Could QB Choice Hurt Terps' Chances to Recruit?
That's what one reader thinks. Here's his email to me:
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.
| August 25, 2008; 12:14 PM ET
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