Thanks in part to a strong regional recruiting presence, the Maryland Terrapins rebounded after a disappointing 2012 college football season to bring in a quality class of signees on National Signing Day Wednesday, as head coach Randy Edsall enters his third season with the program.
Headlined by Rivals five-star wide receiver Deon Long, who last played at Iowa Western Community College (and formerly with New Mexico) but is originally from Washington, D.C., Maryland also signed four four-star prospects, including two from Washington D.C.'s Friendship Collegiate Academy: offensive lineman Derwin Gray and linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, who signed late with the Terps after choosing them over South Carolina and Florida State.
Long, who said he received interest from the likes of Alabama, Oregon and Florida State, is already enrolled at Maryland, and according to Rivals runs a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. The addition of Ngakoue rounded out what was a "very good day indeed," according to SB Nation's Testudo Times.
The other two four-star signees were tight end Andrew Isaacs (from Manchester, Conn.) and defensive back Will Likely (from Belle Glade, Fla.). In total, however, Maryland covered their home territory, inking 13 players from either Washington D.C. or Maryland.
Additionally, ESPN's ACC football blog says that the Terrapins needed guys who could make plays on Saturdays, and they did just that on Signing Day.
Maryland finished the 2012 season 4-8 overall, 2-6 in the conference in Edsall's second year on the sidelines. Here's the school's coverage of their signing class.