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Durkin and his staff has done a terrific job recruiting players. This is a huge step toward building a competitive team. Maybe even a powerhouse in a couple of years.




12. Maryland Terrapins
D.J. Durkin's crew was one of the biggest surprises in the entire country. The Terps have nine four-star commits, all but one of them from the all-important "DMV" recruiting area of D.C., Maryland and Virginia. Offensive linemen Marcus Minor and Jordan McNair along with quarterback Kasim Hill are the headliners on offense. Two 6-foot-2 defensive backs, Deon Jones and Markquese Bell, are the highest-ranked commits on defense. Running back Cordarrian Richardson from Tennessee was a major addition on Signing Day as was four-star Virginia Tech wide receiver flip Tahj Capehart. Full class list.



Here's the complete list. Very impressive.


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Still, given the level of talent he inherited from former coach Randy Edsall, Durkin said the new recruits, including nine four-star prospects according to 247sports.com's composite rankings, should help the Terps start to become more competitive in one of college football’s toughest divisions.

“The quality of this class, absolutely, we expect to recruit at this level every year, and continue to get better and better,” Durkin said. “There’s not a reason not to. We are all sitting in the middle of one of the most fertile grounds for recruiting in the entire country. We have a product that is second to none, I believe.

“There’s now a tremendous influx of talent coming into this program. I know this: great players want to play with other great players. When they see guys are going, they’re going there for a reason and I think it opens the door for that to continue as we go through that for years to come.”

Of the 28 players who signed, there are a program-record five among the ESPN300. There are 17 players from the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia corridor. One four-star recruit -- running back Cordarrian Richardson, who made a surprise commitment to Maryland on Wednesday -- has yet to sign his letter of intent.............http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/terps/tracking-the-terps/bal-the-movement-takes-hold-as-maryland-unveils-one-of-its-best-football-recruiting-clases-20170201-story.html

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