The good news just keeps on rolling for the Maryland football program.
On Thursday afternoon, Timber Creek (NJ) four-star cornerback Kareem Ali picked the Terrapins over Louisville and Pittsburgh in a recruitment that Maryland seemed to be the only constant. Ali originally had a top four of Louisville, Maryland, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia.
Not only did Ali visit Maryland, but he also visited Louisville and Pittsburgh over the past week leading up to his announcement.
Ali is a top 15 player in New Jersey and the 44th best cornerback in the 2015 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite rankings. The Sicklerville native will also play in the 2015 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which is nationally televised on NBC.
Before Penn State hired James Franklin, Ali seemed destined for the Nittany Lions and was ready to commit. Then Franklin came and did not contact Ali. That obviously changed things and forced a reset on his recruitment. However, Maryland continued recruiting him hard because they saw all the potential and fundamentals in this young man.
Nonetheless, this is a huge commitment for this staff. Maryland maintains momentum in the northeast as they have picked up five commitments in three weeks. The Terps also pick up a great cornerback that can fit alongside sophomore Will Likely. Ali is a 5’11” cornerback that has great footwork and quick feet. His speed allows him to maintain close coverage to any receiver regardless of height.
The phrase “good things come to those who wait” is applicable to this staff. Fans have seen a lot of the top talent in the DMV ignore Maryland and head to powerhouse programs. With commitments like Stefon Diggs, Deon Long, Yannick Ngakoue, Damian Prince, and now Ali, Maryland is continuing to turn heads in the local recruiting scene. This 2015 class sustained some hits early on, but is building up to be a very solid class from top to bottom. With more commitments and flips favoring Maryland, National Signing Day could be very interesting.