Four-star defensive end Eyabi Anoma will visit Maryland this weekend, per ESPN’s Tom VanHaaren.
Anoma will be one of dozens of recruits in College Park this weekend as Maryland is hosting its annual summer barbecue, which doubles as a huge summer recruiting event. We’ll have a more complete list tomorrow, but Anoma showing up to this shindig is huge for Maryland.
He’s the No. 4 overall recruit in the nation in the ESPN300. That’s much higher than the other three major recruiting services, but each still ranks him as a top-six weak-side defensive end. In any case, he’s still a top-60 composite prospect, and one of the Terps’ top targets. Perhaps more important than his exact ranking is that he’s an elite local defensive end.
Maryland has had some rough luck with other elite local defensive ends in recent years. In the Class of 2017, the Terps missed out on DeMatha’s Chase Young, Good Counsel’s Joshua Paschal and Maryland-native-turned-IMG-Academy-transplant Joshua Kaindoh. The previous cycle, Maryland missed out on DeMatha’s Shane Simmons and Terrell Hall, who played at St. John’s.
Anoma is quiet about his recruitment, but his visit activity would indicate that this is a three-horse race at the moment between Maryland, Alabama and Penn State. He got a flurry of Crystal Balls to Alabama after a recent visit, but the longer this strings out, the better Maryland’s chances get.
In other news
Three-star Maryland commit Raymond Boone must have enjoyed committing to the Terps so much the first time that he decided to do it again yesterday.
As a part of Cornerbacks Week, Justin looked at walk-on-turned-starter RaVon Davis and his role heading into the 2017 season.
Speaking of Cornerbacks Week, who do you think is the best in Maryland history?
As you think back to cornerbacks of Maryland’s past, let your mind wander to 2007, when Maryland beat two top-10 teams. Then think about how that wasn’t even close to the craziest thing that happened that year.
This shouldn’t be a surprise to those of you who follow football recruiting, but for those of you who don’t, Maryland is getting pretty good at keeping local targets home.