Maryland had to make a late audible at the quarterback position in its 2016 class after four-star Dwayne Haskins flipped from the Terrapins to Ohio State.
But it seems like they are pretty pleased with who they got instead.
Maryland took two quarterbacks in the class, two-star Buffalo flip Max Bortenschlager -- who has been praised for his arm strength and potential -- and three-star Alabama Gatorade Player of the Year Tyrrell Pigrome, a dual-threat spark plug who has been the main target of offensive coordinator Walt Bell.
Head coach DJ Durkin seems especially pleased with Pigrome, singing his praises at a Signing Day press conference on Wednesday.
“Piggy, down in Alabama?” Durkin said with a smile from ear-to-ear. “I don’t know if you guys watched his tape or not, but that guy’s electric.
“He’s unbelievable and so I can’t tell you how happy [I am] that worked out with him and that was in the works for a long, long time and getting that all worked out -- a guy from the South and several states away and for him to make that decision, it tells you a lot about him and he wants to go do it.
“That guy has great confidence and I think that’ll be a household name around here real soon.”
He seems to be just the right fit for the spread scheme that Bell wants to run -- a guy who can beat you with either his feet or his arm. He threw for 41 touchdowns and rushed for 17 more as a senior en route to the Alabama state championship game.
Maryland’s offensive system will be very run-based, which highlights the importance of the program’s backfield personnel. If the quarterback can lean on the running game, it makes the transition to college much easier.
“Really at the end of the day, there's not a carbon cut-out,” Bell told CSN last month. “There's not a height requirement, he has to be able to run, he has to be able to throw.
"At the end of the day, you'd like to be able to have a guy who can do both. We want a guy that can throw his way out of a situations, third and threes and fours and fives and sixes when you have to be able to complete footballs to win football games and also at the same time, we want a guy that can create an extra hat in the run game. So we need a guy that can do a little bit of both.”
Aside from Pigrome and Bortenschlager, Maryland has four other players who can play quarterback on the roster -- Caleb Rowe, Perry Hills, Gage Shaffer, and Shane Cockerille.