Dallas Griffiths – North Florida Christian School, linebacker, 6-2, 225 pounds, 4.48 40
The recruiting services weren't all that high on Griffiths, with Scout and 247Sports giving the future Terp a two-star ranking. But on the high school level, few players nationally could match Griffiths' production. He finished his senior season with 190 tackles, helping North Florida Christian to an undefeated, state-championship season. Griffiths was well known in the Sunshine State for "his explosion and his speed," said NFC coach Robert Craft. "He runs a great 40 time. He really can change directions well. He's explosive in the weight room. I think he's an all-around player as far as what Maryland sees. And they like his ability to play the run and also play the pass when you need to."
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Amba Etta-Tawo – McEachern (Ga.), wide receiver, 6-3, 180 pounds, 4.4 40
Billed as a wide-out with sprinter's speed and an effortless stride, Etta-Tawo committed to the Terps in July without ever having set foot in College Park. A two-star prospect and No. 189 wide receiver in the country according to Scout.com, Etta-Tawo caught 58 passes for 907 yards and six touchdowns as a senior, despite facing constant double-teams. Etta-Tawo is probably a developmental prospect, but he's got all the measurables you'd want in a wide receiver. "Amba definitely was the long deep threat," said McEachern wide receivers coach Ken Hockman. "[We'd say], 'Go get the ball when it's in the air.' He's a good route runner, too. A strong kid, really amazing with the long body he has."
Alvin Hill – Luella (Ga.), cornerback, 6-0, 180 pounds, 4.4 40
Hill was a man of mystery when he committed to the Terps in the June. Highlight tape on the Atlanta-area prospect was scarce, and Maryland was his only FBS offer at the time. But Hill – a two-star prospect according to Scout and ESPN – had a standout senior season and began to receive inquiries from other BCS-level schools. "He's not under the radar now," said Luella coach Nic Vasilchek. "A lot of bigger schools came and asked about him. But he's pretty darned committed to what he said originally – 'Whatever school gives me the first shot is where I'm going to go.' It's been Maryland. He's been fully committed, and it's a nice relationship."
The rest of the class
Nick Brigham -- Marist School (Ga.), offensive guard, 6-4, 280 pounds, 4.98 40
In a class filled with prospective engineering and business majors, Brigham might be the dean. A 3.9 student, Brigham picked Maryland for its biology program and overall academic reputation. On the field, Brigham is a punishing run-blocker who earned a four-star ranking from ESPN.com. Marist coach Alan Chadwick said he'll remember Brigham as a "big body that came off the ball with a vengeance."
Malcolm Culmer -- Willingboro (N.J.), wide receiver, 6-1, 175 pounds, 4.4 40
When Willingboro's starting quarterback went down with an injury, Culmer moved from wide receiver to running back to get more touches. The results were 537 yards rushing on 68 carries, 38 receptions for 684 yards and 12 total touchdowns, plus three interceptions at free safety. Culmer's a versatile prospect that could play defense as well, but he's dangerous with the ball in his hands. "He's got decent size and he runs real well," said Willingboro coach Reggie Lawrence. "He makes plays when he gets the ball."
P.J. Gallo -- Council Rock South (Pa.), tight end, 6-4, 235 pounds, 4.8 40
In Council Rock South's triple-option offense, Gallo didn't get many chances to make a play, catching just 14 passes for 185 yards. But at inside linebacker, Gallo was a beast, finishing the year with 144 tackles, seven pass breakups, seven quarterback hurries, six tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks. "It shows just how much versatility he has," said Council Rock South coach Vince Bedesem. "There were multiple positions that he was being recruited for while the process was going on."
Perry Hills -- Pittsburgh Central Catholic, quarterback, 6-3, 205, 4.57 40
Between Hills and Rowe, Farrell said Maryland has its quarterback of the future. Hills, an all-state wrestler, is a pro-style quarterback and also a game-breaking runner. Toughness will not be issue with this future Terp. "They think his upside is tremendous," said PCC coach Terry Totten. "He's going to be about a 6-2, 240-pounder who can run. He is getting better and better. I think his potential is off the charts. I think they got themselves a good quarterback who for four years will help that program."
Levern Jacobs -- Milford Academy (N.Y.), wide receiver, 5-11, 172 pounds, 4.4 40
The Suitland High grad went to Milford Academy for a post-grad year as a Marshall commitment, but switched his pledge to Maryland when the Terps extended an offer in January. Farrell identified Jacobs as one of the Terps' recruits with the most potential. "He's a fifth-year kid, and [Milford] coach [Bill] Chaplick raves about him. He was skinny as heck the last time I saw him. He just needs to get stronger and faster. But he could be a very good recruit for them."
Albert Reid -- Friendship Collegiate (D.C.), running back, 5-10 1/2, 190 pounds, 4.5 40
A one-time West Virginia commitment, Reid committed to the Terps this month thanks in large part to the reputation of Maryland's mechanical engineering program. A four-star prospect according to Scout and ESPN, Reid had 225 carries for 1,705 yards, six catches for 39 yards and 17 total touchdowns as a senior. "He has a very unique running style," said Friendship running backs coach Minoso Rodgers. "He runs very physical with explosion. He has very good explosiveness. When he sees it, he runs."
Joe Riddle -- Linganore, running back, 6-2, 200 pounds, 4.4
Riddle could potentially be a factor on either side of the ball, but he'll start out as a running back and return specialist. In an injury-shortened senior season, Riddle rushed for 917 yards and nine touchdowns on 111 carries, plus two catches for 46 yards and one TD. "He's self-motivated and brings an incredible talent level," said Linganore coach Rick Conner. "He's one of the best we've ever had. The best football is ahead of him."
Roman Braglio -- McDonogh, defensive end, 6-4, 240 pounds, 4.65 40
A Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro selection, Braglio was Maryland's second commitment of the 2012 class. He had a monster senior season for the Eagles, finishing the year with 83 tackles and 16 sacks. Braglio was best known for his impressive speed -- especially for someone of his size. "I just think his general toughness and ability to play hard both ways … is really tough to do, especially when you're a lineman," said McDonogh coach Dom Damico. "You're playing 130 snaps a game against really good competition."