In the last few years of the Ralph Friedgen era, Maryland struggled to lure the top local talent to College Park. That's something new coach Randy Edsall, who transitioned Connecticut from Div. I-FCS to a BCS bowl, will try to change as he places his stamp on the football program.
It's really not fair to judge Edsall by his "first" recruiting class at Maryland because of the uncertainty surrounding Friedgen's job status all season and Edsall only getting a month to clean up the mess after he was hired in early January. A couple of national recruiting anaylsts told my colleague Matt Bracken that they feel he will have success as a recruiter, including in-state (see this post and this post on Bracken's excellent Recruiting Report blog).
How is Edsall going to convince these kids to stay home? He gave Washington's 106.7 The Fan a sneak peek at his recruiting pitch for Maryland's finest football prospects.
"Well, the reason you should come here is because anything you ever dreamed of as a young man, as a kid, you can accomplish here," Edsall told 106.7 The Fan's Eric Bickel this week, which Dan Steinberg passed along to his readers on D.C. Sports Bog. "You want to be an all-American? You can do it. You want to be all-ACC? You can do it. You want to win the ACC championship? You can do it. You can win a national championship here. But most importantly, you're gonna be able to do it at home.
"And then, what you've got to understand, football's only gonna last you so long. And when you take a look at the University of Maryland and its academics, and what a degree means from the University of Maryland, plus the networking that we're gonna get you involved with while you're here with all the people here in this metropolitan area, you're gonna have the opportunity to be able to go and do whatever you want to do for the rest of your life and be successful. And I think that's the thing.
"And you're gonna be part of a program that's gonna care about you and is gonna develop you holistically as a person, as a student and as a player. And when you get that combination, now you can be successful in whatever you want to do in life."
So what do you think? If you're a hot prospect from Maryland, is that pitch going to convince you to stick around?