Maryland football get six more commitments to their 2020 recruiting class

Andy Kwong

Maryland Terrapins' football program is coming off a 3-9 season that ended with a seven-game losing streak. They have battled through injuries, decommitments, and transfers through Mike Locksley's first year as head coach.

Despite the setbacks that the Terrapins had, they were able to secure six more commitments to their 2020 recruiting class.

RB Kyjuan Herndon

The three-star recruit from Jacksonville, Florida initially committed to Ole Miss but decided to reopen the recruiting process after their coaching changes. 

"I just feel like it’s a great opportunity because they had a couple enter the NFL draft and they have a couple that are hurt, so since I come in January, I have an opportunity to fill a big hole," Herndon told 247Sports.

The running backs he was referring to were Javon Leake and Anthony McFarland Jr, who both announced their intentions last month to forgo their remaining years of eligibility to enter the draft. Herndon should be in the mix to be the starting running back next season.

DE Mosiah Nasili-Kite, LB TJ Kautai, DT Ami Finau, OG Johari Branch

All four players are three-star recruits from the JUCO program that committed to Maryland football over the weekend. 

Nasili-Kite was on the Washington Huskies roster but was dismissed from the team in the summer of 2019. At 6-foot-2 298 pounds, he brings more strength and athleticism to the Terrapins defensive line. He is expected to play strong-side defensive end.

“The struggle ain’t for everybody,” Nasili-Kite said in his twitter announcement. “But I was always told that God gives the hardest trials to the toughest warriors and I’m excited to say I prevailed against the odds. I paid my debt for my past mistakes and am extremely thankful for the position I am in my life.”

The Terrapins front seven will need revamping after a rough season and TJ Kautai could step into a big role right away. He stands at 6-foot-1 240 pounds. He is very athletic and has the potential to do really well in coverage. Should be in line to replace Keandre Jones, who finished his final year of eligibility this past season.

Finau is more of a nose tackle, standing at 6-foot-2 320 pounds. He had 7.5 tackles for loss in 2019 and has proven in the past to be a good run-stuffing defensive linemen. He does not provide much as a interior pass rusher but should help a defensive line that struggled to stop the run this past season.

Maryland's quarterbacks struggled with inconsistencies and injuries throughout 2019. A big part of their struggles can be blamed on the offensive line that allowed 38 sacks. Johari Branch possesses the ideal size for an offensive guard, standing a 6-foot-3 325 pounds. The Terrapins might finally have an anchor on the offensive line to not only protect the quarterback but to also enhance their run game.

S Glen Miller

Miller might be the best of the recruits that committed over the weekend. The defensive back is 6-foot-3 190 pounds and received offers from schools such as Bowling Green and Idaho. The Terrapins defensive backfield missed numerous of tackles in 2019 and Miller's closing speed should be beneficial in improving that category.

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