A few months ago, the University of Maryland announced that it was signing four players, including quarterback Connor Shaw, to scholarships.
Now, with the recruiting of Alabama linebacker Chris Wormley, Georgia Southern defensive end Corey Davis, Michigan defensive end Jonathan Martin and Ohio State wide receiver Josh Doctson, the Blue Hens have committed to seven more recruits in the next few months.
The five commitees are quarterback Connor Webb, wide receiver Tyree Robinson, defensive end De’Vante Harris, linebacker Marcus Johnson, and defensive end Marcus Lattimore.
Webb, a former three-star recruit from Alabama, is the only other commit, and the 247Sports composite rating has him at No. 8 on the 2017 recruiting class.
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The other four players are defensive end Brandon White, cornerback Michael Dickson, defensive tackle Michael Thomas and safety Anthony Butler.
White, a four-star prospect from Texas, is a 6-foot-4, 210-pound, five-star defensive end.
Robinson, a five-year starter for the Florida Gators, is 6-5, 232 pounds.
Harris, a 6,000-pound linebacker from Houston, is 5-11, 170 pounds.
Davis, a three-year starting linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, is an all-conference player in 2017 and the second-highest-ranked player in the state of Alabama.
He also played quarterback at Alabama.
Davis and White both committed to Maryland last summer, so this could be another good sign for the Huskies.
The last time the Maryland program was recruiting five players was in 2014, when three of the five were defensive ends.
This year, however, the Huskers have six committed defensive linemen and two defensive backs.
This gives them nine commitments on offense and eight on defense.
The Maryland offense is the most explosive in the country, averaging 39.7 points per game, and their defensive line has the most sacks, which ranks fourth in the nation.
Their secondary has seven interceptions, and they have three of those in the top five nationally.
So who is this recruiting class for?
This is the question the Husker fans have been asking themselves.
It’s hard to see what this program is capable of recruiting, especially with the way they lost defensive tackle Chris Wormly, who signed a three year deal with Alabama last spring.
The other three commits are likely to help Maryland on the defensive line, with three players ranked in the ESPN 300, three in the USA Today and one in Rivals.
Webb and Robinson both are projected as high as the No. 1 defensive ends in the class and the top three linebackers in the 2017 class.
White could be an even better linebacker in 2017 than he was in 2016.
The only reason he’s not a three star is because of a hip injury that kept him out for the entire year.
This means that, in order to land a linebacker, Maryland must sign him to a long term contract.
The Huskies need a linebacker.
But with the departures of four other top recruits, the need for a linebacker on the roster is likely greater than the need to find another defensive end or safety.
If they can’t recruit the top players in the recruiting class, they will have to go after the best players on the market.
Maryland needs to sign three or four linebackers in 2017, and that’s likely what they will do.