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February 3, 2010

Letters of intent all in for Terps

Maryland's 21-man recruiting class is officially in the books.

According to UMTerps.com's Signing Day Central, letters of intent have arrived at Maryland's football office for all 17 commitments. Four players -- Devin Burns, L.A. Goree, Javarie Johnson and David Mackall -- have already enrolled in classes, giving Maryland a drama-free Signing Day.

“I know there’s a couple big names that got away, but I think Maryland got some good football players and good students,” said Kyle Schmitt, Terps safety recruit Matt Robinson’s coach at Atholton. “I know the knock on them is missing big in-state guys, but I thought they did a nice job establishing themselves with pretty good football players after a tough season. For them to finish in the national rankings, it kind of shows the work they put in to find good football players.”

Schmitt, a former Maryland offensive lineman and graduate assistant, saw recruiting from another side this year in his first season as Atholton's coach. He said he was impressed with the UM staff's confidence in their evaluation of Robinson, who had no other Football Bowl Subdivision scholarships when Maryland offered last summer.

“I thought Maryland went out on a limb on Matt,” Schmitt said. “They knew the type of person he was and the type of player he could be. I felt good about it because it shows they trust the high school coach. Obviously, I knew them and had a prior relationship with them, but that’s what you have to do -- have someone you trust, and trust your own evaluation. Nothing against the recruiting services, but they’re not on the practice fields every day and in the high schools day in and day out. For Maryland to trust their evaluation and for that to come true [with Robinson’s strong senior season], that’s a tribute to Maryland and Matt as well.”

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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