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3-star TE Malik Jackson commits & signs with Maryland football

The top tight end in the state of Maryland is a surprise addition on National Signing Day.

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Maryland football wasn’t expected to have a particularly busy early signing day, but in addition to signing at least a couple of its verbal commits, the Terps just added the top tight end in the state.

Malik Jackson, a three-star prospect from Meade Senior High School, pledged to the Terps and signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.

Jackson is the No. 36 prospect in the state of Maryland and No. 98 tight end in the country, per 247Sports Composite rankings. A Maryland offer to Jackson had not been publicly reported, and he had committed to UConn—yep, Randy Edsall’s UConn—just last month. Jackson was on campus recently, and Mike Locksley evidently sold him on staying home. He becomes the Terps’ first tight end commit in the Class of 2019.

Adding Jackson moves Maryland’s still-small class up just one spot in the 247Sports team rankings, from 77th to 76th. But there’s still a long way to go, and more additions will roll in before long.