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Four-star 2017 CB Deon Jones committed to Maryland.

Rivals' Adam Friedman was all over this one, predicting Jones' commitment to the Terps in the spring and reiterating that stance at the beginning of July. All of the gold stars to you, Mr. Friedman. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Jones indicated earlier this month that he planned on making visits to Florida and Florida State this summer. No word as to whether those travel plans have changed with his commitment. As for his on-field game, Maryland's new toy possesses "fluid hips" and "uses his length well [to help him] match up with bigger receivers," according to Scout.com's Brian Dohn. While Rivals ranks Jones at No. 131, Scout is higher on him by a considerable degree and slots him into their 2017 list at No. 66.
Source: Scout.com
Jul 7 - 3:25 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman wrote that four-star 2017 CB Deon Jones would "likely" commit to Maryland.

Friedman predicted likewise in the spring and nothing has happened that would swing that prediction in the interim. Jones is hoping to visit to Florida and Florida State later this summer as he prepares for his final season at Potomac High. The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder might well eventually commit to the Terrapins (he hails from Oxon Hill, Maryland), as Friedman predicts, but Jones also said that he "loved it at Ohio State." He stands as Rivals' No. 131 prospect for the 2017 cycle after tumbling 46 spots in their newest set of rankings released in June. He had previously been listed at No. 85.
Source: Rivals
Jul 2 - 4:23 PM

New Mexico State graduate WR Teldrick Morgan transferred to Maryland.

"It’s always great to bring a local kid back home [Morgan is from Hanover, Maryland]," HC D.J. Durkin said in a statement, "and on top of that he’s very skilled and brings a wealth of experience to our receivers unit." A groin injury sidelined Morgan for three games last season, but the 6-foot, 195-pounder still managed to catch 44 passes for 534 yards and four touchdowns after hauling in 75 passes for 903 yards and seven touchdowns during his sophomore campaign in 2014. Morgan has led New Mexico State in receptions each of the last two seasons.
Jun 28 - 4:00 PM

Maryland possesses a turnover margin of -35 over the last four seasons.

Coaches consistently cite turnovers as the No. 1 event in changing the outcome of a game. Over the last four years, Maryland is 21-29 with two bowl losses. This is the No. 1 area D.J. Durkin needs to improve on during his first season. Maryland lost a large number of defensive players to the NFL, including DB Sean Davis, edge rusher Yannick Ngakoue and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson, so that is one area to watch.
Jun 9 - 11:11 AM

Maryland four-star 2017 QB Kasim Hill jumped up to No. 102 in the latest edition of the Rivals250.

Hill had previously been ranked by Rivals as the No. 242 recruit in the country. A 142-spot leap is none too shabby. "At the New Jersey Rivals Camp, Hill continued to build momentum after an impressive junior campaign," wrote outlet Mid-Atlantic recruiting analyst Adam Friedman. "The Maryland commit’s timing and accuracy look better and better each time we see him." The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder from Washington D.C. said that part of the reason he chose the Terrapins is that Maryland houses a strong undergraduate business school.
Source: Rivals
Jun 8 - 4:00 PM

College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread noted that Maryland graduate RB Trey Edmunds "won't be handed the starting job."

The Terrapins are looking to replace Brandon Harris, who slid through the draft before landing with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent. Edmunds transferred over from Virginia Tech back in January. His biggest competition to start in 2016 is likely to be senior RB Wes Brown. Last season, Brown rushed for 317 yards (4.5 YPC) and three touchdowns while backing up Ross. Injuries have been somewhat problematic for the 6-foot-1, 221-pound Edmunds. With Virginia Tech, he has played in just 15 games over the past two seasons. A broken clavicle suffered in early October of 2014 knocked him out for the remainder of that campaign.
Source: NFL.com
May 21 - 4:08 PM

Maryland OC Walt Bell said that HC D.J. Durkin is "unbelievably relentless when it comes to recruiting."

"[Durkin] fosters that environment, making it important, demanding that it’s important to every coach and every grad assistant in the building that’s allowed to recruit," Bell said. That focus and energy has already started to pay off in commitments, most notably with DE Joshua Kaindoh, who checks into the ESPN 300 at an impressive No. 18. Kaindoh is the highest-ranked commitment the Terps have landed since 2012.
May 13 - 8:41 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Adam Friedman predicted that Maryland would ultimately land four-star CB Deon Jones for the 2017 cycle.

