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3-star OL Parker Moorer becomes first recruit to decommit from Maryland in wake of recent reports

He’s reopening his recruitment a day after ESPN’s reports on Maryland’s football program.

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The day after multiple reports portraying Maryland football’s culture and handling of Jordan McNair’s death in a negative light, three-star offensive lineman Parker Moorer announced his decision to decommit from the Terps.

This qualifies as expected news. We didn’t know who would be the first recruit to depart from Maryland’s 2019 class, but recent events made it apparent that the program was in for some recruiting atrophy. It’s probable Moorer isn’t the last prospect who will reopen his recruitment.

ESPN published multiple stories on Friday describing a “toxic culture” under DJ Durkin and strength coach Rick Court. Court and two training staff members have been placed on leave, but no reports suggest any action has been taken against Durkin or any assistant coaches.

Moorer, a three-star offensive tackle on the 247Sports Composite rating system, committed to Maryland in April. Out of Mallard Creek, North Carolina, Moorer was one of of 10 verbally committed recruits in Maryland’s class. That number is now down to nine.