Five questions: Maryland football recruiting
Tom Lemming, national football recruiting analyst for CSTV and CSTV.com, has been one of the country's top football recruiting authorities for almost three decades. Here's Lemming’s bio:
Recognized as the country’s leading expert on college football recruiting and high school talent, Tom Lemming joined CSTV in June 2005 and serves as the host of “Tom Lemming’s Generation NEXT,” the only national weekly high school football recruiting show. Lemming, who logs 55,000 miles a year, also provides analysis of the top prep players in the country on CSTV.com, Lemming is also the editor of Prep Football Report, considered to be the “Bible of the football recruiting industry” and annually selects the team for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Lemming has been a recruiting analyst for nearly 30 years. Over his career, Lemming's analyses and rankings of the country's leading high school athletes have been regularly featured in national publications, including USA Today. He recently was profiled in the just published book Football’s Second Season about recruiting and Lemming’s long journey.
Lemming took time from his ridiculously busy schedule to answer five questions (via e-mail) about UM football recruiting.
1.) What were your impressions of DeMatha wide receiver Kenny Tate at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl?
He is a big-time player. He plays on a run-oriented team in HS, but he proved himself as a big, physical sure-handed receiver. He is an outstanding downfield blocker. In the year of the great wide receiver, he’s one of the best.
What do you expect from him in college?
He’s talented enough to play a lot as a true freshman.
Did you get any sense as to where he might be leaning?
No, but Penn State, Florida, Illinois and Maryland are in the running
2.) What was your reaction to Maryland bringing back James Franklin? What's his reputation as a recruiter among coaches and players?
He’s a very good recruiter. A couple years ago, Franklin and Locksley dominated the scene. Maryland needs a guy like Franklin to keep the in-state players at home.
Will this move help the Terps stop losing D.C.-area players to Illinois and Mike Locksley?
I think it can go a long way with Franklin’s connections with the area coaches, just like Locksley has.
3.) How do you rank the Terps' 2008 class?
So far so good, not great. They are top 50, not top 40, but they can finish strong.
Are there any under-the-radar kids that you particularly like?
4.) How are the Terps positioned for the 2009 class? How talented are the local crop of players?
Next year looks like it’s going to be an outstanding year in Maryland. We had a lot of players at the [Army All-American Bowl] combine and Maryland is already on top of the top guys.
Are there any players in particular that Maryland is in great shape with?
They’re in on everyone, but it’s too early to tell.
5.) The Terps desperately need a quarterback in 2009. Who are some realistic targets?
Tom Savage, a QB from Philadelphia. He’s one of the best in the area right now.