Wednesday, February 01, 2006

2006 football class

The national signing day is here for high school players who will be freshmen in the fall. Maryland's class was probably a slight disappointment given all the players who were highly ranked in the state that the Terps missed out on. Given that Maryland is coming off back-to-back losing seasons I think it isn't all that bad. The one weakness of this class is that it again failed to address the needs at offensive line. I won't list all the players in this class since you can look here to see this list or on FridgeTV to watch highlight film on the players. I'll just mention a few recruits that I am excited about.

Melvin Alaeze DE (6-2 280)
Baltimore, Md. (Randallstown HS/Hargrave Military)
Jewel of the class...elite DE who can rush the passer or stuff the run...has Warren Sapp kind of body...still waiting on NCAA clearinghouse eligibility decision...has classroom issues

Drew Gloster TE/WR (6-3 225)
Germantown, Md.(Good Counsel HS)
Fast and strong receiver...was strong Virginia Tech "lean"...enticed by Vernon Davis' success...can play H-back and eventually tight end...good run after the catch

Bruce Campbell DE/OT(6-7 285)
Hamden, Conn. (Hyde Leadership School)
Can play on either side of ball...will likely end up on offensive line...has the frame to add weight

Adrian Cannon WR (6-3 200)
Pontiac, Mich. (Avondale HS)
Large and quick wideout...has nose for the ball...aggressive in fighting off defender when going for catch...good hands and route running

Chris Clinton* LB (6-3 240)
Lakeland, Fla. (Evangel Christian HS/Fork Union Military)
Fast hard hitting linebacker in style of recent Seminoles like Ernie Sims...good instincts and aggressiveness...can cover, blitz or stuff run...excellent range

Morgan Green* TB(6-0 210)
White Plains, Md. (Lackey HS/Hargrave Military)
Broke Josh Allen's record for career rushing yards in Maryland...had to prep but enrolled in spring classes...well rounded back...good vision and burst...can catch well

Jeremy Ricker QB (6-2 201)
Hummelstown, Pa. (Bishop McDevitt HS)
A top QB prospect in Pennsylvania...has strong arm and surprising mobility...will scramble to find open man downfield...more a pocket passer

Da'Rel Scott TB (6-0 185)
Conshohocken, Pa. (Plymouth-Whitemarsh HS)
Rushed for 2,500 yards this season...track star with gamebreaking speed...poor man's Reggie Bush...could make instant impact on special teams like Steve Suter

Brian Whitmore LB (6-3 240)
Chesapeake, Va. (Oscar F. Smith HS)
Surprise pickup from Tidewater the mold of LEO 'backer Shawne Merriman though not as athletic...picked Maryland over Virginia Tech

Alex Wujciak LB (6-3 235)
West Caldwell, N.J. (Seton Hall Prep)
Blue collar type...instinctual and aggressive...gets the most out of athleticism...takes good angles in pursuit...big strong middle linebacker

Still doubt who's behind the exodus?
Ralph Friedgen was interviewed on the John Thompson show on the local sports radio station in Washington. He said he liked this class and given that the team finished 5-6 for the second straight year it was a good group. He was asked by host Doc Walker if there was any truth to the rumors that a vendetta springing from a person who had been fired by the University was influencing Maryland's recruiting. Friedgen responded that there was some truth to those rumors and that is all he would say about it. Clearly all this was in reference to Derrick Williams and his father who was laid off by the University after being given chances at numerous alternative positions. The speculation that the exodus of local players to Penn State was fueled by a petty grudge by The Williams against the University of Maryland seems to be shared by Ralph Friedgen.


irwin robinson said...

Here I go again--I've read a couple of reports that state that Evan Eastburn is a terrific,dominating offesive center also that he is so strong and such a horse that when his team needed short yardage he was moved for one play to fullback and was great at that spot.Very powerful and tremendous weight lifter.

Anonymous said...

You know the class looks OK all things considered. I say screw the local guys that signed with PSU, we have two great QB's coming in and big time O and D line help. The Terps have been good at turning lower-rated guys into beasts (EJ, Leon Joe, Ambush etc). We'll be fine. Plus lots of tall fast WR's to throw to. Go Fridge!

Anonymous said...

After further review, we only got 2 D-linemen, and our D-line sucked last year.

Anyone else see a problem here? I hope the linebackers and safties are real good or we ain't stopping anyone on the run.

Esquire said...

If Melvin Alaeze is as good as people say he is, and in the games I've seen he is damn good, then the defensive line will be in much better shape. He could be an All-ACC caliber player from the first game of the year. Also keep in mind that DT Robert Armstrong will return from his back injury, hopefully. Still your point is accurate that the defensive line is a real point of weakness going into the fall.

Moe Greene said...

Nice to see Leroy's (Ambush) name mentioned here...

Anonymous said...

Dude Ambush will always be on my list of top Terp 'backers. McLendon's head is still ringing right now dog.