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Maryland football recruiting: Local star Ty Johnson commits to the Terps

Johnson averaged 17.4 yards per carry last season on a state championship team and has a highlight film with only touchdowns and interceptions. Seriously.

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Maryland has picked up their second commit of the weekend (hooray for camp season!), as Cumberland (Md.) Fort Hill High School athlete Ty Johnson committed to the Terps after receiving an offer at this weekend's camp, as first reported by Terrapin Times. Johnson joins West Virginia QB Gage Shaffer as the Terps' two commitments this weekend.

Johnson, like Shaffer, is a cool story -- a local high school star in Western Maryland, he had trouble getting coaches to check him out due to the relative sparsity of FBS talent in the area. A speedster who plays just about every skill position on the field, Johnson helped lead Fort Hill to a state championship, but still found himself without even a profile on any of the four major recruiting sites.

How good is he? He can put this at the top of his highlight film:


Johnson is listed at 5'10" and 182 pounds. He averaged 17.4 yards per carry last season on 72 rushes, scoring 16 touchdowns and averaging 22.1 yards per catch on 15 receptions. Defensively, he recorded 50 tackles with 10 interceptions. He likely projects as a cornerback at the next level, but certainly has the speed to play running back or wideout if the Terps need help there.

Let's take a look at that sweet, sweet highlight tape:

Johnson was named first team All-State and was the Times-News Area Player of the Year.

Earlier Sunday, Jeff Ermann tweeted out this scouting report from INSIDE99, someone who helps kids (like Johnson and Gage Shaffer) in the Western Maryland/West Virginia area put together highlight films, at the IMS boards.

The DB/WR benches 325, posted 10 INTS last year and averaged 17.4 yards per carry. His entire highlight film is nothing but touchdowns and interceptions. When Coach Greg Gattuso sent his new Albany recruiting staff to Cumberland, Ty posted a 4.38 forty in front of them. Albany coaches could not believe Ty wasn't offered by anyone yet. They said out of all the top Maryland kids they came to see, Ty was far ahead of any of them but because we are in such a secluded area kids are not getting much attention.

Johnson was finally able to catch some attention, impressing at camp and getting the coveted in-state offer.