Many soon-to-be Maryland players in the 2023 class celebrated national signing day and put pens to paper as Wednesday marked the beginning of the signing period.
In coach Brenda Frese’s 21 years at Maryland, she’s had 16 top-10 recruiting classes, according to ESPN. This year was no exception, landing five players, including three who are ranked in ESPN’s top 100.
Five-star Riley Nelson headlines the crew, ranked No. 17 and 18 in best player by Blue Star Basketball and ESPN, respectively.
“I really felt like Maryland was going to be my home away from home,” Nelson said in a news release. “Maryland gives me the feeling that I just belong here.”
Summer Bostock, Guard
Hawa Doumbouya, Post
Emily Fisher, Guard
Riley Nelson, Guard
Amiyah Reynolds, Point Guard
The summer of 2022 sparked optimism for the Terps and their future under new coach Kevin Willard. Three local four-star recruits committed, making up a class of 2023 247Sports ranks No. 11 in best in the nation.
“These kids in this area get unbelievable coaching from a very young age. It’s very unique,” Willard said. “The kids don’t transfer schools, they don’t transfer AAU programs. They get great coaching at the AAU level, and they get great coaching at the high school level.”
DeShawn Harris-Smith, Forward
Jahnathan Lamothe, Guard
Jamie Kaiser, Forward
Six players have signed to the defending national champions, a class that currently consists of three four-stars and three unranked players.
Trey Brown, Defense
Hamish McPherson, Attack
Thomas Gravino, Midfield
Ryan Falkenstein, Midfield
Elijah Stobaugh, Midfield
Sean Creter, Faceoff
Maryland volleyball has had one player sign — Sydney Bryant — an outside hitter from Flint Hill in Oakton, Virginia. Laila Ricks and Zoe Huang, both current Terps, also played at Flint Hill.
Bryant played for Metro Volleyball Club, which has hosted many future Terps in recent years, including Ricks, Huang, Milan Gomillion, Rainelle Jones and Laila Ivey.
Maryland Field Hockey has seen three signees so far. The list includes Maya Everett, a midfielder from Arnold, Maryland and Maci Bradford, a forward from Delmar, Delaware. Both players were ranked by Max Field Hockey as top-50 players in the class, and Bradford was ranked in the top 10.
Coach Missy Meharg said the two had a competition to see who could turn in their papers first. Everett won.
“I’m from Anne Arundel County and I’ve been following Broadneck for quite some time and following Maya,” Meharg said. “She’s very fit, very enthusiastic. She’s driven by her skills and she’ll be able to run with the pack.”
The Terps landed their third signee Wednesday evening. Josie Hollamon, who is also from Delmar, Delaware, was recently named to the 2022 U.S. Women’s National Team.
Maya Everett, Midfielder
Maci Bradford, Forward
Josie Hollamon, Defense/Midfield
Maryland women’s soccer announced eight signings, including Drew and Peyton Bernard, twins from Rockville, Maryland.
The Terps’ 2023 class is ranked 11th in the nation by Top Drawer Soccer, an impressive feat under first-year coach Meghan Ryan Nemzer.
Madison Krakower, Forward/Midfield
Kennedy Bell, Outside Back
Mia Mitchell, Center Back
Peyton Bernard, Forward
Drew Bernard, Defense
Savannah Dunahay, Center Back
Courtney McClure, Center Back
Faith Luckey, Goalkeeper
Lisa McIntyre, Forward/Midfield
Three players signed for Maryland wrestling, including Dario Lemus, a top-100 recruit from Clovis, California.
Maryland gymnastics welcomed Layla Hammer from Aurora, Illinois and Natalie Martin from Westerville, Ohio.
Maryland softball announced six members of the 2023 class, most of which are local recruits.
“The ’23 class is an amazing group of regional kids with some exceptional talent,” coach Mark Montgomery said in a news release. “There are great players here in the mid-atlantic region, and we feel as though we got some of the best around to come to the University of Maryland.”
Grace Carrington, Third Base/Utility
Caitlyn Cornwell, Outfield
Bailey Murphy, Middle Infield
Delaney Reefe, Catcher
Hannah Runk, Middle Infield
Julia Shearer, Pitcher/Outfield