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Terrapin football recruiting so far

By Rick Nelligan

Oh what should be… Recruiting has been the Achilles Heel of the Terrapin football program ever since I can remember. Routinely other schools have come into Maryland territory and stolen talented D.C.-Maryland-Virginia student-athletes, not the least of which being Penn State and Florida. This is unacceptable to me as I’m sure it is to most of you reading this, but that’s another post for another day. If there is one strength to Terrapin recruiting, it is finding a few diamonds in the rough and developing them. A few examples in the past are Shawne Merriman, D’Qwell Jackson, Vernon Davis and Jared Gaither. In the present, there have been unheralded recruits such as 4-star recruits Kenny Tate and Tony Logan (Phase one MVP), and 3-star recruits Torrey Smith, Alex Wujciak, and Adrian Moten.

Then there’s the 2011 Terps football recruiting class. What we have to remember is that the Terps were a 2-10 football team last year. As of right now, the Terps recruiting class consists of one 4-star, eleven 3-stars, three 2-stars, and three currently unranked players.  The lone 4-star is Nathaniel Clarke, who committed to the Terps last year, but is attending prep school this year.

Other than Clarke, I do believe there is a good amount of unearthed potential from what I’ve seen and read.  First of which is New Jersey linebacker Cole Farrand. He is an above-average athlete with good instincts, a mean streak and excellent leadership ability. Then there’s Brandon Ross, a running back out of Delaware. Ross has excellent speed, great running instincts and good agility. In his most recent game, Ross totaled 325 yards and four touchdowns. Then last, but absolutely not least (and not really even the last), there’s local product Jeremiah Hendy, a defensive back prospect out of Bowie. After watching Hendy, I can’t believe he isn’t rated higher. He is blazing fast and has incredible instincts. Even when he is on defense, it seems like the opposing quarterback is trying to throw him the ball. The way he attacks the ball and reads quarterbacks is incredible. He will be special.

Looking ahead, there is still plenty of time before National Signing Day, and plenty of work to do. The Terps priority now is protecting the state of Maryland. Big time recruits Cyrus Kouandjio, Darius Jennings, Blake Countess, Kevin McReynolds, and Donovan Smith are all still available and all hail from either Maryland or DC. If the Terps get two or three out of those five student-athletes, it will go a long way to making this an exceptional recruiting class. Not to mention how it could help set a precedent for years to come for our home-grown athletes to stay at home. As was said in the popular Under Armour campaign, “We Must Protect This House!”

By Box Seats blogger  | October 8, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
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You forgot the biggest sleeper...Evan Mulrooney. Apparently he went up against the best rated DT in a camp and more than held his own. Also he is a 2*. Watch out for him!

Posted by: merajc86 | October 9, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Don't forget about Marcus Leak, Cheeseboro and Nigel King to replace the wideouts we're losing. And they're recruiting more athletic, slimmer lineman to beat people off the ball. They seem to be getting the players they want.

Maryland football needs to take a similar approach to what Gary did with basketball. Find the diamonds in the rough and build from there to eventually get a few more marque players here and there.

I think some people also forget that included in the Heyward-Bey class, we would have had Derek Williams who went to Penn State but he decommitted from us because the university laid off his dad right before the signing period.

Posted by: DiehardTerp | October 12, 2010 7:53 AM | Report abuse

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