With an impending move to the Big Ten, Randy Edsall's Maryland continues to put together a strong, small 2014 recruiting class, expected to be around 17-18 players. With two commitments in the past week, the Terps are moving closer to that goal, and have their eye on some big remaining local targets in the class.
Maryland's 2014 class ranks 50th in the 247sports composite, good for 12th in what has been a strong recruiting year for the ACC. The class would rank eighth in the Big Ten.
The Terps' newest commit is Norcross (Ga.) safety Jordan Noil, a two-star prospect who chose Maryland over an offer from Kansas State.
Maryland also got a recent commit from Juwann Winfree, considered one of the stars of their class. The athlete from Dwight Morrow (N.J.) High School is rated a four-star by the 247sports composite, and will play wide receiver for the Terps. He is considered the 18th-best athlete in the country and the eighth-best player from the state.
Jesse Aniebonam is the top-rated commitment for the Terps. The defensive end from Good Counsel (Md.) High School is considered a four-star by the 247sports composite. He is rated as the seventh-best strong-side defensive end in the country and the second-best player in the state.
Will Ulmer is one of the top players in Edsall's class. The quarterback from St. John's College (D.C.) High School is rated a three-star by the 247sports composite. He is considered the tenth-best dual threat quarterback in the country and the third-best player in the state.
Johnathan Thomas is another big get for Maryland. The running back from St. John's Prep (Mass.) High School is considered a three-star by the 247sports composite. He is rated as the 37th-best running back in the country and the second-best player in the state.
Maryland, thanks to its hot start and some rebuilt relationships with local schools, is in the running for quite a few top targets.
Damian Prince, a five-star offensive tackle from District Heights (MD) Bishop McNamara High School, likes Maryland along with Florida State and Ohio State. Fellow five-star Jalen Tabor, a five-star from Washington (D.C.) Friendship Academy, is also very high on Maryland, as well as the Florida Gators.
But it doesn't end there. Four-star offensive tackle Brock Ruble, of DC, is also very high on Maryland, as is Demetrius Johnson, of Annapolis, a three-star receiver.
How will Maryland's recruiting play in the Big Ten?
Quite well, actually. Maryland has a very strong chance of landing the third or fourth-best class in the B1G, behind only Ohio State and Michigan.