Dec 30, 2014; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Maryland Terrapins head coach Randy Edsall looks on during the third quarter of the game against the Stanford Cardinal in the Foster Farms Bowl at Levi
College football is all about retooling your team whenever possible.
On Wednesday, the Maryland landed a committment from defensive end Joey Fisher. Fisher is a 2016 defensive lineman from Clear Spring High School in Hagerstown, and committed just two days after receiving scholarship offer from defensive line coach Chad Wilt and the Terrapins.
Fisher also had interest from Boston College, Michigan State, Purdue, Tennessee, Towson, and Wake Forest among other schools. The junior defensive end didn’t have any additional offers due to the fact that he injured his shoulder, and missed the entire 2014 season.
The 6’5, 248-pound strong-side defensive end currently isn’t rated, but clearly had a ton of interest. Fisher is just the third commitment of the defensive side of the ball and the first on the defensive line.
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This commitment is very significant because Maryland is undergoing a complete defensive makeover. The Terps are switching to a 4-3 defense, and lost all seven starters in the front seven. The new defense is going to force some players to play on the defensive line as opposed to their traditional linebacker roles.
Junior Yannick Ngakoue is expected to be a force at defensive end, and began his transformation this offseason. Ngakoue seemed to be even more quick and agile playing with his hand in the dirt, which was evident in his success in the Red-White spring game.
Joining Ngakoue will be the likes of Jesse Aniebonam and Quinton Jefferson on the defensive line. Fisher adds great depth to the group, and probably won’t be the latest defensive line commit for the Terps.
The acquiring of Fisher’s services keeps the local movement alive and well, and is a guy that definitely could’ve seen his recruitment skyrocket with a strong senior season.