Less than a week after losing to Boston College in the Quick Lane Bowl to finish a 6-7 season, the Maryland football team keeps winning its share of recruiting battles.
One of the biggest gets for DJ Durkin since he took over last season, the Terps received a commitment Sunday from four-star prospect Markquese Bell, who announced his decision at the Under Armour All-America game.
Bell, a 6-foot-3, 194-pound safety from Bridgeton, N.J. is rated as the No. 95 prospect in the country, the No. 4 "athlete" and the No. 1 prospect in New Jersey, according to ESPN.
Bell is the third player in the Top 300 who has committed to Maryland for 2017, the most for the Terps in 11 years. Among those who've committed, only cornerback Deon Jones of Potomac High is ranked higher (No. 82).
The commitments this weekend from Bell and three-star linebacker Bryce Brand, a linebacker from Detroit, should push the Terps up in the national rankings. Maryland is currently ranked No. 17 by 247Sports, and was tied for 15th by USA Today on Dec. 28.