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Posted on: February 10, 2012 7:34 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2012 7:36 pm
 

Diggs stays home and commits to Maryland

Posted by Bryan Fischer

High profile recruits have increasingly waited until after Signing Day to commit to a school in recent years and with the class of 2012 it was Olney (Md.) athlete Stefon Diggs who kept coaches, fans and recruits wondering which program he would wind up at.

The answer finally came Friday night as the five-star athlete put on a Maryland cap at a local restaurant and committed to the hometown Terps.

Diggs took official visits to California, Florida, Auburn and Ohio State but saved his final trip to Maryland for after Signing Day. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder is the nation's No. 14 overall recruit according to MaxPreps and ranked as the third-best athlete in the class.

One of the fastest players in the country, Diggs runs in the 4.4 range in the 40-yard dash and can play on either side of the ball as a wide receiver or defensive back. The five-star will likely end up on offense in college after accounting for 1,443 all-purpose yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior, leading Our Lady of Good Counsel to a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title last season.

Much of the credit in Maryland landing Diggs goes to new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley. The former head coach at New Mexico and offensive coordinator at Illinois is well-known for his connections in the Washington, D.C. area as a recruiter. In addition to Diggs, teammate and the country's 10th-ranked running back Wes Brown signed with the program. Though the commitment is not enough to put Maryland in the top 25 class rankings, it does give head coach Randy Edsall and the program a marquee recruit in 2012.

"On the field he's one of the nation's most exciting ball players, an elite prospect and a difference maker," analyst Tom Lemming said of Diggs. "Exceptional with the ball in his hands, he's a high school superstar be it running with the ball, catching the ball, or picking off a pass. He seems to do everything with ease and is a natural, all around athlete."

The Maxpreps All-American gives Maryland 23 commitments in the class of 2012.
Photo by Jim Stout



Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:28 pm
 

National Signing Day Winners and Losers: ACC



Posted by Chip Patterson

Breaking down who won and lost in the ACC on National Signing Day

WINNER: Florida State

For the second year in a row, multiple top uncommitted prospects picked Florida State in widely publicized National Signing Day announcements. Cornerback Ronald Darby (pictured above, No. 3 athlete in 2012 class) never even told head coach Jimbo Fisher he was definitely coming to Florida State, but when decision time came he reached for the Seminoles' hat. It started with Mario Edwards, Jr. signing his letter on ESPN in the morning, then on to Eddie Goldman's commitment and Jameis Winston's public recruitment of Darby just before the cornerback's announcement. For Florida State, the revolution was televised.



LOSER: North Carolina schools

Recently, high school football in the state of North Carolina has been on the rise. Unfortunately, it has not resulted in a boost to any of the North Carolina schools in the ACC. North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, and Duke missed out on every North Carolina prospect in Tom Lemming's Top 100 Players, and allowed 31 of the 55 in-state prospects to sign with out-of-state schools. If these football programs want to shake the "basketball school" reputation of Tobacco Road, they need to stop letting the best in-state talent get poached by other programs.

WINNER: Miami

The Hurricanes got a jump start on the competition due to self-imposed bowl ineligibility, and those early verbal commits helped secure enough to talent to keep the Hurricanes as a Top 10 class despite some defections. Miami also got a much-needed boost in the secondary with the commitment of Tracy Howard, and defensive end Tyriq McCord signed his letter despite rumors he may flip to USC or South Carolina. The heart of Golden's 2012 recruiting class lies right in Miami's backyard, with over half of the class from Southern Florida - many from Broward-Dade County area. Several Hurricanes' signees openly spoke about expecting NCAA action, and are willing to follow Golden's plan for success anyway.



LOSER: Georgia Tech

Recruiting is just not a great time for the public image of Georgia Tech football. Head coach Paul Johnson was publicly critical of oversigning again, and the Yellow Jackets' stiff academic requirements have become a topic of conversations when competing against the SEC for in-state talent. But Georgia Tech did have a hat on the table when defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson was making his decision between the Yellow Jackets, Alabama, and Georgia on National Signing Day. Tomlinson, one of the top uncommitted in-state recruits, paused on the Georgia Tech hat, only to publicly spurn the Yellow Jackets and commit to Alabama. Additionally, Georgia Tech offensive line coach Todd Spencer resigned amidst potential NCAA violations from impermissible text messaging. Just not a good PR day for Georgia Tech.

WINNER: Maryland

Wide receiver Stefon Diggs (No. 14 overall prospect) did not commit on National Signing Day. The top ranked unsigned recruit is strongly considering Florida, Auburn, and Maryland. While many believe the Gators are in the lead for Diggs, MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak writes that Maryland still might have a chance. Former Illinois head coach Ron Zook believes that new Maryland offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, who has a great relationship with Diggs' family, could convince the Olney, Md. standout to stay in-state. With Locksley playing catch up in the recruiting game, every day without a Diggs commitment is likely to Maryland's advantage.

