• Ben Hall

Ja'Khi Green Commits to Maryland

Updated: Oct 19, 2019

The Terrapins landed their fourth commit in the 2020 class after offensive lineman Ja’Khi Green committed to Maryland.

Green is a three star recruit from St. Frances Academy in Baltimore. The 6’6, 320 pound lineman also held offers from West Virginia, Kansas, and Kent State. But Maryland was the best fit for him.

“Maryland has always been a dream school of mine," Green said when asked why Maryland. "When I was young and didn’t know much about football it was mainly the uniforms that drew my attention. But as I got older and learned more about football, more and more great football minds around me had been through the UMD program and I started to see the great legacy it had.

“Playing at UMD means a lot to me. Since it is so close to home my family will always be able to come see the home games which is so important to me. Secondly, just knowing so many guys who have spoken so highly of Maryland it’s hard not to want to be apart of something so special!”

His high school breeds division one football players and is one of the best high school football teams in the country. The coaches there know what it takes to make the next level and will make sure their players are ready for it.

“St Frances has helped me get to where I am because it simply prepares you for college day in and day out," Green said about what St. Frances has done for him. "All of the coaches have collegiate backgrounds and some even NFL. You also go against the best people in the state everyday at practice, so practice is usually harder than most games.”

Coach Mike Locksley will definitely be recruiting very strongly from St. Frances while he is at Maryland. Locksley is best known for his recruiting.

He used to be a big part of the Terrapins recruiting from 2012-2015, when he served as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach, and in his final season the interim head coach. But it will be much easier recruiting now that he is the actual head coach.

While his head coaching record is not very good, he was able to learn a lot from head coach Nick Saban in his three years at Alabama, where he was an offensive analyst, offensive coordinator, and a wide receiver’s coach. And in his first five months at Maryland he has done a good job after being put in a pretty tough situation.

“I think Coach Locks has done a great job at Maryland in the short time he’s been back and made several changes for the better,” Green said when asked how he thinks his future coach has done since he was hired.

Without Coach Locksley, Maryland would not be landing anywhere near the amount of recruits they have since Locksley has been the coach.

“Before Coach Locks was at Maryland, I was not recruited as much as I am now,” Green said.

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