Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Football Staff Lands Impact QB

Ralph Friedgen's program may be at a crossroads this season but the recruiting for 2006 is again flying high. While it may not be fair given the impact players Maryland lost to the NFL and the fact that the team is loaded with underclassmen, this season is seen as a referendum on the ability of Friedgen to elevate Maryland's program to a lofty status. It remains to be seen what will happen on the field this fall but on the recruiting trail the Terps are having an outstanding summer. The staff went into the season with a verbal commitment from Antonio Logan-El, the number 1 ranked player in Maryland. He has sense opened up his commitment again but all indications are that he will stick with his decision to attend Maryland, while enjoying some all expense paid trips to other schools.

Maryland recently landed Jeremy Ricker, a big time QB from Pennsylvania, who had been considering Oregon, UNC and Virginia. This is the highest profile QB that Maryland has landed in the Friedgen era. With the uncertain health of Jordan Steffy it was a essential pickup.

Adrian Moten, a combination LB/S, recently also committed to Maryland. He is a top 20 player in Maryland and seems to have a great deal of athleticism. He is also the Gwynn Park teammate of highly regarded DT Phillip Taylor, who is also considering Maryland.

The coach behind both these verbals is first year WR coach Bryan Bossard. Since coming from the storied AA program at Delaware Bossard has not wasted any time establishing some great credentials as a recruiter. If he lands even a few more players he will go a long way towards making up for the departure of former recruiter Ron Franklin to the NFL.

Not so good news as it seems Maryland will have 3 players from its 2005 class that will not qualify. This group includes RB Morgan Green and the prize of last year, DE Melvin Alaeze. Maryland will likely have to keep recruiting Alaeze to make sure he ends up in College Park. He was very close to picking Virginia Tech and it wouldn't be the first time VT swooped in to snatch another team's player.

Terps Basketball Notes
Jerome Dyson, 2006 SG prospect, seems to have Maryland at the top of his list. He is also considering UConn and NC State. Rumors have him committing to Maryland in August.

Gervis Vasquez stated that he will follow the normal routine of a Stu Vetter kid and not commit till spring of his senior year. This makes Maryland less of a likelihood unless Dyson surprises and goes elsewhere.

Duke Crews is skyrocketing up the rankings with a strong showing at the summer tournaments and now has a stable of top schools chasing him. He's likely to go elsewhere since becoming the flavor of the month.

Eric Hayes, 2006 PG commit, played very well for Boo Williams AAU team. He was particularly praised for his defensive effort against Duke signee Jon Scheyer. Could be the makings of some great annual battles.

Maryland will finally play someplace other than Wisconsin this year in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Minnesota will come to the Comcast Center and Maryland fans will get a chance to see Vincent Grier, a potential Big Ten POY, and a team that went to the NCAA tournament last season as an eight seed.

Maryland's first round opponent in the Maui Classic will be Gonzaga, who will be a tough test for an experienced Terps squad searching to find players at PG.

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