As Maryland head football coach DJ Durkin opened his National Signing Day news conference last February, he commented that it was " hard to wipe the smile off my face right now." Just more than six months later, Durkin and his staff are seeing an increase in the competition at all position groups thanks to a 28-man recruiting class with an abundance of potential.
"It's much more competitive now that there's better depth at spots and more guys competing at positions. That makes such a difference," Durkin said Aug. 9 before the Terps held their seventh camp practice of the summer and the first open to the media. "More than just us [saying], 'OK, here's how we practice, here's the culture' … when you have competition, that does a lot more than any sort of coaching can do. So that's been helpful, and that's the thought: always keep bringing great players in the program and keep the competition up."