Three-star offensive lineman Parker Moorer decommitted from Maryland on Saturday, the first Terps recruit to leave the Class of 2019 since the publication of reports that have tarnished the program’s image and thrown the team’s staff into disarray.
Moorer, a rising senior from North Carolina who committed April 23, a little more than a month before Maryland offensive lineman Jordan McNair was hospitalized after an offseason workout, did not cite the reasons for his decision in a tweet. But he thanked the program’s coaching staff and said he was “forever grateful.”
In separate stories Friday, ESPN reported that McNair, who died June 13 at age 19, showed clear signs of exhaustion while attempting to complete 110-yard sprints in a May 31 offseason workout, and that the football team’s culture under coach DJ Durkin and strength and conditioning coach Rick Court has become toxic. Members of Durkin’s support staff have been placed on paid administrative leave based on the initial findings of an external review examining the circumstances leading to the former McDonogh star’s death.
Moorer, rated the No. 38 overall prospect in North Carolina in the 247Sports.com Composite rankings, was the Terps' lone offensive tackle commit. The class is now down to nine members.