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Photo by Daniel Kucin. Suitland senior Taivon Jacobs will join fellow Suitland graduate Jeremiah Johnson next season at Maryland.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Suitland senior Taivon Jacobs will join fellow Suitland graduate Jeremiah Johnson next season at Maryland.

Published on: Wednesday, May 08, 2013

By Daniel Kucin

The University of Maryland football program had a season riddled with injuries and unfulfilled expectations.

But the Terps have a different outlook after acquiring a bevy of local stars in their 2013 recruiting class. They will have a chance to learn under the experienced returning starters to gain an extra competitive edge.

Jermaine Carter Jr. should make a smooth transition from high school to the collegiate level fairly quickly at the linebacker position. The 6-foot-2 Fort Washington native is a three-star recruit, according to Rivals.com, and was coached by former NFL wide receiver Aazaar Rahim at Friendship Collegiate Academy. Carter had 90 tackles, three sacks, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions during his senior campaign. 

Suitland Rams’ Taivon Jacobs was arguably the most dangerous player with the ball in his hands on offense in Prince George’s 4A. The ESPN four-star recruit was an All-Met selection for the Washington Post, a 2012 Maryland Big School All-State Team selection, and a member of the USA Junior Olympic Track and Field team.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Suitland graduate Jeremiah Johnson celebrates with his teammates after returning a reception during the 2013 sping game.

Photo by Daniel Kucin. Suitland graduate Jeremiah Johnson celebrates with his teammates after returning a reception during the 2013 sping game.

As a speedy and elusive deep threat, he led the league with 1,065 yards receiving and had 15 touchdowns last season. Jacobs will join fellow Suitland graduate Jeremiah Johnson. Johnson had 32 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble, and eight pass breakups as a junior.

Annapolis Area Christian School defensive back Elvis Dennah has the skill set to make a huge contribution to the Terrapins in due time. Dennah hails from Lanham and has a laundry list of accolades for his superior performance on the gridiron.

ESPN rated Dennah as a three-star recruit, and he was named to the Maryland Small School All-State Team, was an Honorable Mention All-Met selection by the Washington Post, and represented the Washington squad in the 2012 Crab Bowl. He helped win the MIAA B Conference State Championship his junior year, while racking up 53 tackles and four sacks his senior season.

The final Prince George’s County star to suit up for Maryland this year is Friendship Collegiate Academy linebacker Yannick Ngakoue. Ngakoue is a 6-foot-2, 228-pound force to be reckoned with from Bowie. He played alongside former teammate and 2013 recruit Jermaine Carter Jr. last year and was named a first-team All-American. The All-Met selection was also selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year for Washington, D.C., and he accounted for 56 tackles, 17 sacks and three defensive touchdowns in his final season for the Knights.

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