Alfred Bannister’s dream came true as he recently committed early to the University of Maryland, College Park’s wrestling program, which will be leaving the Atlantic Coast Conference and moving to the Big Ten Conference.
He can’t officially sign to Maryland until at least mid-November when the early signing period begins. The regular signing period begins next April.
Bannister, a La Plata resident, used to attend clinics that the Terrapins held often and always wanted to go to the university.
The news is a bit old (he verballed in mid-May), but it's an important signing for UMd as they entire the shark-infested waters of B1G in wrestling in Bannister's freshman year. The Bishop McNamara wrestler is one of the best in his weight class. Baby J, as he's known, is currently ranked #4 by FloWrestling.com and #6 by Amateur Wrestling News at 138 lbs., has won the 2012 Beat of the East, 2013 National Preps, and has won my tournament (Bob Rowe Memorial Classic) three times.
This is a huge hometown get by Coach Kerry McCoy and his staff, and Bannister could help make sure the Terps are at least competitive in B1G right from the start. The Terps were never going to get Kyle Snyder, but this is literally th enext-best thing in local wrestling for Maryland.