Woodlawn native and former Gilman star Micah Kiser is a true scholar-athlete who has excelled at linebacker for Virginia and also helped counsel his teammates through the white nationalist protests that rocked Charlottesville in August.
T.J. Jackson knew Dion Goldbourne could be a productive player for his Atlantic Community High School football team if he could get the junior off the basketball court and onto the gridiron. Eventually, Jackson did. And once Goldbourne saw the 70-some college coaches that came to Atlantic to watch spring practice, he realized he might have a bright future in football. So on National Signing Day, Goldbourne signed his letter of intent to play for Maryland, following his Atlantic teammate Antwaine Richardson, an early enrollee who was already on campus.
Durkin's first recruiting class hasn't been easy to assemble. He took over less than two months before National Signing Day and inherited a class in which the future of some recruits was tied to former Maryland interim coach and offensive coordinator Mike Locksley's status. It didn't help that Meyer plucked two of Maryland's top verbal commitments and prominent local stars in quarterback Dwayne Haskins and outside linebacker Keandre Jones last month. Durkin, though, has kept his recruiting
Maryland coach DJ Durkin finalized his coaching staff last week with the hiring of offensive line coach Dave Borbely. In the process of hiring nine assistants, Durkin combined elements of experience and youth, along with recruiting prowess and coaching talent. It¿s an impressive staff on paper.
After a string of decommitments, Maryland received some positive news on the recruiting front Wednesday when three-star running back LaDerrien Wilson of Osceola High School in Florida announced his commitment to the Terps on Twitter.
Maryland defensive coordinator Scott Shafer and offensive coordinator Walt Bell are both on three-year contracts with the university, and assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Pete Lembo is on a two-year contract, according to memoranda of understanding obtained by The Baltimore Sun in a public records request.
When he was an assistant at Michigan, Florida and Stanford, DJ Durkin was thinking about the opportunity he could eventually get to become a head coach at a major program and what he would do when that time came. So over the years, when he met another coach he was impressed by, he'd make a note of it.
When Pete Lembo first met DJ Durkin last June at a Michigan camp, he was taken with Jim Harbaugh's young defensive coordinator. Lembo, then the coach at Ball State, wouldn't have batted an eye if he had just spent the whole day with Harbaugh, spoke at the campers and then gone on his way.
When Maryland takes the field to face Howard in its season opener on Sept. 3, DJ Durkin will be prowling the sideline in charge of all facets of a team for the first time in his young career. But also shepherding the Terps through their game at Maryland Stadium will be three coaches who were in Durkin's place less than a year before. For Mike London, Scott Shafer, and Pete Lembo, the move from the head coaching role to the role as an assistant will be a transition.
The most common word used by Maryland¿s new assistant coaches when talking about their hiring processes on Tuesday afternoon was ¿whirlwind.¿ In coach DJ Durkin adding Pete Lembo, Mike London, Walt Bell and Scott Shafer to his staff, things often came together over the course of a few days or a week. In the end, Durkin put together a coaching staff ripe with experience that believes success is possible in College Park.
The question bounced around Young Dining Hall in the Gossett Team House at Maryland on Tuesday afternoon and meant something different to each of the three former head coaches and the young, rising offensive coordinator speaking publicly as members of the Terps coaching staff for the first time. Why Maryland? Why coach DJ Durkin? Why now? For associate head coach and defensive line coach Mike London, assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Pete Lembo, defensive coordinator Scott
Defensive end prospect Joey Fisher of Clear Spring decommitted from Maryland on Friday. "Due to staff changes I will be decommitting from The University of Maryland, and will be reopening my recruitment," Fisher wrote on Twitter.
Maryland associate head coach and defensive line coach Mike London is under contract for $800,000 over the next two years, while defensive backs coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim's contract is worth $170,000 next year, according to copies of memoranda of understanding obtained by The Baltimore Sun in a public-records request.
When Mike London joined the Maryland coaching staff earlier this month, it added another dimension of experience to first-time head coach DJ Durkin¿s coaching staff in College Park. London, who led Virginia¿s program for six years before he resigned in late November, joins former Syracuse coach and new Maryland defensive coordinator Scott Shafer on the defensive side of the ball as defensive line coach and associate head coach.
After less than a week on the job, Maryland coach DJ Durkin has moved swiftly with working to fill out parts of his coaching staff. A former defensive coordinator at Michigan and Florida, Durkin is regarded as a top, young defensive mind, and he¿s already made additions on the defensive side of the ball that are expected to fit his vision for Maryland in Scott Shafer (defensive coordinator), Mike London (defensive line) and Aazaar Abdul-Rahim (defensive backs).
Gilman offensive linemen Stephen Spanellis (Virginia) and Wes Mehl (Navy) bring to five the number of Gilman football commitments this summer – the first time coach Biff Poggi has ever had five players commit to Division I programs before July 1 heading into their senior years.
The Terps have played Virginia more than any other football opponent. The Maryland-Virginia border-state rivalry — which ends for the foreseeable future with Saturday's meeting at Byrd Stadium — never rose to the level of Ohio State-Michigan or Alabama-Auburn. The teams weren't prominent enough for that.
Virginia football coach Mike London was paying special attention when Maryland released its depth chart this week, looking for clues on whether starting quarterback C.J. Brown would rebound from a concussion in time to play Saturday against the Cavaliers.
It was all there for Maryland's taking on Saturday: a prime opportunity against a struggling, turnover-prone rival to go 2-0 in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time since 2001 and to begin to make something of a season from which little was expected.
Run defense and the passing game are among areas the Maryland football team is seeking to improve. The Terps are looking to turn things around against Virginia on Saturday in their last home game of the season.