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National Signing Day 2017: 3-star RB Javon Leake signs with Maryland football

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The Terps officially ink one of their running back recruits.

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Maryland football has its National Letter of Intent from Javon Leake.

Leake was one of four verbal running back commits for the Terps, along with Tayon Fleet-Davis, Anthony McFarland and Cordarrian Richardson, who committed out of nowhere on National Signing Day. He took his official visit to Maryland over the weekend, the only action in his recruitment since he verbally committed to Maryland over the summer.

Leake is classified as an “all-purpose back,” meaning he can contribute from the backfield and the slot. The 6’1, 195-pound recruit has the build for either. That’s be useful in offensive coordinator Walt Bell’s offense, which relies on a heavy usage screens to get the ball to speedy players in space.

McFarland was also recruited as an all-purpose back, and though he’ll almost surely be ahead of Leake on the depth chart, the North Carolina recruit should get his chance, even if it might not come in Year 1.

Maryland offered him in February, and Leake committed to the Terps after taking an unofficial visit to College Park in June. He’s rated on the 247Sports Composite as the No. 9 all-purpose back in the country and the No. 21 player in North Carolina.