The Maryland Terrapins were on a recruiting hot streak for the month of June and it seemed perhaps they’d carry that good fortune over into the rest of July. That is, until they got some pretty bad news Saturday afternoon when prized 2015 recruit Kareem Ali decommited from the Terps in favor of Temple University.
Ali, the Timber Creek corner who 247Sports has as their 37th ranked CB in the country, committed to Maryland June 12th and visited as recently as June 28th. Still, Ali attended the Owls camp this weekend; a clear sign that Maryland was in trouble. Lo and behold, the Owls did enough to convince Ali to flip his commitment.
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Ali’s decision to commit to Temple certainly puts a damper on Maryland’s recent stretch of commits, but given how easily Ali was swayed, they may still have a chance. Still, they will have to contend with the fact that Ali’s father played football at Temple and his mother ran track there.
Ali was intended to play a big role on the Terps alongside Will Likely in the backfield.
The Terps still have a few other players they can go after to replace Ali should he make this Owls commitment permanent. Will Lockett of Marvel Texas is a potential look, as is Jay Stocker. Not to mention that there’s still a chance Maryland converts players from other positions from the 2015 class. Edsall has been known to convert players from one spot to another all the time.
Regardless, losing Ali hurts. He’s a very underrated player that the Terps put a lot of work in to grab. It doesn’t look great losing a player to Temple of all places, regardless of the role family played in making that happen.