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Durkin Signs Star-Studded 2017 Class

Maryland Athletics
2-1-2017
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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland Head Coach DJ Durkin announced that 28 student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football with the Terrapins on Wednesday. Maryland’s class is ranked among the Top 20 classes in the nation across all recruiting outlets and ranks among the best in program history. 

The class includes 11 four-star signees and five members of the ESPN300, the most ever in one year for the Terps.

The 28 student-athletes hail from 10 different states and the District of Columbia. The signing class is highlighted by 17 players who attended high school in the DMV area and eight players who earned All-WCAC honors.

Nine of the top 20 players from the state of Maryland and three of the top nine players from Washington D.C. (per Rivals) signed with the Terps.

Seven players – Fofie Bazzie (DB), Markquese Bell (DB), Bryce Brand (LB), Tyran Hunt (OL), Deon Jones (CB), Nick Underwood (LB) and Alex Woods (DB) - are already attending classes at the University and will be able to participate in spring practices.

Check out the complete Signing Day Central page here!


2017 Maryland Football Signees

Fofie Bazzie

Defensive Back

5-11, 180

Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard)

Before Maryland: A consensus 3-star recruit according to all major recruiting databases … 2016 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Maryland Football Team … 2016 First Team Washington Post All-Metro … caught 17 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns as a wide receiver in 2016 … coached by John Kelley.

Defensive Backs Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim on Bazzie:

“Fofie is ultra-competitive. He’s a versatile athlete that has played corner, nickel and some safety. He’s an aggressive player with ball skills. He even played some wide receiver and made big plays when he got his hands on the football.”


Markquese Bell
Defensive Back
6-2, 194
Bridgeton, N.J. (Bridgeton HS)

Before Maryland: A consensus 4-star recruit according to all major recruiting databases … ranked No. 88 in the ESPN300 … played in the 2017 Under Armour All-American Game as a member of Team Highlight … two-time all-state selection … 2015 South Jersey Times Offensive Player of the year … 2016 American Family Insurance/USA Today All-USA New Jersey First Team … totaled 76 tackles, two interceptions three pass defenses and forced a fumble as a senior … rushed for 885 yards and seven touchdowns, mostly as a quarterback, as a senior … played wide receiver as a junior and caught 52 passes for 792 yards and 11 touchdowns, while also rushing for 191 yards and a score … caught six two-point conversions during that season … played quarterback as a sophomore and threw for over 700 yards … also played basketball and ran track in high school … jumped 6-10 to win the high jump at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions … jumped seven-feet to win the high jump at the Cape-Atlantic League track and field championships … picked Maryland over Ohio State, Clemson, Rutgers and Virginia Tech … coached by Dave Ellen.

Defensive Backs Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim on Bell:

“Markquese may be the biggest DB in our program. As big as he is, he may be our most athletic DB. He’s a track guy and can jump out of the gym. He’s played every position on the field this year for his high school team. He’s smooth even with his size and is just extremely athletic.”


 

Kenny Bennett
Defensive Back
6-3, 200
Philadelphia, Pa. (Academy at Palumbo)

Before Maryland: A consensus 3-star recruit according to all major recruiting databases … 2016 First Team PFN All-State – Class 5A and Second Team All-Southeastern PA … also a recipient of the 2016 Mini Max High School Award … led team in receiving yards and touchdowns in 2016 … posted 27 tackles and 3 interceptions in 2016 … chose the Terps over Pitt, Temple and Virginia Tech … coached by Scott Pitzner.

Defensive Backs Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim on Bennett:

“Kenny is a long, rangy, big corner, which is much needed. He isn’t going to back down from anyone. He plays with a big chip on his shoulder. We were actually able to coach him at a camp and know what kind of player we’re getting. We think we’re getting a steal.”


