Three-star offensive tackle Ja’Khi Green signed with Maryland football Wednesday morning.
The Baltimore native and St. Frances product verbally committed to the Terps in April after making his second visit to campus, and his pledge is now official as part of National Signing Day. He was the first incoming Terp to submit his letter of intent.
“It’s kind of surreal, it’s coming up so fast,” Green told Testudo Times on Dec. 16 about his decision to sign with the Terps. “I can say I’m nervous, but I’m not scared — I’m ready for it.”
The 6’6, 320-pound tackle from is ranked as the No. 41 player in the state of Maryland for the 2020 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. He is one of the many offensive lineman that Mike Locksley and his staff have added to this year’s class.
“I like to see a lot of people committing — [offensive] line specifically,” Green told Testudo Times. “Because it forces me to work 10 times harder knowing that there are people in my spot that are coming in.”
He noted possible early playing time as one of his reasons for maintaining his commitment to Maryland.
“Just seeing how a lot of spaces have been freed up and that’s very much potential for me to play early,” Green said. “And if I work hard and stick to it, I can definitely be in there next year.”
Green told Testudo Times he will be enrolling early and that the Terps’ coaching staff has not indicated to him where he will be positioned.
“It’s too early to say [what position I’ll play] right now,” Green said. “But there’s space everywhere. So I would most likely try to get in where I fit in. If I’m playing anything, as long as I’m out there that’s fine with me.”
Green has good one-on-one skills, demonstrating great strength to go along with his size. He is also able to get to the second level with his speed and create lanes when blocking downfield.
Green chose Maryland over offers from Kansas, Kent State, West Virginia and more.
And he had a particular message to Terp fans.
“Stick with it,” Green said. “Because better times are coming.”