Stone Bridge WR Tai Felton (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Tai Felton makes an early commitment to Maryland
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Stone Bridge receiver Tai Felton made his college commitment official early last week, with the Bulldog announcing that after graduating from the Ashburn school in 2021, he will be swapping his canine attire for the red, gold and black of the Maryland Terrapins.
Regarded as a three-star recruit by several scouting services, the 6-2, 172-lb wide out is known for his speed, sharp moves, and winning pedigree, having helped the Dogs to a pair of state final games and an 11-1 record this year, which included a 57-15 rout of Woodgrove in the Region 5C final last weekend. The Bulldogs will host North Stafford this Saturday in a state semifinal.
Felton, a junior, felt that the time to commit was right, especially considering his intended career goal.
“I plan on majoring in broadcast journalism” said Felton, who has also drawn interest from ACC schools such as Duke, Virginia, VA Tech and Pittsburgh.
But after catching 45 passes for 901 yards as a sophomore, Felton was just a month into the regular season when near disaster struck.
As he told the Testudo Times, “I was on punt return, so my mentality was ‘I’m trying to score. I reversed field a good two-three times and the last time I reversed field, I tried to make a plant with my left knee, and my knee gave out. I heard it crunch three times — I just fell to the ground — and I didn’t know what happened.”
What happened was an ACL tear compounded by a lateral medial tear. While Felton has been in recovery, his strong feeling was that Maryland was sticking with him, while other schools began to quiet.
“What drew me to (Maryland) was the family oriented feel I got from the coaches. They care about your life after football and they care about you being a successful man,” said Felton, adding, “The love and care from the coaches really sold me and my family.”
Terp coach Delbert Cowsette, a UMD alum, is credited for bringing Felton into the fold. However, the possibility of a life in front of the camera after his football career is over may have been just too appealing to the outgoing Felton.
“Number #1 in the country,” said Felton, when asked about the broadcast journalism school in College park. He also told recruitNoVA.com that the Terps plan to keep him at wide receiver.
– Jim McGrath