Lots of Midwest recruiting news to discuss in the latest FOX Sports NEXT Midwest Recruiting podcast…
2014 Recruiting Update: OFFENSE
Maryland locked in their quarterback earlier this spring when St. John's College High three-star Will Ulmer verbally committed.
While it looked like Maryland was only going to be taking one running back in this year's class, Wes Brown's recent "situation" might impact their approach.
As of now, St. John's Prep (Danvers, Mass.) three-star running back Johnathan Thomas is the sole ball carrier in the class.
Maryland is loaded with talented wide outs right now, so they will possibly only take one or two receivers, in addition to a tight end.
Juwann Winfree- Maryland has a legitimate shot at Dwight Morrow High (Englewood, N.J.) three-star athlete mainly because of the presence of receiver Stefon Diggs and Maryland's penchant for producing top level wide outs. He recently trimmed (I'll use that term loosely) his list to an "exclusive" list of nine schools, including Maryland. Other contenders for Winfree are: Rutgers, Virginia. Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Georgia, West Virginia, North Carolina State, Kansas and Pitt.
Chris Jones- The DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) three-star is enjoying the recruiting process-- a little too much. Jones said he could decide sometime in January, but according to his father a decision could come much sooner. Jones has visited a number of schools this summer, including: Wisconsin, Ohio State, Nebraska, Wake Forest etc…Cutting to the chase, both Jones and his dad feel comfortable with the coaching staff and the program at College Park. Maryland is in very good position with the Stags' wide out given the proximity to his home in Baltimore, as well as his family's desire to see him play.
Nat Dixon- The Mosley High (Lynn Haven, Fl.) product had been in touch with Coach Lyndon Johnson, but whether or not he has a legitimate Maryland offer is still in question…Regardless, Dixon would have to make a trip up to College Park before anything changes.
Michael Gallup- The Monroe (Ga.) High wide out claimed a Maryland offer, but again, there is a question about the legitimacy of that verbal. Either way, reports have him looking elsewhere.
Maryland is probably only taking one tight end this year. Chardon (Ohio) two-star tight end Andrew Gray verbaled to Maryland back in June seemingly grabbing the single spot. However, Gray is more of a blocking tight end so Maryland could conceivably keep an eye out for more of a receiving threat.
These prospects do not hold offers yet, but as things progress the staff might take a second look.
Calvert Hall CHS (Towson, Md.) tight end Erik Evans
- Evans gave an early verbal to Ohio State for lacrosse but he has recently gotten more interest for his skills on the football field. If Evans does open his recruitment up, he wants to stay close to home giving Maryland the best chance shot at him.
Suitland High (District Heights, Md.) tight end Daryl Jasper
- Jasper was an under-the-prospect who missed last season with a knee injury. At 6-foot-5, 240-pounds, Japser looks the part, whether or not Maryland will seriously pursue him will depend on his senior season.
The Terps already locked in two offensive linemen for their 2014 class, McDonogh three-star Jared Cohen and Texas-native Brendan Moore. That means Maryland will be looking to take at least three more linemen.
Damian Prince- Maryland is back in good position with the Bishop McNamara four-star prospect. Of course, the Terps are up against some stiff competition with the likes, Ohio State, Florida, and Florida State. Prince is exactly what Maryland needs on the line as the Terps make their debut in the Big Ten. It is going to be difficult for Maryland to lure him away from the name players, but the Terps have a shot because of his relationship with the staff, namely his recruiter Mike Locksley.
Brendan Brosnan- The Main South (Park Ridge, Ill.) three-star has picked up a number of new offers since landing his verbal from the Terps. He was high on Maryland after picking up his offer, but he has taken a number of visits this summer but none to College Park. If Maryland can get him to campus, they might still have a shot at him, but right now it is up in the air. Academics are a big priority for Brosnan, that could help Maryland's chances.
Brock Ruble-The BIG DeMatha Catholic lineman seems to have an affinity for southern schools and his father is a Tar Heel legacy. In talking to Ruble, every school school seems to have a shot and things are still very much wide open for him. He was hoping to play basketball in college, so he was a little bit late to the recruiting game…Maryland is still in play, but things could go either way at this point. Marcus Applefield- The Weeki Wachee High (Fla.) three-star recently made a trip up to College Park. He left with the offer, but he was not singing any praises on his way out. It looks like "the Apple" falls a bit too far from the tree for Maryland on this one.
Jake Whitley- The North Augusta (S.C) offensive guard visited College Park with his mom back in late June, and seemed to enjoy the experience. His situation has become more murkey as he continues to take some more trips but Maryland still has a legitimate shot at landing him.
Ricky Walker- Maryland had some early momentum with Bethel High (Hampton, Va.) offensive tackle Ricky Walker, but it seems like the moment has passed. Walker would be a long shot for the Terps.
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