Former four-star prospect and Wilde Lake standout Osita Smith commits to Maryland football

River Hill's Zach Igwebe makes the tackle on Wilde Lake's Osita Smith at the end of a first half run in 2018.

Former four-star safety Osita Smith announced his commitment to the Maryland football team Monday on Twitter.

Smith, a graduate of Wilde Lake in Howard County, originally signed with West Virginia but played a post-graduate season at Milford Academy in New York. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound defensive back was named a 2018 All-Metro first-team selection after recording 50 solo tackles, 51 assisted tackles, 21 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a senior. He also had 26 catches for 467 yards and eight touchdowns.


“This is HOME 100% COMMITTED,” Smith wrote.

Before he committed to West Virginia, Smith was ranked as the No. 24 safety and the No. 284 player by the 247 Sports Composite.


With national signing day approaching Wednesday, Maryland’s 2020 recruiting class is ranked 35th nationally and 11th in the Big Ten by 247 Sports.

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