Former Maryland running back and receiver Jacquille Veii will reportedly transfer back to the Terrapins from Towson, the program he joined upon transferring away from Maryland before last season. Jeff Ermann of Inside Maryland Sports broke the news late on Monday night.
Veii spent two seasons at Maryland before he left. He played as a "running back" as a true freshman and then as a "receiver" as a sophomore, but those labels were somewhat moot. As a sophomore, he had more rushes (19) than receptions (16) once he became a wide receiver and scored two rushing touchdowns against one through the air.
Veii totaled 248 rushing yards and 251 receiving yards in two seasons, almost a dead split. But he wasn't efficient as a receiver. His catch rate on 35 targets was just 46 percent in 2014, second-worst on the team among frequent targets for quarterback C.J. Brown.
Ermann has Veii on the record with a few interesting quotes. Among them:
He'll be required to sit out next year per NCAA transfer rules and has no guarantee of earning a scholarship, but he said he's willing to roll the dice in order to undo a decision he regrets.
"That's still to be discussed," Veii said. "This is where I'm meant to be and if I have to earn it, I will. It's all apart of Gods plan for me ...I was never supposed to leave, but out of my own stubbornness, I went against the plan and now patience is being taught."
The speedy Veii left Maryland in part because then-coach Randy Edsall repeatedly shifted him between running back and wide receiver depending upon where Maryland needed depth at the time.
"We had great coaches but I wasn't being developed into anything. I was just convenient cause I am versatile," Veii said.
Veii spoke effusively during his last season at Maryland about then-receivers coach Keenan McCardell, but it's clear he wasn't happy with how Edsall's staff handled him on the whole.
The report says Veii's already back on campus and accepted by the university – but that Towson could try to prevent him from collecting a Maryland scholarship right away. In that case, Veii would have to pay for his own schooling while he waits out a one-season eligibility gap. The report doesn't say if he'll be a back or receiver.
We've updated our scholarship chart while we await more information. Not counting any attrition or potential gray-shirting of incoming recruits, Maryland has, unofficially, six scholarships left for next season on top of its current verbal commits for the class of 2016. Maryland is likely to get very close to the 85-scholarship limit.