Maryland continued to stack chips in its 2017 recruiting class.
Markquese Bell, a 4-star athlete from New Jersey, verbally committed to the Terrapins during the Under Armour All-America Game on Sunday. He projects as a safety in college.
Bell is the No. 188 player and No. 7 athlete in his class. He has 19 offers, including ones from Ohio State, Michigan, Clemson and Penn State.
Bell chose between Ohio State and Maryland, according to Land of 10 recruiting analyst Jeremy Birmingham. He wrote last week that Bell could still be in the mix for the Buckeyes depending on how many (and which) players leave early.
The other recruit at this weekend’s Under Armour game that Buckeyes fans should be paying close attention to is New Jersey athlete Markquese Bell. The 4-star prospect from Bridgeton will announce his college decision during the game and, as we reported Tuesday night, he’s down to two schools: Maryland and Ohio State.
I do not think that, at this point, Bell is going to choose Ohio State. However, as we’ve written here a few times, I do believe that’s where he wants to play his college football.
So a final thought from me on Markquese Bell: I think he picks Maryland on Sunday, but there’s a good chance we could be talking about him two or three weeks down the road if the Buckeyes get some clarity on exactly how many scholarships they will have available after the season.
Maryland’s 2017 class ranks 17th nationally and fourth in the Big Ten. Twenty-nine players have committed to the Terps.