One of the bonuses of a bye week: not playing a game lets the coaching staff get out to see games, and be seen. We don't normally do much coverage of football recruiting - it's too large and intensive of a process - but there's plenty to talk about after a big recruiting Saturday.
And first of all, let's give some credit to Randy Edsall to getting out and being seen. He was out and about all day on Friday and Saturday, and DCSportsFan.com quipped that he's already been seen more in a few weeks than Ralph Friedgen was in the past five seasons. I
hope am sure that's hyperbole, but still, that sort of activity can only be a positive.
The most immediately important player-specific news comes from Rivals' Mike Farrell regarding Notre Dame commitment Ronald Darby. Whom, it sounds, isn't really committed to the Irish. Darby was actually at the Maryland-Miami game last week, and he said he loved it and wants to get back, which sounds very good for the Terrapins' chances at stealing a big-time commitment. Though, to be honest, it sounds like his recruitment is getting wide open with the number of visits he's considering.
Darby had some minor Maryland interest early in his recruitment, until he committed to ND in early April. But let's get one thing out there right away: he's really good. He's a five-star on Scout and the nation's #1 CB on the same service. He's a four-star on both ESPN and Rivals and in the top 100 for both. Darby's noted as the nation's fastest recruit, and I'm not going to argue. He's extraordinarily explosive when he gets the ball, too, and he'll almost certainly be a game-changer on Day One as a returner.
Meanwhile, another 2012 local stud Stefon Diggs will be cutting his list to 10 schools by October, because he wants to see how teams play early in the year. Winning begets winning, I guess. Diggs' coach has already given him an unofficial top six of sorts, and I'd expect all of them, including Maryland, to make his cut. Scout's Kristen Kenny says that Maryland "moved up on the list", presumably in response to their performance (and jerseys) against Miami last weekend.
I feel like the '12 football recruiting class is starting to shape up like a less-impressive version of the '12 basketball recruiting class: whether or not the team reels in all the big fish they're recruiting, give the staff credit for being there with so many of them. Maryland's a legitimate player with Diggs, Eddie Goldman, Cyrus Jones, and now Darby as well, plus Good Counsel running back Wes Brown. They're in an uphill battle with all of them, but it's already as good a local showing as the team has churned out in the past few seasons. Things still aren't where they need to be, but it's a process. The more good recruiting seasons they have, the easier they'll get down the road.
But my favorite note of the weekend comes with regard to Jalen Tabor, a 2014 cornerback from D.C. (Or, if you're a Testudo regular: Jalen Tabor!)
Friendship Collegiate soph star Jalen Tabor predicts a #Terps nat. chmpshp if he, Stefon Diggs, E. Goldman, Ronald Darby & Cyrus Jones stay.
Gaaaaaaaaah. This is the second time he's talked about something something like this. If he doesn't pull in a Fab 5-style local class in 2014, I will be devastated. (Well, probably not, but it'll really suck.)
And Tabor, in case you didn't know, is very good. It's always tough to predict a player so young, but he's likely to be a five-star and is a serious candidate to be the best CB in the country.
Hey, that was fun. We should do this more often.