to see a situation where he wouldn’t contribute—and make an impact—immediately in College Park.

It would also be a huge get because he’d be the first elite local defensive end to commit to Maryland in, well, too long. Just last recruiting cycle, five-star DeMatha defensive end Chase Young chose Ohio State, and the entire Maryland fan base lived through about seven months of euphoria before five-star IMG Academy defensive end Joshua Kaindoh reopened his recruitment; each finished the cycle ranked in the top 10 overall. In years prior it was Terrell Hall, Da’Shawn Hand, Jonathan Allen and Eddie Goldman who left the area to play college football elsewhere.

Securing Anoma will be an uphill climb, though, as the Crimson Tide are the unanimous favorite to earn his commitment.

In other news

In other recruiting news, four-star North Point offensive tackle Rasheed Walker is taking an official visit to Virginia Tech this weekend, which effectively kills any hope that he signs with the Terps since their big recruiting get together is also this weekend.

Jaron Woodyard, originally from Maryland, now a three-star junior college receiver committed to Nebraska in the last week, but was still maybe going to take an official visit to Maryland this coming weekend. Instead, he’ll visit Tennessee.

Back in 2010, when he was considering the Maryland head coaching job, Gus Malzahn reportedly refused to get on a plane to interview unless he was offered the head coaching position.

From the football program itself, here’s a review of the season.

The Baltimore Sun has some #takes on Maryland’s win over Catholic University on Tuesday night. Following that win, Reese Mona and Jared Nickens recapped the night.

The Washington Post did an in-depth, season-long feature on Quince Orchard High School (I went there!) and what an integral part of the community football is. It’s long, but if you have the time, I’d strongly recommend it.

From SB Nation, here’s a feature on the University of Evansville and “the plane crash that shook college basketball.”

If short videos are more your speed, here are some highlights of future Terp Aaron Wiggins.