DJ Moore, University of Maryland’s wide receiver, will end his collegiate career early to enter the 2018 NFL Draft. Moore was announced Big Ten wide receiver of the year and has consistently been a star player for the Terps since his arrival in 2015. Moore announced his departure on Twitter Tuesday afternoon thanking the team and his supporters who have helped him along his journey.
The Philadelphia native had multiple show-stopping seasons along with seventeen career touchdown receptions, and catching eight touchdown passes in the 2017 season alone. Moore tied for fourth in both categories for the Maryland Terrapins. His athletic skills and physical ability has enabled Moore to become a dominate player on the field starting 35 consecutive games and having a 33 game consecutive run with receptions. Moore broke Maryland history with catching over 80 receptions regardless of the multiple quarterbacks that have thrown to him throughout the season.
Moore is not the only player leaving Maryland’s program early for the draft. Cornerback JC Jackson has announced his departed on Instagram.
“After thinking long and hard about what my future holds, I have officially decided to forgo my senior year and enter the 2018 #NFL Draft.” Jackson says via Instagram.
The 2016 recruit has caught three interceptions this season and was announced All-Big Ten honorable mention, after being kicked off of Florida’s roster due to charges pressed against him that were soon dropped.
In addition to Jackson and Moore, Terps running back Ty Johnson has not ruled out entering the 2018 draft. The 2014 commit has been Maryland’s leading rusher for the past two seasons. Johnson became the fourth player to run for more than 100 yards in four straight games in Maryland’s history. He has also been named 2017 Honorable Mention All-Big Ten, 2017 Athlon Sports Third Team All-Big Ten, and 2017 Doak Walker Award Watch List.
Maryland has high expectations for the 2018 season, hoping for the return of sophomore quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome and freshman quarterback Kasim Hill after both suffered injuries this season. Maryland has also signed Byron Cowart, former defensive end from Auburn, along with 22 other recruits, including four-star cornerback, Noah Bokyin, from H.D. Woodson, ranking Maryland 4th in the Big Ten for recruiting.