D.J. Durkin began to build the foundation on how he wants to mold his Maryland Terrapins roster late in the 2016 recruiting game. Durkin was hired towards the end of the 2016 recruiting cycle and had limited time to put together a recruiting class fully of his style of player.
After having a full recruiting cycle with his Terrapins staff the results are beginning to show on National Signing Day. According to 247Sports Composite Ranking, the Terrapins currently have the 17th overall class nationally and 4th in the Big Ten.
The Terrapins are adding a ton of talent on both sides of the ball. On the offensive end the Terrapins will be adding a group of local four-stars of quarterback Kasim Hill and running back Anthony McFarland Jr. The offensive line will be gaining a pair of four-stars as well with offensive guards Marcus Minor and Jordan McNair.
Durkin’s forte is defense and his impact was surely felt in this area of the recruiting cycle. The Terrapins secondary will be getting a boost with four-star cornerback Deon Jones coming to College Park and the defensive line will be adding some power with four-star defensive tackle Cam Spence.
The Terrapins have also been able to wrestle away commits from some of college football’s power programs. Durkin’s staff helped flip the commitments of four-star running back Cordarrian Richardson from Clemson to Maryland and ESPN four-star wide receiver Tahj Capehart from Virginia Tech.
Durkin has a ton of talent to work with for the 2017 season and beyond for Maryland. The Terrapins have filled areas of need and have added talent to areas of strength headlined by 4-star athlete Markquese Bell. According to ESPN Stats and Information, the Terrapins are the first Big Ten school other than Ohio State, Michigan or Penn State to sign more than five ESPN 300 players in a single recruiting class.
Big Ten Network writer Tom Dienhart, recognizes the difference that Durkin has been able to make with the Terrapins football program in the recruiting game.
Maryland football fans should be excited for the team’s future as Durkin may turn out to be the coach that gets this program to compete with college football’s powers. The Terrapins will be a fun program to watch for the next couple years especially if Durkin and his staff can continue recruiting with this success.