Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey recently returned from an unofficial visit to Maryland and the four-star prospect decided the time was right to pull the trigger.
"I'm committed to Maryland," said Heyward-Bey. "I visited the school on Tuesday and I felt really comfortable there. I think I'll be a good fit with the type of offense they like to run. The key to my decision was really talking to the players already there. They seem really intent on winning a national championship in the next few years, and I want to be a part of that."
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect from Owing Mills (Md.) McDonogh runs the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds. It's clear Heyward-Bey is happy to be a Terp, but it's the Maryland coaching staff that might be even more happy to have Heyward-Bey.
"They're looking for fast receivers and I think I'll bring that to the table," he said. "I plan on helping them bring in some other guys too. I'm going to call Ike Whitaker and try to get him to commit to Maryland. This is just a great opportunity to stay close to home, get a good education and play for a great football program."
Before making his decision Heyward-Bey had narrowed things down to Maryland, Alabama and North Carolina. A four-star prospect, he's rated the No. 3 overall prospect in Maryland and the No. 12 receiver in the nation.