According to a person with knowledge of the situation, the Maryland football team has secured an oral commitment from highly touted New Jersey wide receiver Juwann Winfree, filling its one open wide receiver spot in the class of 2014 on Friday afternoon.
Winfree reportedly had offers from Georgia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina State and Vanderbilt, among others. He’s a noted Stefon Diggs fan who, upon visiting College Park in August, tweeted enthusiastically about meeting the heralded sophomore wide receiver. He took his official visit during Maryland’s 37-0 drubbing of West Virginia, which also offered Winfree a scholarship, on Saturday at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium.
Coach Randy Edsall has now secured 11 commitments for the class of 2014, led by local four-star defensive end Jesse Aniebonam (Good Counsel) and quarterback Will Ulmer. Running back commit Johnathan Thomas (St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Mass.) rounds out an already strong crop of skill-position recruits.
Left on the table are OLB Melvin Keihn (Gilman), OL Brock Ruble (DeMatha), OL Damian Prince (Bishop McNamara) and CB Jalen Tabor (Friendship Collegiate). Edsall spent his Friday working through those local powerhouses, paying visits on Maryland’s bye week.
247sports.com rated Winfree the eighth-best player in New Jersey, and by all accounts he was the Terps’ top wide receiver target for this class.
This sets Maryland up for an absurdly talented — and partially hypothetical — group of wideouts for its first Big Ten season: Diggs, Deon Long (if he doesn’t jump to the NFL), Marcus Leak (assuming he’s back from personal leave), Nigel King, Levern Jacobs, Taivon Jacobs (Levern’s young brother, once committed to Ohio State) and Winfree.