Well, the drought continues for Maryland as 2015 Gonzaga QB Nick Johns verbally committed to Virginia yesterday morning. Johns becomes the third for the UVA class and will be their only quarterback in their class, which is not what Maryland was telling Johns.
Johns is an athletic, underrated quarterback with a very strong arm and is mobile in the pocket. Johns will bring a lot of excitement to the UVA offense. He was invited to the Elite 11 camp and performed well. After injuring his shoulder during his junior year, I fully expect Johns to perform much better during his senior year at Gonzaga. After Johns told me he will immediately start recruiting for the school of his choice, the Cavaliers got a big commitment today that can let the dominoes fall very quickly. So what does this mean for Maryland?
With UVA head coach Mike London on the hot seat, there’s a very good chance that Johns reconsiders if UVA fires London or does not perform well for a second straight year. Last year, he kept his job after hauling in two-five stars in a top-25 recruiting class, despite going 2-10. Another bowl-less season for UVA may be the nail in the coffin for London, which could open Johns up. Although Maryland is still recruiting other quarterbacks, notably 4-star QB Kai Locksley, Johns is a guy that Maryland should still keep a spot for if he does eventually reconsider.
The two notable names right now for Maryland to consider are 4-star QB David Sills, who has visited Maryland recently but has been committed to USC since he was 13, and Kai Locksley, who has a top three of Auburn, Florida State, and Maryland. Both are going to very tough pulls, especially Sills, but Locksley is Maryland’s best bet right now. Maryland fans have a reason to be a little more pessimistic about Kai, considering almost every big school in the nation is heavily recruiting him, but they have a realistic shot here. Maryland fans forget that offensive coordinator is one of the best closers in the area.
In terms of the 2015 class as a whole, this class should still be fine. They are sitting very well with a number of prospects, including Quarvez Boulware, Jalen Christian, Isaiah Prince, and Kareem Ali, and should still finish with a top-40 recruiting class when all said and done. Penn State is close to their limit for scholarships in this class, which will drastically help Maryland’s chances. I’ll also continue to remind everyone of the Jalen Tabor saga, where recruits constantly flip schools and change their minds quickly. Just because a recruit is currently committed somewhere does not mean that will stick.