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Could QB Choice Hurt Terps' Chances to Recruit?

That's what one reader thinks. Here's his email to me:
Hey Josh,

I am a big time recruiting follower of college football and I tell you that the Fridge picking Stefy Jordan over Chris Turner is going to be used by the competing colleges against Maryland.
As you know, most of the best recruits wanna know before committing that if they out-play everyone "will they START."
Penn State, WVU, Illinois and the Virginia colleges are going to point out this decision for years to come.
Ralph went for LOYALTY instead of playing the best player. In life that would be admirable, but in big time college recruiting that could be the kiss of death.

That is too bad.eq

Hmmm. Not sure about this. I'm sure any logic can be twisted, and surely such decisions have been made at other positions. You can discuss it here also.

Personally, though I'm not close to the team any longer, I have to believe there is more to it than just rewarding a fifth-year senior recruited by the new offensive coordinator. Believe me, there is heat in the corner office in College Park. Nobody is more competitive than Ralph Friedgen and I'm sure it didn't go over well that he was in that Forbes list of the most overpaid coaches around, He's not making a choice that would go against the interest of winning games.

By Josh Barr  | August 25, 2008; 12:14 PM ET
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Hope Steffy plays well but I've never seen a guy with less confidence back there. Its going to take a real change in Steffy if he's going to make the O go. Gimme a break Fridge-completion percentage in practice??

Posted by: Shizzle | August 26, 2008 7:47 AM | Report abuse

Who is Stefy Jordan?

Posted by: Eric | August 26, 2008 9:02 AM | Report abuse

The link to "discuss it here also" is dead.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 9:11 AM | Report abuse

Maryland will finish with a 4-8 record (good for last place in the ACC - even behind Duke).

I am happy to see that Maryland is no longer recruiting Tavon Austin.

Posted by: gary | August 26, 2008 5:23 PM | Report abuse

i agree, Josh, opposing recruiters would have used this no matter which way Ralph went, probably just like Terp recruiters use any hint of disarray on the campuses of their competitors. its the nature of the beast.

i was pulling for Turner, but it simply sounds like he's got some maturing to do yet and that Steffy "knows" the playbook. the key will be the difference between knowing and putting the playbook into practice

Posted by: mdrockjock | August 27, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

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