Rivals.com recently updated their Rivals 250 for the class of 2014, and it looks like some Maryland prospects have moved their way up the board, which should delight some fans who are clamoring for five stars.
The biggest news is that 2014 CB Jalen Tabor of Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington D.C., who has been eying Maryland for some time now and was recently at Saturday’s scrimmage, was bumped up to five-star status. He now finds himself
ranked as the 20th-best player in the nation and the fourth-best DB for his class. Rivals seems to be higher on him than any other recruiting service, but that’s not a knock on them at all. For Tabor, it comes down mostly to Florida and Maryland, with Alabama and Vanderbilt pulling up the rear.
Meanwhile, OL Damian Prince of Bishop McNamara in Forestville, Md. is holding firm as the 11th best player in the country and second-best offensive lineman in his class. Prince, like Tabor, has listed Maryland as one of his top schools; the odds that he winds up a Terp seem to be getting better by the week. Florida State, Ohio State, and Alabama appear to be very high on his list. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley is handling both his and Tabor’s recruiting process for Maryland.
As recently as today, defensive end Jesse Aniebonam of Good Counsel named Maryland the leader in his recruiting. Previously, he had named Maryland, Virginia Tech, UNC, Notre Dame and Clemson as frontrunners. Aniebonam comes in at #98 on the Rivals 250, and his also being recruited by Locksley for the Terps.
Demetrius Johnson, listed as a wide receiver/athlete from the Annapolis Christian School, finds himself as the 156th-best player in the 2014 class. Maryland is widely viewed as the favorite for his services, and appears ready to commit at some point in the near future. Johnson is currently ranked as a 4-star by Rivals, and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart is handling his recruiting.
Bottom line, if the Terrapins can manage to lock up these three players, they’re looking at a class which should easily be ranked in the top 25 nationally. But nabbing Tabor and Prince is still going to be difficult with a lot of other schools pursuing them heavily. Still, having them in your backyard certainly doesn’t hurt things.