Maryland football found out on Tuesday it would get to keep his twin defensive tackle recruits in the 2017 class, and now their commitments are official.
Brandon and Breyon Gaddy were originally committed to Tennessee, then decommitted in November. Maryland was able to get them on campus two weeks later for an official visit, and they verbally committed to the Terps right after. Still, their status was in doubt after they visited Florida this past weekend. They announced after they returned that they’d reveal their final commitment on National Signing Day. Then they tweeted on Tuesday that they were staying committed to Maryland.
The Gaddys are important recruits at a position of need. Maryland graduated Roman Braglio and Azubuike Ukandu from one of the country’s worst-performing defensive lines, and needs all the reinforcements it can get.
The twins could both push for playing time right away, though Breyon is rated higher. He’s a four-star defensive tackle who’s ranked as the No. 14 recruit in Virginia and the No. 21 defensive tackle in the Class of 2017 on the 247Sports Composite. At 6’5, 335 pounds, he’d bring mammoth size.
Brandon projects to play more on the outside. His measurements vary depending on where you look: he’s listed at 6’5, 289 pounds by 247Sports and 6’4, 260 pounds by Rivals. In high school, he played everywhere from quarterback to wide receiver to, naturally, defensive line. The Composite lists him as the No. 18 prospect in Virginia and the No. 52 defensive tackle in the class.
Their pledge to Maryland never seemed secure until Tuesday, but defensive coordinator Andy Buh now has two more pieces to work with.