Roundup of Terps targets from ‘The Opening’ camp

By Adam Zielonka and Isaiah Cromer

Austin Fontaine, DL, DeMatha (committed)

Fontaine followed in the footsteps of DeMatha teammates running back Anthony McFarland and guard Marcus Minor from the Class of 2017 when he committed to Maryland last week, but he said that pipeline played just “a little bit of a part” in his decision. He also praised Maryland’s environment and the Robert H. Smith School of Business, saying he plans to be a business major. Fontaine picked the Terps over Big Ten rivals Ohio State and Penn State.

Fontaine said he wants to improve his physical and mental endurance for his senior year.

“My goal for my senior season [at DeMatha] is to get better for me, but also make the people around me better,” he said. “Helping the younger guys coming up because we are kind of a younger team now.”

Evan Gregory, OL, DeMatha (committed)

Fresh off a commitment to Maryland with his high school teammate Fontaine, Evan Gregory finally got a big weight off his chest.

Gregory and Fontaine now become the eighth set of players to commit to Maryland from Dematha Catholic High School

“It feels pretty good now that it’s over,” Gregory said. “I can focus on my senior season, leading my teammates and winning a championship.”

Gregory chose Maryland over Rutgers, Virginia and Colorado State.

“I liked Maryland not just for football, but because of education part,” he said. “I want to be a teacher and stay in the area and mentor kids who are younger then me.”

After winning a WCAC championship in November, Gregory had goals in the offseason of improving his technique and footwork. He demonstrated this technique on this play.

Gregory credits his success to playing against older kids at a young age. Playing against kids who were two years older than him helped him earn starting role coming into high school at DeMatha Catholic.

You can catch Gregory on the football field as DeMatha takes on Bishop Gorman on Aug. 25.

Dontay Demus Jr., WR, Friendship Collegiate (target)

Demus said he’s mainly considering Maryland, Louisville, Temple and Navy. He wants to pick a school he can call “home” and wants early playing time in college. He said he talks with Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, one of Maryland’s assistant coaches and recruiters, on “an everyday basis.” Abdur-Rahim is expertly familiar with the DMV, so that may be a good sign in terms of Demus’ recruitment. For his senior year, Demus is working on attacking the ball more and wants to see Friendship win a second straight title. He is particularly looking forward to Friendship’s 2017 game against DeMatha.

Daniel George, WR, Oxon Hill (target)

Fresh off a heart breaking loss in the state semifinals to Potomac High School, Daniel George was out to prove himself today. The 6-foot-2 wide receiver from Oxon Hill High School had a stellar junior year. According to maxpreps.com, George had 52 catches for 970 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was named to the First-Team All-Met and First-Team All-County.

George is currently considering Penn State, West Virginia, Maryland, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.

“I’m looking for a coaching staff that I can get along with really well, a coaching staff that is stable throughout my whole time there, a team I can get along with,” George said. “My parents have to like it and it has to feel like home.

Over the offseason George worked on improving his quickness, footwork and speed. This improvement was shown as George was able to breeze through majority of the wide receiver drills.

You can see his speed and juke moves here, as George was able to win this round of the wide receivers vs. defensive back matchup.

Although he did not win MVP for the wide receivers group, George was able to establish himself as one of the top wide receivers in the DMV area.

“My goal for my senior season is to go undefeated and win a state championship” George said.

Oxon Hill opens up the 2017 football season facing Chopticon on Sept. 6.

Raymond Boone, DB, Eleanor Roosevelt (target)

Class of 2018 defensive back considers himself a hometown and family guy. The three-star from Eleanor Roosevelt High School is very high on Maryland.

“My main school is Maryland right now,” Boone said. “It’s home, and me and my family have always talked about going to Maryland so everyone can watch me.” Boone said.

Boone also values the #DMV2UMD movement. Because Boone grew up playing football with current Maryland players, he can easily see himself fitting in here.

Boone is coming off of a stellar junior season in which he recorded 38 catches for 699 yards and six touchdowns. He also played on defense and recorded 28 tackles with five interceptions.

On Sunday at The Opening, Boone participated in both defensive back and wide receiver drills  performing well on both ends of the ball, often breaking up passes and showcasing his breakaway speed.

Boone uses football as a resource to lead others.

“I’ve been helping other people too, we got young athletes on the team,” he said. “Every year, it’s the younger kids that leave, so I’m building them up for next year.”