Charlotte kicker Jonathan Doerer has committed to play football at Maryland, he announced Friday afternoon on Twitter.
Adam Greene and Daniel Sutton are the only kickers on Maryland’s roster, and both are listed as juniors on Maryland’s website, although Sutton has yet to play in college after spending one year on the sidelines at Towson before sitting out last season with Maryland, per NCAA transfer rules. (Nicolas Pritchard is listed as a punter/placekicker, but all his action last year came as a punter.)
No matter their eligibility, Doerer should be able to compete for playing time at least by the time he is a sophomore, if not sooner. Kohlskicking ranks him as a five-star kicker, the fifth-best player at his position in the class of 2017.
The site says:
Doerer hit an 86 yard 4.4 KO in May of 2016 at our Southern Showcase. He may have had a 10 mph tailwind at most. His FG consistency has improved since the last time we saw him. His athletic ability is rare and he should get multiple D1 offers due to the specialness of his leg strength. Doerer can punt but his kicking is currently ahead of his punting. Doerer made 9 of 10 charted FG in May of 2016 and is ready to have a big summer in 2016.
He only other offer was from Army, but he was receiving interest from Clemson, according to his 247Sports page.