All that mattered to Mike Williams, a lineman from Archbishop Spalding, and DeAndre Lane, a record-setting running back from Catonsville, was that their hometown school selected them to be part of a potentially unprecedented turnaround built on local players.
Nobody will confuse Maryland¿s 2012 group with classes at Alabama, Florida, Texas or any other Top 10 recruiting program. But considering how poorly things could have gone under those aforementioned circumstances, analysts say it¿s a solid group that ranks favorably with all but the top ACC classes.
Don Markus has been critical of many things Maryland football coach Randy Edsall has said and done over the course of his first season in College Park, but the moves he made in replacing his team's offensive and defensive coordinators are to be applauded -- on a number of fronts.
Two teams that began the year in the Top 25 with BCS hopes, then flopped early only to recover for 8-4 seasons, will reconvene in Orlando, Fla., to determine who puts a happy punctuation mark on things.