Maryland has added the commitment of 2014 cornerback Daniel Ezeagwu to their incoming recruiting class, picking up a local prospect at a position of need.
It's Maryland's second commitment of the day, as Ezeagwu joins linebacker Nnamdi Egbuaba. Both Ezeagwu and Egbuaba took official visits to College Park this past weekend.
When Maryland lost out on Jalen Tabor, the local five-star cornerback who instead committed to Arizona in a shocking announcement, some of the talk naturally turned to who could replace him in the class. Maryland was in definite need of at least one more cornerback, with Dexter McDougle and Isaac Goins both graduating, and we made some suggestions at the time.
Well, it looks like they've found their answer in Ezeagwu, or at least one of them.
Out of Colonial Forge (Va.) High School, Ezeagwu hails from Stafford (McDougle and Torrey Smith both went to Stafford Senior, funnily enough) and is considered a three-star by the 247sports composite. He is also rated as the 85th-best cornerback in the class and the 31st-best player in the state of Virginia.
More telling, always, is the offers the recruit receieved: Ezeagwu's only other major scholarship offer came from Virginia (who recruits very well), with offers from James Madison, Towson and Old Dominion as well.
Ezeagwu has a twin brother, David, who plays linebacker, and the two had reportedly expressed interest in playing together. David could be added as a preferred walk-on, or he could end up at one of the local FCS schools (James Madison was the only school to offer both brothers).
Listed at 6'2" and 200 pounds, Ezeagwu has a listed 40 time of 4.40. If that's close to accurate, that's a pretty incredible combination of size and speed, which is always a plus. Here's some highlight video from his senior season:
I'm not sure if he has 4.4 speed, but he's certainly better than everyone else on the field, which is never a bad sign. He played receiver and returner as well as cornerback in high school, which speaks to his range of skills and athletic ability. If you want to see defensive highlights, fast forward to around 6:45.