Locksley adds six players for start of early signing period

December 19, 2018 | WNST Staff

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland Head Coach Michael Locksley announced that six student-athletes have signed national letters of intent to play football for the Terrapins during the early signing period, which began on Wednesday.

The class features five players from the DMV, including consensus four-star wide receiver Isaiah Hazel, who is rated as the top offensive player in the state of Maryland by both ESPN and 247Sports. Hazel, a member of the ESPN300, also had offers from Alabama, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

The Terps also inked a pair of defensive backs, Deonte Banks from Edgewood High School and Lavonte Gater from Ballou. Banks is ranked as the No. 12 overall player in the state of Maryland by ESPN, while Gater is a consensus 3-star recruit that is listed as the No. 8 overall player in DC by Rivals.

Maryland added some size by signing 6-5, 305-pound offensive lineman Mason Lunsford and 6-4, 225-pound tight end Malik Jackson. Lunsford, a 2018 First Team All-Met and First Team All-WCAC selection, is rated as the second highest offensive tackle in the state of Maryland according to Rivals. Jackson is listed as the top tight end in the state of Maryland by 247Sports.

The Terps also inked Michael “Dino” Tomlin, who is ranked as the fourth best wide receiver in the state of Pennsylvania according to 247Sports. Tomlin, whose uncle, Ed, played for the Terps in 1989, averaged 35 yards per catch and scored 18 touchdowns en route to being named first team all-conference during his senior season at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh.

The remainder of Maryland’s 2019 signing class will be announced on February 6.

Maryland Football Early Signees

Deonte Banks
Defensive Back
Fr.-HS, 6-1, 190
Edgewood, Md. (Edgewood HS)

Before Maryland: A 3-star recruit according to both ESPN and 247Sports … ranked as the 12th overall player in the state of Maryland by ESPN … multisport athlete that also competed in track & field in high school … coached by Charles Johnson.

Lavonte Gater
Defensive Back
Fr.-HS, 5-11, 160
Washington, D.C. (Ballou HS)

Before Maryland: A consensus 3-star recruit across all major recruiting outlets … rated as the 8th overall player in the District of Columbia by Rivals … 2018 First Team All-Met … chose Maryland over Rutgers and Temple … multisport athlete that also played basketball in high school … coached by Minoso Rodgers.

Isaiah Hazel
Wide Receiver
Fr.-HS, 6-1, 190
Upper Marlboro, Md. (Wise HS)

Before Maryland: A consensus 4-star recruit across all major recruiting outlets … ranked as the top offensive player in the state of Maryland (#4 overall) by both ESPN and 247Sports … member of the ESPN300 … helped lead Wise High School to three undefeated seasons from 2015-17 … 2018 Second Team All-Met … also received offers from Alabama, Michigan State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia … coached by DaLawn Parrish.

Malik Jackson
Tight End
Fr.-HS, 6-4, 225
Fort Meade, Md. (Meade HS)

Before Maryland: A 3-star recruit according to 247Sports … ranked as the top tight end in the state of Maryland by 247Sports … chose the Terps over the University of Connecticut … coached by Albert Jones.

Mason Lunsford
Offensive Line
Fr.-HS, 6-5, 305
Olney, Md. (Good Counsel HS)

Before Maryland: A 3-star recruit according to both Rivals and 247Sports … second highest rated offensive tackle in the state of Maryland according to Rivals … 2018 First Team All-Met … 2018 First Team All-WCAC … chose the Terps over Virginia … coached by Andy Stefanelli.

Michael “Dino” Tomlin
Wide Receiver
Fr.-HS, 6-0, 165
Pittsburgh, Pa. (Shady Side Academy)

Before Maryland: A 3-star recruit according to both ESPN and 247Sports … ranked as the 4th best wide receiver in the state of Pennsylvania according to 247Sports … averaged 35 yards per catch and scored 18 touchdowns en route to earning first team all-conference honors in 2018 … his uncle, Ed Tomlin, led the Terps with three interceptions in 1989 … son of current Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin … Pennsylvania Class 2A state champion in the 300-meter hurdles …. Student Council President … also received offers from Iowa State and Pittsburgh … coached by Chuck DiNardo.