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MM 6.22: Three-star class of 2023 defensive back Jonathan Akins commits to Maryland football

Akins is the fifth commit in the Terps’ 2023 recruiting class.

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Akins (@_uzi_2) on Twitter.

Class of 2023 defensive back Jonathan Akins committed to Maryland football, he announced Monday night.

Akins hails from Madison, Florida, and currently attends Madison County High School. He is rated as a three-star recruit per the 247Sports Composite. He is ranked as the 178th best player in the state of Florida, but has generally flown under the radar due to the fact that he plays at a high school in a relatively rural region of Florida that only enrolls approximately 500 students.

Akins visited Maryland on June 17 and committed just three days later, following visits to both Rutgers and Georgia. He also received official offers from Coastal Carolina, Miami (Ohio), Troy and South Florida.

Listed as a five-foot-11, 170 pound defensive back, Akins has game-changing speed that can translate to multiple positions, especially on special teams. He has a confirmed 100-meter time of 10.48 seconds and has excellent agility, making him especially difficult to chase down and tackle.

Akins is the fifth commitment in head coach Mike Locksley’s 2023 recruiting class and the first from the state of Florida.

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