Two four-star Maryland football signees—defensive tackle Austin Fontaine and Jaelyn Duncan—played in the Under Armour All-America Game Thursday night at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Their participation continued a now-seven-year streak of future Terps taking part in the game.
Given that each one played on the line, it’s not easy to justify with numbers how they played, but from watching, it was clear that they belonged on the field with some of the nation’s best prospects.
Jaelyn Duncan is blocking his man 10 yards downfield. Seems good.— Jared Goldstein (@_jgoldy17) January 4, 2018
I don't think refs are totally into throwing flags in this game. Duncan fought through a pretty blatant hands to the face in pass pro. Still ushered his man safely past the QB— Jared Goldstein (@_jgoldy17) January 4, 2018
Austin Fontaine just had another solid defensive series. Collapsed the pocket on first down and forced the o-line to double team him the rest of the possession— Jared Goldstein (@_jgoldy17) January 4, 2018
As if losing another elite local defensive end to a powerhouse program wasn’t enough salt in Maryland fans’ collective wounds, five-star Eyabi Anoma played like a man possessed.
That’s a five-star offensive tackle he just ran right past.
In other news
Maryland made a home run of a hire yesterday, picking up Marshall defensive coordinator Chuck Heater to coach the Terps’ safeties. It’s unclear if he’ll have other responsibilities as well, but he’s led some impressive defensive units over four decades of coaching.
Four-star running back target Mychale Salahuddin did not list Maryland as one of his top four schools in an interview with Pittsburgh Sports Now. He listed USC, Pitt, UNC and Syracuse instead.
In tangentially related Maryland football recruiting news, Notre Dame’s defensive coordinator Mike Elko has accepted the same position on Jimbo Fisher’s staff at Texas A&M. This should help Maryland in keeping four-star safety Noah Boykin committed through signing day, as there’s now some uncertainty in South Bend.
Men’s basketball got run out of the gym last night in East Lansing. In terms of scoring margin, it was the Terps’ worst loss since January 2009, when they lost by 41
Women’s basketball handled business at home against No. 18 Iowa, cruising to a 16-point win over the Hawkeyes.
The men’s basketball team plays Minnesota in just less than two weeks.