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The message that DJ Durkin believes is resonating with recruits

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The message that DJ Durkin believes is resonating with recruits

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.

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“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.

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

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NFL Draft prospect Tre Watson hopes to time draft night around 'Avengers' release

Thursday night will be a very important moment in the life of former Maryland linebacker Tre Watson.

At midnight, the highly-anticipated Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame will hit the big screen for general audiences to see, bringing the conclusion to a decade worth of popular films. Watson, like millions of others, has been counting down the days until he could see the Avengers and Thanos go at it one more time.

Oh, and Thursday also marks the beginning of the 2019 NFL Draft, where Watson will most likely hear his name called at some point over the three-day span.

While Watson will be tuning into the draft that night, he understands that his moment of recognition may come a little later on in the week. Therefore, Thursday is all about 'Avengers'.

"Fortunately, you know, I'm kind of realistic. I know I'm not going to be a first-round pick," Watson said in an interview on NFL Network. "So I'll just be watching that just kind of for the formality of it, I'm definitely excited for 'Avengers' and then I kind of will springboard into Day 2 and Day 3 where I'm hoping to hear my name called. It's really a perfect set up for me, honestly."

This isn't the first time that Watson has let it be known to the world that he is a dedicated Marvel fan. His Twitter feed is filled with thoughts on the movie, including a tweet from a few months back that took the internet by storm.

The first round of the draft still does have some intrigue for Watson, as his former teammate Darnell Savage Jr. has gained a lot of steam during the draft process and has a chance to be chosen on Thursday night. However, Watson will hope that Savage's name is called earlier in the night rather than later, as he will need time to get to the theatre to prepare to watch  Captain America and company save the day one last time. 

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NBA Draft 2019: Maryland teammates Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan to declare for NBA Draft

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NBA Draft 2019: Maryland teammates Bruno Fernando, Anthony Cowan to declare for NBA Draft

Maryland hoops in College Park could look drastically different next winter. Sophomore Bruno Fernando and junior Anthony Cowan have declared for the 2019 NBA draft, the team announced Monday

Declaring during the early entry period and signing with an agent, as both players intend to do, makes both Fernando and Cowan eligible to return to school should they have other ideas before the draft. 

Fernando, the 6-foot-10 forward from Angola, popped off for 22 double-doubles during the 2019-19 season while finishing with averages of 13.6 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. The 20-year-old is expected to be a first-round draft pick. 

Fernando is reportedly being represented by Priority Sports, per NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig. 

Cowan led the way for Maryland last season, finishing with his team-leading 15.6 points and 4.4 assists per game. 

The Bowie, Md. guard currently ranks t-10th in program history in assists (437) and 23rd in points (1376). He's started in every game since arriving in College Park for the 2016-17 season. 

Although the 21-year-old isn't expected to draw serious NBA attention, he's still testing the waters for professional reasons. 

Here are upcoming dates to be on the lookout for: 

April 21 - Early Entry Draft Deadline

May 14-19 - NBA Combine

May 29 - NCAA Withdrawal Deadline

June 20 - NBA Draft

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