Bryce Brand
Buck
6-3, 230
Detroit, Mich. (Clayton Valley Charter)

Before Maryland: Played high school football at Clayton Valley Charter in Concord, Ca. and IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. … a consensus 3-star recruit according to all major recruiting services … rated the No. 86 player in the state of California via Rivals … ranked the No. 99 player in the state of California and the No. 43 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN … ranked the No. 131 defensive end in the nation by Scout … ranked the No. 81 outside linebacker in the nation by 247sports … recorded 90 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 3 pass breakups, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery his senior season at Clayton Valley Charter … chose Maryland over Arizona and Toledo …  coached by Tim Murphy.

Linebacker Coach Matt Barnes on Bryce Brand:
“Bryce is an explosive playmaker. He’s extremely physical at the point of attack. He has the mentality to where he’s always looking to make the next big hit or next game-changing play.”


Jalen Browder
Wide Receiver
6-1, 180
Dallas, Ga. (East Paulding HS)

Before Maryland: A consensus 3-star recruit according to all major recruiting services … 2015 Class 5-A All-Region … racked up 764 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on 56 catches and ran for 110 yards and a touchdown as a junior … averaged 20.8 points per game as a varsity basketball player as a junior … also received offers from Louisville, Ole Miss and South Carolina … coached by Jon Lindsey.

Wide Receivers Coach Chris Beatty on Browder:
“Jalen has a great combination of length and quickness. He possesses smooth and effortless movement skills along with great ball skills.”


Tahj Capehart
Wide Receiver
5-10, 175
Virginia Beach, Va. (Bishop Sullivan Catholic)

Before Maryland: Rated a 4-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and ESPN ... played his high school football at Ocean Lakes High before moving to Bishop Sullivan Catholic for his senior season ...  dealt with a hamstring injury, but caught 19 balls for 256 yards and two touchdowns as a senior ... made 25 catches for 606 yards and six touchdowns as a junior ... caught 30 balls for for 623 yards and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore ... played for head coach Chris Scott at Ocean Lakes and Bishop Sullivan.

Wide Receivers Coach Chris Beatty on Capehart:
“Tahj is fast and explosive with really soft hands and quick feet. He has home run potential. He’s versatile enough to play in the backfield and in the slot as well. He can truly create a lot of mismatches.”


Carlos Carriere
Wide Receiver
6-4, 170
Alpharetta, Ga. (Alpharetta HS)

Before Maryland: Played at Alpharetta High School in Alpharetta, Ga. ... a consensus 3-star recruit according to all major recruiting services … ranked the No. 77 player in the state of Georgia by 247sports and Rivals … ranked the No. 71 player in the state of Georgia by ESPN … ranked the No. 13 wide receiver in the state of Georgia by Scout … ranked the No. 95 WR in the nation by Rivals … had 87 receptions for 1396 yards and 21 touchdowns throughout high school … had 44 receptions for 771 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior season … Alpharetta ended the season ranked No. 19 in the state of Georgia by Max Preps … coached by Jacob Nichols.
Wide Receivers Coach Chris Beatty on Carriere:
“Carlos plays above the rim on the perimeter. He will create match-up problems for smaller corners. He also has tremendous hands.”


Jayden Comma
Wide Receiver
6-2, 202
Roswell, Ga. (Roswell HS)

Before Maryland: A consensus 3-star prospect according to all major recruiting databases … … 2015 All-Metro North Fulton County … 2016 All-Region 5-6A First Team … caught 44 balls for 764 yards and 10 scores as a senior… snagged 17 balls for 223 yards and four scores as a sophomore … helped Roswell advance to the Class 7-A championship game as a senior … Roswell was in the top-25 nationally during Comma’s senior season … also received offers from Louisville, West Virginia and Minnesota … coached by John Ford.

Wide Receivers Coach Chris Beatty on Comma:
“Jayden plays extremely physical and uses his size effectively. He has strong hands and is great on contested balls.”


