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3-star Maryland LB target Keshon Artis paid a visit to College Park

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One of Maryland football’s top remaining targets, three-star linebacker Keshon Artis, took an unofficial visit to College Park Tuesday.

Virginia Tech is the perceived leader in Artis’ recruitment, per the 247Sports Crystal Ball, but a midweek visit bodes well for the Terps, who seem to be right there in the thick of things with the Hokies.

With linebackers Durell Nchami, Nihym Anderson, Chance Campbell and Jordan Mosley already on board in the now-16-man Class of 2018, and Maryland battling the 85-scholarship limit, the staff will have to be extra selective with who it takes going forward. That said, each of the Terps’ linebacker commits can play a different role on the defense. Nchami will likely be more of a BUCK, Anderson an outside linebacker, Campbell a MIKE backer—with the ability to play outside—and Mosley a safety/outside linebacker hybrid. In College Park, Artis would be a true MIKE linebacker, and should be a take going forward no matter what kind of scholarship situation the Terps find themselves in.

Artis isn’t expected to be in town for Maryland’s big summer recruiting barbecue this weekend, but once again, showing up on a Tuesday in the middle of the summer can only be a good thing for Maryland.

In other news

Our friends at Burnt Orange Nation looked at the Terps ahead of the Week 1 matchup with Texas (they're pretty confident in the Longhorns here).

It’s Cornerbacks Week here at Testudo Times, so yesterday, I took a look at what Antwaine Richardson can bring to Maryland’s defensive backfield this season.

The weekend recruiting barbecue is expected to be mostly 2018 recruits, but a few elite underclassmen from Virginia Beach may be making the trip. That would be good.

That’s Tayvion Land, whose “guys” are his Bishop Sullivan teammates Sheridan Jones, Keontae Jenkins and Nehki Meredith. Maryland has had some success at Bishop Sullivan and the surrounding area recently, and continuing that in the Classes of 2019 and 2020 would be huge for the program.

Athlon sports ranked all the running back tandems in the Big Ten. Maryland came in at No. 7, which seems low.

The Portland Trail Blazers traded Allen Crabbe yesterday, which could mean more playing time for Jake Layman at small forward, which makes us happy.

Speaking of Jake Layman, have you seen this custom jacket yet!? I want one.

Former Maryland baseball player and director of operations Matt Swope was promoted to hitting coach/recruiting coordinator.