Things can always change late, but the 2016 recruiting cycle for Maryland football is essentially over with the announcement of a 22-man class on Wednesday's National Signing Day.
In college sports, the end of one thing usually means the beginning of another, and so it'll be for the Terps' coaching staff as it kicks into gear shortly on recruiting its class of 2017. We'll get into more depth on Maryland's targets for its next class sometime very soon, but here's a look at where the Terps stand.
One way to approximate whom Maryland will recruit is to assess whom it will need to replace. To that end, let's review Maryland's (highly unofficial, very projected) scholarship depth chart for 2016:
(Spoiler alert: Maryland especially needs defensive ends, cornerbacks, linebackers and centers.)
|Caleb Rowe||Shane Cockerille||Gage Shaffer||Gage Shaffer|
|Perry Hills||Gage Shaffer||Tyrrell Pigrome||Tyrrell Pigrome|
|Shane Cockerille||Tyrrell Pigrome||Max Bortenschlager||Max Bortenschlager|
|Gage Shaffer||Max Bortenschlager|
Maryland could always use more quarterbacks, but the Terps aren't going to get left out completely in the cold with just the players on their roster now. Hills and Rowe will both be gone in a year, but Maryland should have a couple of quarterback options – albeit not necessarily ones with any experience.
|Trey Edmunds||Jacquille Veii||Ty Johnson||Lorenzo Harrison|
|Ty Johnson||Ty Johnson||Lorenzo Harrison||Jake Funk|
|Lorenzo Harrison||Lorenzo Harrison||Jake Funk||LaDerrien Wilson|
|Jake Funk||Jake Funk||LaDerrien Wilson|
|LaDerrien Wilson||LaDerrien Wilson|
This might be the position of least need on the roster right now. Maryland has a couple of immediately playable options for 2016 and beyond, and transfer Veii will be eligible to play again in 2017, joining sophomore Johnson and three new signees from 2016. Maryland should have someone pretty good carrying the ball for a while.
|Kenneth Goins Jr.|
The fullback isn't a very important position in a spread offense, but Maryland still needs somebody. This could come via a converted tight end or walk-on, but either way, Maryland probably has to recruit someone who can run into linebackers.
|Andrew Isaacs||Andrew Isaacs||Andrew Gray||Noah Barnes|
|Derrick Hayward||Derrick Hayward||Avery Edwards|
|Andrew Gray||Andrew Gray||Noah Barnes|
|Avery Edwards||Avery Edwards|
|Noah Barnes||Noah Barnes|
Maryland has bodies here for the next two seasons, but I'd be pretty surprised if DJ Durkin didn't prioritize adding another high-value pass-catcher over the next cycle. The only polished receiver here is Edwards, and Isaacs has basically lost the last two seasons to injury, while Barnes is probably a long-term project. Reinforcements would be useful.
|Michael Dunn||JaJuan Dulaney||Damian Prince||E.J. Donahue|
|JaJuan Dulaney||Damian Prince||Derwin Gray||Mason Zimmerman|
|Damian Prince||Derwin Gray||E.J. Donahue||Terek Zingale|
|Derwin Gray||E.J. Donahue||Mason Zimmerman||Brian Plummer|
|E.J. Donahue||Mason Zimmerman||Terek Zingale|
|Mason Zimmerman||Terek Zingale||Brian Plummer|
|Terek Zingale||Brian Plummer|
Maryland should be stocked OK here for a while, but there's a decent possibility Prince will be in the NFL before he finishes his last three years of eligibility, and everybody other than Prince and Gray for the class of 2017 is relatively unknown. This is another position where reinforcements could help a lot.
|Sean Christie||Sean Christie||Sean Christie||Terrance Davis|
|Will McClain||Will McClain||Will McClain||Richard Merritt|
|Ellis McKennie||Ellis McKennie||Ellis McKennie|
|Quarvez Boulware||Quarvez Boulware||Quarvez Boulware|
|Terrance Davis||Terrance Davis||Terrance Davis|
|Richard Merritt||Richard Merritt||Richard Merritt|
Maryland should be caked here for a long time, although Boulware, McKenne, McClain or Christie might eventually shift to center. Nowhere on the offensive line can ever be over-recruited-though.
|Brendan Moore||Brendan Moore||Brendan Moore|
So, Maryland's definitely going to need someone to snap the ball. Brendan Moore is the last true center anywhere on scholarship right now – as best we can tell – and even though he's got three years' remaining eligibility, the Terps need to refill the cupboard behind him. Shifting a guard will help, but Maryland's thin here, having graduated a starting center (Sal Conaboy, Evan Mulrooney) after each of the last two seasons.
