Wilson Looking Forward To Time With Terps

TSR catches up with 2010 commitment Jeremiah Wilson.

Jeremiah Wilson has been a dynamic athlete for the last four seasons with the John Handley High School (Va.) Judges. Next season, the running back/cornerback will be bringing his skills to College Park.

The Judges went 12-1 this season, losing in the state semi-final to the Bruton Panthers, 10-7. While season statistics were not kept for John Handley, Wilson estimates that he scored between 10 and 15 touchdowns on the year.

Wilson committed to the Terps before the 2009 season, and he says the 2-10 result from Maryland this year has not changed his mind.

“[Their record] doesn't really affect me at all in my decision because I chose them even before the season started,” he said. “They have a good group of coaches who seem like they really care about their players, and they had a young team this year so they'll just get better.”

Wilson is looking forward to getting on campus and being able to take snaps with the team. He will mostly be playing cornerback with Maryland but will get opportunities as a kick returner and punt returner. He may be given a chance to play running back as well.

“I don't really expect to get a lot of playing time my first year,” he said. “But my second year if I get in there and work hard and do what I have to do then I expect to see the field a lot. I like corner, I like hitting people rather than getting hit, but if they want to talk about running back then I'm all for it.”

He said he was “excited” to hear that Coach Ralph Friedgen would be returning to the team and is looking forward to playing under him.

“When I went on my official visit,” Wilson said, “and when he came to my house I got a chance to sit down and talk with him, and it seems like he really cares about his players and that he wants us to be successful in life. He's a good guy, so when I heard he's coming back it just made me excited.

Wilson also said that to be able to succeed in the ACC he needs to work on his footwork and man-to-man coverage, because John Handley mostly utilized a zone defense. He does not think it will be a major adjustment, however, and will just try to “improve all aspects of my game.”

If Wilson is able to have anywhere near the impact he had in high school, he should be a great find for the Terps. Wilson is 5'10”, weighs 180 pounds, and has been clocked as running a 4.5 40-yard dash. Scout.com ranks him as a three-star prospect, and the 68th best cornerback in his class.

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