What once was likely, is now a stone-cold certainty.
Bad word-play aside, the Maryland Terrapins football team made a significant acquisition tonight when 4-star CB Will Likely committed to them for the 2013-2014 season. The 5’7 cornerback from Belle Glade, Florida chose Maryland over powerhouse schools like LSU, Florida State, Miami, Wake Forest and Stanford.
Likely currently attends Glade Central, which, as most people “in the know” know is Muck City. Muck City is an area in Florida that is notorious for pumping out very fast, very talented football players (oftentimes to the advantage of Florida State), and the Terrapins just landed one of their best. Likely may run a 4.5-ish 40 time, but there’s a good chance he’s a lot quicker than that.
The report on Likely is that he is also a very natural cornerback, which should be a huge boon for a Maryland secondary that is in need of some help. With Dexter McDougle not living up to his potential, Likely could very well see some action straight away. In year two, there’s a good possibility that he could end up becoming a starter at one of the DB positions given some players graduating.
Likely’s talent level, for those of you who remain unconvinced up to this point, ranges somewhere between a high three or a four star according to Rivals, 247 Sports, ESPN, and Scout. Some on Twitter (namely @RivalsMike), have said that, were he a bit taller, he would be a lock five-star recruit — he’s that good. So take with that what you will, because I’m going to take it as “He’s a freaking beast.” I won’t even mention the fact that he managed to win Florida’s Gatorade POY as a junior, except that I just did.
Likley joins a class that includes Derwin Gray, Andrew Isaacs, and Deon Long among others, that makes for a pretty darn talented group of kids. It’s not the best class ever, but what it shows is that the Terrapins are still landing recruits despite leaving the ACC and having two straight uninspiring (albeit highly injured) seasons. If the Terrapins manage to snag Yannick Ngakoue and, maybe, Na’Ty Rodgers, then this class haul turns into one of the best ones Maryland has had in the last five years. That’s good news for the Terrapins, so commence bottle popping.