Three-star defensive end ZionAngelo Shockley signed his National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning, officially joining Maryland football after committing back in February.
Shockley is ranked as the No. 38 weak-side defensive end in the country and the No. 20 player out of Maryland, with a rating of 0.8696, per the 24/7 Sports Composite. He chose the Terps over offers from Tennessee, West Virginia, Arizona State and Nebraska, among others.
“[The staff] doesn’t just care about football, they care about you outside of football, your degree, what you do after college,” Shockley told Testudo Times when he committed. “They care about what you do after college — they try to treat you more like a family.”
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound St. Frances Academy product is a skilled pass rusher that provides the Terps a solid frame on the edge. Shockley told Testudo Times that head coach Mike Locksley and his staff recruited him as hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end with the idea of using him at defensive tackle as well.
The Baltimore native is one of three members of the Terps’ 2021 class out of St. Frances, joining three graduates of the school already on Maryland’s roster.
As one of the early pledges of the class, Shockley played a big role in recruiting other local prospects to stay home with the hopes of building something special in College Park. There are currently 14 DMV products as part of that movement in the Class of 2021.
“[The local talent] is a big connection,” Shockley said. “I hope more guys from the area come to Maryland. So I hope it starts a big trend. I believe the best players come out the DMV, so if everybody just goes to Maryland, they’ll be national champions.”