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Maryland WR target Jeshaun Jones to announce commitment Wednesday

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College football’s first-ever early signing period starts on Wednesday, and at least one 2018 Maryland target will announce his college intentions when the period opens.

Three-star wide receiver Jeshaun Jones will announce the final four contenders for his services soon, before making his decision Wednesday morning in his high school gym in Fort Myers, Florida. The Terps are expected to still be in the running along with Tennessee, Iowa State and Nebraska, among others.

Jones took an official visit to College Park on Nov. 11, and would join local three-stars Darryl Jones, Dontay Demus Jr. and Brian Cobbs as the fourth receiver commit of the class if he lands with the Terps. The Terps are the second-to-last team to have hosted him on an official visit, as Nebraska saw him last on Dec. 8, according to his 247Sports profile. Jones also visited Iowa State on Oct. 13 and Tennessee on Sep. 30.

Jones would also be Maryland’s first 2018 commit from Florida, where head coach DJ Durkin coached for four seasons. He’d join receiver MJ Jarrell from the Class of 2017 and six recruits from Durkin’s first class in 2016.

The Terps still have to beat out at least three programs, but one way or the other, Jones will be off the board by the middle of the week.

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