Maryland football has added a key piece to its tight end room Wednesday, signing three-star CJ Dippre.
The Pennsylvania-native is a rare get for the Terps, as they’re usually unable to attract much talent from up north.
“The staff played a big role,” Dippre told Testudo Times. “I’m going to play tight end, and coach Miller is a great guy, I was able to go to his house when I was down there. Coach Locks as well, I really feel like they’re really changing the culture of the program and I’m excited to be a part of it.”
The three-star prospect ranks as the No. 86 tight end and No. 24 player from his home state. He had offers from Syracuse, Rutgers and Virginia, among others.
At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Dippre provides unique size at the tight end position. He comes to College Park as one of the larger players in the position group, but is still a balanced player.
“I’m a big body and can throw some blocks,” Dippre said. “But I also have great footwork and strong hands.”
Ahead of signing day, Dippre started to receive calls from his hometown school, Penn State, with the clock ticking on the 2021 class. Maryland did a good job identifying Dippre early and making inroads, which he admitted was an oversight from the Nittany Lions on a local prospect.
“I can’t wait to play them every year, especially at Beaver Stadium,” Dippre said. “I was on a call with [head coach James] Franklin a couple days ago and told him I’m locked-in with Maryland.”
Dippre was able to watch Maryland beat Penn State at Beaver Stadium in 2020 as he has a cousin on the staff who got him into the stands with COVID-19 allowing only family members to attend.
“Even though there were only like 1,000 people there, I was getting so pumped watching that,” Dippre said.
Dippre plans to early enroll and dorm with fellow tight end Weston Wolff, who also signed Wednesday morning.