This past weekend, Maryland football landed three new commitments in the 2019 class. But the Terps have now lost two of their previous verbal commits, as three-star running back Jordan Houston flipped his commitment to North Carolina State on Monday.
The decision comes just three days after his official visit to NC State on Friday.
Houston pledged to Maryland in July, and stayed committed through all of the chaos with the program and coaching changes. Maryland’s former wide receivers coach, Chris Beatty, was Houston’s primary recruiter; he was not retained and now holds the same position at the University of Pittsburgh. The Oakton, Virginia, native is the No. 19 player in the state, and the No. 6 all-purpose back in Virginia, according to the 247 Sports Composite.
With Houston flipping his commitment, Maryland now has no running backs in the 2019 class. As of right now, and if Maryland does not land a running back recruit, the running game will be heavily dependent on rising redshirt sophomore Anthony McFarland. The Terps will have rising redshirt juniors Jake Funk, Lorenzo Harrison III and rising juniors Tayon Fleet-Davis and Javon Leake.
Houston is the second of Maryland’s pre-Locksley commits to flip since his hiring, joining quarterback David Summers, who committed to Syracuse on Sunday. Four players decommitted from the Terps between August and November. Maryland’s 2019 class is currently back down to 12 players (six signees), but the Terps added defenders Sam Okuayinonu, Erwin Byrd and Treron Collins over the weekend and should land more commitments soon. National Signing Day is Feb. 6.