Almost every single one of Maryland football’s 24 commits signed their National Letters of Intent Wednesday. The only two holdouts were three-star Mays (Ga.) tight end Maleak Bryant and four-star H.D. Woodson defensive back Noah Boykin.
So now that the first wave of signees have given the school their signatures, where does Maryland go from here?
The immediate concern is locking up Boykin. The 6’2, 170-pound four-star cornerback may have been the most important member of the class before he became one of two recruits not to sign. Now he's somehow more than that; the entire coaching staff may as well camp out in front of his home for the next seven weeks until the Feb. 7 signing day. He’s priority No. 1 until he signs, and DJ Durkin might have hinted at as much during his press conference Wednesday.
“The biggest area would be corner,” Durkin said. “We are going to sign one or two more corners. Other than that, not really. We are at our number just about everywhere else. It’s going to be best available. There are some great players out there that we are still in it with and we are going to swing for the fences.”
If it’s not Boykin, it may be four-star cornerback Ken Montgomery, who’s listed as an official visitor for the weekend of Jan. 26. He’s from the Tampa area, so it’s relatively familiar territory for Durkin.
Whether it’s Boykin, Montgomery, or somebody else, there will be more signees in February. The staff is hard after Boykin’s four-star teammate, all-purpose back Mychale Salahuddin, who decommitted from USC while on a visit to Maryland last weekend. The Trojans have since accepted a commitment from another four-star running back, and Lyn-J Dixon committed to Clemson Wednesday, presumably taking Salahuddin’s spot in Death Valley. Those were the two schools listed ahead of Maryland on his list, so it’s possible he falls right into the Terps’ lap so to speak, though that’s a rather absurd thought considering he’s one of the most talented players in the nation at any position.
“We’ll have a few more guys sign in February – how many I don’t know exactly yet,” Durkin said. “We are running a little thin on spots now. There’s still some guys that have decisions to make on their futures, so we are going to help and support them with their decisions. There’s still a couple more spots we’ll sign in the areas we need.”
In other news
If you missed any of our signing day coverage, it’s all linked somewhere in this article.
Thomas and I got together on Facebook Live afterward to give our thoughts on the day’s events and where Maryland goes from here. It turned into a lengthy but fun discussion.
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