Ryan Howerton sets commitment date, includes Maryland in top group

Maryland added five commitments along the offensive line in June and will look to keep the good news rolling with Pallotti (MD) three-star offensive tackle Ryan Howerton set to make his decision.

Howerton, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound lineman, announced a top five with Maryland, Pitt, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Buffalo still in the mix and a commitment date set for July 15.

Howerton kicked off his official visits with a trip to West Virginia the weekend of June 9 before visiting Maryland on June 16. Pitt received the third and final official visit of the month during the June 23 weekend.

Maryland rolled out the red carpet for Howerton and his family during his official visit weekend where they dove into several key selling points, including an deeper dive into his intended major. “I got to the person who runs [the Philip Merrill College of Journalism] and I got to look at how they’re living, how the coaches coach, what they do on a daily basis, how they look towards real life towards NIL and business. We got to talk for a little bit then we took a tour of the whole school. It was fun. They’re ranked top 25 in journalism program in the nation for any college and they have a lot of interest because Kevin Blackistone comes back and gives for the school, gives a lot of internship opportunities, job opportunities. They highlighted all of that stuff.”

Maryland has been recruiting Howerton dating back to the fall, giving them ample familiarity in a recruitment that head coach Mike Locksley made clear during his official visit weekend.

“It’s the home team. All black coaching staff. I believe in what coach Locksley is telling me, how he wants to make people better. He wants to give back to the people who helped him get there. The way he was talking, I believe he wants to make everybody great and wants to be the first black head coach to win a national championship. I can really see that happening.”

Ryan Howerton is rated a three-star prospect and an 87 overall by On3, sitting as the 22nd-best prospect in Maryland.

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