Terps have chance for 'one heck of a large haul' on offensive line, analyst says

The perception of Maryland's 2015 recruiting class will largely come down to the decisions of two prospects from right in the Terps' back yard.

Four-star Eleanor Roosevelt tackle Isaiah Prince will announce Wednesday morning whether he will sign with Maryland, Alabama or Ohio State.


Four-star interior offensive lineman Quarvez Boulware from Friendship Collegiate Academy will announce his college choice tonight on FOX 5 D.C. after choosing among a final three that consisted of Maryland, Florida and Wake Forest.

If the Terps land both players, this class will be widely considered a success, and they will add to an already solid group of offensive line commits that includes three-star in-state prospects Ellis McKennie (McDonogh) and E.J. Donahue (Linganore).

If they don't, the class will end up being ranked as average by most recruiting sites. Maybe worse.

"Those are big ones because E.J. Donahue, Ellis McKennie, they've already got some really good [offensive linemen] in the fold," said Tom Luginbill, ESPN's national recruiting director. "They've got a center in the fold, Mason Zimmerman. They need the edge guys now, and I think that's where they're dotting their I's and crossing their T's and keeping their fingers crossed that they can pull that in to round out the class because it would be critical.

"I've said it over and over again in my role as a college analyst, but this is where it's all different for everybody. If you get guys up front, you've got a chance, and Maryland's got a chance to have one heck of a large haul here within the offensive line. And then of course to be able to [establish] the status of the hometown school that people want to attend, they're still continuing to build toward that."

Rivals ranks the 6-foot-6, 270-pound Prince as the fourth-best offensive tackle prospect in the Class of 2015 and the top prospect from Maryland.

The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Boulware is rated by Rivals as the 15th-best offensive guard prospect and the third-best prospect from Washington, D.C.

The Terps are widely considered the favorite to land Boulware, who took an unofficial visit to Maryland Jan. 23 before going on an official visit to Florida this past weekend.

Prince's status is more unclear.

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

Prince visited Ohio State on Jan. 23 and Maryland this past weekend.

"I think he's still weighing his options," Eleanor Roosevelt coach Tom Green said 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.

"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."