Brown had narrowed his choices to Maryland, Vanderbilt, Colorado and Miami, and during a sideline interview during the broadcast of the game on ESPN, the senior announced his decision to stay local and play for the Terrapins, a major recruiting boost for Maryland Coach Randy Edsall.
“Just staying home with my mom, make sure everything’s good back home and not go off too far so she won’t have to worry,” Brown said, when asked why he chose Maryland. “My support is back home.”
A 6-foot, 200-pound running back, Brown missed one game and parts of three others because of a knee injury this season, yet still rushed for 1,382 yards and 22 touchdowns as the Falcons went 12-0 and captured a third consecutive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title.
After returning from injury, Brown showed the big-play potential that had earned him more than 40 scholarship offers, rushing for 918 yards and 14 touchdowns in the final five games.
Brown rushed for 1,286 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore, but missed eight games with a broken leg as a junior, finishing with 611 yards and nine touchdowns on just 60 carries.
The commitment is Maryland’s third announced in the past two days.
On Wednesday, former Good Counsel quarterback Zach Dancel, a safety at New Mexico last season, announced he was transferring to Maryland. Brown lives with Dancel’s father, Bernie Dancel.
Former Suitland receiver Levern Jacobs, a one-time Marshall recruit who played this past season at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., also announced on Wednesday that he would play for Maryland.