Maryland Head Coach Randy Edsall just finished his 3 p.m. press conference to announce the 2012 recruiting class.  The class has 24 prospects, 20 incoming freshmen, 3 transfers and a late qualifier from 2011.  The class isn’t overwhelming, as it stands somewhere in the mid-40’s nationally, but given this is coming off a 2-10 season with a mass exodus after the season it could be seen as somewhat of a coup.

Edsall announced via a Press Release:

“I’m excited about the depth and quality of this class,” Edsall said. “All of these student-athletes are outstanding individuals who come from winning programs, have a great work ethic and leadership skills, and understand the team concept. Our staff did a great job in identifying the players who fit the profile we’re looking for in a Maryland football player.”

Edsall started off the press conference with him saying they wanted to recruit locally.  “We really wanted to make in-roads in Maryland, DC, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.”  The Terps added 17 players from those states.

Edsall added “I think this class sets in motion the things we want to do.  We want to keep the local talent in Maryland.”

Edsall also wants this current crop of recruits to start helping him recruit the current crop of juniors.  He said that Mike Madaras and Wes Brown need to start helping Maryland recruit at Good Counsel.  He also made sure to mention that Albert Reid (Friendship Collegiate) and Kenny Goins (Gilman) needed to do the same thing.  Goins was the first Gilman player to come to Maryland since 1980.  I can only wonder if he said that in the hopes that Madaras and Brown can still convince Stefon Diggs to join them at Maryland, obviously he couldn’t comment on that.

Last but not least, Maryland DT A.J. Francis had something to add to National Signing Day:

picture 7 National Signing Day: Maryland

A.J. Francis on Signing Day

Maryland missed out on some big names today.  Eddie Goldman, Korren Kirven, Morgan, Reader and a few others decided to go elsewhere for college.  Obviously a 2-10 season won’t help in recruiting, but Randy Edsall, Mike Locksley and the rest of the staff did well to get Albert Reid and Wes Brown late.

Maryland already has three players on campus.  WR Levern Jacobs and CB Isaac Goins from the 2012 class are JuCo prospects who enrolled early.  DL Quinton Jefferson, from the 2011 class, also enrolled in the winter.

The final list:

Name                        Pos.     Ht.      Wt.     Yr.-Elig  Hometown (High School/Previous School)

Roman Braglio           DL        6-3      240    Fr.-HS     Owings Mills, Md. (McDonogh High School)

Nick Brigham             OL        6-2      280    Fr.-HS     Atlanta, Ga. (Marist School)

Wes Brown                RB        6-1      210    Fr.-HS     Olney, Md. (Good Counsel High School)

Malcolm Culmer         WR       6-0      180    Fr.-HS     New Jersey N.J. (Willingboro High School)

Zach Dancel^             DB       6-0      185    So.-TR    Ellicott City, Md. (Good Counsel High School/New Mexico)

Sean Davis                DB       6-1      185    Fr.-HS     Washington, D.C. (Maret School)

Brock Dean                LB        6-0      210    Fr.-HS     Harrisburg, Pa. (Bishop McDevitt High School)

Amba Etta-Tawo         WR       6-2      175    Fr.-HS     Powder Springs, Ga. (McEachern High School)

P.J. Gallo                  TE        6-2      225    Fr.-HS     Holland, Pa. (Council Rock High School South)

Isaac Goins#              DB       6-0      185    Jr.-TR     Hercules, Calif. (El Cerrito High School/Contra Costa College)

Kenneth Goins           RB        5-10    210    Fr.-HS     Baltimore, Md. (Gilman School)

Alvin Hill                    DB       5-11    190    Fr.-HS     Locaust Grove, Ga. (Luella High School)

Perry Hills                  QB       6-3      205    Fr.-HS     Pittsburgh, Pa. (Central Catholic High School)

Stefan Houston          LB        6-2      192    Fr.-HS     Clarksburg, Md. (Clarksburg High School)

Levern Jacobs#          WR       6-0      180    Fr.-HS     Temple Hills, Md. (Suitland High School/Milford Academy)

Quinton Jefferson*     DL        6-4      250    Fr.-HS     Pittsburgh, Pa. (Woodland Hills High School)

Abner Logan              LB        6-1      220    Fr.-HS     Cambridge, Mass. (Dexter School)

Mike Madaras            OL        6-5      293    Fr.-HS     Olney, Md. (Good Counsel High School)

Anthony Nixon           DB       6-1      200    Fr.-HS     Pittsburgh, Pa. (Central Catholic High School)

Shawn Petty               LB        6-2      228    Fr.-HS     Greenbelt, Md. (Eleanor Roosevelt High School)

Albert Reid                 RB        5-10    177    Fr.-HS     Washington, D.C. (Friendship Collegiate Academy)

Joe Riddle                 RB        6-0      195    Fr.-HS     Frederick, Md. (Linganore High School)

Caleb Rowe               QB       6-2      185    Fr.-HS     Landrum, S.C. (Blue Ridge High School)

Avery Thompson        LB        6-2      205    Fr.-HS     Chesapeake, Va. (Grassfield High School)

* – signed in 2011 and enrolled in January; # – enrolled in January; ^ – transfer who will enroll in the fall

The top players from the class:

  • OT Mike Madaras from Good Counsel HS in Olney, Md. Madaras could be competing for R.J. Dill’s vacant Right Tackle spot.
  • LB Abner Logan from Dexter School in Brookline, Ma. Logan was another late commitment, and like Lorne Goree and Alex Twine may see the field as a true freshman.
  • RB Wes Brown from Good Counsel HS in Olney, Md.  Brown was brought in by Locksley after he brought in Zach Dancel, who was like his brother.
  • RB Albert Reid from Friendship Collegiate Academy in DC.  Locksley is famous for recruiting DC and was hoping to land both Reid and a top-3 player in the country in DT Eddie Goldman, but Goldman is headed to Tallahassee to join Florida State.

Follow Brendan Darr for up-to-the-minute updates: @BrendanDarr1067


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