Watch the full conversation between Daniel Martin and Adam Friedman of Rivals.com in the video player above, which will begin momentarily.
When Maryland fired head coach Randy Edsall and it was clear the offensive coordinator Mike Locksley would not return to the staff, Maryland had the nation's No. 35 recruiting class. With signatures in under new head coach DJ Durkin, Rivals.com now ranks Maryland's class at No. 40 overall.
Yes, they lost two major pieces in four-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins and five-star linebacker Keandre Jones, but is Maryland now better positioned for the future under Durkin?
"I think so. They've really instilled this new message and they will focus on the DMV, even though it doesn't quite look that like that when you look at the layout of this class," Friedman said. "But the coaches that Coach Durkin has hired, guys like Aazaar Abdul-Rahim -- former Friendship Collegiate Academy head coach -- Mike London, who really recruits the Virginia area and the 757 area well, Coach Chris Beatty, same deal as Mike London.
"They have a really major focus on making sure that the DMV is a huge priority going forward. They know that that's their bread and butter and they're going to be able to spot recruit in the other areas of the country."