There's likely more riding on the outcome of Maryland's Saturday afternoon matchup with Syracuse than just a win and the promise of bowl eligibility.
In the stands will be two five-star prospects with whom coach Randy Edsall and the Terrapins are looking to seal the deal, Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) cornerback Jalen Tabor and Bishop McNamara (Md.) offensive lineman Damian Prince.
Tabor, a defensive back with explosive speed and shutdown abilities, is rated by Rivals.com as the fourth-best cornerback in the country and No. 20 overall prospect.
He is also considering Alabama, Maryland, and Arizona.
Prince, at 6-5, 295 pounds, is rated as the second-best player at his position and an offensive lineman with the type of size Maryland will need in the Big Ten.
Prince is down to seven schools, among them Florida and Florida State.
They are recruiting priorities No. 1 and No. 1a for Edsall, with much of the credit going to offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and his masterful recruiting of the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area. Locksley is the reason why Stefon Diggs is a Terrapin, as well as why the biggest fish in Maryland's 2014 class so far, defensive end Jesse Aniebonam, is headed to College Park.
Even if the visits go well, Maryland will have to wait. Tabor will not make his announcement until the Under Armour All-American Game in January. Prince will wait until Valentine's Day, Feb. 14.
Watch the video above featuring Rivals.com recruiting analyst Mike Farrell on NBCSN's SportsDash talking about the importance of this weekend for Maryland. The Terrapins action starts around the 3:30 mark.