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Lineman Could Choose Soon, Possibly Between U-Md. and Penn State

Gwynn Park lineman Raynard Randolph is strongly considering Penn State and Maryland so that he can stay close to home, according to Yellow Jackets Coach Danny Hayes, adding "he'll probably [choose] before the season."

Hayes said that defensive back Nygee Carmichael has offers from Army and Towson, while defensive back William Speight holds an offer from Towson. Towson also is in the mix with lineman Reggie Eiland, along with Rhode Island, Syracuse, Princeton and Stanford. Hayes expects junior Khalek Shepherd to get offers on Sept. 1, the first day that colleges are permitted to formally offer juniors.

Here's what colleague B.J. Koubaroulis had to say about Randolph in a recent Recruiting Spotlight:

By Josh Barr  | July 31, 2008; 9:20 AM ET
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It would be better if Raynard Randolph chose Penn State - University of Maryland does not want anyone from P.G. County - too much of an academic risk. P.G. County teachers are known for their grade inflation. The Washington Post should investigate the grade inflation in P.G. County schools.

Posted by: Mike | July 31, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Terps should take him. After all the problems local guys have at PSU I would def stay close to home. Maryland guys have had MUCH more success at College Park than the flame-outs and such who never reached their potential at PSU.

Posted by: Shizzle | July 31, 2008 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I an always surprised when MD beats PSU for a top recruit. In most cases PSU offers a far superior education although MD has improved dramatically in the past 10 years. PSU is also a much bigger stage for a college football player.

Posted by: TK | July 31, 2008 5:15 PM | Report abuse

Far superior education? Apparently you haven't checked the college rankings recently.

Oh, and since Fridge got here, MD has a better record than PSU, but carry on with that "bigger stage" thing.

Posted by: Person with Brain | July 31, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Question is, if PSU football is not seen as better by the kids, why do most top end guys flee Maryland for PSU?

Posted by: captain reality | July 31, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

you can't be serious, top end guys like who? ALE who is now at Towson? derrick more hype than anyone ever williams who has been mediocre at best? the only player i would want on MD from that short bus full of recruits is AJ Wallace, all the others for the most part have been in trouble, aren't on the team anymore, or haven't done anything worth while. givens this year will prep and the other guys for 09 they got in MD i wouldn't take a second glance at. how about KENNY TATE, soon to be Travis Hawkins, and LOL if you think you are getting Tavon Austin....Joepa with a speed back? likely......................not

Posted by: lol @ captain reality | July 31, 2008 5:57 PM | Report abuse

US News and World Report Top National Universities 2008 - Penn State 48, Maryland 52. Pretty close - no advantage either way.

To deny the "bigger stage" thing is silly even though Friedge has won more since 2001. Penn State, up or down, continues to be a national draw, I think they have 3 or 4 primetime games announced already for this fall and are on ABC or ESPN for most of their games. I wish MD the best and wish I could see them more on TV but Penn State still rules on the "big stage" and is a top ratings draw.

Posted by: JLK | July 31, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Let's be objective here. UMD wanted ALE as much as PSU. He was a flop and would have been anywhere he attended.

As far as the MD haul that Penn got in 2006. I think we need to see how their 3rd year works out. Some of them are redshirt sophomores. Phillip Taylor was a darn good player but fool as well.

Posted by: wendy | July 31, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure that in your research into Maryland's record as compared to PSU's since Friedgen took over you were sure to note that the majority of the terp's victories came during his first three seasons. The significance you ask? Thirty-one of his Fifty-six wins were earned by players he didn't recruit to Maryland, that credit goes to Ron Vanderlinden who by the way has since coached his linebacking unit to three Bednarik awards while at PSU. Over the past three seasons, in which big Ralph may take full credit for the team's roster, the terps are 20-17 while the nits are 29-9 with three consecutive bowl wins. Perhaps now you can better understand the "bigger stage" that resides in Happy Valley.

Posted by: Paul | July 31, 2008 9:18 PM | Report abuse

UMD has a football team??

Posted by: thrdinput | August 1, 2008 7:57 AM | Report abuse

This young man's best bet is to go to PSU if it is between PSU and UMd. The defensive line coach at PSU, Larry Johnson, is top notch and one of the best. As a defensive lineman he would be backed up by well-coached and talented linebackers who are also coached by a top notch and one of the best in Vanderlinden. If the young man is focused on his goals he will have a bright future at PSU and beyond.

Posted by: Terptown | August 2, 2008 11:43 AM | Report abuse

What? Stop bothering me I'm trying to take a nap. Where's my Metamucil? This is a witch hunt. Penn State is a big stage I say. Go away. Leave me alone. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

Posted by: Joe Paterno | August 3, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

A lot of naivete from the MD fans here.

Look at PSU's defense this fall -- it will be a top 10 defense for the fourth or fifth straight year, with Md players all over the field. Some of the best ones are people Maryland barely even recruited (Bani Gbadyu, Ollie Ogbu).

PSU Coach Larry Johnson runs one of the best DL programs in the country, if not the best, right now. PSU is the NCAA leader in sacks the last 3 years. So of course he will get some of the best recruits anywhere he chooses to go. He loves Maryland so of course he will recruit Md. players -- and that is to their benefit to have Coach Johnson looking at them.

But no, the majority of football recruits do not become stars -- they have to earn it. In any Div. 1 school only about 1/3 of incoming freshman are going to be two-year starters or better. The washouts are going to outnumber the stars -- that is just the way it works anywhere.

At PSU the competition for starting jobs on the DL is very tough -- but that doesn't seem to discourage the best recruits -- they want to learn from the best coach and play alongside the best players. I do think Coach Johnson rotates as much as he can, so if they can really play, they're in there.

Raynard Randolph sounds like he could be a Penn State lineman (he certainly plays like one), but if he thinks Maryland is a better fit for him, that's a great place too.

Posted by: T Boyer | August 4, 2008 7:54 AM | Report abuse

hahahahaha Kenny Tate? Laughable. He's been moved from WR to Safety!!! HAHA!

Posted by: lol | August 6, 2008 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I work for one of the major recruiting sites and Penn State definitely eats Maryland's lunch for them in-state. Any Terps fans who think differently are heavily, heavily delusional.

Posted by: Neutral | August 6, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

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