A recurring series where we will profile every player and coach on Maryland’s roster, counting down to kick-off against Miami. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we profile one of the stars of camp.
Justus Pickett, Freshman, Halfback
Ratings: Three stars, #10 all-purpose back, #19 in North Carolina by Rivals; three stars, #70 RB by Scout; three stars, #26 RB by ESPN
40-yard dash time: 4.4
High School Stats (Senior Year): 2,429 yards rushing and 31 touchdowns
High School: Ardrey Kell High School (Charlotte, Nc.)
How’d He Get To College Park?
Justus Pickett was a late gift to Maryland’s 2010 recruiting class, signing with the Terps after signing day. One of the top running backs in the state of North Carolina, he was one of the most productive players in the history of Mecklenburg County. During his senior year, he posted the third-most yards ever by a player in the county and ninth-most touchdowns.
Pickett was named conference offensive player of the year following his senior campaign and was named to multiple all-state teams. He was recruited to the Terps by Lee Hull, choosing them over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, South Carolina, Stanford, and West Virginia among others.
More after the jump.
“J-Pick” is what he told Matt Bracken.
Being named the co-backup to Davin Meggett in the most recent depth chart update.
Arbitrary Top Five List:
First five Archbishops of Canterbury:
Pickett separates himself from Jeremiah Wilson, proving himself to be a great speed option for Maryland at halfback and earning freshman all-conference honors.
Pickett does poorly, burning his redshirt year while falling to third string (or worse).
Justus Pickett was not expected to play this year, and through no fault of his own. Everyone could recognize that he was one of the top prospects to come in to College Park this year on sheer talent alone, but with the tandem of Davin Meggett and D.J. Adams at the top of the halfback depth chart and the speedy Jeremiah Wilson as a solid option, the assumption was Pickett (and fellow true freshman Brandon Ross) would just redshirt this season.
Sometimes, the cards just fall the right away. As it stands, Pickett is now the co-backup to Meggett with Wilson, and is the top kick returner on the squad. That means he’s now filling in for the leading rushing scorer last year in D.J. Adams and the leader in yardage in Torrey Smith.
Pickett brings a whole lot of speed and production to the Maryland backfield. Since he’s sharing the backup spot with Jeremiah Wilson, we can’t be sure how much playing time he’ll actually see, but he’s one of the most talented running backs to come into this program over the past few years. Whether he shows that this year or in the next few, we’ll find out very shortly.
Our next player is a converted cornerback.
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