COLLEGE PARK — Reports last week indicated that five-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett was going to wait until February to sign his national letter of intent, giving the No. 20 overall prospect in the country time to think about following through with his commitment to LSU or flip to Maryland.
As it turned out Wednesday, neither Jarrett nor the Terps had to wait that long.
Jarrett, who was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington playing for St. John’s High, announced that he had signed with Maryland, becoming the first five-star prospect to join the Terps since offensive tackle Damian Prince in 2014. Jarrett is also the highest-rated Maryland signee since Stefon Diggs in 2012 and the fourth-highest rated prospect to come to College Park.
The signing of Jarrett, which followed a recent visit to Maryland, bumped the Terps’ class to No. 27 overall and No. 6 in the Big Ten, according to the 247 Sports Composite rankings.
Ja’Kai Green, a three-star offensive tackle from St. Frances, was the first in line for Maryland on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-6, 317-pound Green, officially signed at 7:01 a.m. Green was quickly followed by three-star wide receiver Deajaun McDougle of Deerfield Beach, Florida, and three-star safeties Riyad Wilmot of Fort Lauderdale and Glen Miller of Orange Park, Florida, who also signed with the Terps.
Linebacker Ruben Hyppolite II of Hollywood, Florida, the only four-star prospect to commit to the Terps before signing day, also officially committed. As of 8:15 a.m., Maryland had signed nine of the 26 players who had previously committed to coach Mike Locksley and his staff.
Green, an All-Metro selection by The Baltimore Sun as an offensive lineman, was a two-year starter and a team captain for St. Frances, which finished 11-1 and was the top-ranked team in the state for the second straight season.
Three-star running back Isaiah Jacobs, the younger brother of former Alabama star and current Oakland Raiders starter Josh Jacobs, also signed with Maryland. The Owasso, Oklahoma, native is rated the No. 35 running back nationally and chose the Terps over Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Arkansas.