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4-star says he will not take visits, reaffirms pledge to Maryland

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4-star says he will not take visits, reaffirms pledge to Maryland

Four-star Maryland wide receiver commit D.J. Turner will not take any official visits and reaffirmed his commitment to the Terrapins, he said via Twitter on Thursday night

The tweet comes after he received an offer from Syracuse and reportedly planned to visit the Orange.

Turner, who missed much of his senior season after suffering an injury, is rated as 17th-best player at his position in the nation and the seventh-best player in the state of Maryland by Rivals.com.

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He is one of four players from DeMatha (Md.) committed to Maryland from the class of 2016, along with running back Lorenzo Harrison, offensive lineman Terrance Davis, and fellow wide receiver Tino Ellis.

Turner and the players from DeMatha have become the core of Maryland's plans to keep the state's best players at home to play in College Park. Local 4-star quarterback Dwayne Haskins and 5-star lineback Keandre Jones recently flipped their commitments to Ohio State, raising questions about the futures of others locally.

Ellis has reaffirmed his commitment on social media, as has Davis.

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Governor Hogan issues statement on D.J. Durkin, Maryland football

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Governor Hogan issues statement on D.J. Durkin, Maryland football

D.J. Durkin, head football coach at the University of Maryland, was placed on paid administrative leave Saturday as the school investigates claims of abuse and actions which may have led to the June death of 19-year-old offensive lineman Jordan McNair. 

The Randallstown, Md. native collapsed during an outdoor team workout on May 29 and died two weeks later. ESPN is reporting his death to be the result of an official heatstroke. 

On Sunday, Governor Larry Hogan shared his thoughts on the matter: 

Wallace D. Loh, president of the University of Maryland, issued his own statement Saturday sharing "I am profoundly disturbed by the media reports yesterday about verbally abusive and intimidating conduct by Maryland football coaches and staff towards our student-athletes on the team." 

Loh also announced Matt Canada will serve as interim head football coach.

Durkin is preparing to enter his third season at Maryland. The team begins the 2018 season September 1 at home hosting Texas. 

 

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Mayland football coach DJ Durkin placed on leave

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Mayland football coach DJ Durkin placed on leave

After allegations of abuse came to light Friday, Maryland football head coach DJ Durkin was placed on administrative leave effective immediately, Maryland Athletic Director, Damon Evans announced Saturday evening.

In his absence, Matt Canada will take over as interim head coach.

Maryland & AD Evans released a statement on the decision:

University of Maryland's President, Wallace Loh, issued this statement about the football program soon after: