Quick Synopsis of 2016 Maryland Football Recruiting Class

2016 Maryland Recruiting Class

Noah Barnes
Tight End
Fr.-HS, 6-4, 226
Auburn, Ala. (Auburn HS)

At Auburn High School: A three-star recruit by ESPN … ranked the 46th best player in the state of Alabama by ESPN … caught 18 passes for 348 yards (19.3 yards/catch) and two touchdowns as a senior … chose Maryland over Auburn and Memphis … coached by Adam Winegarden.

Assistant Head Coach Pete Lembo on Barnes:
“Noah brings a great combination of size, length and athleticism to the tight end position. He’s also very intelligent and was used in various ways in a diverse system at Auburn High School. All those things should help Noah’s transition to the college level.”
Max Bortenschlager
Quarterback
Fr.-HS, 6-3, 185
Fishers, Ind. (Cathedral HS)

At Cathedral High School: A product of Indiana powerhouse Cathedral HS … led Cathedral to the 5-A Indiana State Championship as a junior … a 3-star prospect according to 247sports.com and the 27th ranked prospect in the state of Indiana … named Associated Press Honorable mention 6-A All-State as a senior … passed for 2,270 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior … coached by Rick Streiff.

Offensive Coordinator Walt Bell on Bortenschlager:
“Max is an incredibly smart young man who will be a great asset to our program both on the field and in the classroom. He is a very efficient passer who also has the athleticism to hurt the opposing team in the run game.”
Antoine Brooks
Linebacker
Fr.-HS, 5-11, 185
Lanham, Md. (DuVal HS)

At DuVal HS: Rated as a two-star recruit by Scout.com…coached by Dameon Powell.

Linebacker Coach Matt Barnes on Brooks:
“Everyone that I talk to in the DMV raves about Antoine. He is a game-changer and has the knack for making big plays. He’s an unbelievable athlete for the linebacker position and plays with a chip on his shoulder.”
Elijah Daniels
Defensive Back
Fr.-HS, 6-0, 186
Davie, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons HS)

At Cardinal Gibbons High School: Rated a 3-star prospect by 247sports.com, Rivals, ESPN … coached by Steven Wright.

Defensive Backs Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim on Daniels:
“Elijah may have one of the hardest-hitting highlight tapes I’ve seen from a safety. He is a fearless hitter with a strong work ethic who has the right mentality for the position. He played in an extremely competitive league and has plenty of experience against elite competition.


Elisha Daniels
Defensive Back
Fr.-HS, 6-0, 183
Davie, Fla. (Cardinal Gibbons HS)

At Cardinal Gibbons High School: Rated a 3-star prospect by 247sports.com, Rivals and ESPN … coached by Steven Wright.

Defensive Backs Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim on Daniels:
“Elisha is a cornerback with the ability to tackle. He is a former quarterback, so he has plenty of upside at the cornerback position. He also has the versatility to play some nickel. Like his brother, he played against some of the best competition in Florida while at Cardinal Gibbons.


Terrance Davis

Offensive Line
Fr.-HS, 6-3, 320
Temple Hills, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS)

At DeMatha Catholic HS: A consensus four-star recruit…Under Armour All-American…All-USA Second Team Offense…Nike+ Football The Opening All-Star…ranked as the 2nd best player in the state of Maryland by Rivals and 247 Sports…ranked as the 4th best offensive lineman in the country by both ESPN and Rivals…was part of a DeMatha squad that won three straight WCAC titles…Named Washington Post All-Metro First Team as a senior…coached by Elijah Brooks.

Offensive Line Coach Dave Borbely on Davis:
“Terrance has an “it” factor about him. He’s very mature and knows what he wants to accomplish over his collegiate career. He’s extremely strong and powerful while also being a very mobile player. Terrance is focused and plays with a purpose on every down. I’m really excited about him.”
Tino Ellis
Wide Receiver
Fr.-HS, 6-1, 185
Reisterstown, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS)

At DeMatha Catholic HS: A consensus four-star recruit…Under Armour All-American…ranked as the 6th best player in the state of Maryland by Rivals…helped lead DeMatha to three straight WCAC titles… named 2015 First Team All-WCAC…coached by Elijah Brooks.

