It’s been awhile since the Maryland Terrapins football team has been able to say they landed a DeMatha running back, but that’s all about to change in 2016.
According to Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports.com, the Terrapins just locked up their first commitment of the 2016 recruiting class in DeMatha RB Lorenzo Harrison. Harrison, a 5’8″, 185 lb Maryland native chose the Terps over a lot of other interested schools including Penn State, Virginia, Hawaii, and Old Dominion. Penn State, in particular, was recently very interested in Harrison.
In his own words:
I'm officially committed to the University of Maryland ❗️❗️❗️ GO TERPSSS❗️
This represents a very big grab for the Terps, as DeMatha is first and foremost a football powerhouse located in Maryland’s backyard. Despite the close proximity the DeMatha-Maryland relationship has not been conducive to a flood of players heading to Maryland. As such, this is a symbolic plus for the Terps as it could represent a strengthening of ties between the two schools. Of course, it could be an anomaly.
Harrison is currently ranked as a three-star back by 247sports and #47 nationally; Rivals.com has Harrison ranked as the 17th best player in Maryland. Considering his age, there’s a good chance Harrison could rise up the boards in due time, so should this commitment stick it may be one that keeps on paying off. This also kind of makes up for the Terps losing out on 2014 running back recruit Jonathan Thomas, who defected to Penn State last year.
In 2016 Maryland will have Wes Brown and Albert Reid on the roster at running back (and technically Jacquille Veii), so there will be room for Harrison to play early. It’s still very early to be talking about that, however. With running backs it never hurts to have options though, and this one is a great option.
Overall this is a solid start to the 2016 recruiting period for the Terrapins. Check some of Lo Harrison’s highlights below: