DAMASCUS, Md. – Jake Funk, 2016 running back from Damascus High School, announced today on Twitter that he has committed to Maryland.
Funk is 5-foot-11, 205 pounds and though he’s also listed as a safety on 247Sports, he made it clear in his Tweet that he’s committed to the Terrapins as a running back:
— Jake Funk (@jakefunk34) October 16, 2015
Maryland’s 2016 class now features 17 commitments, and Funk’s is a pretty big one when you consider all the program has gone through this past week or so. First it was the rumor that (now former) head coach Randy Edsall wouldn’t make it past the Ohio State game. That rumor came true, and Edsall was fired early this week. Offensive coordinator Mike Locksley was named the interim coach, and the world keeps spinning, right?
For the most part yes, the Terrapins still have to play the rest of the 2015 season. So, for the team one may suggest that it’s simply business as usual.
Questions at the head coaching position and uncertainty of the future can be a huge deterrent for recruits though (and we’ve seen examples of that with both USC and South Carolina this past week); and it’s not always just because of the head coach himself. With new coaches often times come new assistants, and the recruit-assistant relationship is one that can’t be overstated in importance on the recruiting trail. If you need more proof of that, simply read here to see what a current South Carolina commitment had to say about that dynamic now that Steve Spurrier is retired.
That was basically the long way around to saying that Funk’s commitment is a big momentum builder for Maryland. The mark of a solid program and school is one that can keep recruiting despite uncertainty at the top; and right now Maryland is doing just that.
The Terrapins are going to be okay, folks.
Note: You can watch Funk’s highlights here.