Wide Receivers Coach Chris Beatty on Ellis:
“Tino is a polished wide out that does a great job of attacking the ball in the air. He’s been really well coached at DeMatha. Tino has better than average speed which makes him a deep threat. And he also possesses better than average size. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”


Jake Funk
Running Back
Fr.-HS, 5-11, 197
Gaithersburg, Md. (Damascus HS)

At Damascus High School: 2015 Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year … Washington Post All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year … a two-time consensus all-state selection … rushed for 2,866 yards and a Maryland record 52 touchdowns on 249 carries … led Damascus to an perfect 14-0 season as a senior, capturing the Maryland 3A State Championship … scored a record seven touchdowns in the state championship win over Dundalk, in addition to gaining 270 yards on the ground … rated a 3-star prospect by 247sports.com and Scout … coached by Eric Wallich.

Running Backs Coach Anthony Tucker on Funk:
“Jake is a really mature individual who will transition very well into our program. Jake will be joining our program in the spring so I am excited about getting to work with him early. He is a highly-respected player from the state of Maryland and I have been very impressed with his character and maturity.”
Dion Goldbourne
Defensive End
Fr.-HS, 6-4, 200
Delray Beach, Fla. (Atlantic Community HS)

At Atlantic Community HS: Rated as a two-star recruit by Scout.com…helped lead the Eagles to the Zone 6 2015 District and County Championship…high school teammate of fellow 2016 signee Antwaine Richardson…coached by TJ Jackson.

Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach Mike London on Goldbourne:
“Dion has very good pass rushing skills. He has a great first step and a body and frame that will develop over time. He’s very active and is a guy that plays very disruptive.”
Lorenzo Harrison
Running Back
Fr.-HS, 5-8, 188
Hillcrest Heights, Md. (Dematha Catholic HS)

At Dematha: Named Washington Post All-Metro First Team as a senior … helped lead Dematha to the WCAC championship, averaging nearly 11 yards per carry on 121 attempts as a senior … rated a 3-star prospect by 247sports and ESPN … coached by Elijah Brooks and Bill McGregor.

Running Backs Coach Anthony Tucker on Harrison:
“Lorenzo comes from a great program and he will add a great dimension to our backfield with his incredible speed. I’ve been very impressed with his humility and hunger and you can tell he has something to prove, so I like that about him. He has a great work ethic and is really well put together. Lorenzo is also a great student and will do well both on and off the field.”
Qwuantrezz Knight
Defensive Back
Fr.-HS, 6-0, 190
Quincy, Fla. (East Gadsden HS)

At East Gadsden High School: A three-time all-county performer … named the Robert Jackson Player of the Year as a junior, when he passed for 1700 yards and 11 touchdowns and also ran for over 500 yards and four touchdowns … also had 38 tackles, three interceptions and 12 pass breakups as a junior … coached by former NFL player Corey Fuller.

Defensive Backs Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim on Knight:
“When you watch Quantrezz he is truly a fearless player. He really loves football and has a strong passion for the game as a runner and a hitter. He can play anywhere in the secondary.”


Wade Lees
Punter
Fr.-HS, 6-2, 204
Melbourne Australia (Deakin University)

Before Maryland: An experienced Australian League Football player.

