D.J. Durkin speaks highly of Maryland’s four DeMatha freshmen

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A few years ago, seeing a DeMatha player going down the road to play for the University of Maryland was a rare sight.

The Terps have seen their connection with the high school football powerhouse change as they will have six DeMatha players on their roster and Head Coach D.J. Durkin is really impressed by them.

“The DeMatha guys are all big time,” Durkin told Testudo Times. “We got what we thought we were getting. They have done extremely well all throughout camp. Those guys will contribute and help us play. They all have very bright futures here.”

Running back Lorenzo Harrison was the first of the four DeMatha players to commit to the Terps. Wide receiver D.J. Turner was the second player. Tino Ellis and offensive lineman Terrance Davis followed. Both Ellis and Davis played in the Under Armour All-American game.

Seun Oluwatimi join the Maryland team as a walk on and former Stags receiver Chris Jones will be playing for the Terps after spending time in junior college.

During their time in high school, these players played a big role in DeMatha’s success. Each player is responsible for the three straight titles the Stags have won.

“Those are all guys that are top-notch football players who could have went to other places, but we kept right here at home, and they’re going to contribute, probably early, for us,” Durkin said on National Signing Day. “They’re going to have that opportunity.”

The Terps are continuing to heavily recruit DeMatha players. Offensive tackle Marcus Minor, Austin Fontaine, tight end John Morgan, and a few other Stags have received offers from Maryland. Running back Anthony McFarland has the Terps on his top 10 list.

However,  Maryland wasn’t able to get five-star defensive end Chase Young as he committed to Big Ten powerhouse Ohio State.

The four Maryland freshmen from DeMatha have a bright future at College Park, and they may have open a bridge for more Stags to make their way down the road.

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About the Author

Ryan McFadden, @RMcFadden15

Founder of Inside The Locker Room and Sports Editor for the Ionian. I write about the Washington Nationals for Federal Baseball. Iona College class of 2019 and proud DeMatha alum. Follow me on Twitter @RMcFadden15.

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