A few days ago, heartbreaking news hit College Park as two four-star prospects decided flip their commitment from Maryland to another Big-Ten school. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins (Bullis) and outside linebacker Keandre Jones (Good Counsel) are going to take their talents to Ohio State next season.
When Haskins committed to Maryland in May of 2015, it was a big deal since Haskins was the No. 7 pro-style quarterback and the No. 8 overall player in the country. He was offered by almost every college football program in the nation. Dwayne was a key player in the DMV to UMD Movement.
Things started to change when Maryland fired former head coach Randy Edsall. Haskins said he was still committed to Maryland but schools still went after Haskins and tried to change his mind. LSU and Ohio State were the top two schools that were trying to get Haskins. At the end of all of this, Dwayne Haskins flipped his commitment from Maryland to Ohio State, a school Haskins said was his dream school.
Since Dwayne Haskins is out, what should Maryland’s next move be? How about local quarterback Ramar Williams. Ramar is rated as a three-star dual-threat quarterback out of Bishop McNamara in Forestville, Maryland. He doesn’t have an offer from the Terps but he thinks it would be special if he got one.
“Getting an offer from Maryland, being my hometown, it [would be] very special,” Ramar Williams said in an article from Testudo Times. He continued to say, “I know a lot of players from this area. I played youth ball with them, and if I were to go to Maryland, I believe I would have a chance to keep players home.”
Ramar was a four-year starter at Bishop McNamara and led them to the playoffs in the 2014. He put up some impressive numbers during his career as a Mustangs. Williams threw for 8,659 yards, 73 touchdowns, 33 interceptions, and had a 62 percent completion rate. He currently holds offers from Army, Navy, Air Force, and Robert Morris.
There have been Maryland recruits and players wanting Ramar Williams to replace Dwayne Haskins. DJ Durkin already went to Bishop McNamara and met with Williams. His high school coach Keith Goganious believes Williams can strive at Maryland. “You can ask all the coaches in the area about what type of football player the kid is. I’m going to talk to you about his character and what he brings, his leadership and his football IQ,” Goganious said in the same article from Testudo Times. “That’s what Coach Durkin and I talked about … The intangibles are the stuff he brings to the table that a lot of kids don’t have.”
Sure, Ramar Williams is not as well-known as Dwayne Haskins but he the type of player would be a solid addition to the Terps if they decide to give him a scholarship offer. Williams can make plays with his arm and his legs. In high school, Ramar is a difference-maker and has the ability to take over a game.
The way things look, Maryland could be a possible landing spot for Williams if an offer comes around.
Ryan McFadden is a freshman at Iona College and alumni from DeMatha Catholic High School. He is the sports writer for the Ionian and founder of Inside The Locker Room. Follow him on Twitter @RMcFadden15.
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