Four years ago last month I covered my first Maryland football Signing Day for The Baltimore Sun. There wasn't a consensus opinion on the Terps' 2008 recruiting class -- ranked it the No. 38 group in the country, while had it listed as the 52nd-best class nationally. So how did Maryland's 2008 group ultimately stack up? Let's revisit my 2008 superlatives and find out.


Most wanted: Given to the most heavily recruited Maryland commitment.

Who I picked: Kenny Tate – DeMatha, wide receiver

Who it should’ve been: Tate

Why: Since this superlative is all about offers, I’ll stick with Tate, who was a four-star prospect that also considered scholarships from Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Tate’s time at receiver was short-lived in College Park, as former Terps coach Ralph Friedgen switched the 6-foot-4, 220-pound player to safety before his freshman season began. Tate was an All-ACC pick at safety as a junior, but was switched to linebacker before his senior year by Maryland coach Randy Edsall. He had season-ending surgery on an undisclosed injury in October, and later received a medical redshirt. Tate will have a chance to live up to his four-star hype as a fifth-year senior this fall.


Most likely to contribute early: Given to the recruit most likely to see the field as a true freshman.

Who I picked: Devonte Campbell – Hargrave Military Academy, tight end

Who it should’ve been: Davin Meggett – Surrattsville, running back

Why: Meggett was a two-star prospect out of Surrattsville who jumped on Maryland’s offer – his first FBS scholarship. The 5-foot-9, 215-pound running back promptly went about proving the recruiting services wrong by playing in all 13 of Maryland’s games as a true freshman, rushing for 457 yards and four touchdowns on 89 carries. Meggett finished his Terps career with 2,411 yards and 18 touchdowns on 485 carries, and capped his time at Maryland with an invite to the NFL combine. He’ll be remembered as Maryland’s most surprising offensive success story of the 2008 recruiting class.


Most likely to be a multi-year starter: Self-explanatory -- these recruits have all-conference potential.

Who I picked: Kevin Dorsey – Forestville, wide receiver

Who it should’ve been: R.J. Dill – Trinity (Pa.), offensive tackle

Why: None of Maryland’s 2008 recruits – as of now – have earned All-ACC honors. But Dill was a All-ACC Freshman team selection in 2008. In three seasons at Maryland, Dill started 33 games at right tackle, including a stretch of 30 straight. After the Terps’ 2-10 season, Dill – who graduated in December – announced his intentions to transfer. The 6-foot-7, 300-pound redshirt junior could’ve spent his last year of eligibility in College Park, but decided instead to enroll in a graduate program at Rutgers and suit up for the Scarlet Knights. Dorsey, meanwhile, was Maryland's top receiver in 2011, and should be its top wide-out again this fall.


Most likely to overachieve: Given to the overlooked recruit that exceeded expectations during the high school season.

Who I picked: Davin Meggett -- Surrattsville, running back

Who it should've been: Meggett