Ayinde Eley
Linebacker
6-3, 204
Silver Spring, Md. (Good Counsel)

Before Maryland: A 4-star recruit according to Scout … a three-star recruit according to ESPN, 247Sports and Rivals … rated as the No. 15 player in the state of Maryland via ESPN … rated as the No. 64 OLB in the nation via ESPN … rated as the No. 8 player in the state of Maryland via 247Sports … rated as the No. 26 outside linebacker in the nation via 247Sports … rated as the No. 2 OLB in the state of Maryland and No. 4 OLB in the East region via Scout … rated the No. 22 OLB in the country via Scout  … also received offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan State, West Virginia and Virginia Tech … coached by Bob Milloy.

Linebacker Coach Matt Barnes on Eley:

“Ayinde has tremendous upside and plays with a very high football IQ. He brings great length to the position and his versatility makes him a tremendous asset.”


Tayon Fleet-Davis
Running Back
5-11, 210
Oxon Hill, Md. (Potomac)

Before Maryland: A consensus 3-star recruit according to all major recruiting databases … 2016 Second Team Washington Post All-Metro … totaled more than 30 career touchdowns at Potomac … averaged over six-yards a carry in career at Potomac … ran for 832 yards and 10 touchdowns, in addition to catching 25 passes for 433 yards as a senior … ran for 748 yards and four touchdowns and caught two touchdowns as a junior … ran for 356 yards and nine touchdowns as a sophomore … led Potomac to 27-9 record in three years on team … was also considering Syracuse, Indiana and Iowa … coached by Ronnie Crump.

Running Backs Coach Anthony Tucker on Fleet-Davis:

“Tayon’s a bigger, more physical running back. He’s a really good athlete. He’s a big guy, but has great footwork, balance and ball skills. I think he has a high football IQ and is super competitive. He’s a guy that’s going to bring a little bit of a different dynamic. He’s still young and I expect him to keep growing. It’ll be really fun to work with him.”


Brandon Gaddy
Defensive Line
6-4, 320
Virginia Beach, Va. (Bishop Sullivan Catholic)

Before Maryland: A consensus 3-star recruit according to all major recruiting databases … totaled 23 tackles and 6.5 sacks as a senior … helped lead Bishop Sullivan to a 7-3 record in 2016 … ran for 772 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior … also received offers from Oregon, Florida State, Florida, Virginia Tech and Michigan State … coached by Chris Scott.

Defensive Coordinator Andy Buh on Brandon Gaddy:

“Brandon is freaky and talented player. He played everywhere on the field during his high school career. I’m excited for his potential at the defensive tackle position for us.”


Breyon Gaddy
Defensive Line
6-4, 315
Virginia Beach, Va. (Bishop Sullivan Catholic)

Before Maryland: A 4-star recruit according to 247sports.com, Rivals and Scout … ranked in the top-20 nationally at position by 247sports.com and Rivals … 2016 Virginia-Pilot Second Team All-Tidewater … totaled 22 tackles and four sacks as a senior … helped lead Bishop Sullivan to a 7-3 record in 2016 … had 46 tackles as a junior … also received offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Michigan and USC … coached by Chris Scott.

Defensive Coordinator Andy Buh on Breyon Gaddy:
“Breyon is a defensive coordinators dream. He adds much needed size and explosiveness to our defense. He will be a force in the middle for us.”


Kasim Hill
Quarterback
6-2, 230
Washington, D.C. (St. John’s College)

Before Maryland: A consensus 4-star recruit according to all major recruiting databases … the 93rd-ranked overall player in the 2017 class according to Rivals … a member of the ESPN300 … 2017 Washington D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year … played in the 2017 Under Armour All-American Game as a member of Team Armour … received quarterback MVP honors at The Opening’s Washington D.C. Regional … 2016 American Family Insurance/USA Today All-USA Washington D.C. First Team … 2016 Washington Post All-Metro Honorable Mention … 2016 WCAC All-Conference Third Team selection … 2015 All-MIAA selection playing quarterback for Gilman in Baltimore … honorable mention all-state selection as a junior … passed for 1,431 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 65 percent of his passes and rushed for 885 yards and 10 scores in 2016 … led the Cadets to an 8-4 record and an appearance in the WCAC championship game … also received offers from Michigan, Penn State and Michigan State … coached by Joe Casamento.

