Maryland gains some major recruiting momentum as Quince Orchard defensive tackle Adam McLean committed to the hometown school on Thursday evening. (Mandatory Credit: Dan Gross/The Gazette)
Just a little over two weeks after decommitting from Penn State, Quince Orchard (Md.) defensive tackle Adam McLean has made his decision on where he’ll play his college football.
In a move that came as somewhat of shock to many people, McLean committed to coach Randy Edsall and the Maryland Terrapins on Thursday evening. McLean instantly becomes the highest rated Maryland commit with Linganore offensive lineman E.J. Donahue being the only other four-star recruit.
According to 247Sports, McLean is rated as the No. 2 player in the state of Maryland as well as No. 121 overall in the composite rankings. The 290 pound senior is also tabbed at No. 13 as far as all defensive tackles go. McLean is the second commit at the position for the Terps with Potomac’s Keiron Howard being the other.
Maryland also has defensive line commitments from defensive end Ulric Jones (Butler C.C., KS) and Mbi Tanyi (Bush HS, TX).
The impact of this commitment shouldn’t be overstated. McLean had been making the rounds and recruiting local DMV players to Penn State before he decommitted on Nov. 18. It was viewed as somewhat of an early commitment at the time, but new Nittany Lions coach James Franklin had shown his ability to work some magic on the trail early on in his tenure.
However, with the events that transpired during last month’s game against Penn State, this adds even more fuel to the fire from a rivalry standpoint. Maryland and Penn State will be battling for recruits in the Northeast, especially the Maryland and Washington D.C. area, for several years to come. This definitely makes a huge statement for the Terps.
One of Maryland’s biggest remaining targets, Dwayne Haskins Jr., definitely seemed to be happy for McLean. Could it be a sign for things to come? Well, this move certainly helps that cause.