My Initial take:
Looks like Elias is going with someone who can move quickly through the minors and be able to get and produce at the major league level quickly. While scouting takes on Cowser are a bit all over the place, he's a three year producer even though his conference is not very strong. He appears to be a high OBP guy with some pop and speed and even if Mullins is still center, he would like real good in Camden Yards spacious left field.
He appears to b a lower risk guy thoug
Best HS bat in the draft, and most experts feel one of the best HS bats in a very long time. Green has by far superior tools, and will be an elite outfielder, but Johnson is the better hitter with much better contact ability. I love the idea.... I'm not sure he'd go much under slot, though...
I reject the idea that MD isn't an easy top 20 gig in the country. Maybe a little luster is off because of leaving the ACC (worst decision ever), but you're talking about a large fanbase for college basketball; top-notch facilities; a long and storied history; a campus in a large and attractive urban market; and you're the home town team, and really only major player, in probably a top 5 area for amateur talent in the country.
There's no reason that MD shouldn't consistently be in the Sweet 16 and a coach/AD who can't produce those results should not be tolerated.
You listed 17 schools, plus the 12 schools I listed. That's 29. I think Maryland is definitively better than Iowa, FSU, USC, TAMU, and Tennessee. And Alabama as well. I could make a case for a few others on that list as well to put it inside the top 20, but I could go either way on those.
Regardless I think that top-25 is the absolute floor for MD in terms of HC destination. I think that is different from saying Maryland is a top-25 program. Most of those programs have more recent success than Maryland, but for a prospective coach, potential matters as well, and Maryland's potential is sky-high.