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Big Morning for Maryland: White Commits

More on this in a bit, but today's big news is that All-Met offensive lineman Pete White of St. John's this morning picked Maryland over Miami and Tennessee. Obviously, White, a four-year starter is a very talented player but his decision might be even more significant in that the Terps have struggled to get the top local players. With White and All-Met defensive back Travis Hawkins, Maryland won two big recruiting battles.

Colleague Jeff Nelson attended White's announcement that he was heading to College Park and filed a full report. An excerpt:

Some perceived Miami as the front-runner for White after he traveled there for a visit this past weekend. But he decided yesterday morning to stay with the program he grew up following.
"I just felt more comfortable at Maryland than any other place," he said. "It was just the right fit for me."

By Josh Barr  | February 4, 2009; 9:40 AM ET
Categories:  Football  | Tags:  Pete White  
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Let's go Maryland, it's time to circle to wagons Maryland fans Fridge has put together his best recruiting class

Posted by: fzuylen | February 4, 2009 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Great get, I like his comments too. Get all the local kids to go to MD to win a championship

Posted by: bssd | February 4, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Okay maybe i'm goofy but Jenkins picked FLA. where he will probably sit or be reshirted for a year while he would have an excellent chance at starting here at a true freshman,I live here in ATLANTA(transplanted from DC) and national signing day was the lead story on the local news!! not the economy,not Pres.Obama,not the crime wave,but college recruiting, unreal Football is 24/7/365 here in Georgia Sports radio is holding a huge party at the ESPN ZONE in downtown Atlanta for all the high school recruits and the place is already packed I've been here for two years never seen anything like it.

Posted by: dargregmag | February 4, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I am not sure that Jenkins would start at Maryland. They are always very deep and talented at linebacker. Ralph refuses to garauntee anyone playing time. You come in and earn it. He strongly suggests that there is time to be had, but will stop short of making any promises. Don't get overly excited about some magazine rating someone number 1 or 2. Wesley Jefferson was a can't miss number 2 prospect. He waited 3 years to find the field at College Park. Can't miss #2 prospect Josh Portis just transfered for the second time in order to obtain playing time.

Every player at this level is an all star. Each was the best among his HS teammates for the most part. It is a big adjustment for all of them. Sometimes, it is the mid level kids who do best because they know coming in that they have to work hard to get on the field. Highly ranked kids get complaicent too easily and believe they've earned it by simply showing up.

Way to go Ralph.

Posted by: jcyr4 | February 4, 2009 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Big morning for Maryland indeed. In addition to White (huge), they also got another offensive lineman, Nick Klemm, from Ga. Klemm had committed to BC but changed his mind after the big shakeup up there.

Lets go Terps!

Posted by: bigdave415 | February 4, 2009 11:57 AM | Report abuse

It is a tragedy that Jelani will not go to Maryland. However, with Debbie Yow at the helm ( failure at St. Louis U and U of MD) can you blame him?

The "Fridge' will get players based on his own effrts, but as long as Debbie Yow is in charge, expect nothing going forward.

Posted by: jgdonahue | February 4, 2009 1:04 PM | Report abuse

wow.... you mean the U of MD actually recruits top notch area talent. I figured they didn't even try because they never land anyone.

Posted by: avbanig | February 4, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

There are some big boys in that list. Any promising QB's?

Posted by: gjrhine | February 4, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

"the Terps have struggled to get the top local players" - Understatement of the year. That failure alone should get Williams and Friedgen and Yow fired.

Posted by: jg284481-5-37 | February 4, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Credit to Terps for an excellent recruiting class. Should note that 5 recruits already are enrolled this Spring Semester at College Park. Not important who did not commit. Only important who committed - and this class is very good. Washington area needs to recognize that Maryland has become an excellent academic institution with three current NCAA national championship teams. But Terps need to continue to improve (expand) Byrd Stadium to be competitive.

Posted by: PhilP2 | February 4, 2009 5:12 PM | Report abuse

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