Offensive Coordinator Walt Bell on Hill:

“Kasim has a great toolset. He can beat you in a multitude of ways. From a physical standpoint, he has a great body and has all the measurables. And even bigger than all that, he’s incredibly mature and has tremendous leadership traits. He’s been instrumental in keeping this class together and adding some of the great pieces around him.”


Tyran Hunt
Offensive Line
6-7, 282
Boykins, Va. (Southampton HS)


Before Maryland: A consensus 3-star recruit according to all major recruiting databases … 2016 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Virginia Football Team … 2015 Second Team Defensive All-Conference …   was also considering Virginia Tech, Virginia and Syracuse … coached by Littleton Parker.

Offensive Line Coach Dave Borbely on Hunt:
“Tyran really fits exactly what we’re looking for in terms of size, speed, strength and growth potential at the offensive line position. He has great agility, is able to change direction effectively and can run. We think he has the potential to be a really great tackle for us down the road.”


MJ Jarrell
Wide Receiver
6-0, 180
Orlando, Fla. (Timber Creek)

Before Maryland: Rated a 3-star recruit by Scout, ESPN and 247Sports … ranked 9th on the Orlando Sentinel’s Central Florida Super60 prospect rankings … named to the Central Florida All-Star games and caught six passes for 109 yards and three touchdowns to earn game MVP honors … caught 38 passes for 496 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 382 yards and a touchdown as a senior … led Timber Creek to the Class 8A regional semifinals and an 8-4 record … caught 25 balls for 364 yards and three touchdowns and ran for 383 yards and two touchdowns as a junior … also received offers from Louisville, South Carolina and Pitt… coached by Jim Buckridge.

Wide Receivers Coach Chris Beatty on Jarrell:
“MJ can do it all. He has great ball-in-hand skills, but is also long and athletic to play outside. He can easily turn a five-yard reception into a 50-yard game-changing play. He also does a nice job playing the ball in the air and can be a threat in the return game.”


Deon Jones
Defensive Back
6-0, 170
Oxon Hill, Md. (Potomac HS)

Before Maryland: A consensus 4-star recruit according to all major recruiting databases … ranked No. 155 in the ESPN300 … the 14th-ranked cornerback nationally according to ESPN and Rivals … ranked the top defensive back in the state of Maryland … missed the 2016 season due to injury … 2015 First Team All-WCAC … was also considering Florida, Clemson, Florida State and Penn State.

Defensive Backs Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim on Jones:

“Deon is somebody I’ve known for a really long time. He is an extremely skilled, technically sound corner. He’s athletic with great ball skills and has a tenacious attitude. He’s a very serious football player, who’s extremely mature for his age.”


Johnny Jordan
Offensive Center
6-1, 301
Leesburg, Va. (Gonzaga HS)

Before Maryland: A consensus 3-star prospect according to all major recruiting services … 2016 American Family Insurance/USA Today All-USA Washington D.C. First Team … 2016 Washington Post All-Metro First Team … 2016 WCAC All-Conference First Team … 2015 WCAC All-Conference First Team … 2014 WCAC All-Conference Third Team … helped paved the way for Gonzaga’s leading rusher Tyree Randolph to rack up 1,731 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2016 … also received offers from Louisville, Virginia Tech and Pitt … coached by Randy Trivers.

Offensive Line Coach Dave Borbely on Jordan:
“Johnny is born to block. He’s exactly what we’re looking for at center. He’s big, strong and wide while also being very mobile and having a great center of gravity. As soon as we saw his tape, we knew right away that he’s someone we wanted to bring aboard.”


