Maryland recruiting notes: Terps make local running back's top four

Monday marked the beginning of a "dead period" in college football recruiting, which means that coaches are restricted from in-person contact with recruits.

But the gears are always turning behind the scenes. Over the weekend, Maryland made the cut as a few more recruits narrowed down their lists, while some other targets made commitments elsewhere.


Here's a short roundup of some recent Terps recruiting news regarding prospects in the Class of 2017:

  • Three-star Potomac running back Tayon Fleet-Davis placed Maryland in his top four alongside Syracuse and Big Ten Conference foes Iowa and Indiana. Fleet-Davis is rated as the No. 16 prospect in Maryland and the No. 39 running back nationally in the composite rankings.
  • Three-star Cherokee (N.J.) running back Johnathan Lovett announced Sunday that he would pick between Maryland, Boston College, Rutgers and Temple on Monday night. On Monday, he picked Rutgers. Lovett is the No. 25 prospect in New Jersey and No. 74 running back nationally, per the composite rankings. He claimed Maryland as his third offer on Feb. 28.
  • Three-star Miami Southridge (Fla.) defensive end Deandre Johnson has the Terps in a top six that also includes Tennessee, Auburn, California, Mississippi State and West Virginia. He's the No. 39 weak-side defensive end nationally and No. 99 prospect in Florida, per the composite rankings. and also rank Johnson as a three-star prospect.
  • Four-star Bridgeton (N.J.) athlete Markquese Bell has Maryland in a top 13 that features Big Ten foes Michigan, Ohio State and Rutgers, along with Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia. Maryland had originally made a since-deleted top 10 for Bell back in March. Bell is the No. 4 prospect in the Garden State and No. 8 athlete in the nation, per, while and also rate Bell as a four-star prospect.
  • Four-star Indian River (Va.) safety Devon Hunter has the Terps alongside Alabama, Clemson, Auburn, Virginia Tech, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State in his top 11. Hunter, who hails from the talent-rich Tidewater region, is the No. 58 overall prospect, No. 4 safety nationally and No. 2 prospect his state, according to the composite rankings. Hunter was on campus in January.
  • Entering the dead period, Maryland's 10-player Class of 2017 is currently ranked No. 27 overall and No. 7 in the Big Ten by, No. 20 overall and No. 4 in the conference by and No. 23 overall and No. 7 in the Big Ten by