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Maryland football announces early enrollees

Maryland football coach DJ Durkin announced Wednesday that eight players who committed to the Terps for next season have enrolled in school and will be eligible to participate in spring practice.

Two of them, safety Markquese Bell and cornerback Deon Jones, are considered four-star prospects and are currently the two highest-rated players among the 28 who have committed to Maryland for the 2017 season. Bell is ranked No. 88 in ESPN's top 300, with Jones at No. 155.

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Among the other early enrollees, who won't count against the 25-player limit for the team's 2017 recruiting class, junior college transfers Nick Underwood, a linebacker, and Alex Woods, a cornerback, were in the top 100 nationally coming out of high school a year ago.

Also enrolling early are Fofie Bazzie, a three-star cornerback from Gaithersburg; brothers Bryce and Ryan Brand, a three-star linebacker and junior college transfer quarterback, respectively, from Detroit; and Tyran Hunt, a three-star offensive lineman from Courtland, Va.

"We are thrilled to have these young men join our program and enroll early at the University of Maryland for the spring semester," Durkin said in a statement. "I'm excited that these student-athletes will be afforded the opportunity to adjust to the college life, both academically and athletically. Each of them has a bright future here at Maryland and we are happy to welcome them as the first members of an outstanding recruiting class."

The 2017 class will be announced on National Signing Day on Feb. 1.

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