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Javon Leake commits to Maryland football: Terps land 3-star RB from North Carolina

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He's Maryland's third verbal commitment of Saturday and fourth of the weekend.

DJ Durkin's productive recruiting weekend is continuing apace for the Maryland football program.

North Carolina running back Javon Leake, a high-three-star recruit with several major offers, said Saturday he's committed verbally to the Terrapins for the class of 2017.

Leake's commitment follows running back Tayon Fleet-Davis, center Johnny Jordan and kicker Jonathan Doerer, who pledged on Friday. Leake is the highest-rated of the trio on the 247Sports Composite.

Maryland is starting to load up on athletes in this class, with Fleet-Davis and Leake the first two additions to Maryland's backfield. Leake, though, is classified as an all-purpose back and, at a listed 6'1 and 195 pounds, could also contributed as a wide receiver.

Top local target Anthony McFarland, of DeMatha Catholic, is also a running back who might wind up playing receiver in college, and it's unlikely Maryland would've accepted commitments from either Fleet-Davis or Leake if the Terps thought those commitments would jeopardize their chances with McFarland.

With Leake, Maryland's class ranks 16th in the country on the Composite list. It's third in the Big Ten behind Ohio State and Michigan, though in terms of average player rating, Maryland is just behind Penn State in a grouping with Nebraska and Wisconsin.