In this ACCSports.com series, we’re looking at every state within the ACC’s footprint and figuring out which programs own them in recruiting.
- Who Owns Florida In Recruiting?
- Who Owns Georgia In Recruiting?
- Who Owns South Carolina In Recruiting?
- Who Owns North Carolina in Recruiting?
- Who Owns Virginia In Recruiting?
The next state we examine is Maryland, which has been an ACC holding for decades but will soon become a Big Ten state when Maryland heads for greener pastures this summer. But thanks to the ACC’s northern expansion, the state itself still lies within the ACC footprint. Maryland is small, so there isn’t an abundance of high major prospects year in year out, but there are at least 30 recruits in each class who sign DI scholarships. The central location of the state means suitors from all over the Eastern Seaboard trek there to scout recruits every year.
To see which schools own Maryland in recruiting, we scanned the last five recruiting classes (2010-2014). We looked at the top 15 prospects in each class (as ranked by Rivals) and where they decided to play their college ball. Here is what we found out.
Schools Who Signed The Most Top-15 Maryland Recruits From 2010-2014
Maryland – 10
Virginia – 8
Iowa – 6
Penn State – 4
Michigan – 4
Alabama – 3
Florida State – 3
West Virginia – 3
Virginia Tech – 3
Who Owns It: Maryland
Dominant ACC Team: Maryland
Percentage Of Top 15 That Went ACC: 40 percent
Percentage Of Top 15 That Went SEC: 13.3 percent
Percentage Of Top 15 That Went Big Ten: 34.7 percent
Percentage Of Top 15 That Stayed In-State: 13.3 percent
Biggest Out-Of-State Predator: Virginia
Biggest Haul Of Top 15 Recruits In One Class: 4 – Maryland in 2012 and Virginia in 2011