Assistant Head Coach Pete Lembo on Lees:
“I’m really excited to work with Wade not only because he is a talented punter, but also because he is an excellent athlete. He will be coming halfway around the globe to seize this opportunity. Wade’s background in Australian Rules Football brings tremendous versatility to the punter position and I’m very anxious to see him compete with the returning players this spring.”
Richard Merritt
Offensive Line
Fr.-HS, 6-5, 305
Silver Spring, Md. (Archbishop Carroll HS)

At Archbishop Carroll HS: A consensus four-star recruit…Under Armour All-American… ranked as the 4th best player in the state of Maryland by ESPN, Rivals and 247 Sports…ranked as the 14th best offensive guard in the country by 247 Sports.

Offensive Line Coach Dave Borbely on Merritt:
“Richard is physically mature and could play guard or tackle for us. He’s very powerful, but also has great mobility for his size. He’s a guy that’s very serious about football and we’re excited to get working with him.”
Adam McLean
Defensive Tackle
Fr.-HS, 6-2, 313
Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard HS)

At Quince Orchard HS: A consensus four-star recruit…two-time consensus all-state performer and Under Armour All-American…named first-team All-Met by The Washington Post in 2013 after finishing the season with 47 tackles and seven sacks during his junior campaign…rated the best defensive tackle and number two overall player in the state of Maryland by Rivals in the class of 2015…ranked the 12th best defensive tackle and 83rd overall in the nation by ESPN in the class of 2015…coached by John Kelley.

Associate Head Coach/Defensive Line Coach Mike London on McLean:
“Adam is strong, aggressive and has a good first step. He has excellent pass rush skills and can really push the pocket. Adam can also use his strength to be a force in stopping the run.”


Tyrrell Pigrome
Quarterback
Fr.-HS 5-11, 190
Pinson, Ala. (Clay-Chalkville HS)

At Clay-Chalkville HS: 2015 Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year … two-time Alabama Mr. Football runner-up … led Clay-Chalkville to a pair of state championship games, winning the title as a junior … named the Alabama 6A Offensive Player of the Year … appeared in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Game … accounted for 62 touchdowns as a senior, passing for 44 and running for 18 … also had 1,349 rushing yards as a senior … passed for 31 touchdowns and ran for 18 touchdowns as a junior … coached by Jerry Hood.

Offensive Coordinator Walt Bell on Pigrome:
“Tyrrell has the chance to be one of the most dynamic players in the class because of his incredible athleticism. He’s very comparable to some of the spread quarterbacks that I have had in the past. He was the Gatorade 6A State Player of the Year in Alabama and won the state championship.”


Brian Plummer

Offensive Line
Fr.-HS, 6-6, 300
New Windsor, Md. (South Carroll HS)

At South Carroll HS: Rated as a three-star recruit by both ESPN and 247 Sports…ranked as the 33rd best player in the state of Maryland by ESPN…was an anchor for the line that blocked for Chris Gavin, who broke Carroll County’s all-time single-season rushing record and eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark in 2014…helped guide South Carroll to a 10-2 record and a berth in the 2015 2A West Regional Finals…coached by Steve Luette.

Offensive Line Coach Dave Borbely on Plummer:
“Brian is a large man, but he also has very good feet. You can’t teach that kind of size. He also has a lot of tools in the toolbox and is a guy that can really develop into being a heck of a player.”
Antwaine Richardson
Defensive Back
Fr.-HS, 6-0, 168
Delray Beach, Fla. (Atlantic Community HS)

At Atlantic Community High School: Rated a 3-star prospect by 247sports.com and ESPN … played on same team as fellow Terp Dion Goldbourne … missed senior season due to injury … was named a Palm Beach Post Super 11 selection prior to senior season … had 35 tackles, 10 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two interceptions as a junior … also recruited by Michigan, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Miami … coached by TJ Jackson.

Defensive Backs Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim on Richardson:
“Antwaine is a long corner from a really good program in Florida. When I was a high school coach we played against him when he was a sophomore, so we have been familiar with him for a while. He has great speed and a great skillset and is a very competitive person.”


Brett Shepherd

Linebacker
Fr.-HS, 6-4, 215
Buford, Ga. (Collins Hill HS)

At Collins Hill HS: Rated as a three-star recruit by both ESPN and 247 Sports…coached by Kevin Reach.

