In November, friends, family and reporters packed into the Suitland library as senior Roddy Peters signed a national letter-of-intent to continue his basketball career at the University of Maryland. A similar scene played out Wednesday morning at the Forestville school with two-time All-Met wide receiver Taivon Jacobs in the spotlight.
This time, Jacobs, who had been orally committed to Ohio State, flipped his pick to Maryland and signed to play football for the Terrapins, while Peters lingered in the swarm of well-wishers.
Before the announcement, Jacobs had only shared his decision with his immediate relatives. Standing near a table filled with chips, cake and soda, Peters grinned at the news that another friend would join him in College Park.
“I was in his ear the whole time, trying to get him to come to Maryland,” said Peters, who gave an oral commitment to Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon in October. “Now I’m happy that he’s coming, so now I’ve got somebody that I can be there with that’s on the football team — him and his brother, [Levern, a rising sophomore wide receiver]. I like Maryland better than Ohio State for him, anyway.”
Peters continues to work his way back after season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder on Dec. 21. The 6-foot-4 guard shed the sling last month, and he said he hopes to be cleared to run at his next doctor’s appointment on Feb. 22.
Peters said he’s currently attending physical therapy sessions every other day and that he remains on track for a return to the court in either May or June. He will enroll at Maryland for the summer session and hopes to be at full strength when he begins informal summer workouts with Terps.
“I should come in ready,” said Peters, who averaged 21.2 points in six games for the Rams this season. “If I keep doing what I should, I should come right in and play. I’m just going to let my game speak and see how far it takes me.”