Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Last week, we focused on quarterbacks; this week, we’re looking at all of Maryland’s running backs.
LaDerrien Wilson, RB, No. 32
Weight: 227 lbs.
Year: Redshirt freshman
Hometown: Saint Cloud, Florida
High School: Kissimmee-Osceola
How he got to College Park
One of seven Florida natives in D.J. Durkin’s first recruiting class, Wilson was a three-star recruit and the No. 71 running back in the country, according to the 247 Sports Composite. He originally committed to Virginia, but flipped to Maryland two weeks before National Signing Day. He ran for 2,085 yards and 28 touchdowns as a senior, and was named the second-best senior in central Florida by the Orlando Sentinel.
Wilson enrolled at Maryland last summer and was not able to break through the Terps’ crowded backfield. He ended up redshirting, so here is his highlight reel from high school.
At 5’11 and 227 pounds, Wilson has a chance to complement Ty Johnson and Lorenzo Harrison like Kenneth Goins did last season. Johnson and Harrison are both quick and elusive, but the sturdier Wilson could be used in short-yardage and goal-line situations.
Wilson impresses the coaching staff during the summer and gets critical carries in the season opener at Texas. He continues to get consistent carries throughout the season, and emerges as a change-of-pace to Johnson and Harrison.
This North Carolina native is one of three running backs in Maryland’s Class of 2017.
phisch13 leads with two this week, and HughGR, Murderlandboy and Turtle Shell all have one.