Terrapins lose three-star cornerback Rashad Battle to decommitment

Andy Kwong

The three-star cornerback Rashad Battle has decommitted from the University of Maryland football, according to his Twitter announcement on Wednesday.

Battle initially committed to Maryland last summer but received offers from other top football programs such as Baylor, Louisville, South Carolina, and West Virginia. After having another solid season at Creekside High School, Battle is widening his search for a new home to play football next season.

The 6-foot-2, 187-pound cornerback has produced 101 total tackles and seven interceptions in his varsity football career. According to 247sports, Battle is now the 35th-ranked cornerback nationally. He is also ranked 49th among high school football prospects in Georgia. Today, he announced that he received an offer from a hometown school.

With Battle out of the mix, the Terrapins still have plenty of cornerback talent remaining in their 2020 recruiting class. This includes three three-star recruits in Tarheeb Still, Devyn King, and Shane Mosley. This class also includes a versatile three-star safety in Beau Brade from Clarksville, MD. 

Maryland has three senior defensive backs (Tino Ellis, Marcus Lewis, and Antwaine Richardson) that will either leave for the NFL or pursue other career paths after the season. Head coach Mike Locksley can only hope right now that their recruits will stay committed to the team, especially their top no. 1 recruit and four-star linebacker Ruben Hyppolite II.

If the Terrapins can turn their football season around, that might be enough to convince their top recruits to stay committed. Their recruiting class is ranked 48th nationally and 11th in the Big Ten.