Throughout the better part of the last century and the early years of this one, Maryland has had some pretty good quarterbacks at the helm. In the past 10 years, though, almost every Maryland quarterback has been plagued by injury and/or ineffectiveness.
Between the 2012 injury parade and the 2015 interception barrage, Maryland was hard to watch at times. But now, things are looking up.
In his relatively short tenure in College Park, DJ Durkin has elevated Maryland to a level of recruiting few could have imagined. In the Class of 2017, Durkin signed the best local quarterback of the class, Kasim Hill, in what would end up being the highest-rated recruiting class in Maryland’s history. Now, just 10 weeks after the historic class signed and almost one year to the date after Hill committed, Maryland has yet another local, four-star quarterback in the fold.
Bishop Sullivan’s (Va.) Tyler DeSue, a quarterback whose legs make him just as big a threat as his arm does, verbally committed to Maryland on Wednesday. If he stays committed and signs next February, the Terps will have two young players with the potential to be game changers at the quarterback position.
And let’s not forget about former four-star recruit Caleb Henderson, who transferred from North Carolina to Maryland before last season and is ready to lead the offense going into the fall campaign. He’s been working with the first team in spring practice and appears to be on the inside track to start in the season opener. He’s got two years of eligibility left and should, at the very least, hold down the position for the short term while Hill gets acclimated to college.
DeSue’s commitment and pedigree ensures that beyond Henderson, the Terps should be able to string together several consecutive years of competent quarterback play.
More immediately, DeSue’s commitment could be the first of many big dominoes to fall in the 2018 Maryland recruiting cycle. Durkin and his staff are recruiting high-profile players all over the field, and now that there’s a quarterback in place, some of those guys may be ready to commit.
Last year, Hill became the fourth recruit to join Maryland’s class on April 9. Three-star outside linebacker Ayinde Eley followed immediately, as did seven more four-star players. Even five-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh was committed from April until the end of November.
This year, Maryland will try to build its class around DeSue. Now that he’s in, the coaches can focus their attention on landing other top targets — something they’ve proven they can do well in their short time in College Park.
This week’s offers
2018 defensive end Patrick Keenan:
Blessed to received a Offer From Maryland pic.twitter.com/RFKNoMFLUz— Big.12 (@patkeenan123) April 6, 2017
2018 defensive end Jayson Oweh:
Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Maryland @SaylorBlairFB @CoachMattBarnes @BrianDohnScout pic.twitter.com/14Emm5ixqq— Clout J (@JaysonOweh) April 11, 2017
2018 defensive tackle Kingston Harris:
Blessed to receive my 7th offer from the University of Maryland #FearTheTurtle #GoTerps pic.twitter.com/75Kd9obwpV— Kingston Harris (@KingstonH71) April 11, 2017
2020 linebacker Antoine Sampah:
Thankful to receive my 4th offer from The University of Maryland through @BallCoach34 #DMV2UMD ⚫️⚡️ pic.twitter.com/KmNqARt4ih— Antoine Sampah (@_antoinesampah) April 12, 2017
2020 defensive end Jacolbe Cowan:
Blessed to announce that I have received an offer from the University of Maryland!!! #FearTheTurtle #GoTerps pic.twitter.com/4s7Vpf9Bz6— Jacolbe I. Cowan ™ (@JacolbeCowan12) April 11, 2017
2019 cornerback Nyquee Hawkins:
Blessed to receive an offer from Maryland University #GoTerps pic.twitter.com/AhiwBgdwvJ— quee_13 (@NyqueeH) April 11, 2017
Other recruiting news
A bunch of recruits visited campus in the past week. Here are all those who have tweeted about it:
2018 safety Mondo Walker seems to have enjoyed his visit:
Maryland was live ‼️ #TerpTakeover #DMV2UMD #TerpUp ⚪️ @CoachJustinUMD @BeattyCoach pic.twitter.com/UXhCWNA1oL— Mondo Walker ™ (@MondoWalker7) April 8, 2017
2018 wide receiver Da’Kendall James thought Maryland was “tough”:
Maryland was tough ‼️ #TerpTakeover #DMV2UMD #Terpup @CoachJustinUMD @BeattyCoach pic.twitter.com/2pqdHH99WQ— Da'Kendall James (@DaKendallJames) April 8, 2017
2018 defensive back Lance Boykin is “thankful” for his Maryland visit:
Thankful to God first to. have had a Great time visiting Maryland! ! #GoTerps #FearTheTurtle pic.twitter.com/ljPCb7w6Ff— Lance Boykin (@LanceB_1) April 8, 2017
2019 athlete Maada Kposowa wants to come back to College Park:
Enjoy my visit today at university of Maryland it felt like home ⚫️ can't wait to be back pic.twitter.com/Qstyk4ibZu— lil_maada (@LilMaada13) April 11, 2017
2018 athlete Moses Kamara “enjoyed” his visit:
Enjoyed my University of Maryland Visit with my good men thx UMD ⚫️ @TerpsFootball @CoachJustinUMD pic.twitter.com/CcqP6tmNMl— April 1️⃣6️⃣ (@Flipkid17) April 12, 2017
2018 linebacker Nihym Anderson came south from New Jersey:
April 12, 2017
2018 linebacker Isaih Pacheco is Anderson’s teammate:
Had a great day at Maryland yesterday!! Go terps pic.twitter.com/kEvciRyvcg— isaih pacheco (@isaih_pacheco) April 12, 2017
2019 defensive end Brandon Smith went with a pre-visit tweet:
Visiting Maryland tomorrow...@mbqb1 #FearTheTurtle #GoTerps pic.twitter.com/3nz9OzVnTd— Brandon Smith (@brand0n_smith12) April 13, 2017
2018 athlete Ebrahim Cham was polite and thankful:
Enjoyed my visit @ the university of Maryland today ⚫️ I would like to thank the staff for having me #marylandpride #FearTheTurtle pic.twitter.com/DZJHqjqbEc— Ebrahim (@girlthatsebzz) April 11, 2017
2018 athlete Danny Taylor wants to reserve his jersey now:
Thanks for a great tour @CoachJustinUMD ......hold that jersey for me it fit perfect! See you at camp. pic.twitter.com/qovR3BN1qR— Danny Taylor (@dannytaylor789) April 10, 2017
2020 athlete Konner Taylor brought some others with him:
#stayhome #FearTheTurtle pic.twitter.com/8qaeNaYlIK— S C R A P (@ogscrappy) April 8, 2017
2019 quarterback Sam Powell “had an amazing time”:
Had an amazing time this weekend in College Park! pic.twitter.com/nMWGf0FzOu— Sam Howell (@Sam_Howell2) April 9, 2017
JuCo linebacker Kareem McDonald went to Woodrow Wilson in Washington:
Great time at UMD #DC2UMD #Terps @CoachJustinUMD pic.twitter.com/0mBxgTDUSg— Kareem McDonald (@tharealreemo) April 8, 2017
2018 athlete Kyle Klink plays offense and defense:
Day spent well at UMD thank you @CoachJustinUMD pic.twitter.com/LvUcYd4tTr— Kyle Klink (@_klink44) April 7, 2017