|Roman Braglio||Jesse Aniebonam||Brett Kulka||Dion Goldbourne|
|Cavon Walker||Chandler Burkett||Mbi Tanyi|
|Jesse Aniebonam||Brett Kulka||Dion Goldbourne|
|Chandler Burkett||Dion Goldbourne|
The end spots are positions of serious need. Braglio and Aniebonam are really good, but they'll both be gone within two years – maybe just one, if Aniebonam breaks out. There's almost no experience behind them, although Kulka appeared a bunch in 2015 and should get better with more seasoning. Goldbourne is small for a Big Ten end and will be a long-term project, and Mike London will require more pieces – ideally two or three, at least – before 2017. Missing out on Terrell Hall really hurts here.
|Azubuike Ukandu||Kingsley Opara||Oseh Saine||Oseh Saine|
|Kingsley Opara||David Shaw||Keiron Howard||Keiron Howard|
|David Shaw||Malik Jones||Adam McLean||Adam McLean|
|Malik Jones||Oseh Saine|
|Oseh Saine||Keiron Howard|
|Keiron Howard||Adam McLean|
Maryland's OK here but could use a lot more. McLean was a four-star recruit but has been injured and is yet to actually see the field, and Shaw's suffered from recurring injury woes, too. It's probably reasonable to expect a tackle commit or two.
|Abner Logan||Jalen Brooks||Nnamdi Egbuaba||Gus Little|
|Nnamdi Egbuaba||Melvin Keihn||Brett Shepherd|
|Jalen Brooks||Melvin Keihn||Mbi Tanyi||Antoine Brooks|
|Nnamdi Egbuaba||Mbi Tanyi||Brett Zanotto|
|Melvin Keihn||Brett Zanotto||Gus Little|
|Mbi Tanyi||Gus Little||Brett Shepherd|
|Brett Zanotto||Brett Shepherd||Antoine Brooks|
|Gus Little||Antoine Brooks|
|Jermaine Carter Jr.||Jermaine Carter Jr.||Tyler Burke||Isaiah Davis|
|Tyler Burke||Tyler Burke||Isaiah Davis|
|Isaiah Davis||Isaiah Davis|
This is a particularly rough projection, because we don't know where Maryland will slot new commits Brooks and Shepherd. But either way, Maryland is light at inside linebacker behind the excellent Carter, and the Terps were bad at outside linebacker last season. At outside backer, Maryland needs particular help in the 2017 class.
|Will Likely||Daniel Ezeagwu||Darnell Savage||Travon Stott|
|Alvin Hill||Josh Woods||Travon Stott||Elisha Daniels|
|Jarrett Ross||Antwaine Carter||Elisha Daniels||Antwaine Richardson|
|Denzel Conyers||Darnell Savage||Antwaine Richardson|
|Daniel Ezeagwu||Travon Stott|
|Josh Woods||Elisha Daniels|
|Antwaine Carter||Antwaine Richardson|
This is a bigger need area than the Terps' current roster composition would indicate. They'll lose at least four cornerbacks in the next year, and the Terps' don't have a single four-star recruit anywhere in this secondary once Will Likely graduates. They'll need to get a lot more talented and add bodies.
|Elvis Dennah||Elvis Dennah||Elijah Daniels||Elijah Daniels|
|Milan Collins||Milan Collins||Tyrek Tisdale||Tyrek Tisdale|
|Elijah Daniels||Elijah Daniels||Qwuantrezz Knight||Qwuantrezz Knight|
|Tyrek Tisdale||Tyrek Tisdale|
|Qwuantrezz Knight||Qwuantrezz Knight|
The Terps can probably be fine here for years, but they'll likely want at least one more safety to make sure they're covered for 2018 and 2019 behind whoever from the 2016 class is starting by that point.
|Adam Greene||Adam Greene||Daniel Sutton|
|Daniel Sutton||Daniel Sutton|
|Nicolas Pritchard||Nicolas Pritchard||Nicolas Pritchard|
|Nick Rubinowicz||Nick Rubinowicz||Nick Rubinowicz|
|Wade Lees||Wade Lees||Wade Lees|
|Nate Adams||Nate Adams|
At all of these positions, Maryland will eventually need more players. The Terps should be OK for the next two years without any additions at any of these spots, however.
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