As Randy Edsall learned in 2011, takeovers can be awful, messy things. You can feel helplessly adrift in your new position, unfairly encumbered by the expectations set by your predecessor.
Fortunately for me, your newest Terps football recruiting roundup-er, the esteemed Matt Bracken is still here at The Sun, not golfing somewhere in Georgia. Unfortunately for me, as far as I know, I am not being paid $2 million a year to call 17-year-olds and ask why Maryland is or is not their dream school.
Consider this post my shot at a good first impression. If you find the following information unsatisfactory, feel free to flame me on Twitter (@jonas_shaffer) or yell at Mr. Baltimore Recruiting himself (@MattBracken). And remember: Matt might have reliably brought you the goods on Terps recruiting the past six years, but did he ever open a blog post with a tweet from a Maryland coordinator entreating a local rap star to represent his “DMV college team”?
Didn’t think so.
-- Offensive lineman commit Jared Cohen was part of “a bigger and stronger McDonogh offensive line” that helped Eagles running back Syl Brown amass 104 yards on 10 carries in a 42-0 win Saturday.
-- Running back commit Johnathan Thomas had 22 carries for 158 yards and a pair of touchdown runs in St. John’s Prep’s (Mass.) 20-14 upset loss Saturday.
-- Defensive tackle commit David Shaw had four sacks and two forced fumbles as he “created havoc” in Spring Grove’s (Pa.) 51-13 victory last Friday.
-- Linebacker commit Tyler Burke had a sack and two interceptions to lead Coatesville (Pa.) in a 46-13 win last Friday.
-- Quarterback commit Will Ulmer rushed for 151 yards on 18 carries in St. John’s (D.C.) 13-7 loss to Loyola on Saturday. He also went 5-for-10 passing for 37 yards and one touchdown.
-- According to Rivals.com’s Adam Friedman, Class of 2015 target and Gilman quarterback Kai Locksley picked up an offer Tuesday from Indiana. Oh, and defending national champion Alabama, too.
-- Mark Turgeon offered sophomore Anthony Cowan on Saturday while the St. John’s (D.C.) point guard visited for Maryland’s football game against Old Dominion. Cowan, who also has an offer from Xavier, is likely to be a high priority moving forward. Here’s why: When Cowan matriculates in 2016, Roddy Peters, Melo Trimble and Dion Wiley will be either juniors, seniors or gone from the program. A blue-chip ball handler would be a good bridge.
-- Rivals.com updated its top 150 prospects for the Class of 2015. Notable Terps targets include: No. 4 overall center Diamond Stone, No. 12 overall guard Jaylen Brown, No. 18 overall center Daniel Giddens, No. 29 overall guard Bryant Crawford (Gonzaga), No. 47 overall guard Franklin Howard, No. 55 overall forward Marcus Derrickson, No. 74 overall forward Marcus Sheffield, No. 87 overall center Josh Sharma, No. 88 overall forward Horace Spencer and No. 99 overall forward Shawntrez Davis.
-- Onetime forward target Obi Enechionyia committed to Temple on Sunday. The St. James (Md.) senior and Team Takeover product, considered a top-100 product in the Class of 2014, visited the Terps earlier this year, but interest cooled as other targets emerged.
-- Abdul-Malik Abu, like Enechionyia another former forward target, picked North Carolina State over Florida and Providence on Saturday. The Terps didn’t make the Kimball Union Academy (N.H.) four-star prospect’s top-10 list back in July.
-- St. Maria Goretti's Martin Geben, like both Enechionyia and Abu another forward prospect who flirted with the Terps for a spell this summer, committed to Notre Dame last Friday. Geben (Team Takeover) is an Amateur Athletic Union teammate of Dion Wiley's.