Randy Edsall's recruiting pitch
Not long after Randy Edsall was hired at Maryland, Shawne Merriman suggested this could be a step in the right direction for the program, if Edsall could do better than his predecessor at keeping Maryland prospects at home.
"There's too much talent in this area to let it end up going to Texas and Florida and all these other schools," the linebacker said. "And one of the things that's gonna be huge for the new coach coming in is to get guys to do that."
Well, if that's Edsall's challenge, it's not a bad idea to make him lay out his pitch to local talent. Eric Bickel from 106.7 The Fan did just that this week, telling Edsall to pretend he was attempting to sell Maryland to a top-30 prospect from DeMatha.
"Well, the reason you should come here is because anything you ever dreamed of as a young man, as a kid, you can accomplish here," Edsall said. "You want to be an all-American? You can do it. You want to be all-ACC? You can do it. You want to win the ACC championship? You can do it. You can win a national championship here. But most importantly, you're gonna be able to do it at home.
"And then, what you've got to understand, football''s only gonna last you so long. And when you take a look at the University of Maryland and its academics, and what a degree means from the University of Maryland, plus the networking that we're gonna get you involved with while you're here with all the people here in this metropolitan area, you're gonna have the opportunity to be able to go and do whatever you want to do for the rest of your life and be successful. And I think that's the thing. '
"And you're gonna be part of a program that's gonna care about you and is gonna develop you holistically as a person, as a student and as a player. And when you get that combination, now you can be successful in whatever you want to do in life."
At this, Bickel interrupted, saying it all sounded fine, but asking why Edsall's Terps would be able to win a national championship when previous Maryland coaches hadn't managed to do that.
"Well, all's I can tell you is take a look at the track record," he said. "People have told me I couldn't do a lot of things wherever I've been as an assistant or a head coach, and all's we've done is prove them wrong. So guess what? We're gonna do the same thing here. We're gonna prove 'em wrong again."
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