Maryland star junior wide receiver Rakim Jarrett will forgo Maryland’s bowl game and enter the NFL Draft, he announced at a press conference Tuesday.
“It was an honor to represent Maryland,” Jarrett said. “Of course I came in here and I was a part of the turnaround, the DMV to UMD movement … with that being said, I will be entering the 2023 NFL Draft. I thank you all again. Thank you to my coaches, mom, dad, everybody that’s helped me get here.”
Coming out of high school, Jarrett was a five-star prospect, ranked by the 247Sports Composite as the nation’s fourth-best receiver and 27th-best prospect overall. He committed to LSU in late April 2019, but on signing day months later he flipped his commitment to Maryland, shocking the college football world. At the time of writing, Jarrett is the fifth-highest ranked high school recruit ever to commit to Maryland and the second-highest receiver prospect, trailing only NFL star Stefon Diggs.
In his since-deleted commitment post on Instagram, Jarrett quoted Diggs’ now-famous line from his own announcement that he was going to play for Maryland: “What better place to do it than your city?”