National Signing Day: Maryland
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:
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.
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