St. John’s College High School (D.C.) pass rusher Kofi Wardlow committed to Maryland Saturday night, he announced on Twitter.
— KWarlord (@KofiWardlow) December 18, 2016
“I chose Maryland for a variety of reasons,” Wardlow wrote in an accompanying post on The Recruit Digest. “They are really close to home so my family can come and see me whenever. I can really sense the change in the program and the coaches really made it feel like home for me. I love the others guys they have in the class. They are like brothers to me, and I cannot wait to step on the field with them next fall.”
The 6-foot-3, 230 pounder plays a hybrid-defensive end, outside linebacker position. In football terms, this position is known as the BUCK linebacker. This past season, Jesse Aniebonam and Melvin Keihn split time at the position for the Terps.
With Wardlow’s commitment, Maryland holds strong with the No. 17 class in the nation and the No. 4 class in the Big Ten. He is Maryland’s 28th scholarship commitment for the class of 2017, which puts them at the Big Ten’s class limit. But thanks to some early enrollees that will count against last year’s scholarship total, the Terps will still have room for their remaining targets.
Wardlow has only played two years of football and is an extremely raw talent with enormous upside. He runs a 4.6 second 40 yard dash and has a 10-foot-7 broad jump, according to his Hudl tape. He was also able to showcase his athleticism by playing receiver in one of the premier high school conferences in the nation.
Wardlow joins St. John’s four-star teammates Kasim Hill and Cam Spence in Maryland’s class of 2017. Their teammate and current five-star Auburn commit, Calvin Ashley, is one of Maryland’s top targets leading up to National Signing Day.
Edited by Max Marcilla