The Terps football staff has landed one of its top remaining 2013 prospects.
As expected, Belle Glade (Fla.) athlete Will Likely today made public his verbal commitment to Maryland during a 5 p.m. announcement at his school.
Likely, a dynamic 5-foot-7, 175-pound playmaker, rushed for 1,223 yards on 90 carries (13.6 yards per carry) and 17 touchdowns as a senior, caught four touchdown passes and posted a total of six for scores between punts and kickoffs. He could play cornerback or receiver at Maryland, and is expected to factor into the Terps’ return game.
“Likely, on the field, is very similar to former Florida State cornerback Greg Reid. He is an athletic, hard-nosed game changer. He plays fearless and has a ton of confidence. His vision and instincts are probably his best qualities, as he has a knack for finding the football and getting his hands on it. Schools like Florida State, Miami, Florida and especially South Florida will regret allowing this talent to leave the state,” said Tom Loy, recruiting analyst for Noles247.
The No. 32 cornerback in the nation according to 247Sports, Likely was also seriously recruited by LSU, Florida State, Wake Forest, Louisville and others. While it’s unknown if the Seminoles or Tigers had tendered firm scholarship offers, there seems to be a consensus in Florida that Likely would have been a blue-chip national recruit were he a few inches taller.
“Will Likely is a dynamic athlete who makes an impact in every phase of the game. His future in college will be as a defensive back, likely cornerback, and also on special teams. As a defensive back, he will be picked on at times due to his height but his explosive athleticism allows for him to make up for that deficiency,” said 247Sports Florida analyst Chris Nee.
“He has quick feet and quick hands allowing him to make a play on the ball. On special teams, Likely is an excellent return man with great vision and nice wiggle to allow him to make it through tight spaces."
Likely was the Gatorade state player of the year in Florida as a junior, when he recorded 17 offensive touchdowns, picked off five passes and scored three times in the return game. The 20th known commitment in Maryland’s 2013 recruiting class, he was recruited by special teams coordinator Andre Powell, defensive coordinator Brian Stewart and head coach Randy Edsall.
He visited College Park in November and received an in-home visit from Maryland's coaches two weeks ago; Florida sources maintained in recent weeks that the Terps had since chiseled out a substantial lead for his commitment.
“It’s a great environment. They have a lot of pride in the school and it’s exciting … [Terps coach Randy Edsall] was telling me I can come into something that they’re building and be remembered as a player that built the foundation,” he told InsideMDSports after his visit.
“They just want me to come in and be an immediate impact ... They feel I can help their team out. They have guys like Stefon Diggs that are making a major impact early on. I can be one of those guys to come in and help out the team.”