Maryland football picked up a key New Jersey commitment Friday with the pledge of three-star edge rusher De’Juan Samuels.
Samuels, who ranks as the No. 91 edge and No. 18 player from New Jersey in the Class of 2023, committed to the Terps over offers from Michigan, Ole Miss, Penn State and Rutgers among others.
Maryland hosted Samuels on an official visit June 24-26, the final weekend before the summer dead period. He had visited Michigan and Rutgers this spring as well.
Samuels stands at 6-foot-2, 240 pounds and brings a blend of physicality and speed to the defensive end position. His athletic ability pairs with his nose for football to help him make plays in the backfield against the run and pass. He has shown the ability to break from blocks and quickly disrupt plays.
Samuels, a Bergen Catholic product, replaces Addison as Maryland’s third recruit from the nearby Garden State, alongside three-star St. Peter’s Prep quarterback Champ Long and three-star East Orange wide receiver Josh Richards. All three give the Terps roots at some of the top high school programs in New Jersey.
Maryland has 14 commitments in the Class of 2023 after a three-star wide receiver Nasir Addison announced his decommitment shortly before Samuels committed to the program. The Terps remain at No. 45 in the nation with a slight increase to class average with this movement.