During DJ Durkin's first six months as Maryland's coach, he has focused his recruiting efforts on the Terps' backyard. It has paid off, with seven of Maryland's nine oral pledges in the Class of 2017 holding deep local ties. And now one of those seven will play his senior season a few miles from College Park.
Four-star defensive tackle Cam Spence announced Wednesday that he's transferring from IMG Academy (Fla.) to St. John's College High School (D.C.) for his final season of high school football.
"To all IMG Academy Coaches and staff especially to Coach Logan, Wright, and Walsh. Thank you for believing in [me] and putting your time and effort in coaching me up and making me better," Spence wrote on Twitter. "To my Friends and Teammates and IMG I love you all. You are all going to be great."
Spence, whose family lives in Bowie, played his first two seasons of high school football at Gilman in Baltimore before he transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., for his junior year. He committed to Maryland on April 8, and he's following in the footsteps of his late uncle, Larry Stewart, who was an All-American offensive lineman for Maryland in 1979.
Spence is currently the second-highest ranked recruit in Maryland's Class of 2017, according to 247sports.com. Spence is a four-star defensive tackle who is ranked No. 14 at his position in the class and No. 253 overall. His IMG Academy teammate, five-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh, currently headlines Maryland's class as the No. 2 weak-side defensive end and No. 22 player in the class.
When he transfers to St. John's, Spence will join another Maryland pledge on the field this fall. Quarterback Kasim Hill, who transferred from Gilman to the Washington school in January, committed to the Terps the day after Spence in April. Hill, a four-star prospect, is rated as the No. 13 pro-style passer and No. 299 player in the Class of 2017 by 247sports.com.
St. John's and IMG Academy will play in Bradenton on Sept. 17.
Maryland's Class of 2017 is currently ranked No. 5 in the Big Ten Conference and No. 15 nationally by 247sports.com.
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