What they're saying about Maryland's 2017 recruiting class

Around the country, experts seem to like what Maryland coach DJ Durkin accomplished with his 2017 recruiting class. Here's what some are saying:

USA Today had Maryland as its No. 1 surprise on signing day:


D.J. Durkin and his assistant coaches worked tirelessly to sign perhaps the nation's most surprisingly effective recruiting class. Need to rebuild your roster? The Terrapins did just that in signing more than two dozen prospects from their own backyard — Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey — and as far away as California. It's a hard road to the top of the Big Ten East Division, but Maryland took a drastic step forward. had Maryland at No. 12 nationally, one spot ahead of NotreDame and two ahead of Penn State:


 DJ Durkin proved his recruiting mettle by selling the Terps, a consistently middling program, to several high-profile recruits. Getting running back Cordarrian Richardson may give Maryland the exposure the program has needed for years. If this class is any indication, Durkin was a home-run hire last season.

When DJ Durkin got the Maryland job in 2016, we heard a lot about his recruiting prowess. We saw glimpses of his acumen on the recruiting trail this time last year. Now, with over a year to recruit, Durkin unleashed his sales skills on the nation by signing what may be the top class in school annals. A big key: Keeping local talent home in an area Durkin calls the "DMV," D.C., Maryland and Virginia, a fertile recruiting region he wants to own. The Terps have the No. 4 class in the Big Ten despite going 6-6.

Jon Solomon,, on Twitter:

Who would have thought Maryland would be ranked ahead of Texas in football recruiting? Terps' No. 18 by 247Sports is their best since 2004.

Website listed two of Maryland's assistant coaches as top recruiters in the Big Ten:

1. Zach Smith, WR, Ohio State
2. Chris Partridge, LB, Michigan
3. Kerry Coombs, CB, Ohio State
4. Tyrone Wheatley, RB, ex-Michigan
5. Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, DB, Maryland
6. Keith Williams, WR, Nebraska
7. Brent Pry, DC, Penn State
8. Terry Smith, CB, Penn State
9. Greg Mattison, DL, Michigan
10. Chris Beatty, WR, Maryland has Terps ranked No. 17 nationally:

The Terps' class is highlighted by 17 players from the DMV area and eight who earned All-WCAC honors. Nine of the top 20 players from the state of Maryland and three of the top nine players from Washington D.C. signed with the Terps on Wednesday.