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Three Terps football targets to make commitments in next two days

A trio of Maryland football recruiting targets will announce verbal commitments, which could give the Terps' class of 2017 a significant boost both in number and stature.

IMG Academy (Fla.) defensive tackle Cam Spence will announce his decision at 8 a.m. Friday, while St. John's (D.C.) quarterback Kasim Hill and Good Counsel linebacker Ayinde Eley tweeted they will announce their decisions at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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Maryland's class of 2017 currently has just two commitments — Lake Braddock (Va.) tight end Andrew Park and Quince Orchard defensive back Fofie Bazzie — which puts it in the company of Illinois (two commits), Rutgers (two commits), Purdue (one commit) and Minnesota (zero commits) in the Big Ten Conference. Ohio State and Michigan lead the way with 13 and 11 verbal commitments, respectively.

Spence is a former Gilman player who transferred to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., before his junior season. His is a consensus four-star prospect across all four recruiting services, and in the 247sports.com composite rankings, he's the No. 12 defensive tackle and No. 190 player in the nation. (Here's his Hudl highlight tape.) Maryland was the first school to offer him a scholarship on April 30, 2014.

Spence is choosing between Maryland, Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Southern California, Florida, Ole Miss and North Carolina. 247sports.com analyst Steve Wiltfong has Spence choosing the Terps in his crystal ball prediction.

Hill transferred from Gilman to St. John's in January after a junior season in which he threw for 1,375 yards and 12 touchdowns with only two interceptions for the Greyhounds. He has good size at 6-feet-2, 210 pounds and boasts a strong arm. He's a four-star recruit in the 247sports.com composite rankings, which have him as the No. 2 player in Maryland, the No. 13 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 295 player overall. (Here's his Hudl highlight tape.) Maryland offered him on Jan. 15.

Hill visited Michigan State last week, but the Spartans picked up a verbal commitment from three-star quarterback Rocky Lombardi over the weekend. Wiltfong also projects Hill to pick Maryland, as do nine total crystal ball predictions submitted since Hill was offered in January.

Eley has good size for a linebacker — he's listed at 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5 depending on the recruiting service — and he has three-star ratings from 247sports.com and Rivals.com to go with a four-star rating from Scout.com. In the 247sports.com composite rankings, Eley is the No. 10 player in Maryland, the No. 37 athlete nationally and No. 477 player in the country overall. He's the No. 28 outside linebacker in the country, according to Scout.com.

Maryland originally offered Eley on Feb. 3, and he also holds offers from 15 schools, including Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers and Wisconsin. The Terps signed Eley's former teammate Travon Stott out of Good Counsel in their 2016 class.

A commitment from one, two or three of Spence, Hill and Eley would be a boost to Maryland's recruiting efforts in this cycle. All three play positions the Terps could build more depth at, and all are among highly touted area recruits. Coach DJ Durkin has reiterated the importance of keeping the area's top talent in Maryland, and with the previous commitments of Park and Bazzie, it appears that is an early priority.

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