Profiles in Terpage is back for 2017. Last week, we focused on running backs; this week, we’re looking at all of Maryland’s receivers.
Jalen Browder, WR
Weight: 180 lbs
Hometown: Dallas, Georgia
High School: East Paulding High School
How he got to College Park
Well, he actually hasn’t just yet. Browder is not yet enrolled at Maryland with the rest of the Class of 2017, but there’s still hope he gets to campus in time for fall camp. Receivers coach Chris Beatty posted a picture of his position group on Friday, which included the whole receiving corps (but not walk-ons or injured players).
From left to right: D.J. Moore, Carlos Carriere, Sean Nelson, Jahrvis Davenport, Tahj Capehart, MJ Jarrell, Jayden Comma, DJ Turner, Jacquille Veii and Taivon Jacobs.
Browder committed to Maryland on Oct. 23, right after his official visit, which included a front-row seat to the Terps’ primetime victory over Michigan State. At the time, Browder held offers from Louisville, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Missouri, among others.
While his absence in summer camp obviously isn’t encouraging, it’s not the end of the world. Despite a lot of them being relative unknowns, Maryland does at least have a lot of bodies at receiver, including five other freshmen. Worst case scenario, Browder doesn’t make it to campus for fall camp and the Terps stash him at a junior college where they feel they have a good relationship with the coaching staff. Best case scenario, Browder makes it to campus in August (like Richard Merritt did last year) and gets a chance to show the coaches what he’s got. At this point, though, the most likely scenario seems like a redshirt.
Browder becomes a living embodiment of the word “redemption.” Not only does he make it to campus in August, but he absolutely balls out in camp and earns a spot in the rotation. His speed and shiftiness with the ball in his hands makes him an invaluable rotational receiver in his freshman season in which he makes timely catches, helping the Terps down the field.
This Maryland receiver is one of the many players to come from Florida in the DJ Durkin era.