Maryland football OV primer + visits elsewhere to know: June 21

Maryland’s fourth and final recruiting weekend of the month has officially arrived as head coach Mike Locksley and his staff welcome the most loaded batch of visitors to date this cycle – and arguably one of, if not the most talented crew in years. Visits will begin just hours after Maryland picked up its 11th public commitment of the cycle as Riverdale Baptist (MD) three-star DL Nahsir Taylor announced his decision, and the good news is only beginning for Maryland fans as the staff looks to add to that this upcoming weekend.

Full List

St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) three-star SAF Travares Daniels
Warwick (VA) four-star SAF Messiah Delhomme
McDonough (MD) four-star TE Jeff Exinor
Salem (VA) four-star IOL Jaylen Gilchrist
Highland Springs (VA) three-star ATH Brennan Johnson
Quince Orchard (MD) three-star RB Iverson Howard
North Carolina (MD) four-star CB Zymear Smith
Concordia Prep (MD) three-star OLB Sidney Stewart
Spalding (MD) four-star QB Malik Washington
Spalding (MD) DL Delmar White
St. Frances (MD) four-star CB Blake Woodby

Quince Orchard (MD) four-star RB Iverson Howard made his commitment official this week after becoming the tenth pledge in the 2025 cycle earlier this week, and now the new in-state pledge returns to campus for his official visit. While Michigan and Florida State were both involved heading into June, interest faded ahead of initially scheduled visits to make this Howard’s first trip of the month as assistant James Thomas has led the way with the in-state target. With Coombs and Howard both entrenched in top target territory at the position this cycle, Locksley has reliable incoming reinforcements similar to the 2021 class in Roman Hemby, Colby McDonald and Antwain Littleton.

Maryland will look to add all the local talent, and it’s the weekend that Maryland fans have long been waiting for as Spalding (MD) three-star QB Malik Washington makes his way to campus as head coach Mike Locksley and the staff look to close out his recruitment ahead of next week’s scheduled commitment. By now, where Maryland stands is clear as the Terps weathered the slight storm through the spring into June with UCF, Syracuse and Virginia Tech the main schools working to change that. A chance to step into an immediate quarterback competition as a freshman, the opportunity to be coached under head coach Mike Locksley and both his fit and potential in the Terps’ offense have been the key selling points throughout the Terps’ pursuit as coordinators Brian Williams and Josh Gattis stayed consistent. Washington has long been viewed as a potential program-changing piece, both in terms of his potential local recruiting and on-field impact as a 6-foot-4, well-liked hometown priority. The top target will finalize his commitment next week with a decision date set for June 28.

Washington will be joined by teammate and emerging defensive end target Delmar White, who has long been on Brian Williams’ radar through the eval period until camp season gave head coach Mike Locksley a closer chance to see him in-person. Stony Brooke, Maine and Villanova have been involved while the Terps are the lone Power Four school and enter the weekend with a viable chance to keep him local as he and Dante Recker could give the position two high potential defensive ends.

Virginia Tech capitalized on a mid-April official visit from TE Jeff Exinor to capture some tangible buzz with his recruitment narrowing focus, but all it took was for Exinor to make his way back to Penn State for his June official visit where head coach James Franklin and the Nittany Lions have tapped into a deep McDonough connection to take back control of the four-star’s recruitment. Exinor hoped to switch his Maryland official visit to last weekend, but keeping his visit for this upcoming weekend was key beyond it being a massive recruiting weekend. A big reason why the Hokies were able to capture early momentum with both Exinor and Washington were because the close friends were on campus together, a friendship that extends well past the on-field MIAA rivalry. Penn State enters the weekend as the clear team to beat as assistants Brian Braswell and Kevin Sumlin work to change that to potentially add two dynamic weapons to their tight end room.

With one offensive lineman currently in the fold in Lakeland (FL) three-star Ben Beymer, the Terps will look to make a move on their top interior offensive line target as Maryland has been involved with Salem (VA) IOL Jaylen Gilchrist since his recruitment first took form. South Carolina kicked off the month with an official visit as even Gilchrist hasn’t shied away from the fact that the Gamecocks have been the clear team since the spring. Yet Gilchrist has followed through on the rest of his official visits and last weekend’s trip to Georgia opened the door in his recruitment a bit more. Maryland will now look to make their move as assistant Latrell Scott has made Gilchrist one of his top priorities this cycle, establishing a close-knit relationship since the start of his junior season. “Coach Scott and coach Locks, coach Braswell. That’s the trio,” Gilchrist told IBG. “It’s gotten to the point where, yes they’re coaches, but I’m at the point where I don’t even have to look at them as coaches but as mentors. I value that because football, it’s not life, it’s temporary.”

Maryland was initially slated to host Highland Springs ATH Brennan Johnson, who is a safety target, the first official visit weekend before last-minute scheduling issues postponed those plans. Johnson previously told IBG in June he was still planning to OV to Maryland with a mid-week OV at one point on the table. Virginia Tech has become a frequent competitor for the Terps this cycle, but for Johnson, there’s good reason given his dad played there and his brother, Braylon Johnson, is currently enrolled. Johnson may not be as tough of a pull as Exinor, but it’ll be a battle as assistant Latrell Scott has led the way into June.

