Suitland defensive back Jeremiah Johnson knew exactly what he wanted and Maryland fit all of his requirements. The 5-foot-11, 155 lbs. rising senior decided to commit to the Terrapins on Tuesday night after receiving the offer he coveted.
"I've been a Terp fan all my life," Johnson said. "They have a great football program, and I really wanted to be a part of it."
Johnson, who claims he is best at checking receivers and at open field coverage, is excited for what he can do on the field for the Terrapins.
"Coach Brown called me today and told me he was excited for me to play Cover 2 defense because I'm a physical corner(back)," Johnson said.
While the location was certainly a factor for Johnson, as he lives only about 20 minutes away from the school's campus, it was a certain Maryland recruiter that really sold the deal for him.
"I had a very good relationship with Coach James Franklin," he said. "I trusted him the most out of anyone recruiting me and knew that he would always have my back."
Although some fans may not know much about Johnson yet, they will surely get to know him this upcoming season, as Johnson plans to be on campus as often as possible.
"I want to get up there as much as I can," he said. "Even though I can't get on the field, I want to get used to how they run things such as practice and just get used to how Coach Friedgen does stuff."
Last year as a junior he had 75 tackles, one interception, and three fumble recoveries and said the thing he is working the hardest on this summer is hitting the weights so that he can become bigger and more physical.
With the loss of the program's head coach, Johnson says he and his teammates have a lot to prove this year.
"I'm excited to show what we can do and show that we are a force to be reckoned with," Johnson said.
Johnson plans to major in Criminal Justice and currently sports a 3.0 GPA.