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 a converted cornerback.
Jeremiah Wilson, Freshman (RS), Halfback
Ratings: Three stars, #28 in Virginia by Rivals; three stars, #70 CB by Scout; three stars, #123 athlete by ESPN
40-yard dash time: 4.5
High School Stats (Senior Year): 95 rushes for 926 yards and 12 touchdowns, 20 tackles and one interception
High School Stats (Junior Year): Around 1,500 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns, 80 tackles and five interceptions
High School: Handley High School (Winchester, Va.)
How’d He Get To College Park?
Jeremiah Wilson was a star running back and cornerback at Handley, earning all-region selections over his last two years of high school ball. Maryland was the only school to offer him a scholarship, but he also received interest from Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Duke.
Wilson also ran track and played basketball at Handley. Last season, he redshirted as a cornerback, switching to running back before this past spring.
Wilson does have some experience as a running back in College Park, however – last season, he acted as Noel Devine on the squad team for the preparation for the WVU game.
More after the jump.
“J-Wil”. With the departure of Jordan Williams, someone needs to fill that gap.
Scoring six touchdowns in one game in his senior season.
Arbitrary Top Five List:
Defensive backs from Maryland’s 2010 class on the two-deep:
1. Matt Robinson
2. Jeremiah Johnson
3. Jeremiah Wilson
4. Mario Rowson
5. Titus Till
Wilson solidifies himself as the number two option behind Meggett, rushing for over 300 yards with three scores.
Wilson gets limited playing time as Meggett, Adams, and Pickett prove to be the tandem used.
Jeremiah Wilson is entering his first season in Maryland’s program as a running back. After spending time on the squad team in the role, the coaches have decided to make the full-time switch, and it’s easy to see why. He excelled at the spot in high school, and is the kind of speedy back Maryland needs in the program right now.
On the most recent form of the depth chart (with D.J. Adams suspended), Wilson is currently the co-backup to Davin Meggett, alongside true freshman Justus Pickett. As Wilson has a year on Pickett, with all else equal you’ve got to assume he’ll get the brunt of the backup work, but that’s one of the biggest questions for Maryland heading into the Miami game.
Wilson is a speed back who has a ton of agility and can make some moves coming out of the backfield. Time to see if he can put it all together on Saturdays (or Mondays).
Our next player scored eleven touchdowns last year.
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