Well, a day after the Twins are now firmly UK commits, MD is searching elsewhere to fill the voids left by them. Peters and Jordan are the two logical choices to fill those voids and now the debate rages about whether Maryland handled the Twins recruitment right. I don't want this thread to be about that, but more about what the Twins decision should have taught us about recruiting.
In college bball its Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Kansas and UCLA. In College Football its Bama, LSU, Florida, FSU, Ohio State, USC, Texas and Oklahoma, you can probably argue a couple others, but you get my point. These are the programs that will beat out Maryland for any recruit they want 99.9% of the time, even if those recruits come from the DMV. There is no argument that Maryland has until the Bball team returns to the dance and is in the top 4 of the ACC. For Football, I feel returning to the top 25 and obvioulsy bowl games are a must. Maybe even adding a ACC Championship game every 5-10 years.
Now you understand the importance of winning if you didnt before yesterday. The 99% of kids want to win, win now and have something to gloat/taunt/sh%t talk about immedicately. At the schools listed above they have that ability, at Maryland they do not. I'm not saying other kids want to lose, but theres a difference between going 20-12 to 36-2 in bball and 8-4 to 11-1 in football. No matter where the kid is located this is hard to turn down.
Maryland is on the right course in both sports. Winning cures all and extremely helps recruits decision easier when Maryland is in the fold for a top recruit. Basketball is a lot closer to acheiving the winning part and football has some work to do. The difference Nick Faust staying in Maryland was the foundation, which led to Maryland having a great class last year and has set us up well with Peters, Jordan, Trimble, Booth and so on. Sure we missed out on the Twins, but that was a pipe dream. If the Twins were actually from Baltimore like their father more would be said about them not picking MD. Football landed a Twins caliber player in Diggs, but unfortunately in football it take 5+ Diggs type players to instantly make a drastic change in the win column. Not to worry, I dont see MD's current class dismantle like some have suggested, we may lose a couple, but we may also gain a couple.
Securing the top local players is our priority and gaining interest in major blue-chippers in other areas is important, but lets get as many locals as possible. I think Diggs hit the nail on its head, when he in my opinion called out other HS recruits talking about a home movement and acutally committing to the Terps is two different things. Until more talent does what the say or said (Jalen Tabor) nothing will change. Coaches efforts are there and the Under Armour/Maryland brand is coming on strong, the Facilites for BBall are as good as any, football there improving. Recruiting classes are improving and better talent is listed throughout our teams rosters.
The questions it comes down to for a recruit is, can my team win, is the pub/hype going to be top notch, will this step lead me to a pro career and are my numbers going to be there? If you look at that and understand the first 3 things are based from team success that shows whether a player truly believes in his ability to succeed and make others better or if that player needs to have better or equal players around them to succeed. This means our the recruits we land leaders or followers? Diggs is the true definition of a leader and look at what he has done, Faust is a leader and we will see how much that means this year on the court.
Will Peters be a leader and join the hometown Terps to restore the greatness back to Comcast or go to Lawrence, KS and ride on the shoulders to keep the Jayhawks powerful? Same goes to Jalen Tabor and Co. for football.