One of the state’s top football prospects in the class of 2014 has made his college decision.
Jerome Dews, a 2014 Potomac High School graduate who de-committed from Tennessee in June, announced on social media he has opted to play college football at Marshall University.
Dews plans to travel to Marshall this weekend, according to his Twitter account.
“Reporting to campus August 2nd. #HerdNation can’t wait to get on this money trail #PathToTheDraft,” he tweeted.
Dews was in Hershey, Pa. on June 14th when Maryland defeated Pennsylvania in the 57th annual Big 33 Football Classic.
Maryland defeated Pennsylvania in a double-overtime thriller, 31-24, to earn the state’s third victory in the series and first since 1991.
Dews said the win proved that Maryland can “grind in the trenches and size doesn’t matter. Speed kills.”
As a senior defensive lineman last season, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound standout registered 17 sacks and nine tackles for a loss to help lead the Wolverines to a 5-5 record. Dews was named first team All-Prince George’s County 3A/2A/1A.
Dews, a three-star recruit, verbally committed to Tennessee last summer after attending a football camp at the Southeastern Conference school.
However, the projected college strong safety will now compete for a spot with the Marshall Thundering Herd this season.
“I love it,” Dews said about Marshall’s West Virginia campus. “It fits me and they treat me like family and the coaches are very trustworthy.”