Maryland head coach DJ Durkin will be the first to say that his 2017 recruiting class -- four months into his tenure is College Park -- is far from done. That goes for both players yet to make their decisions and maintaining the ones already pledged.
But in his short time as the Terrapins’ head coach, Durkin already has the nation’s No. 25 recruiting class, according to Rivals.com, which includes commitments from four-star defensive lineman Cam Spence of powerhouse IMG Academy (Fla.) and the presumed quarterback of the future, four-star Kasim Hill of St. John’s (D.C.).
Coaches cannot comment on specific recruits until they have officially signed, but Durkin was asked last week about the progress he and his staff have made on the recruiting front so far
“It’s going well. Obviously recruiting is one of those things where you’ve got to do it every day. It never stops. It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” he said.
“Signing Day’s a long way away and so the thing people are starting to find out about our staff and our program is we’re consistent. What you see is what you get. We’re not a used car salesman trying to get a commit.
“It’s just kind of like it’s who we are and that’s who we’re going to be tomorrow and a month from now, a year from now, whatever it is. I think that message is starting to get across to guys and we’ll just keep going.”
By the look of it, Maryland’s current recruiting ranking is poised to improve. 247Sports.com currently projects the Terrapins as the frontrunner for five-star defensive lineman Joshua Kaindoh of IMG Academy. Rivals.com ranks Kaindoh as the No. 4 overall player in the class of 2017.
Maryland is also strong with a number of other standouts, including DeMatha (Md.) locals Anthony McFarland (four-star) and Chase Young (four-star) and many others.
There already seems to be a marked improvement with the core group of players that Durkin inherited. If this recruiting keeps up, there should be an influx of more talent, too.