Maryland has been on the receiving end of numerous recruiting gut punches lately, and yesterday they got delivered yet another one.
According to reports by 247Sports.com, offensive lineman recruit Tanner Hartman has decided to take his talents elsewhere and rescinded his commitment to Maryland for….
Yeah, the same Penn State that has been in the news for a salacious scandal lately has poached the 6’4, 250 lb. Lynchburg, Virginia native from the Terrapins. Hartman, who attends Liberty Christian Academy, did not specifically state why he has decided to swap commitments. The decision comes less than a week after the Terrapins lost another commitment from four-star linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, who has decided to explore his options a bit more and took a secret visit to South Carolina.
What does it mean? It means the Terrapins have 17 commitments for the class of 2013 now, which is both a good and bad thing. It’s bad in that Maryland loses a very good offensive lineman who could have potentially been a key piece in the future. All these decommitments mean that either there is a lack of faith in the coaching staff or the institution. It reflects poorly on the Terrapins, and that’s never good from a recruiting standpoint.
It is good, however, because it opens up more space to actively recruit. These things happen all the time at lots of institutions (both good and bad), and while it does stink to hear such news, it isn’t entirely uncommon. Players have changes of heart, and that’s okay. I’m not going to sit here and hope that Tanner Hartman has a bad career as a result; instead I wish him the best and hope he reconsiders. Hopefully Randy Edsall and Co., can lock up a late commit and make up for some of the ground lost due to this.