While national champion Ohio State and Penn State were both widely regarded as the big winners in the Big Ten after National Signing Day on Feb. 4, the Maryland Terrapins also landed some highly regarded local talent.
The Terrapins announced that 17 of their 18 recruits for this season signed national letters of intent. Of those, eight are from Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. One player, defensive lineman Oseh Saine of Worcester, Mass., has already enrolled at Maryland for this semester. This year’s recruiting class for head coach Randy Edsall includes five offensive lineman, four linebackers, three defensive lineman, two wide receivers, a quarterback, a running back, a defensive back and a punter.
Among the linemen is Adam McLean, a four-star recruit from Gaithersburg and Quince Orchard High School. McLean was the top-ranked defensive tackle in Maryland, and the second-ranked overall player in the state by Rivals.com. McLean was named to The Washington Post’s All-Met first team in 2013 after posting 47 tackles and seven sacks during his junior season.
Joining McLean on the defensive line will be Keiron Howard of Fort Washington and Potomac High School. Howard lettered in football all four years of high school, and also lettered in basketball. Last fall, Howard had 52 tackles, seven and a half sacks and an interception. He was named to the Post’s All-Met second team.
Quarvez Boulware of Friendship Collegeiate Academy in Washington was a consensus four-star recruit and the top offensive guard in the District. Rivals ranked him as the 15th-best guard in the country. Boulware moved to guard after playing at offensive tackle during his first three years of high school. He was named to the 2014 All-Met second team by the Post. Joining Boulware on the offensive line is E.J. Donahue of Linganore High School in Frederick County. Donahue is ranked as the second-best offensive tackle in the state.
Ty Johnson of Cumberland and Fort Hill High School is the lone running back in this year’s recruiting class for Maryland. He was the top-ranked running back in the state by Rivals. In his senior season, Johnson ran for 1,733 yards and 22 touchdowns, and on defense, had 38 tackles, three interceptions and broke up 14 passes. He finished his career with nearly 4,600 all-purpose yards and 65 total touchdowns, along with 17 interceptions. He led Fort Hill to back-to-back undefeated championship seasons in both his junior and senior years.
Edsall will now have three sets of brothers on his team, as inside linebacker Isaiah Davis of Temple Hill will join his older brother, defensive back Sean Davis. Isaiah ran for 1,206 yards and 11 touchdowns last season for St. Stephen & St. Agnes High School, and also on the wrestling team.
In other news, Maryland will have a new running backs coach this season. Edsall announced on Feb. 5 that Terry Richardson would become the team’s running backs coach. Richardson spent the last two seasons in the same position with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Prior to that, Richardson was the running backs coach for the Miami Hurricanes, and was also a recruiting coordinator for the Florida Gators.