Finally, some good news in the football program. A few days after discovering Maryland has added to their running back depth by switching former cornerback Jeremiah Wilson to halfback, it turns out they’ve added another 2011 commitment there (that’s subscription only, but we’ve confirmed with our own sources) – Charlotte, NC. all-purpose back Justus Pickett.
Pickett is a big-time recruit, and is a much more highly touted prospect than Brandon Ross, Maryland’s other 2011 halfback. He’s listed at 5’11″ and 183 pounds, and runs a 4.32 40-yard dash. Yeah, he’s really fast (more on that in the highlight tape below).
Rivals ranks him as a three-star recruit, the 10th best all-purpose running back in the class, and the 19th best player in North Carolina. Scout has him at three-stars and the 70th best running back (they don’t differentiate between the different kinds) of his class, and ESPN has him at high three stars, low four stars and the 26th best running back. He chose Maryland over Arkansas, West Virginia, Auburn, South Carolina, and Stanford, among others, so the kid is very, very good.
Pickett was on campus this past weekend for a visit, and apparently it made a very good impression. His interest in Maryland was listed at “low” before the weekend, but it looks like he has pledged to become a Terp.
Here’s a highlight tape. It’s not very well-made, but there are two things you can see from it: he’s very strong, and he’s faster than every one else on the field.
Get excited, folks, this kid is a stud.