Derrick Hayward, sophomore (RS), tight end, No. 48
Collegiate stats: Two catches, 25 yards, one two-point conversion, two tackles
High school: Wicomico High School (Salisbury, Md.)
High school stats (Senior Year): 50 tackles, three sacks, two fumble recoveries
Composite recruiting rating: Three stars (.8458), No. 63 OLB, No. 21 player in Maryland
Who Maryland beat: Boston College, Duke, Navy
High school highlights:
How'd He Get to College Park?
Hayward was an early commitment for Maryland, pledging to the Terps as the third member of the 2013 class. It's not often you find Division I players from the Eastern Shore, and Hayward joins Damonte Dodd as current Terrapin athletes from the region.
Hayward played defensive end, linebacker and tight end in high school, and was recruited to Maryland by tight ends coach John Dunn. Maryland was the first school to offer him a scholarship - followed by Boston College, Rutgers and Navy, but Michigan State and Georgia Tech both showed interest.
After his senior season, Hayward was named to the Maryland Small-School All-State Team and played on the Washington side in the 2012 Crab Bowl.
Hayward was converted to the tight end position early on in his first year with the Terps, and was named scout team offensive player of the week once while redshirting. He played 12 games in 2014, starting two after starter Andrew Isaacs's injury, and caught passes against Wisconsin and Michigan.
His first career catch, a 27-yarder against Wisconsin.
Hayward blossoms in his third year at the position, securing one of the top two tight end positions and catching his first career touchdown pass.
Hayward caught two passes in 2014, but he was targeted nine times -- not exactly a great catch rate, even at the tight end position. He's got a pretty high ceiling, considering his body type, and he could be a very viable red zone threat in the future for Maryland. With the recent addition of Avery Edwards, however, the tight end position at Maryland is now considerably more crowded. A healthy Andrew Isaacs has to be considered the favorite, while P.J. Gallo and Edwards will provide stern tests for Hayward to compete with.
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