Maryland will watch another safety target from Virginia make his way to campus as Warwick (VA) four-star SAF Messiah Delhomme has been a top target at the position and potential Dante Trader Jr. replacement. Assistant Latrell Scott has led the way while coordinator of player personnel Marcus Thomas, who has repeatedly drawn praise from local prospects and coaches over the last nine months, has chipped in on the pursuit. Virginia Tech has shaped up to be the biggest competition, but Ohio State is coming off a productive visit where the Buckeyes remain a factor despite picking up a commitment from blue-chip safety Faheem Delane. Maryland will also watch St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) three-star SAF Travares Daniels make his way to campus after last weekend’s originally scheduled official visit was postponed. After backing off his pledge to Indiana, Georgia Tech is the remaining finalist as co-defensive coordinator Brian Williams looks to reel in his second target from the Florida powerhouse since arriving at Maryland.

Maryland was an immediate factor for North Caroline (MD) CB Zymear Smith since Aazaar Abdul-Rahim arrived as the then-sleeper target held the Terps in high regard. Alabama stepped into the mix, among the flurry of Power Four schools, and were able to reel him in on his first trip to Tuscaloosa with quiet buzz that Smith dreamed of playing for the Crimson Tide. Alabama was the first school to host him for an official visit, but Smith has never shut down contact with the Terps’ staff and made his way back to College Park twice in June as the staff looks to steadily chip away. But while Smith was initially a cornerback target for Maryland, he’ll get a chance to sit down and see how he fits as a wide receiver and returner for the Terps with other schools, namely Pitt and Penn State, split between the two positions. Smith also holds a strong relationship with current Maryland verbal Bud Coombs, top target LB Noah Chambers and top ’26 target Zion Elee as the Terps have people in Smith’s camp advocating for the hometown team, though Smith’s recruitment is expected to remain slightly open into the fall.

Similar could be said for St. Frances (MD) four-star CB Blake Woodby with Auburn surging through June while Oregon remains involved since his late May decision to part ways with Ohio State. The relationships between Woodby and Maryland extend beyond Woodby’s time at St. Frances where assistant Aazaar Abdul-Rahim has built a deep relationship with the blue-chip target. The recent arrival of ’24 signee and Woodby’s old teammate, “Kerm” Humes, only adds to the Terps chances as they work to address Woodby’s development plan and outline their NIL plan, an aspect that’s helped Auburn take control of his recruitment. Woodby has a late November official visit planned to Oregon while he plans to return to Auburn in late July, but the Terps’ confidence in Woodby’s chances have been steady throughout as Maryland has been entrenched on his shortlist since the coaching change.

After monitoring him through his junior year, Maryland picked up efforts with Concordia Prep (MD) three-star OLB Sidney Stewart through the spring as assistants James Thomas and Brian Braswell have led the way. After taking trips to WVU, VT, Boston College and Indiana, Maryland enters the weekend with a chance to take control back in his recruitment as the outside linebacker target has not only built a strong rapport with the coaches, but is high on the idea of staying local. Stewart remained intent on taking all scheduled visits before making a decision, which will likely come within the next two weeks.

“I like to see things through. It’s like taking a test. You might think you have an answer but when you look through the multiple choice there ends up being a better one so I don’t want to be too quick and jump the gun,” he told IBG.

Key visits elsewhere 

OT Amory Hills, WR Matt Outten, LB Noah Chambers, RB Jeff Overton Jr – Virginia Tech
LB Cortez Harris – Penn State
DT Donta Simpson – West Virginia (possible)
OL Bryce Jenkins – Tennessee
DT Christian Hudson – Iowa

Maryland rolled out the red carpet for Outten, Chambers, Hills and Overton last weekend and now, the Hokies will look to do the same. The biggest wildcard is Overton, who still has Maryland on his list despite the Terps picking up their second commitment at the position – the initial plan this cycle. Maryland has been in contact with Overton since Iverson Howard’s commitment as his camp understands Overton’s fit complements what Howard and Bud Coombs bring, but the path to playing time and strong relationships with Virginia Tech gives the Hokies a chance to take control of his recruitment. Meanwhile, Maryland and Virginia Tech continue to battle for pole position for Chambers with a July decision expected. Add Penn State to the top group of contenders for Outten, who were first to host him, as his recruitment could still bounce a number of ways. There was early buzz with Penn State for Hills, but the Nittany Lions are in wait-and-see mode as Virginia Tech gets their crack at his recruitment before a July decision.

Maryland took the edge for four-star Cortez Harris coming out of his official visit, but there’s still room to change that and Penn State is the one who can do so. Maryland is coming off a strong visit with the athletic edge rusher, who is getting back into shape after shoulder surgery, and between assistants James Thomas, Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and Kevin Sumlin, the Terps remain a viable threat in his recruitment with Tennessee a wildcard.

One prospect Tennessee isn’t a wildcard for is four-star Bryce Jenkins and with his official visit set for this weekend, I’m keeping tabs to see whether the Vols are able to close out his recruitment during the visit.

Maryland has done well with Christian Hudson throughout his recruitment and remain a viable factor as Iowa is set to be the fourth and final official visit. For any Washington fans out there, former running back Ladell Betts is the current Hawkeye assistant who kicked off Iowa’s interest though Maryland is one to watch in this recruitment. Sticking in Florida, DT Donta Simpson followed through on his official visit to FAU last weekend while it’s now up in the air whether he makes it to his third and final OV to WVU this weekend. Simpson is expected to commit on July 6, though he’s previously told IBG late June is his timeframe, as Maryland remains the team to beat in his recruitment.

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