Terps Lose One Commit, Gain Another

Bowers. Image from pbgametime.com.

IMS first reported it, and Matt Bracken has it now – Delonte Morton will not joining the Terps next year.

The three-star linebacker/running back from DeMatha has academic issues, apparently, and may go to prep school or junior college. It’s unknown whether he’ll recommit to the Terps after his time there.

In terms of depth, we’ll see how this plays out. David Mackall will only be a sophomore next year, and should man the middle linebacker spot for a while. Cole Farrand is another commit who could play middle linebacker when he comes him, but he’s also a tight end. Maryland previously lost a pledge in Ryan Malleck, another 2011 tight end, so it was thought Farrand might play there.

However, there is good news, via Terrapin Times. Three-star defensive tackle Keith Bowers (no relation to Da’Quan, I don’t think, unfortunately), from Dwyer High School in West Palm Beach (Fla). has committed to the Terps. Bowers chose Maryland over a host of MAC schools, Kansas, Middle Tennessee State, Florida Atlantic, and Marshall. Not exactly the list you want to be with, but a commit’s a commit. Bowers is listed at 6’2″, 260.

Bowers is Maryland’s first defensive tackle commit for the 2011 class, and this might signal that Randy Edsall is giving up hope of landing blue-chippers Kevin McReynolds and Marquise Wright. Here’s a highlight tape:

The first thing that jumps out at me is that his head coach’s name is Jack Daniels. I’m sold. He’s #50 on the tape, but it’s one of the ones without the very helpful highlight before each play. Good luck finding him.

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