Meet the Recruit: Jajuan Dulaney
Commitment Date: June 8, 2012
Hometown: Powder Springs, GA
High School: McEachern High School
Weight: 246 lbs.
ESPN Rank: #66 OG, 3-star
Scout.com Rank: #78 OT, 3-star
Rivals Rank: Ranking N/A, 3-star OT
247Sports Rank: #124 OT, 3-star
40 time: 5.55 secs. (ESPN); N/A (Scout.com, Rivals, 247Sports)
Other Offers: Cincinnati, East Carolina, Florida International, Marshall, South Carolina, Troy.
Jajuan Dulaney is quite the commodity for a 3-star offensive lineman. He chose Maryland over Cincinnati, East Carolina, Florida International, Marshall, South Alabama, and Troy when he verbally committed to the Terrapins in June. But that doesn’t mean other schools have given up. Most notably, North Carolina has been aggressively pursuing Dulaney, trying to flip his commitment from College Park to Chapel Hill. They started going after him late this summer, but Dulaney was having nothing of it. A few weeks ago, word got out that the Tar Heels were still trying to get Dulaney to flip his commitment.
This should come as a good sign for the Terps that they are getting a solid offensive lineman. The reason teams are so aggressively pursuing Dulaney is his very impressive senior year of high school. While ESPN lists him at 246 lbs., he has put on a ton of weight, and is said to be up around 280 lbs. right now. Matching his improved size with his physicality and ability to get out in space to make impact blocks in the running game, and you have an underrated player. He’s a late bloomer, and luckily for Maryland, they were one of the first to the party.
As you can see above, opinions differ on whether Dulaney is a tackle or a guard. The majority of the experts and scouting services see him as a tackle, but his ability to play guard obviously helps when you’re not a top-of-the-line recruit.
Expect Dulaney to provide quality depth for his first few seasons with the Terrapins. The Terps seem to have their two tackle spots locked up with Derwin Gray manning the left, and Mike Madaras or Ryan Doyle manning the right, so Dulaney’s ability to play guard could come into play sooner rather than later.