LOSER: Virginia Tech

While the Hokies pulled in another solid class, including talented wide receiver Joel Caleb, there was one decommit that caused an unwanted scene. Linebacker Jawand Blue, a Boca Raton, Fla. native, was committed to the Hokies until an opportunity arose at the last minute to jump in with Miami. When he called Virginia Tech, the phone conversation apparently did not go well. Unfortunately, a local reporter heard the conversation (from Blue's end) and began tweeting quotes "from Frank Beamer." A Virginia Tech spokesperson later clarified it was not Beamer, but assistant coach Charley Wiles. For more on the interaction, you can check out ACCSports.com's Signing Day blog. Blue was not a make-or-break recruit for Beamer, but the whole situation was a loss on a very public day for all recruiting news.

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Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Florida linebacker commits to the Terps

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Things haven't gone too well for Maryland on the field in 2011 but they're hoping the class of 2012 is part of a big turnaround for the program. Tallahassee (Fla.) linebacker Dallas Griffiths believes he can help turn the tide and committed to the Terps this week.

"Well, they really don't have too many people that are vocal on that team, and the coaches want me to come in and be the guy that calls the plays and gets the defense set up and be the centerpiece of that defense," Griffiths told TerrapinTimes.com.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder had a dominating senior season with 167 total tackles and one interception to go with a perfect 13-0 record and a state title. He also held offers from Georgia Tech, Southern Miss and UCF but is firmly committed to what Maryland is doing.

"I really liked the coaching staff, I liked what Coach (Randy) Edsall is establishing there with his program. I liked the fan base, it was great, you could tell they were behind him and the team," he said. "And I saw what he did at Connecticut and I am excited and want to be a part of what he is going to do at Maryland."

Griffiths is the 20th commitment for the Terps' class of 2012 and fifth linebacker.

"Dallas came on strong during the second half of the 2010 season showing terrific lateral agility, the ability to break down in the open field and make plays, decent strength, and shows the ability to effectively drop back into the passing lanes," analyst Tom Lemming said of the linebacker.

Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:13 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 4:13 pm
 

NCAA issues cause Montgomery to cross off UCF

Posted by Bryan Fischer

With the resignation of wide receivers coach David Kelly and serious NCAA issues at the school, UCF has been dropped as a school under consideration for Winter Park (Fla.) receiver Dvario Montgomery.

“That basically wrapped it up for me and showed me that that’s not where I want to be at all,” Montgomery told the Orlando Sentinel. “I kind of [crossed] them off my list.”

Montgomery is still looking at South Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Louisville. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound athlete recently returned from an official visit to College Park and is now high on the Terps along with the Bulls.

“It was real good,” he said of his visit. “I liked the atmosphere, the only thing about it, it was cold. I could adapt to that fine. Other than that, everything was nice. I loved the coaches. Coach (Randy) Edsall, all of them … they were showing me so much love. They showed me basically everything that happens. The players, everyone was true, there was no messing around … I respected it.”

Montgomery is planning to commit after the season and figures to take his time looking at schools after crossing off local option UCF for numerous reasons.

Posted on: October 27, 2011 10:14 am
 

10/27 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

- Realignment is becoming a recruiting issue for some Big East coaches.

  Wide receiver Jehu Chesson will visit Michigan this weekend.

  2013 offensive lineman Austin Bland was offered by Purdue.

  Michigan State hosted cornerback Ezra Robinson and the visit went well.

  How will Randy Edsall recruit more speed and athleticism to Maryland?

  In-state recruiting is vital for Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill.

  Kyle Murphy is playing the recruiting game at his pace and recently returned from Oregon.

  Nebraska is hosting several notable visitors this week.
Posted on: August 15, 2011 10:28 am
 

Ranking the ACC recruiting classes

Posted by Bryan Fischer

1. Florida State (Ranked number four overall by Maxpreps)

It's no surprise to see the Seminoles at the top of this list given what Jimbo Fisher has done on the recruiting trail recently. The defensive front seven players alone makes this a special group and that's not even considering grabbing the top dual-threat quarterback in Jameis Winston.

2. Miami (#5)

The Hurricanes have done excellent work with Al Golden's first full recruiting class, especially on the defensive side with players such as Jelani Hamilton and Raphael Kirby. There's a lot of speed in the class as one would expect given their South Florida talent base.

3. Virginia (#8)

How about the job Mike London has done on the recruiting trail? Michaei Moore is a top 100 defensive end he lured from Maryland and linebacker Kwontie Moore is a possible impact player early on given his size and speed.

4. Virginia Tech (#11)

Frank Beamer usually pulls several talented players out of the Tidewater and this class is no exception. Defensive end Jaraontay Jones and linebackers Deon Clarke and Trey Edmunds are a great building block for the Hokie defense.

5. Clemson (#13)

Despite Dabo Swinney being on the hot seat this season, the Clemson staff can still recruit. There's two top 100 players in the group and defensive back Travis Blanks should be able to make an impact early on with his terrific coverage skills.

