Why DT Nick Jenkins didn’t seriously consider playing for Maryland

Twelve Virginia players will be competing in their home state Saturday when the Cavaliers (5-3, 2-2 ACC) take on Maryland (2-6, 1-4) at Byrd Stadium, and it’s likely that most – if not all – of those dozen guys were recruited by the Terrapins to some degree.

Some of those players, such as senior defensive end Cam Johnson – who is from Greenbelt and used to ride to Gonzaga together with Maryland defensive tackle A.J. Francis – opted not to commit to the Terrapins, he said, because College Park was too close to home.

Others, such as senior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins, simply didn’t mesh with former Coach Ralph Friedgen. Jenkins, a Westminster native, said Monday that the former Maryland coaching staff recruited him hard when he was at Good Counsel. But the Terrapins did not end up on his final list of college choices, and it had nothing to do with proximity from home.

“I just couldn’t stand the coaches, or Coach Friedgen,” Jenkins said.

One reporter followed that comment by asking whether Jenkins felt that way because Friedgen was an offensive-minded coach.

“Coach Friedgen was just a pretty arrogant person,” Jenkins said.

Ah. Well then. Um … care to provide any sort of generalization about the Maryland fan base?

“They have pretty mean fans up there,” Jenkins said. “It’s such a nasty area to go play in. It’s fun. I think everybody’s really excited for it.”

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