Maryland lands pledge from in-state dual-threat QB with offers from Michigan, Penn State
Maryland has edged out a pair of B1G East rivals and a few other Power 5 programs for the commitment of a 3-star dual-threat quarterback.
Preston Howard, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound native of Owings Mills, Maryland, announced on Sunday that he is committed to the Terrapins. Mike Locksley was able to beat out B1G foes Michigan and Penn State for Howard’s pledge.
The announcement came with a Twitter video post:
— Preston Howard (@espn_preston) February 21, 2021
Howard is a member of the 2022 recruiting class and held multiple FBS offers. In addition to the B1G schools, other teams that expressed interest included Auburn, Arizona State, Boston College, Liberty, UMass, Syracuse and West Virginia.
According to 247Sports, Howard ranks as the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback in the 2022 recruiting class and the No. 9 player from Maryland. Overall, he just misses the 4-star rating as the No. 363 prospect in the cycle.
The Terrapins are now up to six commits in the 2022 class, with Howard being the second-highest rated currently. He is behind only 4-star wide receiver Amari Clark out of New Jersey.
Howard is the second in-state player to commit to Maryland so far. The Terps own the nation’s No. 15 class and sit at No. 5 in the B1G.