6. Georgia Tech

It's a good year for talent in Georgia and north Florida and the Yellowjackets are taking advantage. Although they don't have an elite player, defensive end Junior Gnonkonde, linebacker Tyler Stargel and lineman Will Adams are several very good players in the class.

7. North Carolina

One of the more intriguing classes due to the resignation of Butch Davis and possible NCAA sanctions, the Tar Heels have done a solid job under the circumstances. Quarterback Patton Robinette is an Elite 11 quarterback and could be someone to build around in tough times.

8. Maryland

Randy Edsall has taken some heat for not connecting with several local high schools but he's grabbed some good local athletes nevertheless. Quarterback Shawn Petty has impressed during the summer and Mike Madaras is an offensive lineman anybody would love to have.

9. Duke

The Blue Devils have to play by a second set of rules given their admissions standards so evaluation is key in more ways than one. The current class is a good effort when viewed in that light and players like linebacker Deion Williams are a nice pick up.

10. N.C. State

You never hear much about the efforts of Tom O'Brien and staff but they seem to specialize in finding a few diamonds in the rough from year to year. Quarterback A.J. Doyle and defensive tackle K'Hadree Hooker are the anchors on either side of the ball for the Wolfpack.

11. Boston College

The Eagles look to have another solid, but under the radar, class at the halfway point in the recruiting cycle. They have an all-name candidate in Win Homer but also several other players who can develop on offense.

12. Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons recently lost quarterback Alec Morris to Alabama but that should give you an indication as to how they evaluate. This is a smaller class that will likely see numbers rise as they see recruits go through their senior seasons.
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:06 am
 

8/4 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Michigan has assembled the top class in the country by mining the best recruits in the Midwest.

Randy Edsall opens up about recruiting at Maryland.

Michigan State has five spots left in their class of 2012 and they are looking for a safety to fill at least one of them.

What if a Georgia high school had more FBS recruits than any in the country but Georgia or Georgia Tech didn't get one of them?

 Indiana, with the nation's top quarterback in the fold, has a strong in-state flavor with their recruiting class.

Is rock bottom for Ohio State a walk-on switching to Michigan because of the NCAA scandal at the school?

Commitments:

Kentucky picked up two linemen on both sides of the line in defenisve end Daniel Ross and offensive tackle T.J. Jones.

Iowa State received a commitment from cornerback Will Watson.

Following the departure of Butch Davis, cornerback Nate Dortch has changed his commitment to Miami.
Posted on: June 24, 2011 6:16 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Three commits in three days for Maryland

Posted by Bryan Fischer

If new Maryland coach Randy Edsall's first few summer camps are any indication, Terrapin fans should enjoy getting commitments in bunches in the future. The program added three verbal pledges this week over three days, with the first coming from Locust Grove (Ga.) cornerback Alvin Hill after he picked up an offer at the camp on Tuesday.

“I took a couple of days to think about it; I talked with my family and my brother and they all felt like it was a good opportunity,” Hill told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I called Maryland and they were a little surprised that I committed within two days. I told them that they had showed me a lot of love and I was comfortable with my decision. They were really excited about coming there.”

The 5-foot-11, 190-pound defensive back selected Maryland over interest from Tennessee, Mississippi State and Georgia. He had 42 tackles and 6 interceptions last season and is the younger brother of Virginia Tech cornerback Detrick Bonner.

Hill was only the beginning for the new staff however. Greer (S.C.) quarterback Caleb Rowe committed to the school after throwing at the summer camp and taking in campus to see all the school had to offer him.

"I really wasn't sure about Maryland until I got here," Rowe told TerrapinTimes.com. "But I got to campus early and took a tour of the campus and I really liked the facilities and the atmosphere up there. The coaches were great, and I like how excited Coach Edsall was."

The offer from Maryland was Rowe's first from a FBS-level school. He threw for 27 touchdowns and nearly 2,700 yards last season as a 6-foot-2, 190-pound field general and is the second quarterback to join the team's recruiting class of 2012.

"When I got the offer, I just felt like I needed to commit," he said. "All my dad said to me is to pick a school that's good for me and where I can get a good education and play football for a good coach."

Friday afternoon was when the Terrapin staff received the good news that they picked up yet another pledge when Harrisburg (Pa.) linebacker Brock Dean committed.

"I love the overall atmosphere," Dean told TurtleSportsReport.com. "Each time I visited, I got the feeling that this is where I need to be. It is where I belong. It is a great atmosphere with great people and just the best overall fit for me. Academically, I want to major in Entrepreneurship and Maryland is ranked ninth in the nation for that specific major. That just reaffirmed to me that it was a perfect fit.”

Playing for Pennsylvania powerhouse Bishop McDevitt, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound rising senior had 93 tackles and four sacks last season. Dean selected Maryland over offers from Arkansas, Pitt and Temple.

The trio gives Maryland seven verbal commitments for the class of 2012.
 
 
 
 
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