- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Chance Campbell, Maryland football’s leading tackler last season, has entered the transfer portal. Campbell, who announced the move Monday on Twitter, is the third linebacker to announce his intention to depart the Terps this offseason.

“After prayer, deep reflection, and some difficult conversations, I’ve decided that I will be entering the transfer portal,” Campbell’s statement on Twitter reads in part. “I’m proud to soon become a graduate this May and to forever be a Terp.”

Coach Mike Locksley is welcoming a stacked 2021 recruiting class, which includes five-star inside linebacker Terrence Lewis and four-star outside linebackers Demeioun Robinson and Branden Jennings.

Campbell, a Towson, Maryland, native who starred at Calvert Hall High School, finished the shortened 2020 campaign with a team-high 43 tackles. He ranked third in the Big Ten with 10.5 tackles per game, earning him an All-Big Ten honorable mention.

He’s set to graduate this May, making him immediately eligible for whichever program he joins. In 10 games last year as a sophomore, he recorded 54 tackles with a forced fumble and interception. He appeared in 11 games as a freshman with 10 tackles.



“Being able to play for my hometown school the last three years has meant more to me than I’m able to put in to words,” Campbell’s statement reads. “I’ve cherished the privilege of donning the Maryland colors alongside some teammates who have truly become brothers.

“Maryland was the first school to believe in me and for that I’ll always be thankful. This university has given me so much, and I have tried to repay that debt every day through doing things right, working hard, playing harder, and treating people with respect and care.”

Cortez Andrews and Ayinde Eley are the two other linebackers departing the team. Andrews, a sophomore, appeared in four games in 2020 and tallied three tackles.

Eley had a larger role in his redshirt freshman and sophomore seasons, appearing a combined 23 times and finishing with 92 tackles. That production tapered in 2020, playing in three games. He still totaled 19 tackles, and he’s transferring to Georgia Tech.

Maryland also saw quarterback Lance LeGendre transfer to Louisiana, offensive lineman Johnny Jordan leave for Virginia Tech and offensive lineman Marcus Minor head to Pittsburgh.

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