Terps land highly regarded in-state transfer

Despite his small school background, Gottlieb Ayedze was one of the better offensive tackles in the transfer portal. The former standout at Division II Frostburg State (Md.) had an invite from the Reese’s Senior Bowl and a grade as an NFL Draft pick. Instead of leaving for the NFL, though, he entered the transfer portal, and today he decided on his next home: Maryland.

Ayedze (pronounced Eye-YEED-Zay), a 6-foot-5, 300-pound senior, committed to the Terps today following his official visit over the weekend, giving Mike Locksley perhaps his top priority recruit on the offensive line. Maryland is losing three starters on the line in Jaelyn Duncan, Spencer Anderson and Johari Branchand Ayedze will be expected to fill one of those spots.

“So in the NFL Draft, there’s all sorts of stories all sorts of journeys,” senior bowl executive director Jim Nagy said in December while presenting Ayedze his invite. t”There’s a guy in this room that didn’t start playing football until he was walking the halls as a soccer player before his senior year high school and a coach grabbed him and asked him to come out and play football. Which is pretty crazy , five years later he’s coming down to compete with the best of the best in this year’s NFL Draft.”

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Ayedze was named a first-team Division II All-American this season, starting all 11 games for the Western Maryland school, helping the Bobcats go 8-3 and anchoring a line that blocked for the Mountain East Conference’s second-best rushing attack (2,104 yards). He was also a first-team All-MEC selection.

He joins former Northwest High (Md.) teammate Kaden Prather at Maryland; Prather transferred from WVU earlier this month and hosted Ayedze on his visit over the weekend.

His commitment comes one day after NC Central offensive lineman Corey Bullock — also a Maryland native — flipped his commitment from Cincinnati to Maryland, quickly giving Mike Locksley two new players on the offensive line, the position at which he’s been focusing most of his recruiting efforts lately. Ayedze is the second player to transfer from a lower level of college football with legitimate NFL Draft hopes, along with former St. Francis (Pa.) defensive end Donnell Brown.

Three-time all-conference selection is a product of Northwest High in Germantown, where he was a teammate of Caden Pratherthe wide receiver who recently transferred from WVU to Maryland.

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