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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Randy Edsall's recruiting pitch

By Dan Steinberg

(By Bill O'Leary - TWP)

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."

By Dan Steinberg  | February 23, 2011; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  College Football, Terps  
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I think that Bickel will eventually end up at Virginia Tech.

Posted by: mike8 | February 23, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Shawne Merriman is correct about the local talent. There has to be a way to recruit better in your own back yard, but Merriman and Vernon Davis and other Alum All Pro's in the NFL are the best advertising I can think of.

I think University of Maryland is in the Top 3 for most alumni in the NFL and the Terps have to partially claim Ray Lewis since he got his degree from the University of MD system ;-)

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | February 23, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

"C'mon son, who wouldn't want to play in half-filled stadium, for an also-ran team in one of the worst major football conferences in the country?"

Posted by: johnmarshall5446 | February 23, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Terps have more than 30 guys in the NFL. They must be doing something right recruiting wise, to have more NFL players than Vtech, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Clemson North Carolina, NC State, Boston College etc. What Merriman needs to understand is Friedgen had very strong recruiting ties to the Georgia area and kept recruiting down there while he was at UMD. We had a lot of blue chippers coming out of the south thanks to those ties and it would have been a shame to ignore that area just to focus solely on the DC area. Personally, I couldn't care less where the recruits come from. I hold nothing against Danny O'Brien just because he's not a DC-area native.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 23, 2011 3:56 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't matter where the talent comes from as long as you get it. Alot of highschool seniors are looking forward to getting away from home. We need to better utilize our alum talent the way Miami does. We need to work the local highschool coaches better than Fridge did.

Posted by: dnoboyle | February 23, 2011 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Bickell is the worst! He just shouts whatever nonsensical jibberish enters his noggin louder than the other chowderheads on the Junkies and it gets him in the papers.

Posted by: rodbestboy | February 23, 2011 6:05 PM | Report abuse

Randy should have spent more time working on his pitch to potential defensive coordinators.

Posted by: DCPowerGator | February 24, 2011 8:22 AM | Report abuse

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