For Maryland football to have a breakthrough 2017 recruiting class, the Terps probably have to make a dent at local powerhouse DeMatha Catholic. The Hyattsville school has three of the state's top four prospects, and because recruiting is a world that never rests, DJ Durkin and his staff are already hard at work wooing them:
Busy day tomorrow wit bro @youngchase907— MaccⓂ️ (@AnttMacc_) February 13, 2016
(I'm not sure if four-star DeMatha tackle Marcus Minor is joining them, though that would make sense. If anyone knows anything, feel free to drop a line in the comments.) Plus, via our PeachesTerp:
3 star DC DL Tyree Johnson
3 star DC OL Johnny Jordan
4 star MD LB Tyshon Fogg
MD DL Victor Dimukeje
4 star Delaware LB Avery Roberts
3 star MD WR Cameron Sullivan-Brown
2 star MD CB Tariq Castro-Fields
Recruiting well locally is vital for almost any program, but it's especially important for Durkin.
"We're probably more regional recruiting, just how we outline things," Durkin told us this week. "We have a great area right here in the DMV, so obviously we're going to spend a lot of our time right there."
Durkin also name-checked DeMatha coach Elijah Brooks on National Signing Day, after the Terps signed their first Stags prospects in years for their 2016 class: Four-star receiver Tino Ellis, four-star guard Terrance Davis, three-star running back Lorenzo Harrison and three-star receiver DJ Turner.
Maryland has a basketball game against Wisconsin on Saturday, and Durkin's probably bringing company.