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Franklin: Very soon 'we will get every player in the state that we want'

Okay, I’m going to drop all the notes, quotes and quick hitters from Coach Ralph Friedgen and offensive coordinator James Franklin into on blog post. At the start of next season, there will be a lot of focus on the future of Friedgen, who will likely need a winning regular season to stick around. The future of Franklin, who is under contract to be Friedgen’s successor, will also be an issue.

But Franklin on Wednesday exuded confidence about the future of the program from a recruiting standpoint. He said very soon “we will get every player in the state that we want to get.” When a reporter asked Franklin if he was being sarcastic, Franklin said he was as serious as ever.

Overall, I think it was rather impressive that Maryland kept a top-40 recruiting class together after a 10-loss season. “It shows people do have confidence in us,” Friedgen said. Franklin said recruiting “is not about records, it is about building relationships” and that the key is to have an organized plan and passion. Franklin also said having a coach in waiting helped, particularly during the few days – or a week – that Friedgen’s future was very much uncertain or even in doubt.

“If we didn’t have that plan in place, people would have been killing us,” Franklin said.

Franklin said “whenever you can rank where we rank, a lot of people with better records have not recruited as well as we had” according to the rankings. “I’ll sleep very well tonight knowing we solved some problems.”

Offensive line will continue to be a significant issue for the team next season. They look strong at linebacker.

Friedgen said the toughest get was offensive lineman Max Garcia. He said the one that got away was wide receiver Brandon Coleman, who chose to play at Rutgers.

Overall, Friedgen said his team made upgrades in its speed, athleticism and pass rush. He said the two quarterbacks – Tyler Smith and Devin Burns – are high quality individuals in terms of skill and character. He said the six quarterbacks Maryland will have on its roster next season represents “as good a group of quarterbacks” that the program has had at one time since the 1980s. Franklin said “we have an unbelievable quarterback tradition and we are getting back to that.” If the season started tomorrow, Jamarr Robinson would be the starter.

Some notes on each player from Friedgen:

Devin Burns, QB
Comes from a military background … committed to Maryland before the season … Georgia made a hard push as well … athletic with a good arm.

Lorne Goree, LB
Fork Union helped him mature as a player and peron

Javarie Johnson, LB
“He was a kid I fell in love with last year, was very disappointed when he went to Miami. He lights up a room.”

David Mackall, LB
Hoping he can come in and help us next year.

Will Yeatman
A lacrosse player who played tight end at Notre Dame. Will be on the football team in the fall.

Tyrek Cheeseboro, WR
Extremely fast, very elusive

Nate Clarke, OL
Grew up so close he could probably walk to campus. Has played only three years of football.

Sal Conaboy, OL
Comes from a wonderful, very giving family

Ian Evans, DL
Good student, runs extremely well, won state title … “a really good get, a non-brainer.”

Max Garcia, OL
Won a hard-fought battle to get him … wants to be journalist … sets goals for future beyond football.

Jeremiah Johnson, LB
Had a very good season … on the track team, runs well… reminds Ralph of Foxworth

Desmond Kearse, DB
Cousin of Jevon Kearse … had 29 sacks as a junior … Maryland got in late with him … a hybrid safety/outside linebacker, very quick off the ball.

Darius Kilgo, DL
Lost a lot of weight under new coach … can play both sides of ball, should start career on defensive side.

Andre Monroe, DL
Has explosiveness and speed

Rahsaan Moore, DL
Maryland got in late, Moore matured late … played several positions in high school … a dominant blocker.

Clarence Murphy, DL
An edge rusher who will grow into a pass rushing threat

Matt Robinson, DB
Extremely athletic, great ball skills, will only get better.

Mario Rowson, DB
Long, athletic, impressive man-to-man skills.

Tyler Smith, QB
One of top quarterbacks in country, mobile quarterback with strong arm … leader.

Titus Till, DB
Committed to Maryland early.

Jake Wheeler, OL
Played TE, OT, could grow into LT position.

Jeremiah Wilson, DB
Good student, grew up a Maryland fan.

By Eric Prisbell  |  February 3, 2010; 6:32 PM ET
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How?

Posted by: SirPelleas | February 3, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

He said very soon “we will get every player in the state that we want to get.”
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Funny stuff.

It's gold Jerry, gold!

And what else did it say about offensive line being an issue again? Yeah we all know how far teams go with average offensive lines. I mean the Redskins are getting ready to suit up for the Super Bowl simply because of their spectacular offensive live play.........

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | February 3, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Only one TE, no Fullback/Hback/blocking back, four OL when wse need at least that many, and NO KICKER. A good kicker would have made gotten us to at least 5-7 last year. Seriously.

Agree with Poopy on the Oline. Note that they are talking about these guys contributing right away. No saving redshirts to help Franklin out when he takes the reins and is pulling in every kid they want from MD. Team needs to win early and often nexxt year to turn 2009 into an aberration as opposed to the start of a trend. And a kicker would help tremendously.

