"I'm kind of intrigued by Elvis Dennah," Huffman said. "You have a 6-3 safety who could end up bulking up and becoming an outside linebacker. … There's not a whole lot of film on him, but the film I've seen is pretty good. He has some upside to him. He's a versatile and intriguing player."

Said Farrell: "I think the guy that made a lot of plays when I saw him was Jermaine Carter. 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. I have a suspicion about Malik Jones as well. 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."

Looking ahead

Farrell, Huffman and Shurburtt all have Maryland's 2013 class pegged as a middle-of-the-pack group in the ACC. The majority of these soon-to-be-signees, however, will never face an ACC team. Shurburtt thinks Maryland's skill-position players compare favorably with the best of the Big Ten, but the offensive and defensive lines must be upgraded.

"It's not across the board, not everybody, but offensive and defensive lines in the ACC are lacking," Shurburtt said. "You see that that's an area that any program in the Atlantic Coast Conference has to improve on. I think that's the key. I think guys like Malik Jones, Derwin Gray, [junior college offensive lineman signee] Silvano Altamirano, can develop. Moise Larose. Those are guys they can work with. When Randy Edsall was at UConn, that was one of the things you sort of overlooked. They were very good on the offensive line. Always very good up front. I think that they stand a good shot at getting there."

As the Terps transition into the Big Ten before the 2014 season, there's an expectation that their recruiting territory could expand into the Midwest. Maryland, D.C. and Northern Virginia will continue to be the priority, and the Terps will likely continue to mine Pennsylvania, Delaware, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida on occasion. But starting with the 2014 class, Maryland may venture more into the Great Lakes region.

"If they're playing games against Ohio State and Michigan, they're going to have to start selling that to take advantage of that," Farrell said. "Go into Ohio and Michigan and Illinois, places like that that have good talent, and say, 'Listen, you didn't get an offer from the school you wanted. Come here and play them every year and beat them.' ... I think you'll see a little more of a Midwest presence, a little more focused on the Big Ten. Now they can go sell someone that 'We're in the most stable conference short of the SEC in college football.' The ACC can't sell that now."

The flip side of Maryland's potential new recruiting opportunities is that the Terps must now deal with new conference foes coming into the Mid-Atlantic more frequently and competing for recruits. Huffman said Maryland just has to be prepared to "do the same thing."

"Recruiting well and making the move to the Big Ten, [Maryland is] going to become a hotter name and helps them keep moving."



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