Four-star Quince Orchard defensive tackle Marcus Bradley announced his commitment to the University of Maryland Friday afternoon.
A coordinated effort between coaches Brawley Evans, Elijah Brooks and Mike Locksley helped secure another huge in-state pledge despite pushes from Ohio State, LSU and Tennessee among others.
Bradley is ranked as the No. 185 prospect overall, No. 10 defensive tackle and No. 9 player in the state of Maryland for the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports Composite.
“It’s home,” Bradley told Testudo Times earlier this month. “I really like the staff and I think Coach Locksley is building something special over there.”
Bradley said that Maryland’s message throughout the recruiting process revolved around what Locksley and his staff were building, but also the ability to stay home and play in front of his family and friends while building a personal brand.
Bradley attempted to throw those close to his recruitment off by giving a top three list of LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee to Rivals on Thursday when announcing his commitment time, but he ultimately chose the hometown Terps.
At 6’3, 270 pounds, Bradley provides size that could matchup well and compete early at the college level. He displays a great jump off the snap and has the power and speed needed to get in the backfield quick whether it be against a pass or run. He’s also a versatile defensive tackle that can play inside and on the outside of the line and seal off the edge.
Maryland received a commitment from Bradley’s teammate, four-star defensive end Demeioun Robinson, who was recruiting him to make the same move just about every day, according to Bradley.
With Bradley on board, Maryland now has 11 committed players in the Class of 2021 — good for No. 12 in the nation and No. 5 in the Big Ten.
This also marks the fourth commitment for the Terps along the defensive line, with Bradley joining with Robinson, four-star defensive tackle Taizse Johnson and three-star defensive end ZionAngelo Shockley.