Early commitments continue to come in for the Terrapins from prospects across the area. The latest came from Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga offensive guard A.J. Francis. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder committed to Maryland offer an offer from Wake Forest and a handful of others according to his coach Kenny Lucas.
"He actually has been committed for a couple weeks now," he said. "I had a brief conversation with A.J. and his dad after the decision and both felt very comfortable there. He believes he's got a good opportunity to go in a year from now and make an impact early on. I think he also does like the fact it's close to home, so his parents can see him play. I know he wanted to get the decision off his chest.
"I know he likes the staff at Maryland. He has formed a relationship with them, having gone to their camps the past two summers. There's a sense of comfort with the campus and he likes the chance to contribute early."
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Lucas went on to discuss what kind of player the Terrapins are getting.
"I think they're getting a good one," he said. "He has no reached his capacity and is still a young man that is growing in the right areas. He still can afford to get smarter, stronger and be a better player, but his best years are ahead of him.
"He's a versatile player on both sides of the ball. I think Maryland is recruiting him more for defense."
Off the field, Lucas claims Francis is a great person too.
"He's a terrific kid that's well versed and rounded, not literally," he said. "He's an outgoing kid that gets involved in activities you wouldn't expect of a jock. He's involved with the drama club, campus TV station and does a lot off the field that helps make him who he is."