The release of the 2017 Maryland football schedule isn’t the only notable news of late as Maryland recruiting got commitments from wideout Darryl Jones and linebacker Tyler Baylor.
Maryland football recruiting received not one but two local 2018 commitments on Tuesday, Aug. 1. The first is four-star wideout from Princess Anne High School (Va.) Darryl Jones. The second commitment is three-star linebacker Tyler Baylor out of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School (Md.) as the Maryland football recruiting team gets commitment No. 18 for their 2018 class.
Daryll Jones committed to the Terps Tuesday morning via Twitter. Jones chose the Terps over West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Virginia and others. Maryland football was given a 100 percent crystal ball prediction from 247Sports.com and they were pronounced leaders for his services July 31.
Darryl Jones is the third wide receiver the Terps have now in their 2018 class. At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, he was able to hurt teams in a variety of ways. One thing I noticed right away was his long strides when he runs routes. In almost every play in his junior film, he got behind the defense for a touchdown or big play with little to no problem.
His size makes him a red zone threat and scoring in the red zone bodes well for a team winning games so he could fill that role for the Terps. The Princess Anne Cavaliers may have had a losing season last year (3-7, 2-7 Beach Region) but Jones was definitely the bright spot for their offense.
Baylor announced his commitment to the Terps via Twitter Tuesday night Aug. 1. He is now the second defensive lineman commit in the Terps 2018 class.
According to the 247Sports Composite, Baylor is the No. 22 defensive end and No.11 best player in the state of Maryland. He chose Terps football over Kentucky and Pittsburgh.
With the addition of Baylor, Maryland football now has the No. 20 2018 recruiting class nationally and are sitting at No. 4 in the Big Ten recruiting class standings.
He is a linebacker with long arms and size at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. Baylor’s good at stopping the run and shedding blocks in addition to using his speed to chase after the ball carrier. Based on his film, seeing him at the outside linebacker spot or defensive end position coming off the edge as a pass rusher would be nice to see.
Maryland football plays a 4-3 defense so he may end up being a SAM (strong side linebacker) or Will (weak side linebacker) if he’s not converted to a defensive end and allowed to put his hand in the dirt and come off the edge.
Baylor is the second commit of Aug. for Maryland football and with one month left until the start of the season, it would nice to see them finish with 3-5 more commits before their first game with the Texas Longhorns Sept. 2.
Maryland football is one step closer to getting in the top 15 or 10 recruiting class. Doing so by recruiting their own back yard has been a huge key to that success. The DMV to UMD continues to pay dividends and has no signs of slowing down.