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DeMatha Catholic (MD) 4-star all-purpose back Anthony McFarland committed to Maryland Friday, he announced on Bleacher Report’s Snapchat account. He later confirmed on Twitter.
I just committed to… 🐢🐢🐢🐢🐢pic.twitter.com/z8JEi2lnMO
— Macc (@AnttMacc_) January 27, 2017
The 5-foot-9, 203-pound all-purpose back is the No. 100 prospect in the country, the No. 3 player at his position and the second-ranked player in the state, according to the 247sports composite rankings.
McFarland is the second DeMatha Stag to commit to Maryland this cycle, joining Marcus Minor. Minor and McFarland will join a Maryland team comprised of six former Stags.
Long thought to be leaning toward Miami, McFarland was originally scheduled to announce his college decision on Wednesday. But on Tuesday night he tweeted that he would be delaying his announcement.
Hardest thing I ever had to deal with please understand … pic.twitter.com/J4WzyhARQz
— Macc (@AnttMacc_) January 25, 2017
His decision to delay his commitment came on the heels of an in-home visit with some of Maryland’s coaches, who convinced another 4-star recruit to delay his decision at the last minute just one day earlier.
In Walt Bell’s offensive scheme, McFarland could line up all over the formation, taking snaps in the backfield and as a slot receiver. He is talented enough to see the field immediately and as long as he fully recovers from a leg injury that kept him out for his senior season, he will play right away.
McFarland can hit the hole and get up field similar to Ty Johnson and possesses the small-area quickness to make would-be tacklers look silly like Lorenzo Harrison does. These skills may afford McFarland the opportunity to be an impact player as a true freshman.
McFarland is Maryland’s highest rated commit, taking over the top spot from Deon Jones, who enrolled early at Maryland. His commitment gives Maryland the No. 16 class in the country, helping the Terps leapfrog UCLA and Stanford.
Edited by Austin Kleber