Javon Leake
Running Back
6-0, 208
Greensboro, N.C. (Page HS)

Before Maryland: A consensus 3-star prospect according to all major recruiting databases … 2016 American Family Insurance/USA Today All-USA North Carolina First Team … two-time Greensboro News & Record HSXtra First-Team All-Area selection and one-time honorable mention selection … selected for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas … All-Metro 4-A Conference … rushed for 1,679 yards on 216 carries despite missing two games due to injury as a senior … also caught 16 passes for 114 yards and played defensive back … helped the Pirates to a 14-2 record and an appearance in the Class 4-A title game … rushed 277 times for 2,048 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior … also caught 21 passes for 356 yards and four touchdowns … helped lead Page to the 4-A title game … also received offers from Louisville, South Carolina, UNC, Tennessee and Virginia Tech … coached by Kevin Gillespie.

Running Backs Coach Anthony Tucker on Leake:
“Javon is the number one running back in the state of North Carolina and is hands down one of the best players in that state. He’s a bigger guy, but has sprinter speed and can do everything you want in the run game. He’s just a really explosive athlete and extremely competitive. I don’t even think he’s close to having reached his potential. He can go line up at receiver, he can do anything out of the backfield, he’s going to be stout in protection. He’s a willing, tough, physical guy. I’m excited to have him.”


Anthony McFarland
Running Back
5-8, 185
Hyattsville, Md. (DeMatha Catholic)

Before Maryland: A consensus 4-star recruit according to all major recruiting databases … rated the 3rd-best running back nationally and second best player in the state of Maryland by 247 Sports and Rivals … 2016 Under Armour All-American … missed senior season due to injury … 2015 Second Team Washington Post All-Metro … ran for 527 yards and eight touchdowns (8.5 yards/carry) as a junior, while also catching 25 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns … 2014 Honorable Mention Washington Post All-Metro … rushed for 1124 yards (10.1 yards/carry) as a sophomore, in addition to catching 15 passes for 312 yards and 12 touchdowns … was also considering Alabama, Miami, Penn State and Georgia.

Running Backs Coach Anthony Tucker on McFarland:
“Anthony is obviously one of the best players in the state of Maryland and could have gone to any university in the country. He decided to stay home, which is big for our area and big for our program. He’s a guy that can do everything in the backfield and legitimately go line up at receiver as well. He has sprinter speed and he’s stronger than you think. We’re excited to start working with Anthony and we know it’s a huge deal for him to be able to represent where he has come from.”


Jordan McNair
Offensive Line
6-5, 330
Randallstown, Md. (McDonogh School)

Before Maryland: A 4-star recruit according to 247Sports ESPN and Scout … ranked in the top-25 nationally at position by ESPN and Scout … the 6th-ranked player in the state of Maryland by ESPN and 247sports.com … 2016 American Family Insurance ALL-USA Maryland Football Team … 2016 First Team Baltimore Sun All-Metro … 2015 Consensus Maryland All-State, First Team Baltimore Sun All-Metro and First Team All-MIAA … helped lead McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior … was also considering Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

Offensive Line Coach Dave Borbely on McNair: 
“Jordan was a must-get guy for us. He’s got size, strength and can run. He was a very highly recruited guy that we got in on early. I love what he can do on the field. He’s a guy that every time you saw him, he seemed to get a little bit bigger and taller each time. I’m really excited about him and what he can do here.”


B’Ahmad Miller
Defensive Line
6-3, 262
Newark, Del. (St. Frances Academy (Baltimore))

Before Maryland: Played at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Md. … a 3-star recruit according to Rivals, 247sports and ESPN … rated the No. 15 player in the state of Maryland and No. 34 strong-side defensive end in the nation via 247sports … rated the No. 20 player in the state of Maryland via Rivals … high school team ended the season ranked No. 3 in the state of Maryland via Max Preps … also received offers from Pitt, Illinois and Temple…coached by Henry Russell.

Defensive Coordinator Andy Buh on Miller:
“B’Ahmad is an athletic interior player with a nose for the ball. He’s extremely quick and strong. He’s a very good tackler and can get after the quarterback on the pass rush.”


