If you thought the story of Alex Collins' mother stealing his National Letter of Intent to Arkansas and taking off was strange—though he is going to sign with Arkansas, according to Dennis Dodd of CBS—wait until you hear the recruiting story Maryland head coach Randy Edsall shared on Wednesday.
Edsall was discussing a recruiting visit on a December evening to see Will Likely, a defensive back from Belle Glade, Fla., with defensive coordinator Brian Stewart. The pair put Likely's address in the GPS, but en route Edsall realized they were going the wrong way.
They continued to follow the GPS, however, but Edsall didn't recognize the scenery. When they reached the destination according to the GPS, they called Likely, but of course they were at the wrong address.
And as they were ready to leave, things got interesting. Here's the rest of Edsall's story (via Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post):
We’re going to take a left. Here comes a pickup truck. They’re staring at us like, ‘What the heck are you guys doing in here?’ Then we got a car that comes up behind us. So now there’s a car coming behind us. I said, ‘Brian, I think we ought to get out of here.’ So we take a left and go.
Next thing you know, we’ve got both of them on our bumper in this little development. We get out on this highway. So Brian says, ‘Randy, hold on.’
We come flying out of this development. Take a right. The pickup truck tries to rear-end us. The other car tries to go outside us. He says, ‘Call 911.’ So I’m calling 911, I’m saying, ‘Hey, I’m the head coach at the University of Maryland. I know where we are, we’re getting chased. We didn’t do anything. We need a police officer to come out here.’
We drive for two and a half to three miles with people chasing us. Finally we get to the light. Brian outran them a bit. We get to the light, took a right and they stopped following us because we got out of things.
Can you imagine?
Here you are, going out on a routine recruiting trip, and the next thing you know you're shooting a real-life scene in Fast and Furious 17: Yeah, We're Still Making These (though I bet Edsall and Stewart gave far more convincing performances than Paul Walker and Vin Diesel).
But c'mon, the guys chasing them were probably just rival fans. You know how serious everyone takes recruiting. I'm sure these fellas weren't scary dudes who intended them harm because they dared enter the wrong neighborhood.
Yeah, totally a ploy to throw them off the recruiting trail. That's how the real world works, folks.
Anyway, I think it's safe to say that was easily the most bizarre recruiting story outside of Collins' mother we heard on Wednesday. And now, if Edsall ever needs to motivate Likely, he can remind him he went through serious peril to bring him to Maryland and Likely needs to repay the favor.
You've gotta love college football.
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