Report: Wilson to Play Offense Next Season

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A little tidbit that we learned here at Terrapin Station – our sources say Jeremiah Wilson, a redshirt freshman next season, will be switching from defense to offense.

Wilson was recruited out of John Handley High in Winchester, Va. as a 3-star cornerback, but was also a star running back for the Judges. In his junior year, he rushed for over 1,500 yards and scored 22 touchdowns.

I remember watching his highlight tape when Maryland was recruiting him, and wondering why on Earth they weren’t giving him a shot on offense. Luckily, we don’t have to wonder that any more. Here is said highlight tape:

This is most likely the combination of a few things:

  • A new coaching staff re-evaluating the players on its roster.
  • A realized need in running back depth, with Da’Rel Scott gone and Davin Meggett and Gary Douglas following soon after.
  • A repleted young cornerback unit, now that Michael Williams, Jeremiah Hendy, and Makinton Dorleant are all coming in next season.

For what it’s worth, Wilson played running back on the scout team last year (especially in prep for the West Virginia game). He’s a Caleb Porzel type of runner (speed and tons of agility), and should give the Terps a lot of options in the backfield.