Maryland’s 2017 recruiting class has been forming for nearly 11 months, but the program couldn’t publicly mention most of its new players until they sent in their Letters of Intent.
Twenty-one players signed with the Terps during National Signing Day, which meant the team could fire off welcome tweets that had been a long time waiting. Evidently, the social media folks spent time crafting puns.
The tweets ranged from “that’s a nice, subtle reference...”
Mr. Rogers! Welcome to #TerpNation. #Shell17 pic.twitter.com/SWOVeugrr3— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) February 1, 2017
...to “oh hey, that rhymes...”
AIR McNAIR!@Seven__Zer0 is now a ! #DMVtoUMD#Shell17 pic.twitter.com/17v3RprPia— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) February 1, 2017
...to “this was a bit of a reach...”
Minor is a MAJOR pick-up! #DMVtoUMD ➡️ @AyeeMarcus_. #Shell17 pic.twitter.com/3A2zbjRXaI— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) February 1, 2017
An ACE up our sleeve!— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) February 1, 2017
Welcome to College Park @Bigtime__ace. #Shell17 pic.twitter.com/46W8paLYyO
...to “his name fits perfectly in this pun...”
College PARK, Maryland!— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) February 1, 2017
Glad to have you in the red, white, black and gold, @a_park_!#Shell17 pic.twitter.com/NsUFTS68bT
of the HILL!— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) February 1, 2017
Welcome to the Maryland Family @Khillqb11! #Shell17 pic.twitter.com/u4VzGFzXqy
...to “let’s do our best impression of Carlos from Magic School Bus.”
The suSPENCE is over@Only1CamSpence, welcome to #TerpNation!#Shell17 pic.twitter.com/eF1CCEVlrI— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) February 1, 2017
Twitter cringes aside, it was a successful National Signing Day for the Terps in DJ Durkin’s first full cycle. Here’s our tracker of everything that happened.
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In other National Signing Day news
We all flipped out with Cordarrian Richardson’s commitment to the Terps from outer space, but let’s not forget that a four-star committed to BYU via helicopter landing.
Or that someone committed to Ole Miss by throwing a Mississippi State hat across the room.
Or that someone took off his jacket to reveal a Florida shirt, only he had a Florida State shirt under it, only he had a USC shirt under all of it.
Or that the five-star defensive tackle that decommitted from Michigan because they sent him a thank-you note for attending an event he didn’t attend (and spelled his name wrong) actually signed with the Wolverines in the end even though he accidentally said Miami first.
Or that a lineman named Kobe Buffalomeat exists.
(These are just some personal favorites. Feel free to toss your own in the comments.)