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Florida RB Deltron Sands tweets commitment to Terps


The Maryland football team scored an oral commitment Friday night from three-star running back Deltron Sands, who offered his pledge on Twitter.

(There were also some turtle emojis in that tweet that we had to delete, because it messes with our blog code. So, imagine the above tweet, but with three turtle emjois at the end, and then imagine another blog post where we have to write “turtle emojis” three times.)

Sands had promised in several recent interviews that his commitment to Maryland was coming, and that it was only a matter of time before he formally announced the oral pledge. The 5-feet, 8-inch running back ultimately followed through, choosing the Terrapins over reported offers from Cincinnati, Syracuse, Wake Forest and Western Michigan. Playing for national powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Sands is ranked as the country’s 102nd-best running back in the class of 2015 by, and was recruited by running backs coach Andre Powell.

When Sands arrives in College Park for the 2015 season, he will presumably find a still-stocked backfield of ball-carrying options. Juniors Wes Brown, Brandon Ross and Albert Reid figure to jockey for playing time this summer alongside sophomore Jacquille Veii. Barring attrition, all four will be around the following fall as well. However, after Massachusetts running back Jonathan Thomas reneged on his oral commitment to Maryland in favor of Penn State, the Terps did not welcome a running back in their class of 2014, thereby paving the way for playing time for Sands down the road.

Sands joins local offensive lineman E.J. Donahue as Maryland’s lone two commitments for its class of 2015. Donahue is a four-star guard from Linganore High School ranked among the top 10 players in Maryland by 247sports.

A longer interview with Sands will come later Saturday.

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