Marcus Minor
Offensive Line
6-4, 296
Lanham, Md. (DeMatha Catholic)

Before Maryland: Played at local DeMatha High School … a consensus 4-star recruit according to all major recruiting services … rated as the No. 5 player in the state of Maryland via ESPN … a member of the ESPN3000 … rated as the No. 17 guard in the country via ESPN …  rated as the No. 9 player in the state of Maryland via 247Sports … rated as the No. 19 guard in the country via 247Sports … rated as the No. 6 player in the state of Maryland via Rivals … tabbed as the No. 1 guard in the state of Maryland and east region via Scout … rated as the No. 6 guard in the country via Scout … 2016 First Team All-WCAC selection ... 2016 USA Today First Team All-Maryland … helped lead Dematha to its fourth straight WCAC Championship in 2016…high school team ended the 2016 season ranked ninth in country via Max Preps and 14th in the nation via USA Today … 2015 Third Team All-WCAC selection … also received offers from Auburn, Florida, Penn State and Tennessee … coached by Elijah Brooks.

Offensive Line Coach Dave Borbely on Minor:
“Marcus takes the glasses off, puts the helmet on, and he is a dynamo out there. He’s a very conscientious guy that really works hard at his craft on his own. We’re really excited about him and the versatility he can bring. He can do a lot of things. He’s a great run blocker, great pass protector and can run. We really like him.”


Sean Nelson
Wide Receiver
6-0, 178
Fairburn, Ga. (Langston Hughes)

Before Maryland: Played at Langston Hughes HS in Fairburn Ga. … a 4-star recruit according to ESPN … a three-star recruit according to Scout, 247sports and Rivals … rated the No. 10 wide receiver in the state of Georgia via Scout … ranked the No. 100 WR in the country and the No. 66 player overall in the state of Georgia via Rivals … had 82 receptions for 1342 yards and 14 touchdowns throughout high school … also had 39 receptions for 543 yards and 9 touchdowns his senior season … also received offers from Louisville, Indiana and Illinois … coached by Willie Cannon.

Wide Receivers Coach Chris Beatty on Nelson:

“Sean is smooth and has home run capabilities. He also has length and can make people miss. He tracks the deep ball very well.”


Andrew Park
Tight End
6-4, 234
Fairfax Station, Va. (Lake Braddock)

Before Maryland: A consensus 3-star prospect according to all major recruiting databases … 2016 American Family Insurance/USA Today All-USA Virginia Second Team … two-time Virginia all-state selection … 2016 Washington Post Honorable Mention … totaled 21 catches for 343 yards and a touchdown as a senior … caught 26 balls for 398 yards and five touchdowns as a junior … also received offers from Temple and Pitt … coached by Jim Poythress.

Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends Coach Pete Lembo on Park:
"Andrew has a great combination of size, speed and overall athleticism for the tight end position. He catches the ball very naturally and can get yards after contact. His versatility as a receiver and blocker makes him a perfect fit for the position in our offensive system."


Lawtez Rogers
Defensive Line
6-4, 256
Greenbelt, Md. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Before Maryland: Rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports … 2016 Washington Post All-Metro Honorable Mention … 2015 honorable mention all-state selection … named to the Maryland Crab Bowl all-star game … also received offers from Louisville, Michigan State, Rutgers and Wake Forest … coached by Tom Green.

Defensive Coordinator Andy Buh on Rogers:
“B’Ahmad is an athletic interior player with a nose for the ball. He’s extremely quick and strong. He’s a very good tackler and can get after the quarterback on the pass rush.”


Cam Spence
Defensive Line
6-3, 311
Washington, D.C. (St. John’s College)

Before Maryland: Played high school football at IMG Academy and St. John’s College High School … a 4-star recruit according to ESPN, 247Sports, and Scout … a 3-star recruit according to Rivals … rated as the No. 3 player in Washington, DC via ESPN … rated as the No. 27 defensive lineman in the country via ESPN … rated as the No. 2 player in Washington DC via 247Sports … rated as the No. 20 defensive tackle in the nation via 247 Sports … rated as the No. 1 defensive tackle in Washington DC and No. 4 defensive tackle in the east region via Scout … rated as the No. 24 defensive lineman in the country via Scout…rated as the No. 4 players in Washington DC via Rivals … rated as the No. 36 defensive tackle in the nation via Rivals … 2016 Third Team All-WCAC selection … also received offers from Penn State, Florida State, Florida, Kentucky and Auburn … coached by Joe Casamento.

