Maryland Makes Big Leap, Checks In as Top 25 Brand

In a survey released on Friday that featured 1,000 high school prospects determining how likely they would be to visit a Power Five school on a scale of one through ten, Maryland checked in at 24th nationally and fifth in the Big Ten after drawing an average score of 6.54.

Only three schools (Alabama, Texas Tech, Missouri) jumped more than Maryland over a four-year span while two schools (Texas A&M, Rutgers) matched Maryland’s 17-point jump in the survey.

The survey was released one month after Maryland hosted nearly 40 official visitors including St. Frances (MD) four-star Dashawn Womack, Hickory (NC) four-star Rico Walker, Unity Reed (VA) three-star Amare Campbell, Bergen Catholic (NJ) three-star DJ Samuels and Jones (FL) four-star Malik Bryant among others. After entering the month with just a pair of verbal commitments, Maryland utilized a hectic June to build their 18-man class that included Chaminade-Madonna (FL) three-star guard Deandre Duffus, Jones duo Derrick Rogers and Dylan Wade, Canarsie duo Dillan Fontus and Tayvon Nelson, Pallotti duo Alex Moore and Daniel Wingate along with St. John’s (DC) receiver Sean Wiliams and Madison County (FL) cornerback Jonathan Akins among others.

“Over the last few years, the month of June has become really what December used to be, in that we’re able to host recruits on official visits. We’ve got camps going on where we get a chance to work with kids and kids get a chance to evaluate us in our program. You know, obviously, the freshman reporting so a lot of moving parts, but we felt like we’ve had productive official visits,” Maryland head coach Mike Locksley said last month. “We’ve got some really talented players that have made verbal decisions and as we continue to build this thing it starts with the ability to recruit and that area of south Florida where you guys are located has been very fruitful area and I’m very fortunate that I’ve got a guy in Brian Williams that is well respected down in that area.”

Meanwhile, Maryland will host an invite-only barbeque today for 2023, 2024 and 2025 recruits today as local targets like Good Counsel four-star Dylan Gooden, 2024 Good Counsel three-star Elijah Moore, Unity Reed three-star Amare Campbell, Harbor Creek (PA) offensive tackle Nick Krahe and Oakdale (VA) four-star Dominic Nichols among others.

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