September 21, 2019

Maryland Football: Terps lose verbal commits QB Dwayne Haskins and OLB Keandre Jones to Ohio State

After weeks of momentum for head coach DJ Durkin in putting together a recruiting monster of coaching staff, a storm of bad news came down on MLK Monday when quarterback Dwayne Haskins and outside linebacker Keandre Jones both flipped their verbal commitments from Maryland to Ohio State.

Both de-commits come on the eve of wholesale coaching changes that resulted in both players going on official visits to other schools. Besides Randy Edsall‘s termination, the likely departure of former-interim head coach Mike Locksley, an elite national recruiter, was also a huge cause of lost verbal commitments. Haskins was on the Buckeyes campus on Dec. 11, while Jones just finished a visit this past weekend.

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Maryland Football: Terps have one last chance to get a conference win by amending last year’s “worst loss”

When the Maryland Terrapins blew a 25 point lead to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights last year, Director of Football Operations Fran Foley called it the “worst loss” during his tenure at the time. Luckily of Maryland, Gary Nova is no longer the quarterback at Rutgers but on the other hand the Terps have lost nearly all of their offensive weapons from a year ago. The 4-7 Scarlet Knights are also out of postseason contention, so Saturday will be a game of pride between both clubs.

Last week against Indiana, things got ugly for the Terps when starting quarterback Perry Hills had to sit out of the game due to having mono. Caleb Rowe started out well for Maryland in a backup role, but the problem was compounded when recently converted fullback, Shane Cockerille, had to start the second half under center when Rowe exited with a concussion. Maryland plans for Hills to return to his starting role on Saturday as he is listed as QB1 and that could help the Terps attack Rutgers the same way they did last year.

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