Maryland unveiled a 22-man recruiting class today in College Park. Here are some notes from Randy Edsall’s news conference.
** It was a “pretty uneventful” Signing Day, Edsall joked before discussing the Maryland decisions made Wednesday by Friendship Collegiate Academy linebacker Yannick Ngakoue, Suitland wide receiver Taivon Jacobs and Avalon School defensive back Jacquille Veii. “I think that makes a big statement,” the coach said. Edsall said he had a pretty good idea that Ngakoue would recommit to the Terps, although the four-star prospect told Edsall last night that it was between Maryland and Florida State. The Terps coach still felt good about UM’s chances. The Terps coaches also felt good about Jacobs and Veii, but didn’t know their intentions for sure until they made their public announcements. Edsall praised Jacobs for thinking of his 1-year-old daughter. The former Ohio State commitment “had his priorities right in terms of being a good dad,” Edsall said.
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** Maryland planned to take just one tight end and one quarterback in this class. Andrew Isaacs and Shane Cockerille were the Terps’ top choices at those two positions, so Edsall was obviously pleased with those results.
** Landing two younger brothers was a point of pride for Edsall. Taivon Jacobs’ brother Levern is a sophomore wide receiver, and cornerback Jarrett Ross’ brother Brandon is a redshirt sophomore running back. “I think that says a lot” that Jacobs and Ross followed their brothers, Edsall said.
** JUCO wide receiver transfer Deon Long is slated to play the X receiver spot, while Jacobs is a Z receiver and Catonsville athlete DeAndre’ Lane will be a slot receiver. Long is expected to play right away and take some of the attention from opposing defenses away from Stefon Diggs.
** Landing Jajuan Dulaney, Moise Larose, Silvano Altamirano and Derwin Gray will make Maryland’s offensive line “a lot more athletic,” Edsall said. Altamirano, the JUCO transfer from San Diego, should challenge for time at guard right away.
** Defensive end Kingsley Opara was considered a “soft commitment” almost as soon as he pledged to the Terps. “Kingsley had everyone on edge, except for the coaches,” Edsall said. And if you believe that, “I’d like to sell you some waterfront property in Arizona, too.”
** Will Likely, an early enrollee from Florida, should challenge for time at the nickel back spot. Edsall called him an “outstanding student” who could eventually factor in Maryland’s return game.
** Edsall thinks the fact that Maryland has played so many true freshmen in recent years has helped its recruiting. “We’ll play the best guy, regardless,” he said.
Check back with Tracking the Terps tonight for Don Markus’ story from College Park on Maryland’s class, and look out for blogs on Will Likely and Silvano Altamirano in the coming days.