Maryland Football Recruiting: Top 2013 In-State Recruits The Terps Must Land
As ugly as it has gotten in Terrapin land, it's time to look toward the future.
Second-year head coach Randy Edsall looks to climb out of the shambles that was 2011, and to do that, it's time to move forward.
Maryland has been in a state of total disorder in the last almost year-and-a-half. The Terps went from 9-4 in 2010, to 2-10 in 2011. This can mainly be attributed to quarterback Danny O'Brien's lack of motivation to play for anyone other than former offensive coordinator James Franklin.
After Franklin departed for Vanderbilt following the 2010 season, O'Brien was never the same. In 2010, he threw for over 2,400 yards and 22 touchdowns compared to eight interceptions. In 2011, he threw for just over 1,600 yards and seven touchdowns to 10 interceptions.
Ultimately, O'Brien has decided to transfer.
With this news, Edsall and company must hit the recruiting trail hard if they want to build this program back up to where it once was.
Here are the top 2013 in-state recruits that the Terps must nab.
Brendan Marshall: QB, Olney, Md.
Unfortunately for Maryland, quarterback Danny O'Brien is transferring.
I don't know how unfortunate it actually is, though, considering O'Brien looks as if he's going to play terribly unless it's under the man who recruited him, James Franklin.
In 2012, there may be a quarterback competition between C.J. Brown and potential transfer Ricardo Young. Young may be transferring from New Mexico to Maryland to play under Mike Locksley again.
Both of these quarterbacks are young, spread athletes. How raw and inexperienced they are will likely plague the success of the Terrapins once again in 2012.
The quarterback position is of high priority to head coach Randy Edsall and his staff, so they had better not look past Brendan Marshall from Olney, Maryland.
There are many top QB recruits from Maryland, but Marshall looks to be the cream of the crop. At 6'5", 210 pounds, he has the ability to scramble out of trouble and find an open man downfield.
Marshall has excellent touch on his throws and good accuracy. This is a quarterback that can turn the Terps around in 2013.
Joe Peaker: RB, Perryville, Md.
Running back is almost as high a priority for the Terps as quarterback.
Maryland loses its top back in Davin Meggett, who rushed for 896 yards and four touchdowns in 2011. Other than Meggett and backup QB C.J. Brown, the Terps didn't have a back accumulate more than 280 yards last season.
The depth of tailbacks is meager at best for Maryland currently, and it looks to be another down year in 2012.
Wes Brown, a 2012 recruit for the Terrapins, may win the job in spring ball. He was ranked the No. 27 overall running back in his class and has a lot of size at 6'0" and 200 pounds. Brown is only a 3-star recruit, though.
This just goes to show another critical position the Terps must fill in 2013, and at the running back spot, it starts with Joe Peaker from Perryville, Md.
Peaker has typical running back size at 5'10", 185 pounds. He's not the fastest guy in the world, but he's a very shifty runner in the open field and exhibits great power.
Maryland must land him.
Stefon Colbert: WR/S, Olney, Md.
There is a lot of talent in Olney, Maryland. The Terps had better make their splash if they want national relevancy again.
Someone from Olney that will be making a splash this year is Stefon Diggs.
No matter who is playing quarterback, Diggs will make him better. At 6'0", 185 pounds, Diggs is a natural playmaker. He was ranked the No. 13 prospect in the ESPNU 150, and for good reason.
Edsall and the Terps are on the right track here, and they need to go after someone Diggs probably knows rather well, Stefon Colbert.
By the video above, you can tell Colbert is an animal. He plays wide receiver/safety for Our Lady Good Counsel in Olney, and he makes plays whenever his number is called.
At 6'4", 185 pounds, Colbert will likely be a full-time wide receiver. Diggs and Colbert could make a nasty duo on the Terps' offense, especially if they can nab Brendan Marshall as well.
That would just be an Olney reunion.
Na'Ty Rodgers: OT, Pomfret, Md.
Doesn't Na'Ty Rodgers' first block in this video remind you of an extremely shortened version of Michael Oher's block in The Blind Side?
This is the kind of blocking Maryland needs up front—you know, for guys like Joe Peaker.
The Terps simply cannot let a player like this go.
Rodgers is a tad undersized at 6'4", 260 pounds, but he plays like he is a 300-pound monster. That can only help both the passing and running game.
I know I'd want this guy on my offensive line; that's for sure.
Henry Poggi: DT/TE, Baltimore, Md.
Does this guy have some upper body strength or what?
Henry Poggi stands at 6'4" and 260 pounds. With his build, he'll likely be a full-time tight end at the college level, and judging from this video, he'll be very successful at it.
Not only does Poggi give another receiving threat to the Terps offense, his blocking abilities are very good.
Even if Poggi does ultimately play defensive tackle, he is more than capable of making noise there as well.
This is a football player that Maryland needs.
Dorian O'Daniel: RB, Olney, Md.
I told you there is a lot of talent out of Olney, Md., particularly from Good Counsel High School.
Dorian O'Daniel is a player that the Terps should definitely seek out.
O'Daniel stands at 5'11" and weighs 180 pounds. His combination of speed and awareness in the open field makes him difficult to tackle.
With running back being such a high priority for the Terps, they need to be sending out offers now to the best that Good Counsel High School has to offer.
O'Daniel is certainly in that discussion.
E.J. Levenberry: LB, Woodbridge, Va.
Although E.J. Levenberry has made the transfer to a Virginia High School, his roots are still in Maryland, where he played for DeMatha Catholic in Hyattsville.
Levenberry is the type of linebacker than can make a team's defense better with just his presence on the field. At 6'3", 227 pounds, he is a beast that can make tackles in the open field, as well as play good zone coverage.
Levenberry is going to be a hot commodity once he graduates high school. If Edsall is serious about improving his defense, he will throw a good pitch at Levenberry.
Kirk Garner: CB/ATH, Olney, Md.
Along with E.J. Levenberry, Kirk Garner could be a significant addition for Maryland's defense.
Garner stands at 5'10" and weighs 165 pounds. He may need to add some bulk to play Division I college football, and at his current size, he would definitely be a slot receiver.
As an overall athlete, the video above shows what plays he is capable of making. If he could gain 20 pounds or so, he would make a great cornerback. Garner sees the field very well and has a nose for the football.
Maryland should be all over an athlete like this, because what this team needs more than anything are playmakers.