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3-star running back Roman Hemby commits to Maryland football

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The Terps lock up another local prospect and add more backfield depth.

Twitter: @r_h3mby

Maryland football picked up a commitment from three-star running back Roman Hemby Sunday afternoon.

The in-state prospect picked up an offer from the Terps in February and visited before the COVID-19 pandemic struck. He ultimately chose Maryland over offers from Duke, NC State, West Virginia and more.

A product of John Carroll, Hemby finished his junior season with 1,412 all-purpose yards and 18 touchdowns. He is ranked as the No. 3 running back in Maryland and a top-50 player in the state.

Standing at 6’0, 195 pounds, Hemby provides an interesting frame at the running back position; not by being a small ball-carrier, but having the ability to break out of tackles with ease. He played running back, free safety throughout his high school career, and he’s also a good kick returner.

Another positive to Hemby’s game is his speed and hands, which allow him to be a threat to catch the ball out of the back field, or even motion out and cause a mismatch in the slot.

Hemby has been a dual-sport athlete in high school, running track along with playing football. As just a sophomore, he posted an 11.58 100 meter and 23.53 200 meter for John Carroll in the spring and ran a 4.67 40-yard dash at The Opening Regional in 2019.

Maryland now has three running backs in the fold for the 2021 class, with Hemby joining St. Johns College prospects Antwain Littleton and Colby McDonald. The 2020 class saw a large focus on the running back room as well with the additions of Peny Boone and Isaiah Jacobs, so the large haul in 2021 should stock the room well for position coach Elijah Brooks moving forward.

With Hemby on board, Maryland now has 20 commitments in the 2021 class — ranking No. 19 in the nation and No. 4 in the Big Ten. Of those commitments, 15 are natives of the DMV area.