Since Maryland returned to the Big 33 Football Classic in 2013, about a dozen of the state's best players have skipped the June all-star game vs. Pennsylvania each year.
A few prefer to spend their last days before heading to college at the beach, but most have to report to campus for summer school before the all-star game. Losing so many top players has put Maryland at a disadvantage against a much larger state, and that played a part in the 26-14 loss in the latest game on June 18.
Maryland coaches hope they have a better shot next year, when the Big 33 Classic moves to Memorial Day for the first time.
"The goal is to get our best players in the state to be able...