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National Signing Day: Maryland's recruiting class

The following recruits have officially signed their letters of intent today, according to Maryland's Web site, UMTerps.com.

Dion Armstrong, DL
6 feet 1, 310 pounds
Peach County (Fort Valley, Ga.)
Rivals.com: 3 stars
Scout.com: 3 stars
About him: Armstrong's high school team won back-to-back state championships during his junior and senior years. When asked about this year's title, Armstrong told The Macon Telegraph, "I really want that second ring. Then I'll have one for each hand."

Travis Baltz, P/K
6 feet 2, 190 pounds
Anthony Wayne (Whitehouse, Ohio)
Rivals.com: 2 stars
Scout.com: 2 stars
About him: Baltz graduated from high school early and is already enrolled at Maryland. He will be eligible for spring practice (March 27) and will be considered a true freshman in the fall.

Tyler Bowen, OL
6 feet 8, 310 pounds
Telfair County (Helena, Ga.)
Rivals.com: 2 stars
Scout.com: 2 stars
About him: In a Q&A with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Bowen says Maryland offered him a scholarship while he was "driving a tractor and bailing wheat straw."

Haroon Brown, RB
5 feet 11, 240 pounds
Phoebus (Hampton, Va.)
Rivals.com: 2 stars
Scout.com: 2 stars
About him: According to the Daily Press, Brown peaked during his senior year and did not receive an offer from Maryland until Wednesday morning. "I first heard from them about two months ago," he said. "They told me they had seen me on tape and were really impressed. I visited two weeks ago and had a great time. They enjoyed having me and I formed some nice relationships with the coaches."

Bruce Campbell, OL/DL
6 feet 7, 285 pounds
Hyde (Hamden, Conn.); Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.)
Rivals.com: 5 stars
Scout.com: 4 stars
About him: Campbell tells The Diamondback Ralph Friedgen's honesty appealed to him. "Coach Friedgen is one of those no-nonsense coaches that will tell you exactly how it is and won't beat around the bush," he said. "He just put it all out on the table and came straightforward."

Devonte Campbell, TE
6 feet 1, 234 pounds
Forestville Military Academy (Forestville)
Rivals.com: 4 stars
Scout.com: 3 stars
About him: The Washington Post's Recruiting Insider blog says Campbell had to overcome a couple obstacles before announcing he would attend Maryland. The first time he was ready to make the announcement, school was canceled because of snow. Then last Friday, when Campbell tried again, one of his teammates fainted prior to the announcement.

Michael Carter, DB
5 feet 11, 175 pounds
Sandwich Secondary School (Windsor, Ontario); Erie Community College (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Rivals.com: 2 stars
Scout.com: Not rated
About him: Carter twice won the fastest man contest at the junior college prospect combine, according to UMTerps.com, running the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds and 4.33 seconds.

Ian Davidson, DL
6 feet 2, 270 pounds
St. Stephen's (Alexandria, Va.)
Rivals.com: 3 stars
Scout.com: 2 stars
About him: According to UMTerps.com, Davidson was also recruited by Boston College, N.C. State, Rutgers, and Virginia.

Derek Drummond, WR/TE/LB
6 feet 4, 210 pounds
McDonogh (Pomfret)
Rivals.com: 2 stars
Scout.com: 2 stars
About him: McDonogh coach Dave Bradshaw tells The Washington Post Drummond will make a good college linebacker even though he played tight end and wide receiver in high school. "They think he's going to grow into something real big," he said. "He can really play."

Joe Faiella, OL
6 feet 4, 285 pounds
Freehold Township (Freehold, N.J.)
Rivals: 3 stars
Scout: 2 stars
About him: According to UMTerps.com, he did not allow a sack during his senior season.

Maurice Hampton, OL
6 feet 5, 295 pounds
Phoebus (Hampton, Va.)
Rivals.com: 3 stars
Scout.com: 3 stars
About him: Hampton tells the Daily Press that his talk with Maryland offensive line coach Tom Brattan influenced his decision. "It really started to click because I thought about the fact that (Bratton) is the guy I'm going to be messing around with at practice every day," he said. "He's not one of those guys that bogs you down with a lot of things. He really just tries to help you and makes sure you're fitting in well."

Dominique Herald, DB
5 feet 10, 180 pounds
Pennington Prep (Newark, N.J.)
Rivals.com: 3 stars
Scout.com: 3 stars
About him: When Herald was a sophomore, The Star Ledger said no player was more dangerous with the ball in his hands. As a 10th grader, he set a school record for passing yards and also led the team in interceptions.

