Four-star offensive lineman Quarvez Boulware commits to Terps

The time had come. After months of deliberating, Friendship Collegiate Academy four-star offensive lineman Quarvez Boulware had decided on a college and was ready to announce it.

With two Fox 5 D.C. broadcasters seated to his right during the station's live evening news broadcast Tuesday, Boulware was asked which school he had chosen.


The 6-foot-2, 285-pound lineman got up and emptied a shoebox full of letters from Maryland while announcing what Terps coach Randy Edsall, offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and others within Maryland's football program had hoped to hear.

"I will be committing to … University of Maryland," Boulware said.


The addition, in advance of national signing day on Wednesday, puts Maryland closer to locking up a solid 2015 recruiting class.

Rivals rates Boulware as the 15th-best guard in the Class of 2015 and the third-best prospect from Washington, D.C.

Boulware is the third Terps commitment rated as a four-star prospect by Rivals and the fourth offensive line commit that Rivals ranks as a three-star recruit or better.

"I think it's big for two reasons," ESPN recruiting analyst Craig Haubert said. "One, we've talked about how important it is for Maryland to have success within its own base. With Boulware, they did that. They kept another quality prospect close to home. … I just think he's a really good offensive lineman that is a score because a) he's in their recruiting base, b) he's a good football player and c) he's got some upside as well."

Boulware chose Maryland over Florida and Wake Forest.

"Over the past year, they've really progressed with their coaching staff and with players," Boulware said on Fox 5. "So I think in the next 3-4 years, they may have something really to look forward to."

The key remaining uncommitted prospect for Maryland is Eleanor Roosevelt offensive tackle Isaiah Prince, a four-star prospect who will announce his college choice Wednesday morning.

Rivals rates the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Prince as the fourth-best offensive tackle in the Class of 2015 and the top player from Maryland. Prince is also considering Ohio State and Alabama.

"I think he's still weighing his options," Eleanor Roosevelt coach Tom Green said during a phone interview Tuesday morning. "He's fresh off his Maryland visit. Of course, like most teenagers, when he got back from Alabama, he was gung ho about that. When he got back from Ohio State, he really loved them. When he got back from Maryland, he really loved them. He's 17, and they all are good programs and have a lot to offer. He just has to sit with his family and figure out what's the best fit for him."

Prince committed orally to Alabama during an official visit Jan. 16 and canceled official visits to Ohio State and Maryland before deciding to visit both schools before making a final decision.

Prince took an official visit to Ohio State Jan. 23 and went on an official visit to Maryland last weekend.

"He enjoyed it," Green said of Prince's visit to Maryland. "He really liked it. He's been on campus a lot. We have two of our former players, two linemen that played for us that are on the team at Maryland, a tackle and a guard already that play for them, so he's real familiar with those guys, and they have a lot of local guys on the team, so there's quite a few guys that he knows up there. I think that helps."


Three-star New York defensive lineman Austrian Robinson is probably the most high-profile prospect the Terps remain in the mix for aside from Prince entering Wednesday.

Robinson long referred to the Terps as his No. 1 choice. However, he has reportedly been high on Ole Miss after taking an official visit to the school Jan. 23. Robinson has also been considering Miami.

"To not only close well, but to close well along the lines [of Maryland and Washington, D.C], that would be huge," Haubert said. "To end up with another quality kind of developmental offensive tackle in Prince and Austrian, another defensive linemen, those would be two big pickups that would really kind of put a cap on what's turned out here the last few months to be a really strong class for Maryland."

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