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Maryland football 2016 recruiting class prediction 1.2, including 3-star QB Lindsey Scott

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It's going to be a frenetic week of quarterback recruiting. Plus, changes in the secondary.

Three-star quarterback Lindsey Scott, a Maryland target.
Three-star quarterback Lindsey Scott, a Maryland target.
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Wednesday was another interesting day on the recruiting trail, leading up to National Signing Day in a week.

Maryland cornerback target JJ Givens is off the board, and there's promising new reporting on Maryland and Louisiana quarterback Lindsey Scott. Things will keep churning rapidly until the finish line, and we'll keep tracking it here.

Here's a Thursday class prediction. We'll keep updating these until signing day.

This view could change throughout the next week, and I like to distinguish between projecting that a player will go one direction and reporting that he will, in fact, go that direction. What you'll read here is very much the former.

Players who are verbally committed are in bold, and recruiting rankings come via the 247Sports Composite.

Quarterbacks

Chase Fourcade, unrated, New Orleans (Archbishop Rummel)

Lindsey Scott, 3 stars, Zachary, La. (Zachary)

Athlete/quarterback

Ramar Williams, 3 stars, District Heights, Md. (Bishop McNamara)

It's been widely reported that LSU has been after three-star Louisiana dual threat Lindsey Scott, who Maryland would probably like to have more than any quarterback other than fellow three-star dual threat Tyrrell Pigrome. I've figured Maryland will have a hard time out-recruiting LSU, but here's some of what came from the recruiting community on Wednesday:

I was told, additionally, that Scott is cooler on LSU than the letters "LSU" would lead one to believe. A few other things about Scott were brought to my attention on Wednesday: He had previously pledged to Syracuse (when Maryland defensive coordinator Scott Shafer was head coach) and had an Arkansas State offer (when Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell held the same position there), so he's got longer ties to this Maryland staff than were apparent when the Terps offered him at the time of Dwayne Haskins's decommitment. This seems like a legitimate fit.

Whispers about Maryland's desire for Pigrome have turned into a roar, including among some of our most recruiting-savvy community members here (Hat tip, PeachesTerp). I'm naturally pessimistic about Maryland ever landing the quarterback prospects it most wants, but it's probably unfair of me to put Randy Edsall's failings around DJ Durkin and Walt Bell's necks. If Virginia Tech really wants Pigrome as a wide receiver, that strikes me as helpful to Maryland's cause.

If Maryland does get Pigrome (and also takes Fourcade), it seems unlikely Williams would also get an offer, because he'd have less potential utility to Maryland with three other quarterbacks in the class. SB Nation national recruiting director Bud Elliott told me the other day that a three-quarterback class wouldn't be at all outrageous for a program as QB-strapped as Maryland, but four seems like a bit much – especially with Maryland not far from the NCAA's 85-scholarship limit. If he's offered, Williams is content to come to Maryland as an athlete and not a quarterback, but those are still long odds.

Running backs

LaDerrien Wilson, 3 stars, Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola)

Lorenzo Harrison, 3 stars, Hyattsville, Md. (DeMatha Catholic)

Jake Funk, 3 stars, Damascus, Md. (Damascus)

Tight ends

Noah Barnes, 2 stars, Auburn, Ala. (Auburn)

Receivers

Tino Ellis, 4 stars, Hyattsville, Md. (DeMatha Catholic)

DJ Turner, 3 stars, Hyattsville, Md. (DeMatha Catholic)

Trevon Diggs, 4 stars, Rockville, Md. (The Avalon School)

I haven't personally heard anything different about Diggs in the last few days. Maryland still really wants him, and Diggs wants Williams to be a part of Maryland's 2016 class. This is close to 50-50, but I think Maryland can land Diggs. He's talented enough to be a huge priority for Durkin's staff.

Then again – and this is sort of perverse – any quarterback recruitment that makes Williams less likely to get an offer can't do anything but hurt the chances Diggs winds up a Terp. It's a delicate game.

Offensive tackles

Terek Zingale, 3 stars, Macedonia, Ohio (Nordonia)

Brian Plummer, 3 stars, Sykesville, Md. (South Carroll Senior)

Offensive guards

Terrance Davis, 4 stars, Hyattsville, Md. (DeMatha Catholic)

Richard Merritt, 4 stars, Washington (Archbishop Carroll)

Defensive linemen

Aaron Thompson, 3 stars, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Dillard)

Terrell Hall, 4 stars, Washington (St. John's College)

Dion Goldbourne, unrated, Delray Bech, Fla. (Atlantic)

Upon a few people mentioning him here and on Twitter, I've added in Goldbourne post-publication on this projection. He was an oversight as I put this together, but he makes a good bit of sense for Maryland: The Terps offered him this week, he's high school teammates with cornerback commit Antwaine Richardson and doesn't appear to be overflowing with major offers. He's also from Florida, which means Durkin probably wants him.

Linebackers

Uhh.

There's still reason to consider Tavante Beckett, the Virginia Tech commit from Mike London territory (Virginia) who'd make a nice alternative to Ohio State flip Keandre Jones. I'm told "there's a shot" with Beckett.

It sure sounds like Bethesda's Keith Simms is way gone.

Defensive backs

Cornerbacks

Antwaine Richardson, 3 stars, Delray Beach, Fla. (Atlantic)

Travon Stott, 3 stars, Olney, Md. (Good Counsel)

Elisha Daniels, 3 stars, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons)

Three-star Florida cornerback KJ Sails is gone.

And so is three-star Virginia corner JJ Givens, who committed to N.C. State:

Safeties

Elijah Daniels, 3 stars, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons)

Qwuantrezz Knight, unrated, Greenville, Fla. (East Gadsen)

Knight picked up a Maryland offer on Wednesday. He's an Eastern Michigan commit, but that shouldn't mean a whole lot here. Knight already spoke with Pat Donohue of Terrapin Sports Report and sounded encouraging for Maryland ($). He was very excited on Twitter, too. For what it's worth, the unrated Knight has some positively powerful tape:

Somewhere in the secondary

Tyrek Tisdale, 3 stars, Orlando, Fla. (Oak Ridge)

Punters

Wade Leesunrated, Australia.

Changes from Wednesday's projection:

In: QB Lindsey Scott, DE Dion Goldbourne, S Qwuantrezz Knight.

Out: CB JJ Givens (committed elsewhere).

This comes to a 24-man class, which would mean Maryland over-signed the 85-scholarship count pending roster attrition during the course of the new semester. Frankly, a 24-man class feels high, which is an example of things that make sense individually looking less likely with a long view. It's at least within the realm of legality and possibility, though.

As always, these projections are fluid and based on everything I can glean from conversations and research. Feel more than free to chip in with your thoughts as we ride together toward signing day.