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McGregor Discusses the Lure of Albuquerque

Spent some time with DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor discussing just how popular New Mexico first-year coach Mike Locksley is with Washington-area players and coaches. Stags wide receiver Emmanuel MacPhearson and offensive lineman Calvin McDowney are taking official visits to Albuquerque this weekend; MacPhearson already accepted a scholarship offer from Locksley without ever seeing the campus.

"He has a great reputation in the Washington area and has formed a good bond with a lot of local coaches," McGregor said. "He came in right away [after being hired] and started making offers. He's aggressive. Locks has always said he wants kids from the Washington, D.C., area and he backs up what he says.

"I've never been to Albuquerque and I don't know anything about it. But you know Locksley; Mike has always been true to his word."

McDowney also is considering Toledo.

Other DeMatha players making campus visits this weekend include linebacker Derrick Lakins to Fordham and quarterback Tom Chroniger to James Madison. Chroniger last weekend visited Eastern Michigan - where he originally committed before choosing to re-examine his options and seek a Big East or ACC scholarship - and also is considering Towson, McGregor said.

Among DeMatha players making recent commitments, linebacker Raheem Cardwell pledged to Toledo, wide receiver Mike Milburn will go to Monmouth and defensive lineman Ike Nnawuba is bound for North Carolina Central.

By Josh Barr  | January 23, 2009; 11:31 AM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Emmanuel MacPhearson, Mike Locksley, Tom Chroniger  
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Hey Josh, you forgot to mention how Locksley can push how exciting it is for guys from up here to have a chance to play college football overseas. I've already asked some of my seniors heading there to bring me back Speedy Gonzales' autograph when they're home for Christmas. He's my favorite Mexican and whenever any American heads down there they always seem to run into him!

-Coach Jason Lane

Posted by: gocaps2 | January 23, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

If this hurts Maryland recruiting - I am all for it.

Maryland will finish with a 2-10 record in 2009.

Jelani Jenkins will be signing with Florida or Penn State ( thank god, he did not even consider Maryland).

Carolina Blue - Carolina WHITE - Go Tar Heels " Let's go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | January 23, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Albuquerque is sort of a gritty town and it takes Easterners some time to get used to that red and green chile they put in the food down there, but there's no pro franchise to compete with and the football team has a bowl game virtually all its own. So if the U has a good team that year, they get a ton of attention. Not as much as basketball (Steve Alford), but a lot.

The problem is recruiting. New Mexico is a tiny state in terms of population, less than 2 million, so the Brian Urlachers tey produce are definitely an exception. Most coaches recruit heavily from Texas, but when NM does produce a good player, like this Landry Jones kid who backs up Sam Bradford, they usually head out of state. If Locksley can mine the DC area, that should help him quite a bit in terms of quality athletes.

The other thing about Albuquerque is it's at 5000 feet. That takes some getting used to for athletes. But once they do, they're in better condition than their sea-level opponents.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 24, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

hclark1 wrote: "Carolina Blue - Carolina WHITE - Go Tar Heels " Let's go Tar Heels!"

Boy, with the way Carolina has been playing, this poor guy must be stewing in his juice.

Posted by: Samson151 | January 24, 2009 8:45 AM | Report abuse

I loved - loved this result.

Duke --- 85
Maryland --- 44

Dematha HS would easily defeat Maryland.


Boston College -- 83
Maryland -- 62

Maryland will finish with a 15 - 16 record

No NCAA bid

No NIT bid

How can any parent, let their son play for a program like Maryland - with a 10 % graduation rate.

Carolina blue - Carolina WHITE - Go Tar Heels ! - Let's go Tar Heels !

Posted by: hclark1 | January 25, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

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