NCF On The Trail: Derwin Gray

Best ACC recruiters 

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Editor's note: For a look at the national recruiter power rankings based only on Class of 2014 success, click here.

The best head coaches are often called the closer when it comes to sealing the deal with recruits. Whether on a visit or a trip to a prospect’s home, the head coach is called upon to secure the signature.

Hackenberg, Olsen earn UA Game starts

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Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster

Ngakoue no longer committed to Terps 

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Yannick Ngakoue is no longer committed to Maryland.

The three-star linebacker from Washington (D.C.) Friendship didn't offer a reason as to why he de-committed. He had been committed to the Terrapins since June.

“I'm considering WVU (West Virginia), Miami, Maryland, Tennessee and South Carolina,” Ngakoue stated in a Facebook message to ESPN.


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Scouts: Big pickup for Maryland 

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Maryland was not able to reel in five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman in the 2012 class, but that apparently didn’t stop the Terps staff from working Goldman’s old high school. Maryland just picked up a trio of prospects out of Friendship Collegiate Academy led by 4-star offensive lineman Derwin Gray.

With Gray, Maryland is getting a big, athletic OL, who could potentially fit as an O-Tackle or a guard. We do see a player who still needs more development before he can truly be counted on to contribute, but the tools are there to work with. The four-star demonstrates good flexibility, balance, and agility as well as good initial quickness to get into defenders or down the line as a puller. He needs to improve pad level and hand placement and better put his size and strength to work for him, but he has the ability to develop into a good run blocker at the college level. As a pass blocker he can set quickly and demonstrates the feet and balance to be able to mirror rushers and handle quick changes in direction.

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The Terps have secured commitments from three Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.) prospects, according to multiple sources. Offensive tackle Derwin Gray and linebackers Yannick Ngakoue and Cavon Walker are all set to play together at the next level for Maryland.

Gray, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound four-star, was also offered by Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, USC, Washington and West Virginia.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Ngakoue selected the Terps over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Colorado, UConn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Houston, Illinois, Kansas, Miami-FL, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Washington and West Virginia.

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Gray gets USC offer 

April, 19, 2012
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Derwin Gray has received a scholarship offer from Southern California.

The offensive lineman from Washington (D.C.) Friendship informed ESPN of the offer via text message on Thursday afternoon.

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More offers for Derwin Gray 

January, 18, 2012
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Derwin Gray's list of invites continues to grow.

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