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Antoine Brooks commits to Maryland: Terps land local linebacker

The Terps didn't have a linebacker commit before Monday. Now, they've got two.

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Lanham, Md. (Duval) linebacker Antoine Brooks committed to play college football at Maryland on Monday.

Brooks is not rated on the 247Sports Composite, which lists offers from Pitt, Indiana, Hawaii, Buffalo, Army, Old Dominion and Charlotte. He is rated three stars at Rivals, while neither agency ranks him against the rest of the state of Maryland's class of 2016 prospects. He is listed at 6'0 and 205 pounds.

The news was first reported by Ahmed Ghafir of Inside Maryland Sports.

Maryland also added three-star Georgia linebacker Brett Shepherd. Together, the two are a necessary replenishment at linebacker, where Maryland struggled to make much of a dent last season. Aside from inside linebacker Jermaine Carter Jr., nobody in the Terps' 4-3 linebacking group managed to stay healthy and produce consistently. There could be opportunities for true freshmen and redshirt freshmen at the position fairly quickly.

Durkin has put a serious recruiting emphasis on the South since taking over in December, so it's nice to see him building locally, too. He hadn't previously added any local recruits on the defensive side of the ball. Duval High School is just a 20-minute drive from Maryland's campus.

Here's video of Brooks from his senior season at Duval: