Shane CockerilleGilman, quarterback, 6-2, 218 pounds

An Elite 11 selection, Cockerille committed to the Terps during last year’s Red-White game at Byrd Stadium. He led the Greyhounds to the MIAA A Conference championship. “Shane Cockerille is a good quarterback,” Huffman said. “That’s a big one for them. Michigan was recruiting him as a second quarterback.”

Jajuan DulaneyMcEachern (Ga.) High, offensive lineman, 6-4, 275 pounds

A consensus three-star prospect, Dulaney picked the Terps over offers from North Carolina, Cincinnati and East Carolina. He comes from the same high school as Maryland redshirt freshman wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo. “[Dulaney’s] going to have to get bigger, but he’s got good athleticism,” Shurburtt said.


Chandler BurkettBozeman High (Fla.), defensive end, 6-4, 225 pounds

Burkett switched his commitment from Florida International to the Terps shortly after FIU fired coach Mario Cristobal. “He’s got a big lower body, but can put on a lot of weight,” said Bozeman coach William Tillman. “I expect he’s going to play [somewhere between] 260 or 275. He’s still real skinny. He gets up there and gets on regular meals and all that stuff, he’s going to put on even more body weight and hopefully keep that speed.”

Jermaine CarterFriendship Collegiate Academy, linebacker, 6-1, 220 pounds

Carter was the final FCA player to pledge to the Terps during this recruiting cycle, selecting Maryland over Colorado and Temple. “I think the guy that made a lot of plays when I saw him was Jermaine Carter,” Farrell said. “He’s not the tallest linebacker in the world, but he just made every tackle. A lot of people pay attention to Cavon Walker on that team, but I think Jermaine Carter was the heart and soul of that defense.”

Derrick HaywardWicomico, linebacker/defensive end, 6-5, 200 pounds

Analysts are intrigued by the potential of this two-star prospect from the Eastern Shore. Shurburtt said Hayward could be “the next Kenny Tate” for Maryland, while Huffman cited him as a definite sleeper. “Derrick Hayward is a defensive end with quickness,” he said. “He has a chance to get stronger. He probably won’t play right away. He’ll probably need to get a little bigger.”

Malik JonesDunbar, defensive end, 6-5, 245 pounds

Jones plans to play defensive end for the Terps, and he excelled at that position for the Class 1A state-champion Poets, recording 70 tackles and 18 sacks. Some analysts, however, think he could ultimately end up on the O-line. “I have a suspicion about Malik Jones as well,” Farrell said. “He could turn out to be much better than he’s ranked. He’s really raw but he’s as long as can be. He could be a 6-5, 285-pound kid.”

Kingsley OparaMandarin High (Fla.), defensive end, 6-4, 280 pounds

Opara was a self-proclaimed “soft commitment” ever since he pledged to the Terps last July. But he ultimately rebuffed overtures from North Carolina, N.C. State and Georgia Tech. The three-star prospect finished his senior season with 42 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

Cavon WalkerFriendship Collegiate Academy, linebacker, 6-2, 215 pounds

A three-star prospect, Walker missed his entire junior season with a fractured foot. He returned to FCA’s lineup in the fall and earned second-team Washington Post All-Met honors for his efforts. “He’s an extremely good pass rusher,” FCA coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim told The Sun in June. “He’s just got a level of intensity to him – he’s very intense. He keeps his game on a high level. I think he’s a very energetic kid.”

NOTES: Maryland is reportedly expecting decisions from three more prospects today – Avalon School athlete Jacquille Veii, Suitland wide receiver and Ohio State commitment Taivon Jacobs, and Friendship Collegiate linebacker Yannick Ngakoue. Stay tuned to Tracking the Terps for those decisions.