The Maryland Terrapins football team picked up their 14th commitment of the 2014 class Tuesday afternoon in Norcross High School safety Jordan Noil, according to InsideMDSports.com. Noil’s commitment comes just days after Maryland picked up another ’14 recruit in Juwann Winfree.
Noil, a three-star according to 247Sports, chose Maryland over quite a few significantly smaller schools; his other offers were from Appalachian State, Buffalo, and Charlotte among others. The 6’3, 175-pound senior is currently listed as the 139th-best safety in the country.
While Noil’s ranking may not be particularly high, it’s worth mentioning that he plays at a traditional football powerhouse (at least, at the high school level). To even make that team, you’ve got to be a very good football player. Maryland fans are probably familiar with the school, anyway, provided they recall D.J. Adams (and the small amount that he played). Max Garcia, who transferred to and now starts for Florida, was also an alumni of the school.
Perhaps lost in all this is the fact that Maryland has been recruiting both at home and on the road. Randy Edsall is continuing to utilize the method of finding less heralded talent in talent rich areas. The guys that don’t get as much notice on powerhouse teams, but are nonetheless very gifted individuals. Brendan Moore, another 2014 commit who has been rising in the state of Texas, is an example of that.
Noil is unlikely to start right away, given that Sean Davis and Anthony Nixon will be occupying the spot for the foreseeable future, but it does add a player who could provide some solid depth in the future. Noil may not have a ton of prestige, but rest assured the kid knows how to play football. Starters on the defending Class 6A champs tend to have a fair amount of talent. Though he may not be ready right away, he’ll be paying off down the road.
Check out Hudl for some highlight reel hits by Noil.