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Maryland football added to satellite camp at New Jersey prep powerhouse

Maryland football coach DJ Durkin watches during the spring football game on April 16, 2016 in College Park.
Maryland football coach DJ Durkin watches during the spring football game on April 16, 2016 in College Park. (Mark Gail / Baltimore Sun)

In the roughly two weeks since learning they're permitted to hold satellite camps again, schools across the country have moved quickly to set up shop in the nation's football hotbeds

And as coach DJ Durkin indicated last month, Maryland will be a part of the trend.

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The football team at Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey announced Wednesday that Durkin will be involved at the the Next Level Football Camp beginning June 8.

Paramus Catholic boasts in impressive crop of talent. Defensive lineman Rashan Gary, who signed with Michigan, was the consensus No. 1 overall recruit in the Class of 2016. In the Class of 2017, Paramus Catholic has four-star linebacker Drew Singleton, New Jersey's top player according to 247sports.com. Paramus Catholic quarterback Allan Walters is a four-star recruit in the Class of 2018 who already has offers from Alabama, Michigan, Ole Miss, Maryland and others, according to 247sports.com.

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Making in-roads with the state power clearly can benefit Maryland. The Terps have pulled in four players from New Jersey (Juwann Winfree, Malcolm Culmer, Cole Farrand, Ian Evans) since 2010.

The main attraction to the camp, which will be streamed online, is Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who will also give the commencement speech at Paramus Catholic's graduation the following day. Harbaugh has found success recruiting in New Jersey, where he snagged five of the top eight players in the state in the Class of 2016. Former Paramus Catholic coach Chris Partridge is now his linebackers and special teams coach.

Maryland hired Durkin from Michigan, where he was Harbaugh's defensive coordinator.

According to the event flyer, Syracuse coach Dino Babers and Pittsburgh coach Pat Narduzzi -- a former Michigan State defensive coordinator -- will also attend the satellite camp with their full staffs. Michigan's entire staff will also be there, plus coaches from a number of smaller area schools.

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While Harbaugh and Michigan made headlines for their satellite camp sweep across the country a year ago, New Jersey appears to be emerging as a battleground this summer. On Monday, Rutgers coach Chris Ash announced he was holding a camp at Farleigh Dickinson the same day as the Paramus Catholic Camp.

Farleigh Dickinson and Paramus Catholic are separated by about seven miles. And Ash is hosting his camp with Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and Temple coach Matt Rhule. Ash was Ohio State's defensive coordinator before Rutgers hired him in December. According to NJ.com, other New Jersey high school football coaches are encouraging their players to attend the camp at Farleigh Dickinson instead of the camp at Paramus Catholic.

In June, Maryland is scheduled to attend the Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa and Washington dates of the Sound Mind Sound Football Academy and a camp at Old Dominion. The Terps coaching staff is also hosting seven camps in College Park.

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