Linebacker Coach Matt Barnes on Shepherd:
“Brett plays the game the right way. He has a high motor and is relentless on every play. Brett has instincts that you cannot teach and his upside is tremendous.”
Travon Stott
Defensive Back
Fr.-HS, 5-10, 174
Germantown, Md. (Good Counsel HS)

At Good Counsel: Rated a 3-star prospect by 247sports.com and Scout … rated the 5th-best cornerback in the state of Maryland … coached by Bob Milloy.

Defensive Backs Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim on Stott:
“Travon is cover corner from a well-coached and prestigious program that we are very familiar with in Good Counsel. He has a great change of direction and possesses a real tenacious attitude.
Tyrek Tisdale
Defensive Back
Fr.-HS, 6-1, 210
Orlando, Fla. (Oak Ridge HS)

At Oak Ridge High School: Ranked ninth in the Orlando Sentinel Central Florida Super 60 and 51st overall in Florida’s top 100 recruits … rated a 3-star prospect by 247sports.com, ESPN and Scout … highly skilled player on both sides of the ball at Oak Ridge … had 21 combined touchdowns and more than 3,000 combines passing and rushing yards as a junior … also recruited by Florida, Ohio State, Miami and Rutgers … coached by Tyrone Sapp.

Defensive Backs Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim on Tisdale:
“Tyrek is an extremely versatile high school player who played a lot of different positions. He has a lot of upside because he can so many positions in the secondary. He is a big safety with great size. He is a guy that can end up playing in the box and line up against tight ends or slot receivers.

DJ Turner
Wide Receiver
Fr.-HS, 5-9, 196
Glenarden, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS)

At DeMatha Catholic HS: A consensus three-star recruit…Nike+ Football The Opening All-Star…ranked as the 7th best player in the state of Maryland by Rivals…posted over 800 receiving and kick return yards along with eight interceptions for the Stags in 2014…was part of a DeMatha squad that won three straight WCAC titles…coached by Elijah Brooks.

Wide Receivers Coach Chris Beatty on Turner:
“DJ has great quickness and is a lot thicker than people think. He’s a versatile player that will contribute in a variety of ways. He can make big plays whether it be in the slot, on the outside or even in the backfield. DJ is a really good kid and an extremely hard worker.”
LaDerrien Wilson
Running Back
Fr.-HS, 5-11, 215
Saint Cloud, Fla. (Kissimmee-Osceola HS)

At Kissimmee-Osceola High School: The No. 2 ranked-player in the Orlando Sentinel 2016 Central Florida Super60 and the No. 31 player in the 2016 Florida Top 100 … gained 2,085 rushing yards on 8.7 yards per carry with 28 touchdowns as a senior … ran for 1,900 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior … rushed for more than 5,000 yards in three seasons … rated a 3-star prospect by 247sports.com, ESPN and Scout.

Running Backs Coach Anthony Tucker on Wilson:
“LaDerrien is a smash-mouth running back who has the ability to both run players over and make them miss. He is used to running between the tackles and will bring a great element to the program. LaDerrien is a hard runner, but will make you miss, too.”
Terek Zingale
Offensive Line
Fr.-HS, 6-5, 286
Macedonia, Ohio (Nordonia HS)

At Nordonia HS: A consensus three-star recruit… ranked as the 35th best player in the state of Ohio and the 56th best player nationally at his position by Rivals…earned Division II Second Team All-Ohio honors during his senior season…named to the 2015 Division II Northeast Inland All-District First Team…coached by Jeff Fox.

Offensive Line Coach Dave Borbely on Zingale:
“Terek is another guy that can play multiple positions. I was very impressed with his tape. Terek can move his feet, run and bend extremely well for a big guy. I’m very excited about him and what he can bring to the table.”

2016 Recruits, Maryland Football
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