Maryland Football Receives Engagement from Coveted Lineman

Maryland Football continued its heating on the recruiting path Sunday, earning a signing from a three-star offensive lineman Deandre Duffus.

The Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Fla.) product announced its decision on Instagram on Sunday, but alerted staff to its commitment on Friday once it had made its decision.

“It was just life after football,” said Duffus. “That’s what really separates [Maryland] from everyone else. Everyone else might have had a great coach and had a family atmosphere everywhere I went. It was just life after football point. And then they told me how to set myself up for my football. If I don’t make it today. I want to come back to such things. You know, the big difference.”

Duffus paid an official visit to College Park in early June, where he saw other offensive lines make commitments Tamarus Walker made his promise and had important takeaways about the area.

“What stood out is the proximity to Washington, DC, it’s like right there, so there are a lot of options,” Duffus said. “The facility is also fantastic and they have a full academic staff just for football and I think that’s very important.”

Duffus took his time making his decision, deciding between Maryland, Indiana and Syracuse just this week. He also has offers from Florida, Miami, Michigan State and Tennessee, among others.

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Relationships were another key strength for the Terps in this recruitment. A former teammate of junior linebacker Ruben Hyppolite, Duffus was able to link up with the defensive coordinator Brian Williamshis local recruiter, as well as the rest of the staff.

“I definitely got a good vibe from the entire coaching staff,” said Duffus. “Coach Locksley, I have a great relationship with him. Coach Braswell, who coached in the NFL, was very eye opening for me because he was with some of the best players in the world. And trainers Brian Williams, he’s the coach I talk to the most, since he’s recruiting for my area and he’s from down here I can relate to him and we speak the same language. I had a conversation with him for about an hour and it wasn’t about football, just talking.”

At 6ft 4 and 330lbs, Duffus says the Maryland staff didn’t pin him in any particular spot, but he mostly plays guard and sees that transition to the next level. Maryland’s offense intrigued him in terms of his ability to potentially develop into an NFL prospect.

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“They run a pro-style offense, so they run a bunch of different types of games that would prepare me for the NFL,” Duffus said. “If I was blessed enough to go into the NFL, I wouldn’t have a problem learning the playbooks and all because I would have already played a few of those plays on that offense. They also do sets with a pulling guard and I love to pull so Coach Braswell will prepare me for that.”

With Duffus on board, Maryland now has 14 commitments in the Class of 2023 and ranks 43rd nationally for most recent commitments Alex Moore still to be included in the composite ranking.

The Terps have received 12 commitments over the past month, including four from the Sun State, while Locksley and his staff work to meet program requirements.

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