Maryland National Signing Day 2016: Wade Lees

Maryland is signing its first recruiting class under coach DJ Durkin through the day on Wednesday, and as verbal commitments make their pledges final on National Signing Day, we're bringing you introductions to these future Terps. Punter Wade Lees is another Australian kicker making the transition to American football.

Player: Wade Lees


Position: Punter

Hometown: Melbourne, Australia

Other schools considered: Michigan and Clemson, per Fox Sports Australia

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Lees was a surprising commit in December and a more than intriguing one at that. Lees is a 27-year-old former Australian Rules Football player who was suspended from competition in 2012 after a banned steroid was found in a supplement he ordered at customs. After serving the 18-month ban, he attempted to return to competition but couldn't quite catch on.

Now he's coming stateside, the latest Australian import for Maryland after Lou Groza Award-winning kicker Brad Craddock. Lees was a teammate of Ohio State punter Cameron Johnston in Australia, and he's the latest Aussie in the Big Ten Conference. Michigan punter Blake O'Neill is also from Australia.

Maryland punters struggled in 2015. Nicolas Pritchard struggled and was relieved by Lee Shrader against Michigan State. Maryland had two-star Nick Rubinowicz in its recruiting class last season, but he didn't appear in a game. Lees seems poised to figure in an open competition in College Park this fall.