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Five-star quarterback Caleb Williams cut his list of schools down to a final three Monday, and he included the hometown Terps, alongside Oklahoma and LSU.

Williams is listed as the No. 1 quarterback in the Class of 2021 and No. 5 prospect overall, according to the 247Sports Composite. With a rating of 0.9975, he would be the highest-rated commitment in Maryland history if he pledged to the Terps.

Maryland football has been in the race for the prized Gonzaga (D.C.) product since head coach Mike Locksley and his staff were able to develop a recruiting plan around the Class of 2021, particularly focusing in on local talent.

“I really feel like those schools are the best schools for me overall, not just for football,” Williams wrote in his ‘All on the Line’ blog. “I really feel like those schools can provide me the best opportunity academically and with my football career with the connections I’ve built with the coaches, the fans and the connection my parents and everybody has built with the coaches. The feel with all of those places, it just feels right.”

Shortly after Williams published the list, LSU received a commitment from four-star quarterback Garrett Nussmeier, who is also in the 2021 class.

With quarterback Josh Jackson’s final season coming during the 2020 campaign, that would leave redshirt freshman Lance Legendre as the only returning scholarship quarterback on the roster in 2021.

Maryland’s 2021 recruiting class currently ranks No. 15 in the nation with all 11 commitments coming from DMV natives.

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Lila and Matt had former Maryland men’s basketball guard Duane Simpkins, who now coaches at George Mason, on the latest ouTTakes podcast.

The Big Ten announced mental health initiatives for student-athletes Monday.

Maryland men’s basketball continued to count down the top moments of the season.

Former Maryland football head coach Roy Lester passed away Sunday.

Maryland football head coach Mike Locksley gave the Pittsburgh Steelers some insight on two of their 2020 NFL Draft picks.

Locksley will also have Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin on his show tonight.

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