Maryland football flips five-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett from LSU

Coach Mike Locksley during Maryland football's 79-0 win over Howard on Aug. 31, 2019. (Julia Nikhinson/The Diamondback)

After tweeting Monday that he would wait until February to officially make his college decision, five-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett made a surprise move Wednesday, flipping his commitment from LSU and signing with Maryland football.

The wideout from St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., committed to the Tigers in April, but rumors of a change swirled in the months leading up to the switch.

Jarrett is the first five-star recruit for the Terps since offensive lineman Damian Prince signed in 2014. He is also the first five-star prospect signed during Mike Locksley’s short tenure as full-time head coach. The 6-foot, 208-pound wideout is the highest-ranked Maryland commitment since Stefon Diggs, according to 247Sports, and he’s the fourth-best commit in Terps history.

This year at St. John’s, Jarrett caught 60 passes for 950 yards and seven touchdowns. He was named the Washington, D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year, in addition to earning All-Met Offensive Player of the Year and first-team selection honors from The Washington Post.

ESPN ranked Jarrett as the No. 21 player in the 2020 recruiting class. He had a plethora of Power-5 offers, including Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State, according to 247Sports.

After the Terps’ disappointing 3-9 campaign this year, Jarrett’s flip provides Locksley a key offensive weapon to build around. He will join a talented receiving corps that includes Dontay Demus and Jeshuan Jones, who missed the past season with a torn ACL.

Jarrett joins three other wide receivers to officially sign so far in the 2020 recruiting class — three-star prospects Nick DeGennaro, Deajaun McDougle and Corey Dyches. His signing boosts the Terps’ overall class ranking to No. 27 in the country and No. 6 in the Big Ten, according to 247Sports.

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