Maryland is a top-12 choice for three-star St. John’s College (D.C.) defensive end Tyree Johnson, the 2017 prospect announced on Twitter on the weekend.
Maryland is in Johnson’s top group along with Tennessee, Texas A&M, Miami, Missouri, Iowa, North Carolina, Pitt, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Virginia Tech and South Carolina. That’s a pretty strong group of offering schools – a rung below the Alabama/Georgia/Ohio State class, certainly, but one that suggests Johnson is very in demand
He is rated on the 247Sports Composite as the No. 31 weak-side end in the 2017 class and the No. 4 player in Washington. (Maryland has already locked in verbal commitments from the top two, who happen to be Johnson’s teammates at St. John’s: quarterback Kasim Hill and defensive tackle Cam Spence.)
To that end, Hill posted this as Johnson was announcing his top group:
Recruiting people have leaned for a while now toward Johnson eventually committing to Maryland. He leans there slightly on the 247 Crystal Ball, and he’s got the kind of local roots that make him a decent prediction for the Terrapins.
The Terps are recruiting at least two other local defensive ends vigorously: DeMatha’s Chase Young, Good Counsel’s Joshua Paschal.
Johnson hasn’t publicly set a decision date or a timeline for further trimming his list.