Maryland received a high-profile commitment for their 2014 recruiting class, as four-star Dwight Morrow (N.J.) High School athlete Juwann Winfree has pledged to the Terps, via IMS.
Winfree chose Maryland over Pittsburgh, Georgia, N.C. State, Vanderbilt and West Virginia. He will almost certainly play wide receiver at Maryland, making it four straight classes that the Terps have landed a premier receiver (Deon Long in 2013, Stefon Diggs in 2012 and Nigel King in 2011).
The announcement comes on the heels of Winfree's official visit to the school, which took place the weekend of the West Virginia trouncing. He also took an unofficial visit to College Park in late August.
Winfree could see major playing time in 2014, competing with King and Marcus Leak for snaps (or possibly a starting job if Long elects to go pro).
He is Maryland's 11th commitment of the 2014 class, and the first wide receiver. Winfree joins defensive end Jesse Aniebonam as four-star Terrapin commitments. Living on the fringe of three-/four-stardom is quarterback Will Ulmer, who very well may throw passes to Winfree one day in College Park.
Winfree is listed at 6'2" and 180 pounds, and is rated as the 246th-best player in the country by the 247sports composite. He is also considered the 18th-best athlete and the eighth-best player in New Jersey.
The wide receiver pipeline is notable -- high school players notice the success of players like Diggs, Long, Torrey Smith and Darrius Heyward-Bey within the program, and reason that they too can have success both at the collegiate and professional levels if they go to Maryland. With wide receivers come quarterbacks who want to throw to them (like Ulmer or Shane Cockerille), and continued success soon follows.
Here's Winfree's highlight video. He's #2, also known as the guy who is bigger, stronger and faster than everyone else. Enjoy.