Woodbridge (Va.) coach Karibi Dede played at Auburn with five cornerbacks that went on to be selected in the NFL draft. He also later served as a graduate assistant on Auburn’s coaching staff.
He has seen firsthand what it takes to be a successful corner at the college level. And to Dede, new Maryland commit Mike Majette has the tools to be productive.
“Mike has the tools to progress at the collegiate level and the ability to one day play on Sunday,” Dede said during a telephone interview. “He is a competitor. He works hard every day. … He’s also very well-mannered. He’s the kind of kid you want around a program.”
Majette is only rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com. But Dede said Majette threw for around 1,500 yards and 11 touchdowns as a quarterback while running for around 700 yards and five touchdowns.
Dede also said Majette had three or four interceptions and “a good amount of tackles” as a defensive back despite only being a part-time player on defense because of his value on offense.
"For Mike, the ranking, his star is not indicative of how he plays the game,” Dede said. “There’s no doubt in my mind he’s a four-star player, and I think this year it’s up to him to prove that he’s a five-star player.”
Speed is not Majette's greatest asset. As Dede put it, “I wouldn’t say he’s a speed demon or a burner.”
That’s not to say Majette is slow, but Dede talks more about the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Majette’s all-around skill set.
“He’s got the quickness, the lateral quickness,” Dede said. “He’s got good vertical speed. He’s got the ability to recover. Sometimes a [defensive back] will get beat on a route, but it comes back to getting back around and being able to recover. He’s got that.
“He’s also got great press technique. He can really play bump and run and man-and-man and get up and challenge guys. And he plays the game physical. Some corners, they just want to cover, but Mike will come up and tackle. He’s a good tackler. So he has a full, well-rounded skill set.”
From 2009 through this past recruiting class, Virginia produced 67 players rated as four-star prospects or better by Rivals.com. None have gone to Maryland.
That includes Majette’s former Woodbridge teammate Da’Shawn Hand, a five-star defensive lineman last year who signed with Alabama.
But Maryland got a verbal commitment from Fredericksburg (Va.) linebacker Gus Little in June. Majette gives the Terps a second commit from Virginia.