For Maryland football fans, there was plenty to take in at the Under Armour All-America Game on Saturday in Orlando, Florida.
Four-star DeMatha (Md.) guard Terrance Davis, the top recruit in the state of Maryland, provided the day's biggest highlight for the program when he announced his commitment to the Terps live on ESPN2 in the first quarter.
After that unveiling, Davis became one of five Terrapin commits playing in the game, including Archbishop Carroll (D.C.) guard Richard Merritt. The two guards are Maryland's first commits under new head coach DJ Durkin, and both are important gets for a program looking to convince the bevy of in-state talent to stay home.
Four-star Bullis (Md.) quarterback and Maryland commit Dwayne Haskins was one of six quarterbacks taking the field at the Citrus Bowl. The strength of the quarterback's commitment has been questioned since Maryland hired Durkin, and Davis painted his feelings toward Haskins very clearly.
Moments after pulling a Maryland hat out of his bag on live television, he said, "I told [Haskins] once I commit, it's a wrap for him. No more official visits." The comments drew a smile from Haskins on the sideline. The quarterback has taken official visits to Florida and Ohio State recently, and began the game under center for Team Highlight, which beat Team Armour 27-0 in Saturday's showcase.
Haskins finished the game 6-of-10 for 43 yards through the air. He didn't supply any "wow" moments, as his completions were all short timing patterns like this one:
While he had the least yards through the air of the three quarterbacks on his team, he turned in a solid, but certainly unspectacular, performance. He flashed his mobility on several plays, escaping the rush but overthrowing his receiver here:
He didn't provide anything particularly exciting for Maryland fans, but that's okay. Here's how he compared to the other two quarterbacks on his team:
|Malik Henry||Florida St.||9-12||75-2-0
|Jack Allison||Miami (FL)||3-7||83-1-0|
|Stats courtesy of Blog And Tackle.|
Outside linebacker Keandre Jones is Maryland's third-rated recruit in the class of 2016. He and Haskins aren't teammates just yet, and Jones was able to tackle the program's prized future signal-caller as he tried to scramble on a third-and-6 in the third quarter. Chances are this was the last time he'll get such an opportunity.
Still, Maryland's biggest moment came off the field, when Davis announced his commitment to the program.
DeMatha wide receiver Tino Ellis was a member of Team Armour, so he didn't have any chances to catch a pass from Haskins. The Maryland commit did have his team's longest reception, this 51-yard catch where the defense, uh, forgot to cover him. Team Armour only gained 120 yards total on the day, so this catch by Ellis served as one of its few highlights.
You might not get to see all of these players make a difference immediately next season, but Maryland's future is looking plenty bright after an abysmal 3-9 record in 2015.