Maryland football made local recruiting a high priority, and the results from today’s National Signing Day show that decision is paying off.
Despite a lackluster season in 2012, Maryland landed highly ranked D.C. and Baltimore high school players. The biggest names to sign with Maryland on Signing Day were Suitland (Md.) High School Taivon Jacobs and Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.) Yannick Ngakoue.
Jacobs had previously committed to play for Urban Meyer at Ohio State, but decided at the last minute to stay closer to home and play for the Terps. A speedy wide receiver, Jacobs will be close to his 1-year-old daughter by playing football in College Park.
Ngakoue’s recruitment has been a roller coaster. He previously commited to Maryland, but backed off that commitment to seriously consider offers from Florida State and South Carolina. Ngakoue is rated the No. 4 outside linebacker prospect in the country and the top player in D.C.
One more star recruit committed to the Terps: Avalon (Md.) School’s Jacquille Veii. Veii, another speedy, shifty receiver and playmaker, chose Maryland over Big Ten standouts Iowa and Nebraska.
The Terps already secured a commitment from one of the top quarterback prospects in the state from Baltimore's Gilman School. Quarterback Shane Cockerille might compete for the starting job as injuries to quarterbacks could be blamed for much of Maryland’s shortcomings last year. The Terps lost their first four quarterbacks to injury and were forced to finish the season with a converted linebacker lining up under center.