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With Haskins on Board, Who’s Next for the Terps?

Last week, the Maryland Terrapins football program made national waves when 4-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins committed to Randy Edsall’s staff on national television. He chose the Terrapins over offers from schools like Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State, and Penn State. For the first time in many years, Maryland has a prestigious quarterback to run its offense. While he likely won’t see the field until his redshirt freshman year in 2017, he gives fans something big to look forward to in the immediate future. There has been a lot of talk over the past week about the “DMV-to-UMD” movement, something that Maryland’s coaching staff has been pushing for some time now. When Haskins committed, he listed 20 local players that he wanted to bring with him to College Park. This article will highlight 4 of the most likely recruits to follow him to Maryland.

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Trevon Diggs

High School: The Avalon School (Gaithersburg, MD)
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 183 lbs.

247Sports Rank: 4-star WR
ESPN Rank: 4-star ATH
Rivals Rank: 4-star WR
Scout Rank: 4-star WR

40-yard Dash: 4.45 seconds (Hudl, Scout)

Other Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, LSU, Miami (FL), Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Rutgers, Temple, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest

Maryland fans may not have to wait too long before they see another member of the Diggs family playing football in College Park. Stefon’s younger brother Trevon is currently at the top of Maryland’s recruiting board, and for good reason. He is a 4-star wide receiver prospect who is also a very talented cornerback. He has good size, while also possessing excellent speed. Diggs would only add to an already-stockpiled wide receiving corps for offensive coordinator Mike Locksley.

Trevon would likely be a slot receiver for the Terrapins, and Locksley would use him in essentially the same way that he used Stefon. He is very talented in space, and would get the ball on screen passes and jet sweeps, among other things. While some people have been projecting him as a cornerback recently, all of the major recruiting sites except ESPN see him as a wide receiver (ESPN categorizes him as an athlete). While Alabama is making a very hard late push, Haskins essentially guaranteed that he and Diggs were a “package-deal”. It is very likely that we see a Maryland commitment from Diggs very soon.

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Terrance Davis

High School: DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD)
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 305 lbs.

247Sports Rank: 4-star OG
ESPN Rank: 4-star OG
Rivals Rank: 4-star OG
Scout Rank: 4-star OT

40-yard Dash: 5.48 seconds (ESPN), 5.60 seconds (247Sports)

Other Offers: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Marshall, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia Tech, West Virginia

Ever since Edsall arrived on Maryland’s campus, he has been attempting to build a pipeline from DeMatha Catholic High School in nearby Hyattsville. In his 10 seasons as the Terrapins’ head coach, Ralph Friedgen was unable to accomplish this goal. However, in his 5th season, it looks like Edsall is on the brink of doing just that. With commitments from two DeMatha players already in his 2016 class (Lorenzo Harrison and D.J. Turner), it looks like the days of every high-profile recruit to come out of the high school football powerhouse are just about over.

Davis is a 4-star offensive guard from DeMatha, and is very high on Maryland’s recruiting board. He has excellent size for a 2016 lineman, and would be a great addition to the interior of Greg Studrawa’s offensive line. He has also played some offensive tackle for the Stags, showing versatility that Edsall loves in his linemen. Michigan looks like the Terrapins’ biggest competition for Davis, and if Jim Harbaugh pushing hard for an offensive lineman doesn’t tell you something about him, I don’t know what does.

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Tino Ellis

High School: DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, MD)
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 185 lbs.

247Sports Rank: 4-star WR
ESPN Rank: 4-star WR
Rivals Rank: 4-star WR
Scout Rank: 4-star WR

40-yard Dash: 4.50 seconds (247Sports)

Other Offers: Boston College, Hawai’i, Indiana, Kentucky, Marshall, Nebraska, North Carolina, Old Dominion, Rutgers, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Wisconsin

Another of DeMatha’s high-profile recruits in their 2016 class is Ellis, a 4-star wide receiver prospect. Haskins listed him among the 20 players who he wants to bring with him to College Park. He is an incredibly talented wideout who would likely slot into Maryland’s split end position on the outside. He has good size and excellent speed, and would be another vertical threat for Haskins.

Ellis has a cousin who plays for Virginia Tech, who has been considered the favorite for his commitment. However, with Haskins’ commitment to Maryland, Ellis could very well be heading to College Park as well. If Edsall and his staff are able to land both Diggs and Ellis, Big Ten defensive backs will likely be shaking with fear at the thought of a Haskins-Diggs/Ellis passing game.

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Naseir Upshur

High School: Imhotep Institute (Philadelphia, PA)
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 233 lbs.

247Sports Rank: 4-star TE
ESPN Rank: 4-star TE
Rivals Rank: 4-star TE
Scout Rank: 4-star TE

40-yard Dash: 4.70 seconds (247Sports)

Other Offers: Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa, LSU, Massachusetts, Miami (FL), Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, UCF, UCLA, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Western Michigan, West Virginia, Wisconsin

As you can see from Upshur’s offer sheet above, he is an incredibly talented tight end prospect. Considered one of the best tight ends in the 2016 class, his commitment would be huge for the Terrapins. While Maryland has produced some very talented tight ends in the past (Vernon Davis, Matt Furstenburg, etc.), recent years have been lacking in that regard. With Andrew Isaacs already on the roster, Upshur would continue the tradition of talented tight ends in College Park.

While he wasn’t seen as leaning towards Maryland before Haskins’ commitment, he has certainly taken notice of the 4-star quarterback’s college choice. His recruitment is essentially wide open, with Miami (FL) and Michigan seen as the light “favorites”. Maryland could use a playmaker at the tight end position, and Upshur is perfect for Locksley’s offense, which likes to use the tight end as an H-back, as a traditional tight end, and as a slot receiver.

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