Maryland's 2009 Football Recruits

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Last Season: 8-5, beat Nevada, 42-35, in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Top Players Lost: C Edwin Williams, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, CB Kevin Barnes, LB Moise Fokou, PK Obi Egekeze, DL Jeremy Navarre.

Needs Addressed: The class, which is ranked No. 26 by, addressed several needs, including the goal to keep local talent at home. Thirteen members of the class hail from the Washington-Baltimore area. Maryland took another step in reloading at offensive line, securing the touted Pete White, who was rated the nation's No. 5 guard by Coach Ralph Friedgen's biggest concern is linebacker, where the Terrapins will be particularly inexperienced. Ryan Donohue and Bradley Johnson could have opportunities to contribute early.

Best in Class: Defensive back Travis Hawkins played cornerback, quarterback, running back and wide receiver in high school. Rated as the fifth-best player in Maryland, Hawkins is an "outstanding football player," Friedgen said. "When he is on the field, things happen."

Sleeper: Keep an eye on the progress of defensive back Dexter McDougle. Friedgen called him a "big-play guy" and an excellent athlete. He will be a cornerback at Maryland.

One Who Got Away: Jelani Jenkins, the All-Met Defensive Player of the Year, will play at Florida.

Coach Ralph Friedgen: "We lost a lot of linebackers, offensive linemen and defensive linemen. I feel we have been able to meet those needs with this class. [We have a] big, athletic bunch of athletes who can run and hit. They are also good students."

-- Eric Prisbell

NamePos.Ht.Wt.Home Town
D.J. AdamsRB5-10210Norcross, Ga.
Justin AndersonDL6-5265Blythewood, S.C.
De'Onte ArnettDL6-4250Capitol Heights
C.J. BrownQB6-3185Cranberry Twp., Pa.
Pete DeSouzaOL6-7325Silver Spring
Ryan DonohueLB6-2220Montvale, N.J.
Darin DrakefordLB6-2220Washington
Nick FerraraPK-P6-1195Hicksville, N.Y.
Eric FranklinDB6-3190Baltimore
Bennett FulperOL6-4285Gretna, Va.
Lorne GoreeLB6-2200Springdale
Avery GrahamDB5-10185Clarksburg
Travis HawkinsDB5-10185Gaithersburg
Bradley JohnsonLB6-1210Dinwiddie, Va.
Nick KlemmOL6-7275Marietta, Ga.
David MackallLB6-3256Baltimore
Dexter McDougleDB6-0185Falmouth
Avery MurrayLB6-1220Florence, S.C.
Danny O'BrienQB6-3200Kernersville, N.C.
Caleb PorzelRB5-9185Olney
Isaiah RossLB6-2248Greenbelt
Dave StinebaughTE6-4215Baltimore
Pete WhiteOL 6-5340Washington
Marcus WhitfieldLB6-2220Germantown

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