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National Signing Day 2011: Randy Edsall's Impact on Maryland's Recruiting

Randy Edsall speaks to the press after being hired by Maryland.
Randy Edsall speaks to the press after being hired by Maryland.Mitchell Layton/Getty Images
Collin BerglundCorrespondent IIIJanuary 31, 2011

With National Signing Day just two days away, Maryland fans are wondering what impact new head coach Randy Edsall will have on the Terps' 2011 recruiting class.

Maryland has already lost three commitments in January, but Edsall has also shown that he can get guys he wants by getting 3-star defensive end Keith Bowers.

Even so, some fans are questioning his recruiting chops, especially after he let Larry Mazyck, an offensive line prospect that has since committed to Vanderbilt, go without a fight.

According to The UConn Blog (UConn's SB Nation blog), Edsall has not improved his recruiting since UConn came into prominence.  Edsall's recruiting could become a serious concern for Maryland fans in coming years.

Recruiting at Maryland has not been great in recent years under old head coach Ralph Friedgen, but as soon as Friedgen's departure was announced, Jeremiah Hendy, a cornerback who is the top-rated prospect in Maryland, de-committed.  Edsall is trying to get back into the Hendy competition to become a recruiting presence in Maryland.  

Maryland currently does not have any of the top-25 in-state recruits committed.

Maryland's best recruits might be Tyler Cierski (the sixth highest-rated fullback in the country), Nathaniel Clarke (an offensive lineman Rivals puts at four stars) and Tyrek Cheeseboro (a well-regarded receiving prospect).  

Maryland is also still in the running for Kevin McReynolds, a defensive lineman from the D.C. area.

Making the Orange Bowl proved that Edsall can coach with the best of them.  The coming weeks will determine whether his recruiting is at the same level.

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