Thursday, December 05, 2013 5:13 AM
Published on: Thursday, February 07, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
The University of Maryland on Wednesday announced the signing of 22 student-athletes in the 2013 recruiting class — including 14 local products.
Maryland’s recruiting class ranks as the 30th-best in the nation, according to Rivals.com, and the fifth-best in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“I’m just very proud of the coaching staff for the work and effort they’ve put in to getting this done,” said Maryland head coach Randy Edsall. “Then I’m also just very happy for all these young men that we’ve signed because they see what we’re doing, what we’re building, and they wanted to be a part of something special.”
All but eight of the players who put pen to paper on National Signing Day hail from the DMV (D.C., Maryland and Virginia) including six student-athletes with ties to Prince George’s County.
Suitland High wide receiver Taivon Jacobs, considered a four-star recruit by ESPN.com, signed with Maryland after giving a verbal pledge to Ohio State last summer. As a senior, Jacobs amassed 1,065 receiving yards and scored 15 touchdowns for the Rams.
For the second straight year, Maryland landed the Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington, D.C., in Friendship Collegiate Academy linebacker Yannick Ngakoue. The Bowie native played in the Under Armour All-America game and was named a first-team Parade All-American.
The Terps also signed Friendship Collegiate’s Jermaine Carter, Jr. who hails from Fort Washington. Carter, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker, registered 90 tackles, three sacks, seven forced fumbles and returned an interception for a touchdown last season.
Meanwhile, Gilman senior and former DeMatha quarterback Shane Cockerille officially became a Terp along with McNamara product Milan Collins and Lanham native Elvis Dennah of Annapolis Area Christian School.
“The DMV area is huge,” said Maryland recruiting coordinator John Dunn. “We talk about the conferences, but that is always going to be the recruiting base for us, that’s where we will start. I think that is where you build your program, with guys from your own base. It’s huge for us. It helps further those relations with the coaches and the people from the area.”