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Three-star linebacker Caleb Wheatland commits to Maryland football

The Terps pick up their first commitment since April 26.

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Maryland football locked down its first commitment in nearly two months with three-star linebacker Caleb Wheatland announcing his pledge Thursday.

The Chantilly, Virginia native had flown under the radar with the inability to camp, but got on campus in College Park and worked out for the Terrapin coaching staff and quickly formed a bond.

“Everything about [Maryland] is crazy,” Wheatland told Testudo Times. “The facility, the coaches... The coaches know what they’re doing and I feel like I’m comfortable with them to where I know they can get me to the next level.”

Wheatland chose the Terps over Kent State, Liberty, Old Dominion, Massachusetts and Utah State among others. He had been widely unranked by recruiting services, but picked up an 86 rating from 247 Sports on Wednesday.

“I really enjoyed Liberty and ODU and Utah State when I went. They were all great coaches and stuff like that, but once Maryland came in it was totally different.”

Maryland entered the picture for Wheatland in May as Ron Zook reached out to let him know he was on their radar. Earlier that month, Wheatland had earned the linebacker MVP award from the Under Armor All-America Camp Series in Baltimore and caught eyes with a 4.7 second 40-yard dash rep.

Wheatland followed up that performance for the Maryland staff this week, running a 4.65 hand-timed 40-yard dash that was 4.7 on laser.

“We did vertical jump, broad jump, 40 [yard dash] and 5-10-5 [shuttle],” Wheatland said. “They were really impressed with my 5-10-5 because I can cut, stay low and I do well in transition.”

Standing at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, Wheatland has solid size for the linebacker position and packs plenty of speed and power within that frame. He recognizes plays well and can fight his way through the line or catch plays out on the edge with ease.

“I’m very physical, I like to hit people and I can read the ball very well,” Wheatland said.

Maryland now has three linebackers committed to the 2022 class with Wheatland joining the likes of three-stars Nyair Graham and Kellan Wyatt in the fold. The recent surge in recruiting has been especially huge at the linebacker position, with the Terps picking up five-star Terrence Lewis and four-star Branden Jennings in the 2021 cycle.

“That’s something that I’ll definitely be looking forward to. They kind of popped up to me too that they’re a program on the rise,” Wheatland said.

Maryland now has 10 commitments on board in the 2022 class and sits at No. 23 in the country and No. 5 in the Big Ten. Wheatland and junior college defensive line commit Amipeleasi Fifita have not been given 247 Sports composite ratings, so the Terps’ ranking could see a rise if other services rate these prospects.