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 -- Rivals.com ranked it the No. 38 group in the country, while Scout.com 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 Rivals.com 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

Why: This superlative is more of a high school award than a college prediction, but Meggett certainly fits the bill as Maryland's top overachiever of the 2008 class. Give credit to the Terps' staff at the time for seeing something in Meggett that no other FBS school did. From two-star prospect to legitimate NFL prospect, Meggett probably exceeded even the most optimistic expectations for his Terps career.


Most underrated: Given to the recruit with the best chance at making his recruiting ranking look silly four years from now.

Who I picked: Gary Douglas, Durham (N.C.) Hillside, running back

Who it should've been: Meggett

Why: If the recruiting services re-ranked classes, Meggett would probably merit four-star status. Rivals.com eventually bumped him up to three stars, but Scout.com saddled him with just two stars and said he was the No. 151 running back in the country. Good luck finding 50 running backs -- let alone 150 -- from the 2008 class that had a better college career than Meggett.


Other contributors

Kerry Boykins -- Oscar Smith in Chesapeake (Va.), wide receiver

A physical possession receiver, Boykins has seen his playing time for the Terps increase each year since his redshirt season in 2008. He caught 37 passes for 430 yards in 2011. Boykins, a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com, was Maryland's second-most touted receiver in 2007 behind Kevin Dorsey, and their careers have reflected those rankings. Boykins should play a major role for the Terps in 2012.

Devonte Campbell -- Hargrave Military Academy (Va.), tight end

The Forestville native has one more shot at living up to his four-star hype. After redshirting as a freshman, Campbell spent three seasons battling nagging injuries and catching just 10 passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns. His junior season was his most productive, and he'll have a chance to build on that this fall as a fifth-year senior.

Kevin Dorsey -- Forestville, wide receiver

Another four-star prospect coming out of high school, Dorsey showed flashes of brilliance in 2011 by catching 45 passes for 573 yards and three touchdowns. The Terps' most productive receiver was far from flawless, but he showed why the recruiting services were so high on him coming out of high school. Dorsey's a prospect that Rivals and Scout seem to have rated just about right.

Matt Furstenburg -- The Hun School (N.J.), tight end

The Terps were the first DI program to offer Furstenburg, a touted lacrosse prospect who did a prep year at The Hun School. After a redshirt year in 2008 and minimal production as a redshirt freshman and sophomore, Furstenburg broke out in 2011 with 31 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns. He'll be a top target again in 2011, and have one last chance to live up his four-star (via Scout.com) billing.


Justin Gilbert -- Richmond (Va.) Monacan, offensive tackle

Nobody from the 2008 class has had worse luck than Gilbert. A two-star prospect according to Rivals.com, Gilbert appeared in 11 games as a redshirt freshman in a reserve role before claiming the starting left tackle job for the first three games of his sophomore season. Then he suffered a season-ending knee injury. Gilbert battled back over the next several months, but reinjured the same knee last April and had ACL surgery again. The 6-foot-6 junior finally returned to action last November, starting the last three games at right guard. He'll be a veteran leader on a young Terps offensive line this fall.


Early departures

Gary Douglas -- Durham (N.C.) Hillside, running back

Douglas redshirted his freshman year and appeared in 12 games over the next two seasons. He left College Park last spring and resurfaced at North Carolina Central, where he rushed for 79 yards and one touchdown on 27 carries in eight games. He also caught six passes for 92 yards. Douglas has one year of eligibility left.

Tyler Bass -- Stockbridge (Ga.), quarterback

Bass never made it to College Park. The Terps granted him a release from his letter of intent, and the dual-threat QB started his college career at Memphis. Bass was an occasional starter with the Tigers before transferring to Florida A&M last fall. He'll have one year of eligibility remaining.

Justin Lewis -- Johnsonville (S.C.), offensive guard

Lewis started 15 games at right guard for the Terps, including 12 of 13 as a redshirt sophomore in 2010. He was dismissed from the team last summer after he was charged with second-degree assault for reportedly punching a bar manager in College Park. Lewis then followed Douglas to North Carolina Central.


Overall analysis

Maryland got five quality starters from this group (six if you count Tate on defense) in Dill, Dorsey, Furstenburg, Gilbert and Meggett. Lewis would've been counted there had he not been dismissed. Campbell has provided depth at tight end. Boykins has been a significant contributor and could very well start this fall. Credit the Maryland staff for being the first to offer Meggett and Furstenburg, and for correctly predicting that two-star prospects Gilbert and Lewis were future starters. Douglas is really the only one who failed to make a significant contribution (Bass doesn't count since he was cut loose before coming to College Park). Overall, 2008 was a quality offensive haul for the Terps. I'd give it a B. How about you?


Coming next week: The 2008 defensive class

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