WVU beat Maryland at Maryland with 20 players from the DMV. I understand they have a strong class entering this season and many of them are from the DMV.
The real question should be Maryland's recruiting process. For those that do not know the process consists of the regional recruiter watching a kid play then watching a game film and approving.
The film then is forwarded to the position coach who watches the film and he must approve. Then the film is forwarded to Coach Edsall who must review the film and make the decision if an offer will be extended or not extended to a perspective recruit.
I wish Maryland well with this process but I believe this process will hurt the program when the prospect in question is a 4 or 5 star recruit. The majority of assistant coaches/recruiters have the authority to offer a kid on the spot.
Big time programs are coming to the DMV and offering kids very early based on the talent they see on the field. Stevie Wonder could see that Diggs, Wes Brown, Sean Moore, Eddie Goldman, and Sam Lebbie were going to be major D-1 players as 9th graders.
I would tend to believe the coaches who were on these kids’ early and built relationships with the player and parents have an upper hand when signing day rolls around.
When Alabama Assistant Coach Sal Sunseri observes a stud player he has the authority to verbally offer the kid on the spot. When Florida State Assistant Coach Haggins observes an Eddie Goldman or Stephon Diggs he has the authority to offer that kid on the spot.
When Tennessee Assistant Coach Peter Sirmon observes a Jalen Tabor who is only a 10th grader at Friendship, he has the authority to verbally offer him. In fact, Tennessee has a board for 2014 kids from the DMV that I have personally seen and Jalen Tabor is at the top of that board. Does Maryland have their 2014 board up yet? Have they offered this kid yet? I seriously doubt it.
The point is the landscape of college football recruiting is changing as I write this post. You either change with the times or you get left behind. Mr. Plank is not bank rolling that program as T. Boone Pickens did with Oklahoma State to see the talent in the DMV leave every year and return to Byrd and beat Maryland with that talent that was allowed to leave the DMV.
Another question that should be asked is why didn’t Maryland bring Bill McGregor on staff to recruit the WCAC and the DMV? Did they even consider offering McGregor? He loves football, his kids are grown and he is a Maryland guy.
There are other viable candidates out there such as the defensive line coach at Good Counsel Kevin McFadden to recruit the WCAC and the DMV? The Annapolis Christian coach should have been considered to recruit the MIAA in Baltimore.
Has Edsall started building a relationship with Mike Anderson and his Spring Grass Roots Football League to identify future talent while they are in middle school?
Look at Mike London’s last two recruiting classes and you will see the DMV well represented. His staff is identifying kids early, pounding the pavement and building relationships with parents. Virginia is a young talented and athletic team now.
Why doesn’t Presbill of the Washington Post ask Edsall the tough questions and write a story on the Maryland recruiting process versus most other programs?
We have the talent in the DMV to put Maryland in a BCS Bowl game every year. Leave the Jersey boys in Jersey and recruit your own back yard and watch what happens.
Peace and love to all who love Maryland football!