UPDATE: Make that a fifth commit from the state of Florida as three-star cornerback Antwaine Richardson pledged to Maryland on Twitter. Richardson from Atlantic High in Delray Beach is ranked as No. 84 cornerback in the class by the 247Sports Composite.
Richardson was committed to Michigan but decommitted last Thursday amid reports that Michigan’s interest waned and will now follow former Michigan defensive coordinator and new Maryland coach DJ Durkin.
On Twitter, Richardson said he would enroll this week at Maryland.
New Maryland coach DJ Durkin absorbed a clubbing blow a week ago when in-state All-Americans in quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. and linebacker Keandre Jones decommitted and flipped to Ohio State.
But Durkin has been busy, netting four prospects since, including the Daniels twins from Cardinal Gibbons (Fla.). Elisha is a corner who has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 4.43 seconds; Elijah is a safety timed in 4.46 seconds.
The brothers recently decommitted from Minnesota and visited Maryland over the weekend, a tricky feat considering the massive blizzard in the area.
As noted by The Washington Post, Maryland also got commitments from defensive tackle Aaron Thompson (Dillard; Fort Lauderdale) and running back LaDerrien Wilson (Osceola) within the last week.
That is four Florida players in the span of days — an important benchmark for Durkin, who had a foothold in the state as a recruiter when he spent five years on the Gators staff. Durkin was the defensive coordinator at Michigan last season before being hired by Maryland.