Defensive Coordinator Andy Buh on Spence:

“Cam is the heart of this class and a beast on the field. He will be an every down interior lineman that adds explosive pass rush ability as well as size.”


Nick Underwood
Linebacker
6-0, 215
Lake Oswego, Ore. (Lake Oswego/Riverside CC/Air Force)

Before Maryland: Played JUCO football at Riverside City College in Riverside, Calif. and high school football at Lake Oswego HS in Lake Oswego, Ore. … a consensus 3-star recruit according to all major recruiting services … ranked the No. 23 player in the state of Oregon via 247sports … ranked the No. 8 inside linebacker and the No. 120 player in his class via 247sports … ranked the No. 99 player in his class via Rivals … recorded 71 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 4 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions and one pass breakup in 11 games with Riverside City College.

Linebacker Coach Matt Barnes on Underwood:
“Nick plays with a very high football IQ. He’s quick and explosive. We really liked that he was productive in a very competitive league.”


Alex Woods
Defensive Back
6-2, 200
Durham, N.C. (Hillside HS/Lackawanna College)

Before Maryland: Played JUCO football at Lackawanna C.C. in Scranton, Pa. and high school football at Hillside in Durham, N.C. … a consensus 3-star recruit according to all major recruiting services … rated the No. 2 player in the state of North Carolina and the No. 13 corner in the nation via 247sports … rated the No. 95 player in the nation by 247sports … rated the No. 13 CB in the nation by ESPN … had 9 tackles and one interception in 7 games at Lackawanna College … coached by former Terp standout Mark Duda (1979-82).

Defensive Backs Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim on Woods:
“Alex is experienced and that’s a big plus for us. For his size, he’s extremely nimble, athletic, and quick-footed. He’s a big, long, rangy corner. He has good ball skills and we’re excited to have him.”


What They Are Saying About Maryland’s Recruiting Class…


“Maryland’s class is the biggest story in the Big Ten. And it’s a big story nationally. We’ve always known about the DMV and how fertile that area is. You could make a case that in the old Big Ten, maybe Ohio was the most fertile area in the country. I think now the DMV challenges that. But what’s even more impressive is how DJ and his staff have been able to keep that talent home. If that is sustainable, then Maryland competes for the Big Ten East, which has become the most competitive division in college football.”

-- Gerry DiNardo, Big Ten Network Analyst

“DJ Durkin’s first full recruiting class at Maryland has been, by all accounts, a success. The Terps have the No. 18 ranked recruiting class, which is the highest ranked class for Maryland since ESPN started ranking with stars in 2010. The class is led by five ESPN 300 commitments, which is the most in one class for Maryland since the ESPN 300 started in 2013. Overall, the class is going to fill some big needs for the Terps with 29 total commitments, eight of which are ranked as four-stars. A lot of what Durkin and his staff need right now in recruiting is depth and competition. This class should be full of eventual contributors for the Terps and could be a big part of continuing progress forward for Durkin.”

-- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN College football Recruiting Analyst

“Coach Durkin and his staff have done a phenomenal job bringing in one of the highest rated recruiting class ever for the University of Maryland, but also bringing in some really important pieces that are going to contribute very early in their careers. Anthony McFarland is probably the most impactful commit Maryland has had since Stefon Diggs. It really sends a message to the DMV. Looking at this recruiting class from top to bottom, it’s hard to not see how many players are from the DMV.

-- Adam Friedman, Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst

 “Maryland may be the biggest surprise in the country. You couldn’t have asked for anything better out of DJ Durkin. They have started to win but aren’t at where he’d like them to be. But the way he’s recruiting now bodes well for them in future seasons.”

-- Allen Trieu, Scout.com

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