Maryland football starts its season in 50 days. Until then, we’re profiling every player on the roster.
Lorenzo Harrison, running back
Weight: 188 pounds
High school: DeMatha Catholic
Jersey No.: 23
How he got to College Park
Harrison is one of four DeMatha Catholic prospects who signed with Maryland in the class of 2016, and was the first player to verbally commit to the Terps in September of 2014. He was the No. 55 running back in the class and the No. 23 player in Maryland, according to the 247Sports Composite.
Harrison was the first DeMatha player to commit to Maryland since Michael Williams in 2011. Williams ended up decommitting from the Terps and going to Tennessee, so the Terps haven’t had someone from the local powerhouse, which sits just minutes from College Park, in quite some time. Harrison didn’t just commit to Maryland; he brought his teammates with him. Tino Ellis (4-star WR), Terrance Davis (4-star OT) and D.J. Turner (3-star WR) all came to College Park as well, a big breakthrough for Maryland’s staff.
In October, Harrison made SportsCenter’s top 10 plays with this incredible run.
For five minutes of Harrison juking the hell out of people, go here.
Harrison is one of three freshman running backs the Terps have coming in, joining Jake Funk and LaDerrien Wilson. It seems likely at least one of those three will redshirt, since Maryland could have at least six scholarship running backs in 2016. With Wes Brown, Trey Edmunds and Ty Johnson all returning with experience, it’s hard to see where any of the freshmen will get many carries. Still, with Brown and Edmunds graduating after this season, these freshmen will serve important roles as soon as 2017 rolls around.
What a dream season would look like
Harrison carves out a role in training camp as another back in the team’s crowded backfield. He rattles off some big plays during the regular season and positions himself as a big-time contributor for 2017.
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