Terps earn top-20 ranking for 2021 recruiting class


After landing the 33rd-ranked college football recruiting class in 2020, Mike Locksley's Terps are trending up. 

Maryland has secured commitments from the state's top prospect, Demeioun Robinson, as well as four-stars Antwain Littleton, Marcus Bradley, Taizse Johnson, Tommy Akingbesote and Branden Jennings, who they flipped from Michigan Wednesday.

Those six four-star prospects coupled with local three-stars like Joseph Bearns, Leron Husbands, Dante Trader Jr. and ZionAngelo Shockley have earned the Terps the No. 18 recruiting class in the country, per ESPN

"After inking the No. 33-ranked class in February, Mike Locksley and staff are looking to ascend into the top 25 in the 2021 cycle with a great start close to home," ESPN's Craig Haubert wrote. "Getting the state's No. 1-ranked prospect, Demeioun Robinson, on board in late March was huge."

COVID-19 will end up limiting the Terps to just six games in 2020, but another strong recruiting class should help Locksley build upon the program's momentum. 

At 18, Maryland ranks above Big Ten rivals Minnesota (23), Iowa (26), Penn State (27), Nebraska (33), Michigan State (41), Rutgers (46), Indiana (50), Northwestern (52), Illinois (71) and Purdue (73). They trail only Ohio State (2), Michigan (15) and Wisconsin (16).