Maryland makes the cut for several local targets, Florida safety

With official visits heating up, Maryland football made the cut for several local targets over the past week.

Maryland made the top eight for King George (VA) three-star wide receiver Mekahi White alongside Arkansas, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. White, a 6-foot-2 wideout, has been a local priority dating back to last summer as he’s made his way to campus for a handful of unofficial visits. After visiting for a spring practice, White will return to campus for his official visit currently set for next weekend, June 2.

Maryland is still working on an official visit date with Gonzaga (DC) four-star edge rusher DD Holmes as they found themselves in the top group alongside Florida State, Michigan, South Carolina, Florida and Rutgers. The reserved edge rusher is one of the most sought-after prospects in the region as Maryland defensive coordinator Brian Williams has led the way with the explosive 6-foot-6, 240-pound target. Holmes, who also suits up for the Eagles’ basketball squad, is in the process of ironing out his official visits after taking unofficial visits through the spring. Holmes posted eight tackles for loss and a pair of sacks before being named a first-team All-WCAC selection as a junior.

Another who visited for a spring practice who has Maryland in his top group is Phillips (FL) three-star safety Jashad Presley, who included UCF, Georgia Tech, Pitt, Tennessee and Kentucky in his group. Presley is set to begin his visits with an official to UCF next weekend as the 6-foot-1 safety is expected to make a summer commitment.

Maryland also made the final five for Good Counsel (MD) three-star wide receiver Elijah Moore, who is set to officially visit College Park the weekend of June 23. Moore, a 6-foot-3 receiver, listed Florida State, Florida, Ohio State and Michigan as his remaining finalists with the Buckeyes also set to receive an official the weekend of June 16. Another local target who included Maryland in his top group and will also be in town the same weekend for his official visit is St. Frances (MD) four-star running back DeJuan Wililams.

Williams, a 6-foot-2 running back out of Baltimore, has Boston College, Cincinnati, Pitt, Oregon, Stanford, Syracuse and Virginia Tech also in the mix but he explained why the Terps have done well in his recruitment.  “Coach Lance [Thompson] texts me almost every day, making sure me and my parents are good. That’s the reason. If I go there, I can be top five, freshman All-American,” he told IBG.

White is rated a three-star prospect and an 88 overall by On3, sitting as the 16th-best prospect in Virginia.

Holmes is rated a four-star prospect and a 92 overall by On3, sitting as the 135th-best player in the country.

Presley is rated a three-star prospect and an 87 overall by On3, sitting as the 128th-best prospect in Florida.

Moore is rated a three-star prospect and an 87 overall by On3, sitting as the 23rd-best player in Maryland.

Williams is rated a three-star prospect and an 89 overall by On3, sitting as the 12th-best player in Maryland.

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