Maryland women’s soccer ushered in its newest group of players during last week’s National Signing Day, announcing nine additions to the program.
Coach Meghan Ryan Nemzer’s third recruiting class currently ranks 19th in the nation, according to TopDrawer Soccer. Her 2022 class, which included freshman standout Kennedy Bell, ranked 11th nationally and was the Big Ten’s No. 1 class, according to TopDrawer Soccer.
“We believe we have found the right group of women to help, not only continue to grow our culture, but raise the level on the field to get the University of Maryland back where it belongs among the leaders of college soccer,” Nemzer said in a release.
Here are some players to know from the Terps’ 2024 class.
Gemma Davitian, Forward, Walt Whitman High School, Bethesda, Maryland
The forward is ranked by TopDrawer Soccer as the No. 58 prospect in the nation, the highest ranking in Nemzer’s 2024 class. She was a Washington Post All-Met First Team and Maryland All-State First team selection in 2022.
Kennadie Marchand, Goalkeeper, Buford High School, Buford, Georgia
Nemzer called Marchand “one of the most complete goalkeepers in the country.” The coach recognized Marchand’s elite tools from the beginning of her evaluation process and believes the No. 6 goalie in the nation can become one of the best in the country with time.
Marchand plays for the United Futbol Academy. She was immediately drawn to Maryland after making her way to campus and meeting the team and coaches, she said.
Ellie Egeland, Midfield, Adlai E. Stevenson High School, Long Grove, Illinois
Egeland is ranked as the No. 191 player nationally and the No. 6 player in the midwest by TopDrawer Soccer. She was varsity captain at Adlai E. Stevenson High School in her senior season and was named the 2023 North Suburban Conference Offensive Player of the Year.
Emily Lenhard, Midfield, Mountain View High School, Stafford, Virginia
A spring enrollee, Lenhard will make the short trip up from Stafford, Virginia to start practicing with the team a semester early. She is a three-star prospect and the No. 20 player in the Mid-Atlantic Region, according to TopDrawer Soccer.
Taryn Raibon, Defender, Aliso Niguel High School, Laguna Niguel, California
Raibon is one of four defenders to join the class so far. She chose Maryland because it was her “dream school since the beginning.” Nemzer called Raibon a “top tier athlete” who can play “anywhere across the back line.”
With Early Signing Day only about a month away, Maryland football is hoping to hold onto its 19 commits while potentially adding a few more.
One of those late additions could be local defensive back Shamar McIntosh. The St. John’s College product announced he will be taking an official visit to College Park from Dec. 8 to Dec. 10. He received an offer from Maryland over the summer. Rivals rated him a three-star prospect.
The Terps currently have four defensive backs committed in the 2024 class.
Bishop McNamara edge rusher Lugard Edokpayi listed his top five schools last week and Maryland made the cut.
BREAKING: 2024 4-Star EDGE Rusher Lugard Edokpayi (@_Lugard3do) is down to 5 Schools!
The 6-6.5, 225 lb EDGE from Bowie, Maryland is ranked as a Top-30 Prospect at his position (#9 MD) per On3
Where should he go? 👇 pic.twitter.com/ZUDmeHopWY
— JGPCFB (@jgpvisuals) November 7, 2023
Edokpayi is a 6-foot-5, 225-pounder being pursued by the likes of Michigan State, Florida State and Texas A&M. ESPN rates him as a four-star recruit and the No. 13 prospect in Maryland.