A recurring series where we will profile every player on Maryland's roster, counting down to kick-off against William & Mary on September 1. Thanks to OBNUG for the idea.
Today we profile an incoming wide receiver.
Amba Etta-Tawo, Freshman, Wide Receiver, #84
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Twitter: None that we could find
Collegiate Stats: N/A
High School Stats (Senior Year): 58 receptions for 907 yards and six touchdowns
Recruiting Ratings: Three stars by Rivals, 24/7 (#74 in Ga., #118 WR), ESPN (#103 in Ga., #139 WR), two stars by Scout (#213 WR)
High School: McEachern
Hometown: Poweder Springs, Ga.
High School Highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Amba Etta-Tawo was born in Oman, but ended up in the Atlanta area, where he starred as a wide receiver and sprinter at McEachern. After his senior season, he was named second team All-State at wideout, and was on the 4x400 relay team that finished second in states.
Etta-Tawo is known for his speed (running the 40 in around 4.4 seconds), and was offered by Illinois, Purdue and South Florida, among others. He committed to Maryland in July in a spree of commitments for the Terps.
On UMTerps his hobbies are listed as playing the piano and "drawling" - a nice little typo for the kid from Atlanta.
Catching two touchdowns in the Georgia Dome to start out his sophomore season.
AET beats out Devin Burns for the backup spot at X and gets play as a returner.
AET is third on the depth chart at Wide Receiver-X, behind starter Kevin Dorsey and converted quarterback Devin Burns. Dorsey's the closest thing Maryland has to a number one receiver, and Burns is actually a surprise of sorts here, as he's usually ended up as a slot player since his position change.
Etta-Tawo is a possibility to play as a true freshman because of his speed and his ability to stretch the defense. There are, however, two big things holding him back.
His skillset is similar to Tyrek Cheeseboro's, who will almost certainly play a big role in the offense, and it's hard to see them needing two deep-threat only receivers with C.J. Brown at quarterback. Brown does a lot of great things behind center and certainly adds different elements to the position, but consistently throwing a deep ball is certainly not one of them.
Our next player was previously committed to Marshall - and regular readers will know that we posted a profile for him a while ago, when he was supposed to play corner (it was quickly taken down).
Terpsonfire gets another one.