When Ty Johnson verbally committed to Maryland back in June, he wasn't just under the radar—he was off it entirely. Less than a year later, the running back from Fort Hill High School in Cumberland is a three-star prospect, the 18th-best player in Maryland and an official signee with the Terrapins.
Johnson signed his National Letter of Intent to UMD on Wednesday as part of National Signing Day. The 5-foot-10, 178-pound back comes from sparsely recruited Western Maryland and appears to be an excellent scouting job by head coach Randy Edsall and the Terps. Johnson's highlight tape from his junior season is literally all touchdowns and interceptions.
Johnson, who also played cornerback at Fort Hill, averaged 17.4 yards per carry as a junior while leading the Sentinels to the Class 1A state title. A year later, FHHS repeated as the state champions and Johnson is the No. 18 prospect in the state (and the No. 54 running back in the country).
He'll enter a crowded backfield competition with the Terrapins — Brandon Ross and Wes Brown will both be back — but Johnson's playmaking ability should give him an opportunity for carries. One way or another, UMD will find a way to utilize his explosiveness.