Three-star defensive end Tyler Baylor announced his commitment to Maryland Tuesday evening, becoming the Terps’ second commit of the day and 18th in the Class of 2018.
Baylor is the No. 11 overall prospect in Maryland and the No. 22 weak-side defensive end in the country, per the 247Sports Composite. He’s the first defensive end to commit to Maryland in this cycle, though both he and outside linebacker commit Durell Nchami will likely contribute at the BUCK linebacker/defensive end hybrid position.
The 6’4, 220-pound rising senior has only played one year of football, but is wildly athletic and has tremendous upside, which covers up what he may lack in technique.
If Baylor is able to bulk up and add some weight to his 6’4 frame, he could be an ideal candidate to slide over to strong-side defensive end, which is shaping up to be a relatively bare position on the defensive line heading into 2018. Chandler Burkett will be out of eligibility, which leaves Brett Kulka and a bunch of guys who will be freshmen this season to fill that role.
Baylor’s commitment means the Terps will have landed a recruit from local powerhouse Good Counsel for a second consecutive year and that 14 of the 18 commits in the Class of 2018 are DMV residents.
With Baylor on board, Maryland jumps up to No. 18 in the 247Sports team rankings, passing regional rival Virginia Tech.