The Maryland football team has their first pledge in the 2017 class.
Tight end Andrew Park has announced that he has committed to the Terrapins.
Park is a local product that hails from Lake Braddock High School in nearby Fairfax County (Va.) The junior tight end is not currently rated, according to 247Sports.
Park had offers from Bucknell, Eastern Kentucky, Fordham, James Madison, Miami (Oh.), Pittsburgh, and William & Mary. In addition, the 2017 tight end also had interest from Boston College, Duke, LSU, Penn State, and Tennessee among others.
Park is the first 2017 commitment for coach D.J. Durkin and his staff. This is the class that many Maryland fans are paying close attention to because Durkin has an entire year to recruit these prospects.
In the 2016 class, Durkin only had three months to scramble and still ended up with a very strong recruiting class.
Park is a big addition because it continues to show that Maryland is attacking the Virginia area on the recruiting trail. It also helps that coaches like Chris Beatty and Mike London are on the staff and have connections in that neck of the woods.
This certainly a position of need and one that Maryland hasn’t gotten a ton of production from in recent years. Since Matt Furstenburg left the program, the Terps haven’t had a ton of success recruiting the position.
Avery Edwards did have some success during the 2015 season as a freshman. Edwards caught 14 passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns for the Terps.
Both touchdown receptions came against South Florida on Sept. 21.
Andrew Isaacs missed the 2015 season due to injury and P.J. Gallo and Derrick Hayward combined for only four receptions and 19 receiving yards.