Offensive tackle Terek Zingale signed his Letter of Intent to play college football for Maryland on Wednesday, setting in stone his May verbal commitment and giving the Terps another option on the offensive line.
Four more just rolled in! #NationalSigningDay #MarylandCommitted pic.twitter.com/62LFKrapL6— Maryland Football (@TerpsFootball) February 3, 2016
Zingale hails from Nordonia, Ohio, and rates as a three-star prospect on the 247Sports Composite. He stands 6'6 and weights 300 pounds, making him a fairly massive high school senior.
He's one of two Maryland tackle commits, along with Sykesville's Brian Plummer. The Terps had two other line commits, Alex Hall and Michael Clark, but both decommited after DJ Durkin replaced Randy Edsall as head coach.
He is the third Maryland signee in three years from Ohio, traditionally considered the domain of more midwestern Big Ten schools. The Terps added tackle Mason Zimmerman in 2015 and tight end Andrew Gray in 2014.
We project Maryland will have eight scholarship tackles on its roster in 2016, and it'd be stunning if both Zingale and Plummer didn't redshirt. The timeline for tackles to contribute effectively in the Big Ten is not always a quick one, even for blue-chippers like Maryland's Damian Prince and Derwin Gray.
You can watch highlights of Zingale here. Below, a fun feature on him from last season: