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Football Recruiting - What do folks expect from Maryland?

I, like everyone here, is hoping for a good recruiting class for Maryland football next year. For curiosity's sake, I went to rivals.com and looked at the history of some past recruiting classes.

I bring this up because while a lot of people here have their heads on straight about reasonable expectations, some are flat-out delusional.

If you think that Edsall - or ANYONE - can magically come into Maryland and instantly have great recruiting classes, you are out of your mind. Maryland is not a football powerhouse. It has had some periods of success, but nothing approaching top-tier since the 1950s.

Rivals.com has information on recruiting classes since 2002. The lists below include the number of 5-star, 4-star, and 3-star recruits for each team (5, 4, 3). The number in front is the ranking the team's recruiting class received for that year. Also listed is the total number of recruits for the team.

For each year, you'll see (1) any top-50 team with three or more 5-stars, (2) any top-50 team with two 5-stars, (3) Maryland's team.

2011

#1 Alabama (3, 14, 5) total 22
#6 LSU (3, 9, 9) total 22
#8 Clemson (4, 6, 15) total 29

#2 Florida State (2, 13, 13) total 29
#5 Georgia (2, 12,11) total 26
#9 Oregon (2, 9, 12) total 23
#10 Notre Dame (2, 8, 12) total 23
#14 Oklahoma (2, 7, 8) total 17

#43 Maryland (0, 1, 15) total 21

2010

#1 USC (5, 14, 1) total 20
#2 Florida (4, 18, 5) total 28
#4 Auburn (3, 13, 13) total 32

#3 Texas (2, 19, 4) total 25
#10 Florida State (2, 8, 14) total 24
#11 California (2, 7, 10) total 19

#36 Maryland (0, 4, 15) total 21

2009

#1 Alabama (4, 14, 9) total 27
#2 LSU (4, 11, 9) total 24
#4 USC (4, 11, 2) total 19
#5 Texas (3, 11, 6) total 20
#11 Florida (3, 9, 4) total 16

#3 Ohio State (2, 15, 8) total 25
#7 Florida State (2, 10, 8) total 21
#10 Tennessee (2, 9, 10) total 21

#26 Maryland (0, 6, 16) total 26

2008

#1 Alabama (3, 19, 8) total 32
#2 Notre Dame (3, 16, 4) total 23
#3 Florida (4, 12, 4) total 22
#4 Ohio State (4, 9, 7) total 20
#6 Oklahoma (3, 12, 5) total 21

#5 Miami (2, 15, 8) total 33
#7 Georgia (2, 13, 8) total 24
#8 USC (2, 13, 4) total 19
#9 Florida State (2, 13, 8) total 30
#11 LSU (2, 11, 13) total 26
#20 Auburn (2, 4, 16) total 29

#38 Maryland (0, 6, 8) total 18

2007

#1 Florida (4, 16, 7) total 27
#2 USC (6, 10, 2) total 18
#3 Tennessee (5, 11, 15) total 32

#4 LSU (2, 19, 5) total 26
#5 Texas (2, 16, 5) total 24
#12 Michigan (2, 5, 12) total 20
#17 North Carolina (2, 4, 12) total 24
#20 Illinois (2, 5, 11) total 23

#35 Maryland (1, 3, 13) total 26

2006

#1 USC (5, 14, 6) total 26
#2 Florida (4, 17, 5) total 27

#3 Florida State (2, 18, 10) total 31
#4 Georgia (2, 14, 12) total 28
#5 Texas (2, 11, 12) total 25
#7 LSU (2, 12, 11) total 26
#8 Notre Dame (2, 10, 15) total 28
#11 Alabama (2, 10, 11) total 23
#12 Ohio State (2, 8, 10) total 20
#13 Michigan (2, 9, 7) total 19
#15 Mississippi (2, 7, 15) total 30
#16 Clemson (2, 6, 10) total 20

#29 Maryland (1, 6, 7) total 22

2005

#1 USC (4, 11, 5) total 20
#2 Florida State (3, 13, 5) total 22

#3 Oklahoma (2, 14, 10) total 27
#5 Nebraska (2, 11, 12) total 30
#7 Miami (2, 11, 3) total 17
#25 Penn State (2, 2, 10) total 19

#16 Maryland (1, 4, 15) total 24

2004

#1 USC (8, 7, 3) total 20
#2 LSU (3, 12, 10) total 28
#4 Miami (3, 10, 9) total 28
#8 Oklahoma (3, 8, 6) total 18

#11 Tennessee (2, 8, 8) total 24
#14 Penn State (2, 2, 15) total 25

? Maryland (0, 6, 10) total 22 (Maryland not in top 50)

2003

#2 Florida (5, 9, 10) total 26
#5 Miami (3, 10, 10) total 24

#3 USC (2, 10, 14) total 28
#6 Georgia (2, 8, 13) total 25
#9 Mississippi State (2, 3, 18) total 28
#12 Notre Dame (2, 6, 13) total 22
#17 Michigan (2, 11, 3) total 17

#32 Maryland (1, 2, 15) total 21

2002

#1 Texas (6, 15, 5) total 28
#2 Tennessee (5, 16, 2) total 25
#4 Florida State (6, 14, 2) total 23
#5 Ohio State (3, 14, 8) total 26
#7 Oklahoma (3, 13, 8) total 24
#11 South Carolina (3, 6, 16) total 26
#12 Virginia (3, 7, 13) total 26
#17 Mississippi State (3, 5, 8) total 30

#8 Miami (2, 15, 6) total 24
#9 UCLA (2, 12, 11) total 26
#14 Kansas State (2, 4, 20) total 31

#35 Maryland (0, 4, 14) total 22

Here's the entire list of teams since 2002 that has managed to pull in at least one recruiting class with at least three 5-star athletes:

SEC: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee
ACC: Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Virginia
Big 12: Texas, Oklahoma
Big Ten: Ohio State
Indy: Notre Dame
Pac-12: USC

Most of this list is FBS football's top-tier. Getting Maryland into this group, even for just one year, is a monumental task. It doesn't have the football tradition that most of these schools have.

For seven of the ten years, there were no more than 8 teams with multiple 5-star recruits. The other three years had no more than 12 teams.

Here's a snapshot of Maryland's recruiting classes:

2011: #43 Maryland (0, 1, 15) total 21
2010: #36 Maryland (0, 4, 15) total 21
2009: #26 Maryland (0, 6, 16) total 26
2008: #38 Maryland (0, 6, 8) total 18
2007: #35 Maryland (1, 3, 13) total 26
2006: #29 Maryland (1, 6, 7) total 22
2005: #16 Maryland (1, 4, 15) total 24
2004: <#50 Maryland (0, 6, 10) total 22
2003: #32 Maryland (1, 2, 15) total 21
2002: #35 Maryland (0, 4, 14) total 22

Be realistic in your expectations (or "demands"). Recruiting well is something that takes time and effort. It also takes a winning tradition, something Maryland still needs to establish.

If Edsall can somehow manage to get two 5-stars, that would be better than any Maryland group of the last ten years. Even one would be more than the last four years.

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