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February 1, 2010

Terps' 2010 class: More from Tom Lemming

Here are some leftover quotes from CBS College Sports Network recruiting expert Tom Lemming, who spoke to Recruiting Report at length about Maryland's 2010 class.

On his first impressions of Maryland’s 2010 class: “I think they have a pretty good class they’re putting together with a lot of good athletes and a lot of good defensive players in the class. I think it's one of the better defensive classes in the ACC. If they can get a couple more guys, like [DeMatha offensive tackle] Arie Kouandjio and [Bishop McNamara wide receiver] Brandon Coleman, then it could improve the class even more.”

On how Maryland was able to do reasonably well in the area despite having a 2-10 season: “Maryland’s a good academic school. It’s in a good area, and I think kids weren’t deterred by a bad year on the field. One year isn’t going to hurt these guys. They have developed [good] relationships ... and that seems to be what happened.”

On where Maryland’s class will rank nationally: “I would say they’ll fall somewhere between 35 and 45 nationally and somewhere in the middle of the ACC, which is really good, especially considering their season.”

On landing Javarie Johnson: “It’s a great coup because he’s such an unbelievable athlete. He’s tall, rangy, can fly and run with the backs. He’s a big-time guy. He’s a great catch for them. He’s one of the two or three best players in D.C. ”

On some of Maryland’s better defensive commitments: “The kid that I like, and I saw him last year, was Darius Kilgo from North Carolina. I thought he was one of the better defensive tackles in the country. I really liked him a lot. [I also like] David Mackall, the defensive end from Fork Union, the cornerback Jeremiah Wilson from Virginia, and Titus Till, one of the best safeties in the whole Atlantic Coast region. So that’s a lot of defensive guys. I think they helped themselves immensely.”

On offensive standouts in the class: “I know they needed help along the offensive line and Nate Clarke, the kid from D.C., I think he could come in and help right away. He’s a big-time ballplayer they really like. Sal Conaboy from Pennsylvania is a good-sized guard. The quarterback, Tyler Smith, is one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the country.”

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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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