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Maryland football coach DJ Durkin talks about the team's recruiting class. (Don Markus/Baltimore Sun video)

It's OK to get excited about Maryland's recent Top 20 football recruiting class, but don't get too excited just yet. The 2017 season could be a long one.

If you need proof, check out ESPN's post-signing day, way-too-early Big Ten power rankings. ESPN staff writer Brian Bennett has the Terps ranked 10th out of the 14 Big Ten teams.

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Here's what he wrote in the power rankings about Maryland:

The Terrapins exceeded expectations with the No. 20 class in the nation and could look to play a lot of those talented freshman in 2017. There are plenty of athletes here, though the trenches still need work.

Only Rutgers is ranked below the Terps by Bennett among teams in the Big Ten East Division.

Naturally, Ohio State is No. 1 in these Big Ten rankings after signing one of the best classes in the nation last Wednesday. Penn State is No. 2 followed by a tie for third between Michigan and Wisconsin.

In 2017 recruiting rankings over the past week, the Terps generally fell behind Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State and inside most recruiting sites' Top 20.

Be patient Maryland fans, it appears help is on the way.

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