5-star WR Rakim Jarrett explains his decision to flip from LSU, sign with Maryland
The latest Early Signing Period may have been tame compared to previous signing days but there was at least one shocker on Wednesday when five-star receiver Rakim Jarrett and long-time LSU commit announced he had signed with Maryland.
This development came after Jarrett announced on Tuesday that he would not be signing during the Early Signing Period despite being committed to LSU dating back to April. When questioned by LSU fans, Jarrett claimed his school does not allow its players to sign during the Early Signing Period.
The nation’s No. 2 receiver prospect even surprised Maryland head coach Mike Locksley with his Early Signing Period decision.
“We had no idea he was signing today, we had no idea that he was even coming to us,” Locksley said on Wednesday. “And then all of a sudden, he puts out a tweet that says [he is] committed. And we’re like, ‘What is this?’”
Following the stunning development, Jarrett was interviewed by Sean Montiel of SB Nation to discuss the decision to sign with Maryland over LSU.
“[The biggest impact] was moreso Coach Locks and the plan he presented,” Jarrett said. “How you’re going to develop me as a player and as a person and use my face to kind of brand myself even more than what I kind of do now in high school. How being in the hometown is a big thing, going further than just football.”
Jarrett also noted that he reached out to Alabama receiver Jerry Jeudy for advice. When it came to playing for Coach Locksley, which Jeudy did at Alabama, Jarrett liked what the All-American receiver had to say.
“They always say that in the system he runs, he’s going to get you the ball,” Jarrett said. “Even other coaches in college, they have nothing but respect for Coach Locks.”
Finally, on LSU’s coaching staff, Jarrett didn’t exactly have a ringing endorsement of the staff he had been committed to for eight months.
“To be honest, I think it was a lack of trust between the coaching staff at LSU and myself,” Jarrett added. “If I was going to go all the way to Louisiana, I would have to really trust those guys down there. If Coach Locks and his staff were at LSU, I probably would’ve went [there].”
That’s an interesting comment following LSU’s historic run this season to the College Football Playoff and all the praise they have received during that time. If you ask Joe Burrow what he thinks of Coach O and the LSU staff, you’ll get basically the complete opposite of what Jarrett offered up here.