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2018 Recruiting Targets – Defense

Last week, we took a look at all of the offensive players who the Maryland Terrapins are targeting for their 2018 recruiting class. In this article, we’ll look at the defensive targets for head coach DJ Durkin and his coaching staff.

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Defensive Ends

  • 4-star Eyabi Anoma (Baltimore, MD)
  • 4-star Thomas Booker (Baltimore, MD)
  • 3-star John Morgan (Hyattsville, MD)
  • 3-star Durrell Nchami (Burtonsville, MD) **COMMITTED**

Anoma (pictured above) and Booker are the blue-chippers among this group, and are two of the top targets overall for the Terrapins. Anoma is a pure pass-rushing end from the weak-side, and is being recruited by new defensive coordinator Jimmy Brumbaugh. Maryland is primary competing against Alabama and Penn State for his commitment. Booker is a strong-side end, and is being recruited heavily by a number of schools, including Stanford, Notre Dame, and Michigan. With both of the Terrapins’ starting defensive ends graduating after this season, this will be a position of need in their 2018 recruiting class.

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Defensive Tackles

  • 4-star Austin Fontaine (Hyattsville, MD) **COMMITTED**
  • 4-star PJ Mustipher (Owings Mills, MD)

With a wealth of young defensive tackles at their disposal, this is not necessarily a position of need for Maryland this season. However, they are targeting two very talented players who are some of the best interior defensive linemen in the country. Fontaine (pictured above) is a nose tackle who is being recruited by defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim. He is ranked as the 5th-best defensive tackle in the nation and the 4th-best player in the state of Maryland. Ohio State and Penn State are the primary competition for his commitment. Mustipher is a defensive tackle who stands very tall at 6’6″, and is being recruited by Brumbaugh. He is ranked as the 6th-best defensive tackle in the country and the 5th-best player in the state. Notre Dame is recruiting him very heavily, and is the leader for his commitment. Other schools who have shown strong interest include Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, and Tennessee.

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Linebackers

  • 3-star Keshon Artis (Chesapeake, VA)
  • 3-star Nihym Anderson (Vineland, NJ) **COMMITTED**
  • 3-star Gerry Vaughn (Tucker, GA)

Artis (pictured above) is an inside linebacker, and Maryland’s top target at the position. He is being recruited by running backs coach Chris Beatty. Virginia Tech is recruiting him very heavily, and is considered the leader (and primary competition) for his commitment. Anderson is an outside linebacker, and is being recruited by linebackers coach Matt Barnes. Primary competition for his commitment includes Minnesota and Pittsburgh. Vaughn is an outside linebacker who could be moved to safety, and is also being recruited by Barnes. Maryland is considered to be the leader for his commitment.

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Defensive Backs

  • 5-star Anthony Lytton (Upper Marlboro, MD)
  • 4-star Ken Montgomery, Jr. (Tampa, FL)
  • 3-star Judson Tallandier (Hyattsville, MD)
  • Unranked Raymond Boone (Greenbelt, MD)

It will take nothing short of a miracle for the Terrapins to land a commitment from Lytton (pictured above). The 5-star recruit and 2nd-best player in the state of Maryland has talked about nothing but Florida State during his entire recruitment process. They are the heavy favorite for his commitment, and will almost surely receive a verbal from him in the coming months. However, Abdul-Rahim is giving it his best shot for Maryland, as well as recruiters from Clemson and Penn State. Montgomery, Jr. is one of those players from Florida who seems to have flown under the radar of the Florida schools. Abdul-Rahim is recruiting him as well, and is competing with Alabama, Arkansas, and Ohio State for his commitment. Tallandier and Boone are also Abdul-Rahim recruits, and are the most likely of the four defensive backs to commit to Maryland. Tallandier is a tall cornerback from DeMatha Catholic High School, and Boone is Maryland’s lone safety recruit from Eleanor Roosevelt High School.

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Zack Kiesel

Zack is working towards a career in law and politics. The Owings Mills native focuses most of his efforts on Maryland Football recruiting and individual coach and player pieces; but also covers Terps Basketball. He has established relationships with Big Ten beat reporters across the conference, which he utilizes in his game previews. Now a Sr. Terps Analyst for BSL, Zack can be reached at: [email protected]

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