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 3, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Most of the guys who will see playing time next year either went to prep school or enrolled a few weeks ago. I wouldn't say that's sacrificing the future.

Posted by: TerpFan2001 | February 4, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Hugh - didn't we have a first team Freshman All-American kicker last year? Why would that be our priority? And with the OL, remember that we also brought in a lot of guys last year. Those are the guys that will begin playing this year. This year's guys are likely a year or so from the field. I think we're actually looking fairly decent for the OL, provided guys stay at UM and stay healthy.

Overall, a decent class, especially when compared against expectations and - more importantly - when compared against need.

Posted by: ICBomber | February 4, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

IC - You may be right about Ferrara - he still has three years of eligibility and I am likely harsh on him because I am bitter about missed kicks losing close games - especially after the Terps and Skins 2009 seasons. Baltz is definitely a great punter, and can function as a back-up PK as well. I stick to my rants about OLs and DLs though, especially OLs. We still need a pass-catching TE, although that may be on the roster as a redshirt from last season. Is the kid from ND any good?

Regards -

-hgr

Posted by: HughGRection | February 4, 2010 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Ferarra is a Ray Guy candidate waiting to happen. He was far better than Baltz last season when he was forced into the punting role, and his kickoffs (when not booting into a stiff breeze) were consistantly caught inside the 10. PK was the one positions Fridge did not need to waste a scholarship on this year. Next year, he may want to go after one to avoid the problems we had last season (starting a freshman PK).

As far as FB/TE, a couple of the undersized OL will probably be groomed for those positions, and it was obvious that TE was a severe deficiency for the Terps. However, that was again a function of poor stocking in that area, and not being able to reload quickly after Haynos graduated. Furstenburg was the obvious replacement to Haynos, but never developed as quickly as his predicessors (Haynos and Vernon Davis).

A number of the linemen Fridge got this year are 2-way players that will be groomed to fill whatever the team needs over the next 4 years, a great luxury to have in the days of guys leaving early (Campbell) and the unpredictability of injuries. I'm sure a couple of the DL will be practicing on both sides of the ball during their redshirt season. Remember, they can only cary 83 scholarships, so a class of 21 when they only lost 17 seniors is a respectable haul.

I do see a problem in the lack of high quality recruits in the secondary. Half of the starting secondary is gone (Wiseman--overrated to begin with and Skinner--probably 3-4th rounder), and while Kenny Tate has made great strides and Antoine Perez is poised to have a breakout season, that is one of the areas that they could have used some more help.

Posted by: Russtinator | February 4, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

A kicker? Are you mentally challenged?

Posted by: jrchris | February 4, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

No, Jrchris, Hugejust forgot about our kicker for a second. He's the first to tell you he'll do that from time to time.

Also, but I believe that Hugh has a family member who is handicapped and classified that way, so that's probably not the right thing to say to him. Not that you knew, just saying. I and most others on here stopped using the word "retarded" on here as soon as he said something about that a while back.

Anyhow, yeah..we don't need a kicker next year. Nor a punter nor back up punter.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 4, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

to address a few of Hughs concerns: We have actually recruited some very highly touted pass catching tight ends the last few years. Devonte Campbell is likely the next star there, and Lansford Watson was a big recruit 3 yrs ago and still has 2 yrs to leave his mark. Drew Gloster was the other touted recruit but was switched to LB after 2 years. We have alot of young offensive linemen also, i would like to believe we have some very good and promising talent there. However, they are gonna take their lumps as they grow together so fingers crossed they reach their potential together. As far as the fullback position goes, Rashaan Moore out of Wise HS was recruited to play fullback i believe. He's a tough kid and built well for the position. We also have Haroon Brown still on the roster who is a short, stout, thumper of a fullback.
Overall, i'm very excited about this class particularly on defense. I hope we are assembling the speed and athleticism for Don Browns scheme so we can be aggressive and get after it.First time poster, thanks guys.
Go Terps!

Posted by: skink25 | February 5, 2010 1:53 AM | Report abuse

to address a few of Hughs concerns: We have actually recruited some very highly touted pass catching tight ends the last few years. Devonte Campbell is likely the next star there, and Lansford Watson was a big recruit 3 yrs ago and still has 2 yrs to leave his mark. Drew Gloster was the other touted recruit but was switched to LB after 2 years. We have alot of young offensive linemen also, i would like to believe we have some very good and promising talent there. However, they are gonna take their lumps as they grow together so fingers crossed they reach their potential together. As far as the fullback position goes, Rashaan Moore out of Wise HS was recruited to play fullback i believe. He's a tough kid and built well for the position. We also have Haroon Brown still on the roster who is a short, stout, thumper of a fullback.
Overall, i'm very excited about this class particularly on defense. I hope we are assembling the speed and athleticism for Don Browns scheme so we can be aggressive and get after it.First time poster, thanks guys.
Go Terps!

Posted by: skink25 | February 5, 2010 1:54 AM | Report abuse

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