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Will Terps' Struggles Impact Recruiting?

Just when you're thinking how well things are going on the field for Maryland and how their recruiting probably will get a bump, they turn in Saturday night's stinker at Virginia.

On Thursday night, Ralph Friedgen, offensive coordinator James Franklin, defensive coordinator Chris Cosh, recruiting coordinator Dave Sollazzo and running back coach John Donovan (hope I'm not missing anyone) were all smiles after watching Good Counsel running back Caleb Porzel tear up DeMatha. Not that one game makes a difference, but it had to feel good to watch a recruit (who had previously pledged to Virginia) shine on such a big stage, with the stands packed and ESPN2's cameras in attendance.

Just 48 hours later, though, things were much different. Fortunately, the game was hidden away on ESPNU.

Will the outcome hinder Maryland? And will it help Virginia? The two teams fight for many of the same recruits.

I have to think that among local players, there won't be much impact. These players already are familiar with both teams and their coaches. But for players outside the region, you hvae to think the result will resonate.


By Josh Barr  | October 6, 2008; 11:37 AM ET
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I loved this result.

Virginia -- 31
Maryland -- 0 (zero - zip - zilch - nada)

Maryland's - Defensive and Offensive lines and Linebacking corp are the worst in College Football.

I have seen harder hitting teams in powder puff leagues.

Maryland's recruiting efforts are going to take a major hit with this result.


Wake Forest -- 34
Maryland -- 10

Maryland will finish with a 5-7 record.

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

Jelani Jenkins, Travis Hawkins and Isaac Holmes will be signing with the University of Florida.

Go Tar Heels !

Posted by: Gary | October 6, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

U. Va. had a fine record last year - in 2008 it will be fortunate to win four games.
Maryland's present head coach had marvelous success with players recruited by his predecessor - his record with players that he has recruited is somewhat less favorable.
In the area, Penn State is the consistent football power.
For the young football player, choosing among scholarship offers ranks in "degree of difficulty" with picking which stock to buy in a Bear Market - the information available for the correct decision is always incomplete, sometimes inadequate. Is the young man more interested in playing football or receiving an education? Achieving in real academic courses, or being tutored in meaningless drivel? Having visited various colleges, where does he feel more comfortable?
The athlete being recruited would be foolish indeed to choose based solely on the past success of the programs - even the football factories of the Southeastern Conference have coaching changes, "off" years. If the athlete being recruited is a student, he would be wise to look at the Forbes and U.S. News rankings of the various colleges - U.Va. beats Maryland on both lists.
The loss to U.Va. should not hurt Maryland recruiting too much - but I question whether the current staff can bring enough "blue chip" players to College Park to consistently compete with the Miami's And Florida State's of the ACC.

Posted by: lmiller328 | October 6, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Who is this idiot, Gary?

Worst linebacking in College Football?

Go away...move to UNC you fake.

Posted by: Ryan | October 6, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

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