The topic of recruiting more speed and athleticism came up in Tuesday’s news conference. Remember, Maryland Coach Randy Edsall said unprompted after the Florida State loss that his players did not match up with the likes of Clemson and Florida State in speed and athleticism. During that postgame news conference, Edsall also said that targeting more speed and athleticism will be a focus in recruiting.
To be clear, recruiting rankings are extremely subjective at all times, even on national signing day. And there remains more than three months until signing day, so that’s more than enough time for Maryland to significantly bolster its class. As of this week, Maryland’s recruiting class ranks 11th in the 12-team ACC, according to Rivals.com. But like I said, it’s still very early and a lot will shake out over the next three months.
A reporter asked Edsall how he plans to sell this program in order to attract more speed, athleticism and top-tier talent. Here is Edsall’s two-minute answer in its entirety:
“I think what you would be better served is to ask the recruits as to what is going on here and maybe read some of their comments. To me, this is a great institution, academically. First and foremost, you can come in here and get an education and a degree that has meaning to it. And you can come here and play in an offense that is going to work to get the ball to their playmakers in space. And you are going to play on a defense that is going to be aggressive. And you are going to have opportunities because whoever are the best guys are going to play, regardless of whether they are a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior. And you are in a great area here in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Those are the things that you sell. That is what we are going to continue to sell.
“Really, recruiting is the lifeblood of any program. That’s what it is. I think what all these people have to understand is, just like in any profession, any business every year, you are trying to upgrade your business or your organization, whatever it is. So every year I have the mind-set that I want to recruit better and better every year. And that’s not a knock on anyone that is here. If I was not doing that, they should fire me. They should get rid of me. Because then I am not doing the job that the University of Maryland would expect me to do in terms of trying to bring the best student-athletes to this campus.”
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