Showdown of Maryland’s two largest schools features plenty of homegrown talent

By Zach Brook
The Baltimore Watchdog

When Maryland’s two largest public universities face off Saturday in College Park, more than four in 10 players on the sidelines and in the game will be representing their home state. Eighty-five Towson and Maryland football players are from the state of Maryland — a sign that both schools are tapping into local talent to fill up their rosters.

Nearly half of Maryland’s team (50 players in total and 45%) are from in-state — more than at Towson (35 total and 37%).

An analysis of the two teams’ geographic makeup — illustrated above in an interactive map — revealed a number of other interesting findings:

  • Nearly four times as many players on Towson and Maryland grew up in the state of Maryland than in any other state (No. 2 being Virginia with 23 players).
  • Pennsylvania (17), Florida (14) and New Jersey (9) are the next-most-popular home states of Tigers and Terps players.
  • Both teams draw heavily from the Northeast, and Towson’s recruiting is particularly strong in New Jersey and New York (10 players total). Maryland, not surprisingly, draws heavily from Washington, D.C. and Virginia.
  • Seven players total are from D.C., and six are from Baltimore.
  • All three players on the rosters from the city of Towson play at Maryland.
  • Just four players from the football-rich state of Texas are on the rosters — split evenly between the two teams.
  • The West Coast and Midwest are barely represented on the squads. Only three players, for instance, are from California.
  • Four players total are international: one from Australia, Belgium, Canada and Norway.

Maryland’s starting depth chart includes 11 starters from outside the state:

Brendan Moore C Austin TX
Kasim Hill QB Washington DC
Qwuantrezz Knight SS Quincy FL
Chandler Burkett DL Panama City FL
Kingsley Opara DL Jacksonville  FL
JC Jackson DB Immokalee FL
Matt Oliveira LS Watchung NJ
Sean Christie OL Medford  NY
DJ Moore WR Philadelphia PA
Darnell Savage Jr. FS Newark DE
Jalen Brooks LB Suwannee GA.

While Towson’s first string has 16:

Lyrics Klugh DB Lyman SC
Monty Fenner DB Chesapeake VA
Mitch Boals DB WI  WI
Clifton Jones DL Virginia Beach VA
Zain Harps Upshur DL Norfolk VA
Aidan O’Neill K New Paltz NY
Malik Tyne LB Ontario Canada
Robert Heyward LB Savannah GA
Will Hayes LS Winston-Salem NC
Nico Russolillo OL Frisco TX
Matt Kauffman OL York PA
Zane Ventimiglia OL Red Bluff CA
Nick Carnesale OL Hammonton NJ
Pat Toomey P Brick NJ
Ryan Stover QB Oreland PA
Shane Simpson RB Easton PA

A few non-geographic facts:

  • Maryland has had 222 players drafted compared to Towson’s six, according to Pro Football Reference.
  • Maryland coach D.J. Durkin makes $2.4 million per year in base salary, compared to Towson coach Rob Ambrose’s $334,000, according to state records. Maryland’s coordinators each make more than Ambrose.

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