9. Maryland Terrapins
5* players: 0
4* players: 2
3* players: 15
Maryland would’ve been a lot higher but it missed out on some big time prospects late in the recruiting cycle and are subject to the same bitter fights that fellow newcomer Rutgers has been in keeping in-state prospects home.
Still, this is a class with two 4-star players in two of the biggest areas in need of improvement — the offensive and defensive lines. Getting 4-star defensive tackle Adam McLean and 4-star offensive guard Quarvez Boulware to stay in the College Park area was huge (pardon the pun).
Those are two players the Terps can build the kind of offensive and defensive lines needed to compete at a higher level, especially when you add them to the class Maryland put together last year.
Just how important was rebuilding the lines? Exactly half of the 18-man class was used to fill spots on either side of the line. Look for this to be a nice foundation for the future and it was certainly a clear jump up from the bottom of the Big Ten’s recruiting barrel.