A month after Maryland women’s soccer’s season concluded, the team landed two future Terps.
They were two of several players who announced their commitment to Maryland in the past two weeks.
Juliet Strange, 2023, Defender/Midfielder
Conner High School in Hebron, Kentucky
Coach Meghan Ryan Nemzer landed a self-proclaimed leader and natural ball winner. Strange was named United Soccer Coaches All-Region and the Ninth Region defensive player of the year in her home state of Kentucky.
Eliana “Ellie” Egeland, 2024, Winger
Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois
Egeland led her high school in goals and assists last season and was named to the 2022 Daily Herald Lake County All-Area Girls Soccer Team.
Justin Okoronkwo, 2024, Linebacker
Fursty Razorbacks in Fürstenfeldbruck, Germany
Originally from Baltimore, Okoronkwo played football in Germany. He received offers from Michigan and Penn State but decided to stay near his former home. Okoronkwo is Maryland football’s first commit in the 2024 class.
He has good size for a linebacker at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. Europe’s Elite lists him as a likely rover at the college level and praised his hitting and coverage skills. 247Sports credits part of his athleticism to his time as a gymnast.
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Brady Wardell, 2025, Right-Hand Pitcher/First Baseman
Conrad Schools of Science in Wilmington, Delaware
At 15 years old, Wardell already throws a fastball in the high 80s, which ranks him in the 99th percentile in his class, according to Perfect Game.
He is still a few years out from playing collegiately, time he can use to develop his pitching skills. Perfect Game currently lists him as the top player in his class from Delaware.
Miguel León, 2026, Shortstop
John Carroll High School in Bel Air, Maryland
Prep Baseball Report ranked León as the second best player in his class from Maryland. He is three months from turning 15, but he already has a 91 maximum exit velocity and runs a solid 7.05 60-yard dash. He also received praise from Prep Baseball Report for his defensive prowess and is credited with having speedy hands.
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Nyckoles Harbor, ranked by 247Sports as the 11th best player in the 2023 class, attended Maryland football’s home game against Ohio State. He plans to take an official visit on Dec. 9, according to 247Sports.
Four-star defenders Gabriel Williams and Rico Walker were also in attendance at the matchup with the Buckeyes. The Terps lost, but put up a competitive showing against the then-second-ranked team, one that appeared to leave a good impression on Williams.
Man that was a tuff loss but , That was the best visit I been on !!The atmosphere was crazy!! Special Shoutout out to @pmaye27 @_gracehil @GJrWorth @UMDCoachBrooks @lancethompson_ for making it feel like home #TBIA 🐢📍
— Gabriel_williams (@8kgabe1) November 20, 2022
Maryland hosted four-star 2024 linebacker Aaron Chiles last weekend. Chiles is ranked by 247Sports composite as the top player in Maryland for his class.
Four-star 2024 football athlete Jonathan Paylor announced his top 10 finalists, a list that included Maryland football. Several days later, four-star 2024 power forward Donnie Freeman included Maryland men’s basketball in his top five schools.