The Maryland Terrapins recently received their 12th commitment for the class of 2014, and it could be the biggest one to date.
On Friday, four star wide receiver Juwann Winfree (Englewood, New Jersey) committed to the Terps shortly after visiting College Park for Maryland’s 37-0 victory over West Virginia. Winfree chose Maryland after narrowing his list to six, including offers from Georgia and Pittsburgh (thought to be runner up for Winfree).
The 6-foot-2 180 pounder looks to be a very natural pass catcher. Unlike many high school prospects, Winfree catches the ball with his hands, away from his body. As a result, he really snatches the ball out of the air, particularly on high throws that require him to go up in traffic.
Winfree is explosive in small spaces and has above average top end speed at this point. He moves naturally with the ball in his hands and is elusive when he gets in the open field. He could even end up returning kicks at the collegiate level if need be.
While he isn’t quite the athlete that current Terp Stefon Diggs is, Winfree has a similar skill set. The two of them could be a great duo if Winfree is able to get up to speed and learn the Maryland offense for 2014.
Some recruiting services list Winfree as an athlete because he is also a tremendous safety. On the defensive side, he shows great range in the secondary and a willingness to hit. However, at this point, it looks like Winfree will come to campus with the intention of playing wide receiver.
B.L. is an ACC football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip or on Google.