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InsideMDSports: Maryland football adds Texas lineman Mbi Tanyi, fifth commit in six days

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Maryland pulled a double dip Thursday, securing a commitment from Bush (Texas) defensive lineman Mbi Tanyi only a few hours after doing the same with Timber Creek (N.J.) defensive back Kareem Ali.

For Tanyi, that was never his intention. Today just happened to be the day he wanted to be a Terp.

“It’s always been in my mind, for a while now,” said the 6-foot-2, 247-pound prospect. “I woke up this morning and I looked at my dad and just told him I was ready to commit.

“He was just like: ‘I knew it.’”

So this afternoon, Tanyi dialed up his recruiter and future head coach to pass along the news.

“When I told coach [Keenan] McCardell and coach [Randy] Edsall, they were extremely excited,” he said.

Why Maryland? Tanyi said he couldn’t limit his interest to just one thing, and that’s a major reason why he was so interested in the school.

“The academics, the coaching staff, their players … their whole system of everything just fit in real [well] with me,” he said. “My parents were real excited everything worked out for me. Maryland is just a good fit for me.”

Tanyi said he is done taking visits this summer, and likely will not take any official visits elsewhere this fall,  “depending on the school and their level of interest,” he said. For now, he’s focused on the Terps and said he can’t wait to get to College Park for an official visit in November.

Tanyi received a three-star, 0.8215-rating in the 247Sports Composite as the nation’s 67th-ranked strong-side defensive end.

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