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Maryland makes top 10 for three-star Florida lineman, plus other recruiting updates

Maryland first-year football coach DJ Durkin on signing day and what it means for the program. (Baltimore Sun video)

In the roughly three weeks since national signing day, Maryland's coaching staff hasn't slowed down on the recruiting trail. The Terps are doling out plenty of offers all over the country, and while the staff hasn't gotten its first commitment in the Class of 2017 yet, Maryland is making an impression on prospective recruits.

One such recruit is St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) offensive lineman Cody Bowes, who placed Maryland in his top 10 on Tuesday night. The three-star recruit is ranked as the No. 124 player in Florida in the 247sports.com composite rankings, and in the service's own rankings, he's the No. 83 player in the Sunshine State and No. 604 nationally. He announced Maryland had offered him on Jan. 27.

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Big Ten Conference foes Ohio State and Illinois are also in Bowes' top 10, along with former Atlantic Coast Conference foes Wake Forest, North Carolina and Syracuse. West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Iowa State round out the schools Bowes is considering for now. Here's Bowes' junior year highlights on Hudl.

Maryland has continued to make recruiting Florida a priority after signing seven players from the state on national signing day. Two of Bowes' teammates at St. Thomas Aquinas -- which has won back-to-back Class 7A state championships in Florida -- also hold Maryland offers in five-star wide receiver Trevon Grimes and three-star wide receiver Michael Harley.

According to 247sports.com, Maryland has offered scholarships to at least 33 players in Florida, including eight at national powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Players at IMG Academy with area ties include four-star defensive tackle Cam Spence (Gilman), five-star defensive end Joshua Kaindoh (Mount Carmel) and four-star outside linebacker/athlete Jordan Anthony (Good Counsel).

Other recruiting updates from this week:

  • Maryland offered a pair of players from Virginia 5A state champion Highland Springs on Monday in three-star offensive lineman Mekhi Becton and unrated defensive back/athlete Rell Coley. Highland Springs is located just east of Richmond and produced safety K'Von Wallace, a late-bloomer who picked Clemson over Ohio State, Michigan State and others on national signing day.
  • Don Bosco Prep (N.J.) quarterback Tommy DeVito also picked up an offer from Maryland on Tuesday. He's rated as a three-star pro-style quarterback in the 247sports.com composite rankings, while Rivals.com ranks him as a two-star.
  • The Terps offered Lafayette (Va.) wide receiver Hezekiah Grimsley, who is unrated by all four major recruiting services and holds other offers from Iowa State and Marshall. Grimsley, regarded as one of his area's most versatile players, had 38 catches for 1,065 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. Here are some highlights.
  • Peachtree Ridge (Ga.) athlete Connor Heyward picked up a Maryland offer on Monday. He's a three-star recruit.
  • Maryland offered Carmel (Ind.) tight end Kurt Rafdal, a three-star recruit who is listed at 6 feet 7, 230 pounds.

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