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3-star running back Colby McDonald signs with Maryland football

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McDonald is one of three commits out of St. John’s College High School in the Terps’ 2021 class.

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Local running back prospect Colby McDonald signed with Maryland football Wednesday, making things official after committing to the program on May 15.

At 5-foot-10, 200 pounds, McDonald has both the agility and power to make some noise for the Terrapins. The Washington, D.C. native played high school ball at St. John’s for the Cadets and is ranked as the No. 74 running back in the nation, according to the 24/7 Sports Composite.

He joins high school teammates running back Antwain Littleton and defensive tackle Taizse Johnson in the Terrapins’ 2021 recruiting class.

McDonald’s build mirrors that of former Terp Anthony McFarland Jr. and he should eventually find success in the backfield despite the influx of running backs on the team.

Regardless of his standing on the depth chart come next fall, McDonald adds another weapon to head coach Mike Locksley’s young arsenal. McDonald has tremendous instincts and is a true north-south runner.

His 200-pound frame, combined with his great speed, gives McDonald the upper hand against opposing defenses. He can attack the hole like a seasoned veteran and looks to become a building block for the Terrapin football program.

Even with his signing, however, McDonald is not enrolling early due to Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) rules, which will limit his exposure to Maryland football training and film sessions in the early going.