Trenton Hughes, DB
5 feet 11, 175 pounds
Kempsville (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Rivals.com: 3 stars
Scout.com: 3 stars
About him: Hughes tells The Virginia-Pilot he can make an impact at Maryland. "I just felt like I could do a lot for their program," he said. "I also liked the location of the school. I loved it up there."

Bearthur Johnson, OL
6 feet 7, 350 pounds
Hoboken (Hoboken, N.J.)
Rivals.com: 3 stars
Scout.com: 2 stars
About him: Johnson tells Scout.com he made great strides mentally during his senior year. "I think it's just me growing up and taking advantage of the coaches," he said.

Tony Logan, QB/WR
5 feet 11, 180 pounds
Piscataway (Piscataway, N.J.)
Rivals.com: 4 stars
Scout.com: 4 stars
About him: Logan tells Scout.com he plans on moving to College Park immediately after graduating from high school. He says he'll likely play wide receiver in college, even though he also lined up at quarterback and cornerback in high school.

Quintin McCree, WR
6 feet 2, 180 pounds
Gwynn Park (Brandywine); Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.)
Rivals.com: 3 stars
Scout.com: 3 stars
About him: He was originally part of last year's class, but attended Hargrave Military Academy for a year with fellow Maryland recruits Bruce Campbell and Ronnie Tyler.

Ben Pooler, LB
6 feet 1, 240 pounds
Lawrenceville Prep (Morristown, N.J.)
Rivals.com: 3 stars
Scout.com: 3 stars
About him: According to UMTerps.com, he was also recruited by Rutgers and Boston College.

Antwine Perez, DB
6 feet 1, 190 pounds
Woodrow Wilson High School (Westville Grove, N.Y.)
Rivals.com: 4 stars
Scout.com: 5 stars
About him: Perez transferred from USC and started school in January. He can practice with the team in the spring but will have to sit out the 2007 season because of NCAA transfer rules.

Jamar Robinson, QB
6 feet, 175 pounds
Myers Park (Charlotte, N.C.)
Rivals.com: Not rated
Scout.com: 2 stars
About him: He signed with Maryland in 2006 but agreed to wait a semester before joining the Terps. Robinson will participate in spring practice and be a true freshman in the fall.

Carl Russell, OL/DL
6 feet 6, 250 pounds
H.D. Woodson (Washington, D.C.)
Rivals.com: 2 stars
Scout.com: 3 stars
About him: Russell was named All-League as an offensive lineman by The Washington Post.

Torrey Smith, QB/WR
6 feet 2, 190 pounds
Stafford (Fredericksburg, Va.)
Rivals.com: 3 stars
Scout.com: 3 stars
About him: The Washington Post says Smith has had injury problems in the past, but all Maryland needed to see was him run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, and they offered him a scholarship.

Stephen St. John, OL
6 feet 6, 285 pounds
Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.)
Rivals.com: 2 stars
Scout.com: 2 stars
About him: UMTerps.com says he saw time at both tackle spots in high school and could also be used at guard in college.

Ronnie Tyler, WR/RB
5 feet 10, 190 pounds
Wagner-Salley (Wagener, S.C.); Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.)
Rivals.com: 3 stars
Scout.com: 2 stars
About him: Like McCree and B. Campbell, Tyler was part of last year's recruiting class but attended Hargrave Military Academy for a year after high school.

Joe Vellano, DE
6 feet 2, 255 pounds
Christian Brothers (Albany, N.Y.)
Rivals.com: 3 stars
Scout.com: 2 stars
About him: His father Paul was a two-time All-ACC selection at defensive tackle for Maryland in the 1970s.

Lansford Watson, TE
6 feet 4, 225 pounds
Lincoln (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Rivals.com: 4 stars
Scout.com: 4 stars
About him: He played in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Here's what Watson's coach Shaun O'Connor says about him: "He has great hands and good speed for a receiver with his size. He runs excellent routes, and does not drop a ball."

Taylor Watson, FB
6 feet 2, 225 pounds
Gwynn Park (Brandywine)
Rivals.com: 2 stars
Scout.com: 3 stars
About him: Scout.com reports that Watson will likely be used as an H-back at Maryland. "Obviously, I want to get on the field as soon as possible. Everybody wants to play," he said. "But going to Maryland and getting my degree, that's what I'm most excited about."

Lamar Young, OL
6 feet 4, 285 pounds
Mundy's Mill (Jonesboro, Ga.)
Rivals.com: 3 stars
Scout.com: 2 stars
About him: The Atlanta Journal Constitution says Young had offers from Air Force and Central Florida, and was also being recruited by Georgia Tech, Louisville and Mississippi.

- Sheil Kapadia (skapadia@baltimoresun.com)

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