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Terps' new four-star WR commit Winfree is a 'playmaker,' coach says

<br /> <p><a href="http://247sports.com/Player/Jabrill-Peppers-13084">Jabrill Peppers</a> is the best cornerback in New Jersey, if not all of America, which means he&rsquo;s also the best test of talent for wide receivers in New Jersey.</p> <p>Dwight Morrow (N.J.) wide receiver <a href="http://247sports.com/Player/Juwann-Winfree-25306">Juwann Winfree</a> has played against Peppers, Maroon Raiders coach Barry Harris said Saturday. They went head-to-head in 7-on-7 competition earlier this year. Winfree had a few catches, Harris said. That might have been the most Peppers allowed all of 2013.</p> <p>A four-star prospect who committed to Maryland on Friday, Winfree is not considered the blue-chip talent Peppers is. That is probably fine with Winfree, who would rather be compared with another former five-star, anyway.</p> <p>&ldquo;The opportunity to get under the tutelage of Stefon Diggs &mdash; he really respects him as a great wide receiver,&rdquo; Harris said. &ldquo;He hopes to get the opportunity of stepping into those shoes.&rdquo;</p> <p>Winfree also considered Georgia, Pitt and West Virginia. But his visit to M&T; Bank Stadium last Saturday &ldquo;sold him&rdquo; on Maryland, Harris said. By Friday morning, recruiter Keith Dudzinski and coach Randy Edsall had good news: Their top wide-out target, and likely their only one at the position for the Class of 2014, had said yes.</p> <p>&ldquo;Coach Dudz is a top-class recruiter,&rdquo; Harris said. &ldquo;If anyone wants a great recruiter, he&rsquo;s the guy you want. He was up-front. He was honest. He was honest as far letting him know how much Maryland wanted him.&rdquo;</p> <p>A two-way standout at Dwight Morrow, Winfree dazzles at wide receiver. He stars at safety. But he is a &ldquo;playmaker,&rdquo; Harris said, so &ldquo;you want the ball in his hands.&rdquo;</p> <p>Because Diggs is not so easily imitated, Winfree is at least as diligent in his preparation. An honors-level student, Winfree works hard &mdash; on running routes, on catching the ball with his hands, on making people miss, on getting faster and stronger and better. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s the type of kid that loves to watch film and know what the other team&rsquo;s tendencies are,&rdquo; Harris said. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s always trying to figure out what he&rsquo;s doing wrong and what he can do better.&rdquo;</p> <p>Added Harris: &ldquo;He&rsquo;s going to work on his craft.&rdquo;</p> <p>He&rsquo;s just not that outspoken about it.</p> <p>&ldquo;His downfall is that he&rsquo;s probably not a very vocal kid, but he is the kid of who will display leadership through his work and his commitment,&rdquo; Harris said. &ldquo;He&rsquo;ll stay late, he&rsquo;ll come in early. I wish he&rsquo;d be more of a vocal leader. I think as he comes into the college ranks, he&rsquo;s going to be a little more outgoing as far as a vocal leader. He&rsquo;s still a very shy kid. That&rsquo;s just where he is.&rdquo;</p> <p>He didn&rsquo;t need an extravagant ceremony to announce where he&rsquo;s going, either. Said Harris: &ldquo;The word is out.&rdquo;</p> <p><em>jshaffer@baltsun.com</em></p> <p><em>twitter.com/jonas_shaffer</em></p>

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