Jones will be taking official visits to Florida, Florida State and Oklahoma, but Friedman likes the Terps as his final destination due to the fact that the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder hails from Oxon Hill, Maryland. The analyst also tosses Clemson in as a potential contender here. Until he has completed this slate of official visits, it is unlikely that Jones will make a commitment. He ranks as Rivals No. 85 overall recruit for the 2017 cycle and their No. 10 cornerback recruit.
Source: Rivals
May 9 - 6:13 PM

Browns signed Maryland K Brad Craddock.

Craddock (6'0/186) earned the 2014 Lou Groza Award as the nation's top kicker before suffering a season-ending wrist dislocation nine games into his senior year. He finished his career 57-of-70 (81.4 percent) on field goals with four missed extra points. Craddock has an NFL leg and is a willing tackler in kick coverage, but he needs to improve his kickoffs to become a full-time NFL placekicker. Craddock's competition in Cleveland will be "Travis Coons."
May 5 - 4:11 PM

Vikings signed Maryland RB Brandon Ross.

Ross (5'10/201) was a three-plus-year starter for the Terrapins, parlaying 487 career carries into 2,541 yards (5.22 YPC) and 19 TDs, adding 40 receptions. He graduated as Maryland's fourth all-time leading rusher and was an honorable mention All-Big Ten pick as a senior. Snubbed for a Combine invite, Ross showed well at the Terps' Pro Day with a 4.44 forty and 37 1/2-inch vertical. Ross is undersized with a limited passing-game track record, but his speed and outstanding senior-year rushing efficiency (6.39 YPC) make him a long-shot prospect worth monitoring.
May 4 - 1:21 PM

Seahawks selected Maryland DT Quinton Jefferson with the No. 147 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Jefferson (6'4/291) started two seasons, breaking out last year with 12.5 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks en route to All-Big Ten honorable mention. Jefferson has experience at end and tackle and showed plus athleticism at the Combine, running 4.95 with 24 reps on the bench. Although he was not a dominant collegiate, Jefferson has the body type and skill set to function at both five and three technique. He has a chance to carve out a versatility-driven niche role.
Apr 30 - 2:28 PM

Jaguars selected Maryland DE Yannick Ngakoue with the No. 69 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Ngakoue (6'2/252) turned pro following a breakout junior campaign, setting Maryland's single-season sack record (13.5) and tallying 21.5 for his career along with 33 tackles for loss. He earned first-team All-Big Ten in 2015. Ngakoue turned in a solid Combine workout, running 4.75 with a 34 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-10 broad jump. Ngakoue has experience as an edge-setting run defender, offers pass-rush potential, and plays with a non-stop motor. He has a chance to develop into a factor as an NFL edge presence.
Apr 29 - 9:56 PM

Steelers selected Maryland DB Sean Davis with the No. 58 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Davis (6'1/201) made 40 starts for the Terps, breaking out as a senior for five forced fumbles and three interceptions. Davis shuttled between corner and safety at Maryland and offers versatility. He's also a terrific athlete, running 4.46 at the Combine with a 37 1/2-inch vertical and 10-foot-6 broad jump. On tape, Davis needs to polish his coverage game — he coughed up 10 TD passes in his final two seasons — and was an inefficient tackler. He reminds of Jimmy Wilson as a safety-corner hybrid who may ultimately struggle to nail down a starting job at either position.
Apr 29 - 9:23 PM

CBS Sports senior NFL columnist Pete Prisco believes that Maryland CB/S Sean Davis is "the type of player who can be molded into a top-level starter -- and maybe even more."

While Davis played both safety and corner with Maryland, Prisco sees him as a future safety at the pro level. "He ran a 4.46 40 at the NFL scouting combine, so he has the speed to play outside," Prisco wrote. "Even so, I see him as a long-term starting safety in a league where there is greater value on that spot than in the past." NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, meanwhile, is of the opinion that the 6-foot-1, 201-pounder could work as a safety in a base defense, shifting over to corner on nickel packages. At least 19 teams have taken a closer look at Davis during the process, be it through meetings, workouts or visits.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 23 - 5:25 PM

NFL Media's Gil Brandt says Maryland CB/S Sean Davis is a big sleeper and a "New England Patriots kind of player."

"Big, strong, athletic defensive back who was a top combine performer at his position in the broad jump (10 feet, 9 inches) and bench press (21 reps of 225 pounds)," Brandt wrote. "Versatility is his strength. I see him as a safety in a base defense and a cornerback in nickel packages. Davis is also a good press corner." Davis is basically Eric Rowe's doppelganger, in terms of frame and measurables (they're eerily similar), versatility and playing style.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 22 - 7:55 PM


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