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Maryland football continues to clean up transfer portal, former Buckeye LB named immediately eligible

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Maryland football continues to clean up transfer portal, former Buckeye LB named immediately eligible

Terps head coach Michael Locksley only had roughly a month and a half to assemble a 2019 recruiting class after returning back home to Maryland football. To supplement, he's focussed heavily on the NCAA transfer portal, bringing in five high-impact transfers, each of which has now been cleared to play immediately.

Locksley announced Friday morning that former Ohio State linebacker Keandre Jones has been cleared to play immediately after transferring back home to Maryland before spring practice. The Bullis High School graduate was committed to the Terps in the Class of 2016, the last time Locksley was on the staff in College Park. But when DJ Durkin was named head coach instead of Locksley, Jones and high school teammate and current Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins signed with Ohio State instead.

Despite signing back-to-back top-30 classes in 2017 and 2018, Maryland is still struggling to compete in high school recruiting, especially in the DMV, where nearly all of the top 25 prospects in the Class of 2020 are committed elsewhere. Hiring Locksley is supposed to come with the added bonus that he's the best DMV recruiter in the business. While he works on the Classes of 2020 and beyond, he's quickly focussed his attention on the NCAA transfer portal to bring in viable options at key positions.

Of the five high-profile transfers Maryland has brought in this offseason, Jones is the third to have grown up in the DMV. Sean Savoy, a wide receiver from Wilson High School in the District transferred back from Virginia Tech and Shaq Smith, a linebacker from Baltimore came home after winning a pair of national championships at Clemson. The trio of locals joins Virginia Tech transfer quarterback Josh Jackson, the favorite to start for the Terps heading into camp, and former Buffalo tight end Tyler Mabry, who was a First-Team All-MAC selection last season. Between Jackson, Jones, Mabry and Smith, the Terps have four bonafide starters, and Savoy should see plenty of time in the slot. This is just a year after former No. 1 overall recruit Byron Cowart transferred to Maryland after struggling at Auburn and turned himself into a fifth-round draft pick for the New England Patriots.

There's also Eyabi Anoma, a former No. 4 overall recruit, whom Locksley recruited to Alabama. After a season in Tuscaloosa, Anoma has entered the transfer portal (for a second time), with Maryland looking like the favorite to land him. It remains to be seen if he'd be cleared to play immediately or have to sit out a year, but either way, he'd be considered a massive re-recruiting win for Locksley and the Terps.

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AP Top 25: Terps bounced from rankings following Temple loss, Cavaliers move up the charts

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AP Top 25: Terps bounced from rankings following Temple loss, Cavaliers move up the charts

California and Arizona State moved into the AP Top 25 college football poll to give the Pac-12 six ranked teams, the most for the conference in almost four years.

A weekend filled with blowouts left the top half of the AP media poll presented by Regions Bank mostly unchanged.

Clemson remains No. 1, with 57 of the 62 first-place votes, as the top nine held their spots Sunday. Alabama was No. 2, receiving five first-place votes, followed by Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Auburn and Florida.

The ninth-ranked Gators were the only top-10 team to play a competitive game. The others won by a combined 428-97.

Utah, the highest-ranked Pac-12 team, moved up to No. 10. The last time the Pac-12 had six ranked teams was Nov. 8, 2015.

POLL POINTS

The Pac-12 took a fair amount of grief the first week of the season after it suffered a few upsets to Mountain West teams and Oregon let a potentially big victory slip away against Auburn.

Now the conference has had a mini-resurgence, despite issues with some of its typically strong teams.

Stanford started the season ranked, but is 1-2 after getting dominated by UCF on Saturday. Southern California had a brief stay at the bottom of the rankings last week, falling out after losing in overtime at BYU on Saturday.

Overall, the results were OK this past weekend for the Pac-12. The conference went 8-4 in nonconference play, including Arizona State's victory at Michigan State and Arizona beating Texas Tech. Though Colorado's loss to Air Force put the Pac-12 at 4-4 against the Mountain West this season.

Utah is in the top 10 for the first time since November 2015.

IN

No. 25 TCU also joined the rankings this week for the first time this season. The Horned Frogs beat Purdue 34-13 in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Saturday.

OUT

--Michigan State fell from the rankings after its 10-7 loss to Arizona State. The Spartans were swept in a home-and-home by the Sun Devils the last two seasons by a combined 26-20.

--Maryland is out after one week. The Terrapins went from scoring 63 in a victory against Syracuse to losing 20-17 to Temple.

--The next three games for USC are against Utah at home, at No. 22 Washington and at No. 7 Notre Dame.

CONFERENCE CALL

For a second straight week, the Southeastern Conference has three top-five teams and half of the top 10.

SEC -- 6 (Nos. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 17).

Pac-12 -- 6 (Nos. 10, 16, 19, 22, 23, 24)

Big Ten -- 5 (Nos. 6, 11, 13, 13 (tie), 18).

Big 12 -- 3 (Nos. 5, 12, 25).

ACC -- 2 (Nos. 1, 21).

American -- 1 (No. 15).

Mountain West -- 1 (No. 20).

Independent -- 1 (No. 7).

RANKED vs. RANKED

No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia. Return match from Georgia's 20-19 victory in South Bend, Indiana, two years ago.

No. 11 Michigan at No. 13 Wisconsin. Fox's first Big Noon game which is both big and starting at noon.

No. 8 Auburn at No. 17 Texas A&M. The whittling starts in the SEC West.

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7 Terps whiff on loose fumble before Maryland finally recovers

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7 Terps whiff on loose fumble before Maryland finally recovers

After Maryland scored 142 points over its first two games, things didn’t come as easily for the Terps in their Week 3 matchup with Temple.

Late in the third quarter, Terps defensive back Jordan Mosley forced a fumble at the expense of Owls running back Jager Gardner. What ensued once the ball hit the grass was sheer madness.

Marcus Lewis was covered with the recovery, but there were six other Maryland players who had the opportunity to secure the football before the redshirt senior defensive back finally pulled it in.

The Terps ultimately didn’t take advantage of the turnover, mustering only six plays on the ensuing drive before being forced to punt.

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