Among the many swirling questions following Maryland’s dismissal of football Coach Randy Edsall on Sunday is the status of the Terrapins’ deep 2016 recruiting class.
Known as “The Movement,” Edsall, along with assistant Mike Locksley, reeled in eight of the most talented players from the D.C. area with an eye toward building a winner in College Park. Though the appointment of Locksley as interim coach may help run damage control in the meantime, with the dismissal of the head coach who oversaw this recruiting bonanza, many are still left to wonder if an exodus is in order for a number of those commits.
Here’s a rundown of each recruit:
DB Devin Butler, Douglass
6-1, 180; Rivals 2-star
Committed on June 28
Other schools in the mix: Eastern Michigan, Toledo
Skinny: Though Butler shines brightest at quarterback in high school, the athletic senior projects as a safety at the next level. Academic issues initially scared some schools away from the four-year varsity player, but Maryland stuck by him — a factor that resonated once Butler’s grades improved and recruitment started to ramp up.
WR/DB Tino Ellis, DeMatha
6-1, 185; Rivals 4-star
Committed on July 31
Other schools in the mix: Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Rutgers, Nebraska, Wisconsin
Skinny: While some thought Ellis would pick Virginia Tech during his televised commitment, the DeMatha senior has been all in for in the Terrapins ever since pulling a black Maryland hat over his head in July. When reports swirled last week about Edsall’s imminent firing, Ellis took to Twitter to reaffirm his commitment.
RB Lorenzo Harrison, DeMatha
5-8, 185; Rivals 3-star
Other Schools in the Mix:
Virginia, Old Dominion, Hawaii
: The start of the “DMV to UMD” Movement can be traced to Harrison, who was Maryland’s first 2016 commitment over a year ago. Since then, the shifty back has frequently mentioned his desire to play close to home was a big factor in his decision.
QB Dwayne Haskins Jr., Bullis
6-2, 190; Rivals 4-star
Committed on May 15
Other Schools in the Mix: Rutgers, Notre Dame, Alabama, Virginia Tech
Skinny: If there’s one recruit the Terrapins shouldn’t have to worry about jumping ship, it’s Haskins. The Bullis quarterback has been very vocal about his commitment to Maryland in the last few days, taking to Twitter and local television stations to squash any other notion.
In the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s announcement, Haskins was quick to reaffirm his commitment.
LB Keandre Jones, Good Counsel
6-3, 210; Rivals 4-star
Committed on December 1
Other Schools in the Mix: Penn State, Virginia, Kentucky
Skinny: When the hard-hitting linebacker committed last winter, it came as a surprise to some. But Jones has said no one recruited him harder than Maryland since his freshman season. Still, with the way Jones has blossomed in the last two years, he’s likely to draw plenty of suitors in the aftermath of Maryland’s coaching fall-out. Stay tuned.
DB Parnell Motley, H.D. Woodson
6-1, 170; Rivals 2-star
Committed on June 27
Other Schools in the Mix: Clemson, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Michigan State
Skinny: Playing close to home and with Haskins, a good friend, played roles in Motley’s commitment. Chances are they will also serve as a factors in him standing pat with his initial college choice.
DB Travon Stott, Good Counsel
6-0, 175; Rivals 3-star
Committed on April 4
Other Schools in the Mix: None
Skinny: With close friend Keandre Jones already on board, Stott felt comfortable committing to the lone school that had offered him prior to his senior year. Since then, a torn Achilles tendon during the preseason ended his high school career, which likely means he won’t be looking elsewhere.
DB/WR Darryl Turner Jr., DeMatha
5-9, 190; Rivals 3-star
Committed on January 24
Other Schools in the Mix: Massachusetts, Old Dominion, Toledo
Skinny: One of three Maryland commits from top-ranked DeMatha, Turner cited the familiar mantra of staying close to home. After a big junior season and bigger offseason vaulted him up the recruit rankings, Turner suffered a season-ending leg injury in DeMatha’s opener. His strong chemistry on and off the field with Haskins bodes well for Maryland, but Turner could also be open to some of the other options created by his rising profile.