-- Three-star running back Taiwan Deal: Wisconsin (reported Maryland offer)

-- Three-star wide receiver Cameron Phillips: Virginia Tech (no reported Maryland offer)

-- Three-star offensive lineman Brock Ruble: Undecided (Maryland offer)

-- Three-star wide receiver Chris Jones: Wisconsin (reported Maryland offer)

-- Three-star running back Mark Allen: Penn State (no reported Maryland offer)

-- Three-star defensive end/linebacker JaWhaun Bentley: Purdue (reported Maryland offer)

-- Three-star defensive lineman Deonte Holden Jr.: N.C. State (no reported Maryland offer)

Grades could have been a factor for some. Class size and positional needs could have affected others

Maryland itself might have whiffed on an evaluation here, a recruitment there.

For me, anyway, the present here is less interesting than the future and the past. Only one DeMatha player, a walk-on, was on Maryland's regular-season roster this season. Meanwhile, there are three from Good Counsel, and McDonogh will have a trio in College Park next year.

There are questions worth asking here: Why has DeMatha's presence in the program dwindled? Is the school's relationship with Maryland any different under Elijah Brooks than it was under longtime coach Bill McGregor? Who's the next can't-miss Stags star?

With a bowl-bound team and improving in-state recruiting presence, Randy Edsall can mull those over some other day. As it enters a Big Ten Conference increasingly populated by DeMatha recruits, Maryland will see sooner than later whether it really needs the top players from the state's top team to be a top program itself.