Four-star wide receiver Deajaun McDougle announced his commitment to Maryland football at a ceremony Tuesday evening.
The 5’10, 175-pound native of Deerfield Beach, Florida, is listed by 247Sports as the No. 32 wide receiver, No. 32 prospect in Florida and a top-200 prospect overall in the Class of 2020. The industry-generated 247Sports Composite (which hasn’t been updated as recently) has McDougle as a three-star prospect and the third-highest rated Maryland commit.
McDougle utilizes his quick release and good footwork to blaze past defenders and often creates space to make catches. He has a keen sense of soft spots in zone defenses as well, and he can be dangerous with the ball in space. Similar to former Maryland wideout Stefon Diggs, McDougle changes speed with ease and can get valuable yards after a catch thanks to a blend of speed and agility.
Maryland put itself in a great position to land McDougle after an unofficial visit in April. He was also on campus May 31 to June 1 for a second visit. Those trips were followed by an official visit to South Carolina in June before the recruiting dead period began, but the Terps staff closed things out with a trip to College Park for a recruit barbecue on July 27.
Other potential suitors for McDougle included Louisville, Ohio State, Oregon and South Carolina. Each of those programs extended offers in 2017, but the new staff at Maryland ended up making a quick play despite just offering on March 13, 2019.
McDougle joins three-star Potomac product Corey Dyches and three-star New Jersey native Nick DeGennaro as the committed members of the 2020 wide receiver corps. The Terps still sport a young receiving group with just two seniors — DJ Turner and Chris Jones — graduating after this season.
With this commitment, Maryland’s 2020 recruiting class jumps up six spots nationally to No. 38 overall and remains ninth in the Big Ten. McDougle also furthers the Maryland-Florida connection, joining four-star linebacker Ruben Hyppolite II from the Sunshine State.
McDougle plans to enroll a semester early, which would make him eligible to participate in 2020 spring practice.