Mike Locksley went two-for-two on commitments from his official visitors this weekend.
Maryland secured a commitment from its second of two official visitors from the weekend in Kell (Ga.) three-star running back Ebony Jackson. His commitment to gives the Terps their tenth pledge in the 2020 class and first running back commit.
Jackson, whose commitment came two days after the Terps picked up a surprise commitment from River Hill (Md.) three-star safety Beau Brade on Thursday, is Maryland’s highest-rated commit in the Class of 2020.
In Jackson, the Terps add an electric athlete on the offensive side of the ball. Lead recruiter Elijah Brooks and defensive analyst Brawley Evans extended an offer to Jackson on May 10, 10 days before Jackson decommitted from Tennessee. He then released a top six of Alabama, Maryland, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia on May 31.
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Maryland had a favorable angle in Jackson’s recruitment, as the 6-foot, 205-pound running back has roots in the area.
“Maryland is actually my hometown school, so it’s always been kind of a dream to go there,” Jackson told Dave Lomonico of Scout this spring. “My dad and I lived close to the D.C. area. I only lived there until I was like 3, and then I moved to Atlanta, but it is my home school. I definitely want to check Maryland out.”
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After missing on DeMatha (Md.) four-star running back MarShawn Lloyd, Maryland’s need at running back made Jackson an increased priority for the Maryland staff. Heading into the visit, Jackson wasn’t sure he’d commit on the spot, but after less than 48 hours on campus Brooks and Evans helped secure his commitment. 247Sports lead recruiting analyst Steve Wiltfong submitted the first crystal ball to the Terps on Saturday night. (Story continues after video). Jackson’s speed is hard to miss – he runs a 10.57-second 100 meter dash. As the Terps look to lock down local recruiting, head coach Mike Locksley and company have expanded their recruiting areas, which has yielded three commitments from Georgia while the staff has also added five commitments from Maryland.
With Jackson’s commitment, the Terps moved up six spots from 41st nationally to 35th according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Jackson is rated a three-star prospect and an 88 overall by 247Sports. He’s rated the 50th-best prospect in Georgia and the nation’s 39th-best running back. He also sits just outside of the top 500 prospects in the country, holding the spot at 525th overall. He’s the second offensive skill position player in Maryland’s class, joining with Potomac (Md.) three-star wide receiver Corey Dyches.