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February 4, 2010

Chat wrap: Signing Day Q&A

Check out a recap of Thursday's chat below. I talked Terps football recruiting, local high school commitments and more.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 8:00 AM | | Comments (7)


Do we still have scholarships to give (if so how many) and are there unsigned players we're still pursuing??

Who has the largest chance of contributing this year? I'm guessing Mackall because he seems fills the biggest need (plus he is already enrolled): a speed rusher coming off the edge. Who else do you see contributing this year?

Did the Terps fill their biggest needs?

Did the terps finally get a qb that will eventually make plays?


What is the story with Moses Abraham?

Also, just an opinion question, but, I look at all of the QB's that sign at certain schools, and I wonder why?
I mean, most teams get like 5 or 6 on their rosters, and those kids HAVE to know that they might not ever play, or they have to wait 2 or 3 years to get the shot.
Robinson will be our starter this year. But, what if Tyler Smith is better? I mean, I know he is a freshman, but, from what I read, he is great.
But then there is Burns as well, then Brown and O'Brien from last year.
Why do you think they came here?
Is it an OPEN competition from the 1st spring practice, and they think they can win the starting job?
I mean, take Smith. He is the # 1 QB in Penn (right?), so, he HAS to have aspirations of playing in the NFL. So, he pickes MD. Thats smart, when you look at the WR that we have, and the RB that should open up the pass game a bit, you can REALLY build some stats for a resume, but, look at the depth chart, he has such an uphill climb.

I wonder all of this because I saw Turner the last 3 years, and I really think Turner was horrible. He couldn't run, he NEVER found the open WR it seemed. He just wasn't a playmaker and THAT is what you need at QB in NCAA.

Do you understand what I'm asking?

Ryan -- I don't think Moses Abraham is very likely for Maryland. On Tyler Smith, his coach thought a redshirt year would serve him well. I hear what you're saying about the crowded depth chart. USC had a stretch with like four 5-star QBs. Maryland's quarterbacks aren't that level, so I would imagine all six of them feel like they have a legitimate shot at winning the job. Smith is coming in with the most hype, but I don't get the sense that he's an absolute can't-miss guy. I wouldn't be surprised to see guys at the bottom of the depth chart transfer out eventually, but everyone will get a legitimate shot this spring.

Lots of schools sign multiple QBs and Maryland runs a pro offense, so they are attractive to QBs who feel they can compete at this level and beyond. I take it as a very good sign for Maryland that they have been able to land some top notch talent. You win with a QB who can make plays. While it may seems the Terps signed too many QBs, they desperately need someone to lead. Hopefully one or two of these guys will emerge and put the program back on solid ground. I think that is why RF offered schollies to so many QBs.

The guys who lose out will transfer to smaller programs, like they always do. Joe Flacco rings a bell of a player who transferred from Pitt to U of Delaware after it became apparent he would not start at Pitt. That's the way the college game plays out.

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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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