Personally, I don’t have the time or the mental fortitude to continuously track high school football recruitment on a daily basis, and quite frankly there are some sites who do a much better job of then I/we could ever do. However, when three players form one high school commit to Maryland in a 2 day period it is worth mentioning.
Three rising seniors from Washington D.C.’s Friendship Collegiate Academy have given their verbal commitments to the University of Maryland. And despite the disaster that was the 2011 football, these players are highly regarded. The big get in my mind is 4 star (Rivals) offensive tackle Derwin Gray. I saw somewhere he was a top 10 offensive tackle. As we have seen the last couple of years, you can never have enough offensive lineman.
Yesterday saw two of Gray’s teammates commit. Linebacker’s Yannick Ngakoue (also 4 star on Rivals) and Cavon Walker (3 star on Rivals) gave their word to the Terps. Now, part of the reason I can’t get to excited about recruiting is they now have things called soft verbals and commitments often change. Personally I prefer to watch from afar until signing day, and then get excited about the players when they are officially aboard. However, when you think about last year, you have to think things might be looking bright for the future, and you can’t help but think this has Mike Locksley’s finger prints all over it.
If you look at the 7 commitments thus far for 2o13, the local recruiting has picked up. There are 3 DC Kids, one from Baltimore, and 1 from Salisbury. This year may be a trying season for the Terps, however despite the negative vide around the football program, the recruiting seems to be trending upwards.
So welcome aboard to our three members of Friendship Collegiate Academy. I know what team I will be keeping an eye on in the papers this fall!