Maryland football recruiting received an another out of state commitment from Hillgrove High School Tight End Chigoziem Okonkwo. Okonkwo is now Maryland football’s 19th commit of the 2018 class.
Maryland football snagged a commitment from Chigoziem Okonkwo out of Powder Springs, Ga. He announced the commitment via Twitter Friday afternoon August 18, hours before the Hillgrove Hawks’ first game against Buford High School Wolves of Buford, Ga. Okonkwo is now the fifth out of state commit the Terps were able to get.
According to the 247Sports Composite, Chigoziem Okonwo is the No.95 tight end and No.53 best player in Georgia. He chose Maryland over his home state schools Georgia Tech and Georgia Southern, Arkansas State and others.
With the addition of Chigoziem Okonkwo, Maryland still sits at No.17 in the 2018 national recruiting class standings and have the fourth best Big Ten recruiting class.
According to 247Sports Maryland Writer Ahmed Ghafir, Maryland football made Okonwo their priority and Maryland commit Maleak Bryant has a relationship with him and the two talked about playing together.
"“Definitely coach Walt Bell. First it was just coach Bell, then [special teams coach] Lembo started talking to me. Bell came to my school multiple times and offered me my junior year. He started talking to me everyday–they still talk to me everyday, which is still a lot too. Now that I’m committed, it’s a really easy relationship. It just really came down to how much they wanted me,” he said. “They were recruiting me the hardest, they were one of the first to offer me. Coach Bell came to my school a couple of times my junior year. That’s what really made me trust the coaching staff.”"
In 2016, Chigoziem Okonkwo recorded 48 receptions, 907 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns for the Hillgrove Hawks. The 6-foot-3, 224 pound, tight end has the size to play inside and outside the numbers as a wide receiver and his route running is impressive as well. That size will also make him a red zone target for the Terps which is very important.
Maryland football may have lost H.D. Woodson Wide Receiver Target Edward Hendrix to Syracuse but gained a solid option in the future of Maryland’s passing game under Walt Bell.