Last Season:6-7, with a 21-14 loss to Oregon State in the Emerald Bowl.
Top Players Lost: G Andrew Crummey, LB Erin Henderson, RB Lance Ball, RB Keon Lattimore, TE Joey Haynos, DT Dre Moore, DE Carlos Feliciano.
Needs Addressed: Two years ago, the Terrapins found themselves backed into a corner when the wide receiving corps was reduced to a collection of redshirt freshmen. But Maryland has done well to avoid a repeat, signing three highly touted wide receivers who will bolster depth and competition for the next few years. With Darrius Heyward-Bey entering his junior year and thus just one standout season away from possible early entry into the NFL draft, the additions at wide receiver are even more important. On defense, Maryland signed potential difference-makers in Masengo Kabongo and Zach Kerr, adding them to a defensive line in need of a talent infusion.
Best in Class: DeMatha's Kenny Tate could instantly give Maryland a big, strong target in the passing game, which would complement the group that the Terrapins intend to bring back next season. Even with the jump in competition level, some believe that Tate's body should stand up to the rigors of the college game. Coach Ralph Friedgen yesterday praised what he called Tate's team-oriented attitude, even more than his physical traits.
Sleeper: RB Davin Meggett (Surrattsville) improved his stock with an outstanding senior season after getting on Maryland's radar at the school's summer football camp. He committed to the Terrapins early and stuck with the school despite several programs making a late run at him.
The One Who Got Away: Wide receiver Lamaar Thomas of Friendly, a 5-foot-11, 181-pounder with 4.4 speed, committed to Ohio State.
Coach Ralph Friedgen: While the class is solid on the field, its off-the-field ramifications could be just as big, as Maryland signaled an improved local presence by keeping some top talent from leaving the area. "We got the kids we really wanted to get in this area," Friedgen said.
|Kerry Boykins||WR||6-1||200||Chesapeake, Va.|
|R.J. Dill||OL||6-6||274||Camp Hill, Pa.|
|Gary Douglas||RB||5-11||179||Durham, N.C.|
|Eteyen Edet||LB||6-1||235||Fort Washington|
|Matt Furstenburg||TE||6-4||230||Flemington, N.J.|
|Demetrius Hartsfield||LB||6-2||225||Raleigh, N.C.|
|Masengo Kabongo||DL||6-1||285||Stratford, Conn.|
|Justin Lewis||OL||6-4||320||Johnsonville, S.C.|