With all the turmoil that occurred within Maryland football over the past year, more than a dozen players considered transferring from the program, according to The Baltimore Sun’s Don Markus.
Thirteen players put their name into the NCAA transfer portal during or shortly after the season ended, which allows schools to know that players are exploring their options and are open to being recruited by another school. The portal helps facilitate the process of a new rule that went in place last October, which said that players cannot be blocked from transferring to rival schools.
The most notable names entered in the portal were Tyrrell Pigrome and Lorenzo Harrison III. Both Pigrome and Harrison had sizable roles in the past, and as the roster stands, would see major roles in the offense next season. Pigrome took over at quarterback after Kasim Hill tore the ACL in his left knee, and is currently the frontrunner to be the starter in 2019. Harrison has been a contributor in his first two seasons in College Park before missing most of this season with a knee injury. He should compete for carries behind Anthony McFarland next season.
Both players have since removed their name from the portal, along with five other players. According to Markus, quarterback Max Bortenschlager, wide receiver DJ Turner, defensive linemen Bryce Brand and Cam Spence and defensive back Rayshad Lewis all removed their names. No players who played “significant roles” last season put their names in the portal.
In a conference call with reporters during the early signing period, new head coach Mike Locksley said his biggest focus during his first weeks on the job was trying to keep the current team together. At the time, he said he met with 85-90 percent of returning players. Following tonight’s CFP national championship game, Locksley will finally be able to devote all his time to Maryland.
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