Terps commit returns to campus, chips in Maryland’s recruiting efforts

Baltimore City (MD) three-star wide receiver Jahmari Powell-Wonson was back in College Park this past weekend as the Maryland commit soaked in the full 48 hours on campus alongside his family.

Wide receiver coach Gunter Brewer led the way for the 6-foot-2 wideout throughout the spring while inside linebacker coach Lance Thompson has spearheaded Baltimore recruiting, but with another Baltimore native in Tyrese Chambers hosting Powell-Wonson through the weekend, Powell-Wonson enjoyed his preview of what’s to come next year.

“It was definitely a great time to experience it with my family, have the full effect so they can have their eyes on what’s going on around campus, all the benefits of being a Terp so it was cool I got to experience that,” he told IBG. “We went bowling, were dancing on the boat. All those small moments like that are the times recruits can remember so I definitely enjoyed my time and my family.”

Maryland has already picked up a pair of commitments coming out of the weekend with Donovan Thompson announcing his commitment on Monday, then Larry Tarver flipping his pledge from FIU on Tuesday. Maryland will look for the good news to continue into June, but Powell-Wonson’s official visit also gave him a chance to spend time with his 7-on-7 teammate, Chanz Wiggins. The two have shined with Level 82 under Torrey Smith’s guidance through the spring into June as this weekend gave them a chance to spend more time together. “I was speaking with Chanz’s mom and everything,” Powell-Wonson said. “Me personally, I feel like he had a good time.”

Maryland is working to dethrone Virginia Tech for Wiggins as Powell-Wonson chips into the Terps’ recruiting efforts, a message that was also communicated by head coach Mike Locksley. “The first thing he said was to congratulate me on being one of the first receivers in my class to come to Maryland, so that was big. One thing he told me was to get other recruits. I know I’m committed but I still have a job and it’s to help bring other guys in.”

In the meantime, Powell-Wonson is preparing for his senior season after posting over 1,100 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns last season. “Coach Locksley told me I have a target on my back. I’m a Maryland commit so kids are going to try and knock my head off, we were joking about that. He said just stay safe, protect my body. I just can’t wait to ball out at the next level.”

Powell-Wonson is rated a three-star prospect and an 86 overall by On3, sitting as the 32nd-best prospect in Maryland.

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