Four-star Bishop Sullivan Catholic (VA) cornerback Tayvion “Tank” Land committed to Maryland football Thursday evening, instantly becoming the Terps’ highest-rated commit in the Class of 2019.
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The 5’8, 166-pounder is the No. 25 cornerback in the nation and the No. 8 overall prospect in talent-rich Virginia, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. His size has kept some of the college football powers away, but watching him play, it’s easy to see how he earned the nickname “Tank.”
Land is the fifth Bishop Sullivan Crusader to commit to Maryland over the past three recruiting cycles. In 2017, it was defensive linemen Brandon and Breyon Gaddy and wide receiver Tahj Capehart. Last year the trend continued with quarterback Tyler DeSue.
With the Terps’ two best-recruiting assistant coaches on him, it’s easy to see how Land ended up in College Park. Receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty has deep ties to the Tidewater area and is a local legend, while cornerbacks coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim is one of the best position coaches in the business, not to mention his legendary status in the D.C. area.
The fifth commit in the Class of 2019, Land moves Maryland up from No. 45 to No. 38 in the 247Sports team rankings, one spot ahead of fellow Big Ten member Nebraska and good for ninth in the conference.
Land is the second member of the secondary to join the Class of 2019; three-star cornerback Lavonte Gater was its inaugural member back in February. Moving forward, the Terps will look to fill out the secondary with a several options including, but not limited to Tykee Smith, Quentin Johnson and Jamel Starks, among others. There will always be a spot open for DeMatha’s Nick Cross if he wants in, but he seems destined for a more traditionally powerful program.