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Eric Ayala commits to Maryland: Terps land 4-star combo guard

Space is tightening up in the Terps’ Class of 2018.

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Maryland men’s basketball picked up the third member of its 2018 recruiting class Saturday afternoon, when four-star combo guard Eric Ayala committed to the Terps.

Ayala is the No. 6 combo guard and the No. 76 overall prospect in the country, per the 247Sports Composite rankings. The 6’5, 180-pound guard officially visited Maryland two weekends ago, along with five-star point guard Devon Dotson and five-star wing Keldon Johnson. Aaron Wiggins and Jalen Smith, who are already committed to Maryland, made the trip to College Park as well.

He had scheduled an official visit to Oregon last weekend, but ended up not even making the trip.

Dotson committed to Kansas over Maryland Friday evening, leaving the Terps with a greater need for a ball handler. The staff likely would have taken both, but absolutely needed one of the two.

Ayala has been a Maryland target for quite some time, and there was significant buzz in the spring about him committing and reclassifying to the Class of 2017. But now, he’s the third commit in the Terps’ Class of 2018, which moves all the way up from No. 15 to No. 5 on the 247Sports team rankings.

The Terps also seem to be in good position with Johnson and have been reported to be the favorites for five-star, 7’0 center Moses Brown, though the longer he waits to make a decision, the more uncertainty that creates.