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Austin Fontaine and Evan Gregory just gave Maryland’s recruiting class a huge boost

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This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

Maryland football entered Saturday’s spring game with the No. 51 recruiting class in the country. That class consisted of four players, none of which currently have four-star status on 247Sports Composite rankings.

Then, Maryland gained eight stars of pure power up front. Guard Evan Gregory’s commitment came first, then defensive tackle Austin Fontaine’ announced his. Both are big gets for the Terps, and both attend DeMatha Catholic High School just down the road from Maryland’s campus.

From an early recruiting rankings* standpoint, this was a positive development.

(Maryland now has the No. 28 class, but the point stands.)

Maryland’s had better recruiting weekends, but getting two blue-chip recruits in the span of five minutes is a first for DJ Durkin’s staff. Fontaine is a top-10 defensive tackle, and he’s the No. 4 player in Maryland on the 247Sports Composite. Those same rankings say Gregory is the No. 10 player in Maryland and the No. 14 guard in 2018. Here they are taking in the spring game with their high school coach :

Last year’s recruiting really kicked off when blue-chippers Cam Spence and Kasim Hill both committed in the same weekend. Quarterback prospect Tyler DeSue committed to the Terps two weeks ago, and he now has two blue-chip friends coming with him to College Park.

After a slow start, Durkin and Co. are continuing the success that got them the No. 18 incoming freshman class in the country.

In other news

Four-star point guard Channise Lewis committed to Maryland women’s basketball. This team needed another point guard.

Jaylen Brantley’s headed to UMass.

Whether or not you saw Maryland’s spring game, you should read these five takeaways from the last football we’ll see until September (cries).

Rising sophomore D.J. Turner was extremely promising at Saturday’s scrimmage.

Maryland men’s lacrosse couldn’t outlast Ohio State in overtime.

After spending one season coaching the University of D.C.’s women’s team, Juan Dixon is going to be the new head coach for Coppin State’s men’s basketball program.

Maryland baseball swept a doubleheader against Michigan State, giving the Terps a series sweep.

Maryland softball got swept by Indiana.