Analysts identify potential sleepers in Maryland's recruiting class

Incoming Maryland quarterback Gage Shaffer passed for 2,037 yards and 24 touchdowns as a high school senior.
Incoming Maryland quarterback Gage Shaffer passed for 2,037 yards and 24 touchdowns as a high school senior. (Ray Thompson / AP)

Offensive lineman Quarvez Boulware, defensive lineman Adam McLean and wide receiver D.J. Moore are the headliners of Maryland's recruiting class, four-star prospects who will carry the expectation of developing into significant contributors.

Analysts have also spoken highly of Terps offensive line recruits Ellis McKennie (McDonogh) and E.J. Donahue (Linganore).


Here are four other Maryland Class of 2015 members whose potential analysts seem to like:

Wide receiver Jahrvis Davenport


5-foot-10, 185 pounds

Tampa, Fla. (Robinson High School)

Rankings: Three-star (ESPN, Rivals)

Davenport had 24 catches for 355 yards and three touchdowns in eight games as a senior. He had 39 catches for 667 yards and eight touchdowns as a junior.

"I think they got a sleeper in him," ESPN recruiting analyst Craig Haubert said during a phone interview. "He's the one that I would be a little more prone to use the word 'gamebreaker' with [over Moore]. I think he shows excellent speed. Really good change of direction. He's an aggressive player. He's got good hands. Of those two guys we just talked about [Davenport and Moore], I see Davenport being the higher upside guy and a little more of a potential game breaker with Moore being a little more of the initial contributor and kind of consistent guy. But I like Davenport a lot. Like I said, I actually think they got a bit of a steal in him. He might be the guy a little bit lower down in the class who ends up down the road catching people's attention. … I think he could be a really exciting player for them."

Defensive lineman Keiron Howard

6-foot-4, 280 pounds

Fort Washington (Potomac High School)

Rankings: Three-star (ESPN, Rivals)

Howard had 52 tackles and 7.5 sacks as a senior. He received a nomination for the U.S. Army All-American game and played in the Offense-Defense All-American game.

"He's a 5.7 three-star [on Rivals], which means he's a whisper away from being a four-star, but he didn't get a whole lot of attention from other schools," Rivals Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst Adam Friedman said. "I really think he's going to be a difference-maker on that defensive line. He's got an excellent first step. He's got to trim some bad weight and get in better shape, but you can't replicate his athleticism. That doesn't come around very often. And his quickness for his size, his aggressiveness is really impressive, and I think he can do good things for Maryland."

Cornerback Darnell Savage


5-foot-11, 160 pounds

Newark, Del. (Caravel Academy)

Rankings: Three-star (ESPN, Rivals)

After an injury-shortened junior season, Savage ran for 1,298 yards and 13 touchdowns on offense while also posting 54 tackles on defense.

"Darnell Savage, if he wanted to, by the time it was over, could've had 20 offers," Scout National Recruiting Analyst Brian Dohn said. "Penn State was coming in on him, and he said no thanks because he was that loyal to Maryland, and he's a kid that I think has a chance to come in and play as a freshman. He can cover. I saw him probably five times in the last calendar year at camps, games, whatever, and he was always sensational. Not just good. I mean sensational. He's a really good cover guy."

Quarterback Gage Shaffer

6-foot-7, 205 pounds

Short Gap, W. Va.

Rankings: Three-star (ESPN), Two-star (Rivals)

Shaffer threw for 2,037 yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior. Maryland coach Randy Edsall said Shaffer reminds him of veteran NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky, whom Edsall coached at Connecticut.

"I like the quarterback, Gage Shaffer," Haubert said. "He's pretty much strictly a pocket passer guy. He's not a great athlete. And quarterbacks can be tough because the intangibles are so important, and unless you spend a lot of time around a guy that can sometimes be hard to read. But just off of film, he comes across as a confident kid who really believes in his abilities, and he's got some touch and a strong arm. I like his upside. I think he's a guy that can be developed, and I think he's a really nice pickup at the quarterback position."

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