In a span of seven minutes on Saturday morning, the future of Maryland football got a whole lot brighter.
One hour before the kickoff of the Terrapins' spring game, they landed two big-time 2018 recruits from local prep powerhouse DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.). At 11:25 a.m. ET, four-star defensive tackle Austin Fontaine tweeted that he had committed to Maryland. At 11:32 a.m., Fontaine's teammate Evan Gregory, a four-star offensive tackle, also tweeted his pledge to the Terps, saying, "Committed #The Movement."
"I have a lot of confidence in the coaches there," Gregory told Adam Friedman of Rivals about his decision to join Maryland football. "Coach Bowen is a technician and that's what I like and that's what my coaches at DeMatha are like. I feel like I'll fit right in there coming from DeMatha. It feels like I'll hit the ground running because it's almost the same thing.
Gregory is 6-foot-4, 286-pound offensive tackle who picked Maryland over Virginia, West Virginia and others. He is Rivals' ninth-ranked player in the state and 22nd-ranked tackle in the nation. Fontaine, a 6-foot-3, 280-pounder, is the 140th-ranked player in the country, 10th-ranked defensive tackle and the fourth-ranked player in Maryland. He carried offers from Clemson, Michigan, Ohio State and others.
There are currently seven former DeMatha players on the Terps' roster and there are two other top-15 in-state recruits in the 2018 class from DeMatha in Judson Tallandier and John Morgan. Both have offers from Maryland football as well.