Maryland football just added its eighth blue-chip recruit in local running back Anthony McFarland, who committed Friday after lengthy snapchat journey.
DJ Durkin’s first full class as Maryland’s head coach could end up being the best in program history. For perspective, last year’s class only included three four-star recruits. The Terps’ 2015 class only included two.
Defensive tackle Cam Spence was the first to join Maryland’s class in April.
He kicked things off, and other recruits were right behind him. Spence should bolster Maryland’s defensive line by 2018, if not earlier.
Then came quarterback Kasim Hill.
He seems like an ideal quarterback for Maryland’s offense. The addition of transfer Caleb Henderson means Hill doesn’t have to be Maryland’s quarterback until he’s ready.
Offensive tackle Jordan McNair came aboard a week later.
From local McDonogh High School, McNair continues Maryland’s run of blue-chip local linemen. He’ll have a few years to learn from some other former highly touted local recruits.
(Five-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh committed in April, but he exited the class in November.)
Cornerback Deon Jones joined the class in July.
He was picking between the Terps and Clemson. With five-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh out of the picture, he’s Maryland’s highest-rated commit. Jones is scheduled to enroll early, so he’ll be able to push for playing time right away.
DeMatha offensive lineman Marcus Minor committed in August.
His commitment meant the Terps got a blue-chip recruit from the local powerhouse for the second straight season.
Defensive lineman Breyon Gaddy was a surprise addition in December.
The Terps were able to get he and his twin brother Brandon on campus for a weekend, and they committed right there. Maryland’s run defense was real bad in 2016, and a huge lineman like Gaddy will go a long way in shoring that up. However, he and his brother are visiting Florida this weekend and seem to be giving the Gators a lot of consideration.
Markquese Bell joined on Jan. 1, giving the Terps another piece to fit in their secondary.
He’s another early enrollee, so he’s already with Jones in College Park. Bell projects to be a safety who can play more like a linebacker when required, though he’ll need to put on some more weight before he can do that at the college level. Still, he’s poised as much as anyone to make an impact right away.
McFarland gives Maryland a luxury piece that should elevate its offense.
He’s a versatile running back who can play in the backfield and the slot, and along with Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison, gives this team a whole lot of options. An ankle injury forced him to miss his entire senior year, though, so his availability to start the season is unclear.
The Terps are still chasing two more four-stars in cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields and linebacker Ellis Brooks. Stay tuned.