Maryland appeared to be in the running for two top prospects who had previously decommitted from Pitt, but it seems they will both play college ball elsewhere. Cornerback Lafayette Pitts has chosen to play for Rutgers, while defensive tackle Marquise Wright has narrowed his options down to two schools.
The Terps were reportedly in Pitts’ top two last May, but Pitt coach Dave Wannstedt successfully lured the homegrown prospect into a verbal commitment. Wannstedt’s firing led Pitts to decommit from the Panthers and eventually make trips to College Park and New Brunswick, but he decided to become a Scarlet Knight. The Terps could have used Pitts at cornerback after the decommitment of Prince George’s own Jeremiah Hendy.
Meanwhile, Wright has narrowed down his choices to Rutgers and Michigan State. Wright, a New Jersey native, is one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the nation and would have been a huge get for the Terps on the interior defensive line.