Maryland football’s 2017 recruiting class was its highest-rated class since recruiting services became a thing.
The program will now try to keep that good recruiting momentum rolling with the Class of 2018. The class is off to a good start already, as local three-star defensive end/linebacker Durell Nchami committed to Maryland in mid-March.
It’s almost April, which means the school year is starting to wind down and some big early dominoes are about to fall. Here are some players the Terps are recruiting to help them score touchdowns:
Tyler DeSue, QB
247Sports Composite ranking: four stars (0.8906)
High school: Bishop Sullivan Catholic, Virginia Beach, Virginia
DeSue is a dual-threat quarterback from the same high school as Brandon and Breyon Gaddy and Tahj Capehart — three of Maryland’s biggest recruits from the Class of 2017. His biggest weapon appears to be his feet, as he’s adept at getting outside the pocket and making plays. Maryland seems to be in the driver’s seat, but UCF is a player as well. InsideMDSports’ recruiting writer Ahmed Ghafir flipped his Crystal Ball from UCF to Maryland Wednesday, and he’s usually pretty spot-on with his picks.
Devin Leary, QB
247Sports Composite ranking: three stars (0.8792)
High school: Timber Creek High School, Sicklerville, New Jersey
Leary is a more traditional, pro-style passer. He was the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior and takes care of the ball extremely well, tossing 48 touchdowns and only four interceptions while throwing for a state-record 3,688 yards. Maryland appeared to be in the lead until recently, when DeSue became a bigger part of the picture. Ghafir flipped his Crystal Ball from Maryland to Syracuse Wednesday.
Daniel George, WR
247Sports Composite ranking: four stars (0.9308)
High school: Oxon Hill, Oxon Hill, Maryland
At 6’2, 195 pounds, George has the ability to flat-out dominate a game. He scored 20 touchdowns last year and put up over 1,000 all-purpose yards as Oxon Hill went undefeated in the regular season. Maryland will have to stave off former assistant coach James Franklin and Penn State to land George, as the Nittany Lions look to be out in front in his recruitment.
Edward Hendrix, WR
247Sports ranking: three stars (88) (composite ranking not available)
High school: Woodson H.D., Washington D.C.
The 6’4, 195-pound receiver is a true outside threat. He’ll have to refine his route-running a bit, but can certainly high-point the ball and use his body to retain possession. With the way Maryland assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim recruits the D.C. area, Maryland will certainly be a big player in his recruitment.
Kyle Pitts, TE
247Sports Composite ranking: three stars (0.8778)
High school: Archbishop Wood, Warminster, Pennsylvania
Pitts can do a little bit of everything. He’s a pass-catcher by nature, but also plays some defensive end and is a capable blocker when asked to do so. He’d do well to catch the ball more with his hands instead of his body. Virginia Tech and Penn State lead in 247’s Crystal Ball predictions.
Jaelyn Duncan, OT
247Sports Composite ranking: four stars (0.9271)
High school: St. Frances Academy, Baltimore, Maryland
Duncan transferred from Northern High School to St. Frances Academy for his senior season. He was a dominant player on both sides of the ball at Northern, but it remains to be seen if he’ll continue to play both ways at St. Frances. He moves well for a 6’6, 300-pound tackle. He has one Crystal Ball each to Ohio State and Maryland.
Rasheed Walker, OT
247Sports Composite ranking: four stars (0.9141)
High school: North Point, Waldorf, Maryland
Walker is a human pancake-maker. At 6’5, 290 pounds, he has the prototypical height for a tackle, but may need to put on some weight to anchor himself against Big Ten defensive linemen. The Terps hold a 2-1 lead in Crystal Balls for Walker, and as a bonus, North Point’s uniforms are very pro-Maryland flag — which obviously means he’ll be a Terp.
Evan Gregory, OG
247Sports Composite ranking: four stars (0.9059)
High school: DeMatha Catholic, Hyattsville, Maryland
Landing the 6’4, 289-pound offensive lineman from DeMatha would be huge for Maryland (literally and figuratively). DeMatha consistently produces some of the top talent in the country, and this year is no different. Gregory’s hand placement and apparent affinity for contact should make him at least a serviceable lineman. Keeping that DeMatha pipeline open wouldn’t be so bad, either. Gregory’s four Crystal Balls are unanimously in favor of Maryland.
This week’s new offers
2019 DB Treron Collins:
Three-star JuCo tight end Dominick Anderson:
Blessed to receive my 14th opportunity to play at the next level from the University of Maryland pic.twitter.com/A2ctu0lDFU— Dominick Anderson (@TheRealYungDom) March 28, 2017
Anderson is the No. 1 JuCo tight end on the market and the No. 15 JuCo player overall.
Other football recruiting news
Tuesday was a big day for Virginians visiting College Park. DeSue attended a spring practice on an unofficial visit. Three 2018 receivers were on campus as well. 2018 four-star Dillon Spalding — the No. 5 player in Virginia — was in College Park with two-star Brian Cobbs and Travis Williams, who is unranked. Maryland has not offered any of the three receivers, but Cobbs and Williams got a nice picture with Maryland quarterback and fellow Virginian Caleb Henderson.