Maryland’s recruiting effort for the 2012 class has been a can’t-stop-won’t-stop-must-match-James-Franklin-at-Vandy-frenzy. That continued today, as they picked up yet another wide receiver, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) rising senior Amba Etta-Tawo.
Etta-Tawo, ranked three stars by ESPN (#110 wide receiver) and two stars by Scout, stands at 6’3″ and 175 pounds, and reportedly runs a 4.4 40-yard dash. He runs track in high school and is Maryland’s fourth commitment in the 2012 class from Georgia (joining Nick Brigham, Alvin Hill and A.J. Liddell).
More after the jump.
Etta-Tawo claims ten offers, and a little research pulls up that he was offered by Purdue, Virginia, Illinois, UCF, Southern Mississippi and South Florida, ultimately choosing the Terps over the Cavaliers.
Here’s a highlight tape from ESPN that we can’t embed.
There’s not much footage there, but he does look quite good. The speed is definitely as advertised, and he has good hands as well. He definitely looks like a potent deep-ball threat, and the only question I have centers around his route-running abilities – he just doesn’t have to run complicated ones in high school simply because he can blow by all the cornerbacks.
Etta-Tawo joins Malcolm Culmer, Anthony Nixon and Liddell as wide receivers in the 2012 class (although Culmer and Nixon might play corner), giving the Terps a ton of depth at arguably the least important position on the football field, at least in our opinion. There is an argument to be made that you can never have enough playmakers, and with Etta-Tawo’s speed, he can become just that.