Maryland has picked up it’s biggest commitment to date when DeMatha running back Anthony McFarland committed on Bleacher Report’s Snapchat on Friday.
“I decided to commit to Maryland because I was thinking about staying home and staying close to my family,” McFarland told Rivals. “I have brothers and sisters that I want to help take care of that are always just a phone call away. My family will be able to come see me play.”
The four-star all-purpose running back is ranked the No. 2 player in Maryland and the No. 3 all-purpose back in the nation. McFarland picked the Terps over Alabama and Miami, but he held offers from 26 more schools.
McFarland was one of the top running backs in the area during his sophomore year as he ran for 1,124 yards on 111 carries. He combined for more than 900 rushing and receiving yards as a junior. The Under Armour All-American was sidelined this season due to preseason surgery.
McFarland will join his six DeMatha brothers, who were on the team last season. Head Coach D.J. Durkin also received a commitment from Stags offensive lineman Marcus Minor. McFarland being able to play alongside his DeMatha brothers played a factor in his decision.
“Playing with my teammates (from DeMatha) one more time, Tino (Ellis), Terrance (Davis), Lorenzo (Harrison), and other local guys, was another reason why I decided to stay home,” McFarland said to Rivals.
Besides making the Terps recruiting class stronger, McFarland has the potential to make Maryland have one of the best running back cores in the nation.