Mike Locksley understands how important it is for Maryland to recruit the DMV area, but he also knows there’s plenty of talent located outside that footprint.
Locksley’s SEC experience paid off over the weekend, as the Terrapins received commitments from two defensive players — one from Georgia and the other from Florida. It gave the team’s 2020 recruiting class quite the boost.
Three-star linebacker Ruben Hyppolite II and three-star weak-side defensive end Jordan Mitchell both committed to Maryland on Saturday, the same day as the team’s spring game. The two pledges gave the Terps six members in the 2020 recruiting class.
Both made their announcements via Twitter:
— Ruben Hyppolite II 🦍¹ (@Ruben24Knows) April 27, 2019
— Jordan Mitchell (@jsmoove844) April 27, 2019
Hyppolite is currently the highest-ranked prospect committed to Maryland. The 6-foot, 225-pound linebacker from Florida is ranked No. 52 at his position and was a target for several SEC and ACC schools. He chose Maryland over offers from LSU, Florida State, Miami, Auburn and Baylor.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end out of Georgia also chose the Terrapins over several offers. He was drawing interest from Louisville, Rutgers and Pitt, among others.
With the two additions to the 2020 class, Maryland jumped to 33rd nationally in the recruiting rankings. It currently sits eighth in the B1G.