VIP: big board mover, staff note, return from injury

The latest VIP notes on the Terps:

On the recruiting trail, Maryland has one commit in the fold in Edison (FL) four-star CB Jett White as HC Mike Locksley mainly drives the relationship early on. Maryland might not have to wait much longer for a second commitment in the 2025 class, though. St. Joseph’s Prep (PA) IOL Kahlil Stewart is set to announce his commitment on Tuesday evening and I like where Maryland sits in his recruitment and have since shifted him to hot on the big board. Offensive coordinator Josh Gattis has been the main point of contact for the 6-foot-3 lineman, who projects as a guard/center in college. I wouldn’t expect Maryland to load up along the offensive line the same way they did in 2024, but Stewart sits high on the Terps’ offensive line board with multiple spots available and interior targets like Gavin Crawford and Jayvon McFadden taking their recruitments into the summer. Stewart last visited Maryland for the Illinois game while Gattis made his way through St. Joseph’s Prep last month during the eval period, maintaining contact with offensive line coach Brian Braswell chipping in through January. Sticking in Pennsylvania, Susquehanna (PA) four-star WR Lex Cyrus is among the targets who sits high on Maryland’s board as they look to pry him from Penn State among others.

Speaking of Gattis, I’m now expecting him back in College Park in 2024 despite drawing NFL interest early, mainly the Chargers and Seahawks. There’s still a good chance that Maryland sees additional coaching changes as WR coach Gunter Brewer is in wait-and-see mode as he’s drawn interest for the second consecutive offseason, though we could begin to see those dominos fall as soon as the end of this week.

Onto roster news PWOs has become a bigger talking point this offseason and while Maryland will host a group for walk-on tryouts on Tuesday night, Georgetown Prep RB Colin Reynolds, who led the state in rushing yards (1,550) as a senior, is considered one of the top guys after showcasing big play ability over the last two seasons. But there’s another RB who’s drawn praise: DeJuan Williams. The former four-star out of St. Frances is among the early enrollees and is inching closer toward 100% after suffering a torn ACL heading into his senior season. Williams is on track to participate in spring ball, though he could still be limited in the spring, but in the short time he’s been with the program, his maturity has stuck out to multiple people inside Jones-Hill House as he looks to translate that into early production in the rotation in 2024.

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February 25, 2024