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MJ Jarrell could give Maryland football options in the slot

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Profiles in Terpage closes out Receivers Week with a jack-of-all-trades freshman.

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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.

MJ Jarrell, WR

Height: 6’2
Weight: 180 lbs
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Orlando, Florida
High School: Timber Creek High School

How he got to College Park

Jarrell committed to the the Terps early last June, well ahead of National Signing Day. The three-star freshman is one of six incoming receivers for Maryland was the lowest rated of the bunch, as the No. 170 receiver in his class, but he’s already on campus, which could help him work his way into the rotation.

The two-time Orlando All-Metro selection was also being pursued by South Carolina, Pitt and Syracuse, among others. However, the Terps held them off and ended up with Jarrell’s faxed Letter of Intent on National Signing Day.

2017 prospectus

Jarrell looks comfortable catching passes out of the flat, which could endear him to Walt Bell’s offense, which was predicated on stretching the field horizontally last season. He was hard to stop in high school once he got a head of steam going, and also contributed as a kickoff and punt returner as well. He could also be used to run some sweeps out of the slot catching quick pitch passes the same way Teldrick Morgan did last year. Jarrell may not make much of an impact as a receiver this year, but should be able to utilize his talents on special teams.

Dream season

Jarrell comes in with a chip on his shoulder and works his way up the depth chart over the summer and fall. He pushes the veteran receivers for looks at the slot, while cementing his role as the starting kick returner. If Maryland receives the opening kick at Texas, he’s back there to run it out and set up the opening drive for the Terps.

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