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3-star DE Deshawn Holt signs with Maryland football

The Terps’ first defensive line commit in the class is officially a Terp.

Deshawn Holt officially became a member of Maryland football’s 2019 recruiting class Wednesday morning, as the three-star defensive end was the fourth to sign and send in his National Letter of Intent.

Holt committed to the Terps in June 2018 and reaffirmed his pledge to Maryland’s new staff after the coaching turnover. The Waldorf, Maryland, native, who attended Westlake High School, is the No. 22 recruit in the state and the No. 73 weak-side defensive end in America, according to the 247Sports Composite. Overall, he is the No. 1,197 overall recruit for 2019.

Holt, who is listed at 6’5 and 220 pounds, chose Maryland over offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati and Rutgers, among others. 247Sports attributed defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim as Holt’s lead recruiter, but Holt remained committed to Mike Locksley’s staff even after Abdul-Rahim and defensive line coach Jimmy Brumbaugh moved to other jobs.

Holt joins JuCo transfer Sam Okuayinonu and Anthony “Tank” Booker as the three newcomers at defensive end. Seniors Jesse Aniebonam and Byron Cowart have exhausted their eligibility, which leaves plenty of opportunity for other Terps on the edge.