2018 Recruiting Targets – Offense
The Maryland Terrapins are just a little over a month removed from securing their best football recruiting class in program history, but there is no rest on the trail for the weary. The 2018 recruiting cycle is already well underway, and head coach DJ Durkin and his staff will be working hard to follow up their incredible 2017 recruiting class. Let’s take a look at some of the offensive players who they will be recruiting over the course of the next 10-11 months.
• 4-star Tyler Desue (Virginia Beach, VA) **COMMITTED**
3-star Devin Leary (Sicklerville, NJ) **Committed to N.C. State**
247Sports ranks Desue (pictured above) as the 13th-best dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and his recruitment is being led by wide receivers coach Chris Beatty. The Terrapins are considered to be the leaders for his commitment, though he is also receiving interest from UCF and Virginia. Offensive coordinator Walt Bell is leading the recruitment of Leary, who 247Sports ranks as the 15th-best pro-style quarterback in the country. He is also receiving interest from Rutgers. Both players are a bit on the shorter side, with Desue measuring in at 6’1″ and Leary at 6’0″. While Maryland has their quarterback of the future in Kasim Hill, the team’s infamous 2012 season proved that you can never have too many men behind center. As a rule of thumb, many coaches like to take at least one quarterback in each recruiting class.
• 3-star Mychale Salahuddin (Washington, D.C.) • 3-star Leddie Brown (Smyrna, DE)
• 3-star Trent Pennix (Raleigh, NC)
Salahuddin (pictured above) is a highly-coveted back who is being recruited by Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech, among others. Defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim is leading his recruitment. All three players have good size, with none of them measuring under 5’11″. Pennix recently named Virginia Tech as the favorites for his commitment, and Brown is being heavily recruited by West Virginia. The Terrapins already have a ton of running back talent on their roster, so this is likely not a position at the top of their needs list this year.
• 4-star Daniel George (Oxon Hill, MD)
• 4-star Shaquon Anderson-Butts (Harrisburg, PA)
• 3-star Sean Ryan (Brooklyn, NY)
• 3-star Armani Chatman (Virginia Beach, VA)
• 3-star Darryle Simmons (Philadelphia, PA)
• 3-star Amad Anderson (Staten Island, NY)
• Unranked Robert Mayo (Chantilly, VA)
The blue-chippers in this group are George (pictured above) and Anderson-Butts. The former’s commitment is being led by Beatty, with assistance from Abdul-Rahim. He has excellent size at 6’2″, and Penn State is considered to be the leader for his commitment. Anderson-Butts is also being heavily recruited by the Nittany Lions, who are considered to be the leaders for his commitment as well. The Terrapins added a wealth of tall receivers in their 2017 class, but Bell’s spread offense can never have too many talented wideouts.
• 3-star Kyle Pitts (Warminster, PA)
Pitts (pictured above) is a highly-coveted recruit, receiving interest from Florida, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, among others. Running backs coach Anthony Tucker is leading his recruitment, with assistance from special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Pete Lembo. While the tight end position isn’t a huge part of Bell’s offense, the presence of a strong pass-catcher like Pitts would add an extra dimension to his playbook.
• 4-star Jaelyn Duncan (Owings, MD)
• 3-star Rasheed Walker (Waldorf, MD)
• 3-star Aidan Rafferty (Washington, D.C.)
• 3-star Darian Kinnard (Cleveland, OH)
Duncan (pictured above) and Walker are the blue-chippers and primary targets in this group. Duncan’s recruitment is being led by former offensive line coach and current special assistant Dave Borbely, and is also receiving strong interest from Ohio State. He has excellent size for a high school senior, measuring in at 6’6″ and 300 pounds. Walker’s recruitment is being led by Abdul-Rahim, and while his size isn’t quite what Duncan’s is (6’5″, 280 pounds), he is being heavily recruited by Ohio State, Penn State, and Virginia Tech.
• 4-star offensive guard Evan Gregory (Hyattsville, MD) **COMMITTED**
• 4-star offensive guard Curtis Dunlap (Bradenton, FL)
• Unranked center Zack Zambrano (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Gregory (pictured above) hails from the historic DeMatha Catholic High School program, a pipeline which Maryland has been able to fully exploit in the past few years. His recruitment is being led by Abdul-Rahim, and is also receiving interest from Rutgers and Virginia. Maryland is considered the leader for his commitment, and they are recruiting him very heavily. Dunlap is an absolute beast of a young man, measuring at 6’4″ and a whopping 368 pounds. Unfortunately for the Terrapins, they were not included in the Top 5 that he released last week, which included Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Michigan, and Oklahoma.