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Top Prospect Chooses Terps

Maryland landed a big pickup last night when Bishop McNamara cornerback Cameron Chism committed to play for the Terrapins.

"He talked to [defensive coordinator] Chris Cosh, who is a McNamara alum," McNamara Coach Bryce Bevill said.

Just last week, Bevill said he believed that Chism would wait until after the season to make a decision. Instead, the player made the leap on the eve of the regular season. The Mustangs play Saturday at Ballou.

"I honestly have no idea" why Chism made his decision now, Bevill said. "I know he said he felt comfortable with them. He came to me today and said he made a decision."

By Josh Barr  | August 28, 2007; 4:14 PM ET
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awesome, Maryland has done much better this year keeping high level recruits in state...they still have a ways to go, but they are starting to recruit better in their house.

Posted by: SHANE | August 28, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

The Fridge coralls in another recruit. FREDTERP

Posted by: FREDTERP | August 28, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

MARYLAND NEED TO GO GET LAMAAR THOMAS AND TATE AND ELLIS AND KERR NOW, SALE OG, KEEP local talent at home great job terps.

Posted by: TONY | August 29, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Recruiting has really taken a turn for the better on the defensive side of the ball the last two years. If Ralph could just find a way to make a big breakthrough recruiting wise with local kids on the other side of the ball! It's really hurts when all the top lineman and skill position players on offense leave the state. It's going to come someday, and I have no doubt the future play of Josh Portis will have a lot to do with it. He is the type of player that will make local kids look at UM differently.

Posted by: virtueandvice | August 29, 2007 12:48 PM | Report abuse

One thing to remember -- and not to spoil the party. But success on the recruiting front doesn't always lead to success on the field. I think everyone will agree that Friedgen's recruiting classes were more highly-regarded than Vanderlinden's. But which players won the 10-plus games in Friedgen's first three years? Guys like Bruce Perry, Shaun Hill and E.J. Henderson came in under Vanderlinden. Ditto for Todd Wike, Matt Crawford and those guys. The more heralded players don't always work out, especially in football, where it takes the right fit of talent and adaptability.

Posted by: Josh Barr | August 29, 2007 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Josh,
Friedgen also pulled in talents like Shawne Merriman, Vernon Davis, Adam Podlesh, Randy Starks, Josh Wilson, Josh Allen, Foxworth, Jared Gaither...

Most of the above were key parts to that 2003 Gator Bowl winning team not to mention getting paid to play in the NFL.

Posted by: BuddhaUMD | August 29, 2007 3:06 PM | Report abuse

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