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Report: Key Maryland recruiting assistant headed to Toledo

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Report: Key Maryland recruiting assistant headed to Toledo

Maryland director of player personnel Cory Robinson is leaving College Park to take a job as cornerbacks coach at Toledo, according to a report from Thayer Evans of SI.com.

Robinson joined the Terrapins in July 2015 after serving as a defensive backs coordinator at the IMG Academy in Florida. He has strong ties to the Baltimore area after coaching at both Calvert Hall (Md.) and Saint Frances Academy High School (Md.).

His hire put Maryland in the mix for five-star linebacker Rahshaun Smith, who is the No. 14 overall player in the class of 2016 according to Rivals.com. 

Earlier this month, Smith cut Maryland from the list, citing "recent staff changes" -- likely referring to Robinson moving on. 

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"I have narrowed my list of schools that I am considering," he wrote at the time. "University of Maryland is no longer a school of choice for me due to the recent staff changes that have effected [sic] my recruitment. I would like to thank the Terps and the fans of my hometown school.

"It is a tough decision, and I have tremendous respect for my state and the fans of UMD, which is why I wanted them to be the first to know."

Maryland head coach DJ Durkin has already hired a strong recruiter as its own defensive backs coach, Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, who has his own ties to the region. The former Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) coach comes to College Park from Nick Saban's staff at Alabama.

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Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Maryland's Darnell Savage signs rookie contract with Green Bay Packers

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

Darnell Savage Jr. spent four seasons wowing fans in College Park as a defensive star for the Maryland Terrapins, and in April he found out he’ll be taking his talents to Wisconsin after being selected in the first round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers.

Now, his future in Green Bay is officially official.

As Schefter mentions, Savage is the first first-rounder to sign a contract in 2019. It will be the standard length of first-round draft picks, going four years guaranteed with a fifth-year option. Reports are that the speedy, hard-hitting safety will earn $12.5 million over the first four seasons of the contract.

There were some questions about Savage’s fit in an NFL defensive backfield, given his size. But he is an athletic player with great instincts for the ball, and his statistics were thoroughly impressive the last two seasons in college. The Packers certainly believed he would be a terrific fit in their defense, considering they traded up to the 21st pick in order to make the selection.

Savage should have a great opportunity to start early in Green Bay, and now that he’s signed his contract so early, he’ll be able to get to work sooner rather than later. Knowing Savage, that’s just the way he wants it.

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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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