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Local football talent to play at UMD in Top 25 class

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Raymond Boone MSCOLLEGE PARK – The University of Maryland recently announced that 22 student-athletes had signed national letters of intent to play football for the Terps during the early signing period on Dec. 20.

It is the first time in school history that the Terrapins have signed back-to-back Top 25 classes.

The class includes five consensus four-star signees and two members of the ESPN300. This group is ranked No. 18 by Rivals, No. 19 by Scout/247 Sports and No. 21 by ESPN. Local talent is prevalent in this recruiting class as 15 players attended high school in the DMV area.

The remainder of Maryland’s 2018 signing class will be announced on Feb. 7. Here is some of the county's homegrown talent that will be playing in College Park shortly:

Raymond Boone

Defensive Back

(Eleanor Roosevelt HS)

Raymond Boone is a speedy and athletic player who helped lead the Raiders to a playoff berth this season. He was a consensus three-star recruit across all major recruiting outlets and a First Team All-Metro selection as a senior. He is a versatile player who caught five touchdowns on offense and pulled down three interceptions on defense.

Boone accounted for 760 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior and also received offers from Virginia Tech University, the University of Pittsburgh and North Carolina State University.

Defensive Backs Coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim on Boone:

“Raymond (Boone) is extremely competitive and plays aggressive, Abdul-Rahim said. “He’s a super athlete, two-way player. He has tremendous ball skills, can take the ball out of the air and create turnovers. Raymond is someone that can mentally come in and play with a great deal of confidence.”

Evan Gregory

Offensive Lineman

(DeMatha Catholic HS)

Evan Gregory is a force to be reckoned with at the point of attack. Rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals, Gregory was also ranked 8th overall in the state of Maryland by Rivals and named First Team All-Metro. He led DeMatha's potent rushing attack to the WCAC semifinals as a senior.

Gregory opened up running lanes for a team that totaled 1,160 yards on the ground in 2017. He received offers from Penn State University, West Virginia University, Rutgers University and the University of Virginia as well.

Offensive Coordinator Walt Bell on Gregory:

“Evan (Gregory) is a people mover,” Bell said. “He’s a guy that plays with great toughness and a chip on his shoulder. He plays the game the right way and is very aggressive. He’ll be a great inside player for us.”

Spencer Anderson

Offensive Lineman

(Bishop McNamara HS)

At 6-foot-5, and 290 pounds, Spencer Anderson knows how to move people out of his way quickly. He was rated as the 16th overall player in the state of Maryland by 247sports.com and was an Honorable Mention All-Metro selection as a senior. He received offers from North Carolina University, the University of Pittsburgh and Wake Forest University.

Offensive Coordinator Walt Bell on Anderson:

“Spencer has great feet and could really play almost anywhere on the line,” Bell said. “He’s an incredibly versatile piece. He’s one of the best guys we’ve had in two years of camps here.”

Austin Fontaine

Defensive Lineman

(DeMatha Catholic HS)

Fontaine is a tackling machine. The consensus four-star recruit across all major recruiting outlets was rated the fourth overall player in the state of Maryland by ESPN and was a Second Team All-Metro selection as a senior.

He also received offers from the University of Wisconsin, Ohio State University, the University of Michigan, Penn State University, Clemson University and the University of Georgia, among others.

Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach Jimmy Brumbaugh on Fontaine:

“Austin’s (Fontaine) a great kid that we had in camp here," Brumbaugh said of Fontaine. He has size and girth. He also has the ability on third downs to push the pocket, have a presence and collapse the pocket inside.”

Here's what some of the analysts think about this class:

“DJ Durkin is on track to bring Maryland back-to-back top-25 recruiting classes for the first time since ESPN started its class rankings in 2006, which is a pretty remarkable feat,” ESPN College and Recruiting Reporter Tom VanHaaren said.

“The staff has reenergized the DMV area, landing 15 of its 22 commitments from the surrounding area, which includes ESPN 300 offensive lineman Jaelyn Duncan and ESPN 300 defensive lineman Austin Fontaine. The two are the No. 3 and 4 ranked prospects in the state of Maryland respectively.

Along with Duncan and Fontaine, the staff was also able to land a four-star quarterback to the roster for the second class in a row, this time with Virginia quarterback Tyler DeSue. Overall this is a class that should help Maryland fill holes on the roster while adding some future playmakers on both offense and defense.”

“It’s certainly important to build off of last year’s success with this second (full) recruiting class for Coach Durkin and his staff,” Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst Adam Friedman said.

“When you look at this class, there’s a lot of local players, which has been a major focus for this coaching staff. There are a lot of players in this class with a great deal of potential and that certainly bodes well for a program like Maryland with a good history of player development.

When you look at the specific positions that make up this recruiting class, they’re filling a lot of holes and positions of need, while bringing in good size on the offensive and defensive line.”

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