One Maryland freshman didn’t stick around very long.
According to InsideMDSports, offensive lineman Terek Zingale was left the program despite just arriving to campus two days ago.
The Nordonia (Oh.) product was rated as a three-star prospect, according to 247Sports. He was one of two offensive tackles in Maryland’s 2016 recruiting class.
Zingale elected to come to Maryland over scholarship offers from the likes of Akron, Illinois, Ohio, and Toledo. Coach D.J. Durkin decided to honor Zingale’s scholarship despite being a Randy Edsall recruit.
Zingale’s departure does give the Terrapins an extra scholarship for the 2017 class, which is shaping up to be a very big one for Durkin and the coaching staff.
Maryland already has a star-studded class with five-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh, four-star quarterback Kasim Hill, four-star offensive tackle Jordan McNair, and four-star defensive tackle Cam Spence. According to 247Sports, the Terps currently have the 28th best class in the nation and the eighth best in the Big Ten.
The Terps have plenty of depth on the offensive line and have Terrance Davis and Richard Merritt coming in at the guard spots. in the 2016 class. Maryland also has Derwin Gray, Brendan Moore, and Damian Prince in the fold and all three are sophomores.
It was highly unlikely that Zingale would’ve seen the field as a true freshman. Zingale is one of many Edsall recruits to decommit from Maryland or fail to enroll with the program following the hiring of Durkin.
Considering how plentiful the 2017 class is, obtaining the extra scholarship may be a blessing in disguise.