National Signing Day 2011: Top prospects choose their colleges
Wednesday, February 2, 2011; 12:59 PM
National Signing Day 2011 is here, and high school recruits from around the country are choosing their colleges. Recruiting Insider told us who they are following:
Some of the top recruits we'll be following are DeMatha lineman Cyrus Kouandjio, who's considering Iowa, Auburn and Alabama; St. John's defensive lineman Kevin McReynolds, who is looking at UCLA, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Syracuse and others; and Osbourn quarterback Dominique Terrell, who's visited West Virginia, Miami, Virginia and others.
In the meantime, check out our database of the area's top recruits -- Recruit watch -- which features links to videos and statistics. You can find our 2010 All-Met football team here: offense and defense. And here's a video of LaVar Arrington interviewing our All-Met Players of the Year, quarterback Michael Nebrich (Connecticut) and linebacker Vincent Croce (Virginia).
In a recruiting class known for its excellent prospects at lineman, Josh Barr reported that colleges are looking at more than just ability:
"With offensive linemen and to an extent defensive linemen, it's how are they going to be two or three years down the road - in terms of their body structure, body composition, work ethic, the ability to put on weight and then handle it," Maryland's new coach, Randy Edsall, said. "I don't think there is any offensive lineman coming out of high school that is really a finished product, somebody that is going to have a big opportunity to get on the field his first year."
Consider the way Tom Luginbill evaluates Kouandjio, who is expected to announce his college choice Wednesday morning. Luginbill, director of college football recruiting for ESPN, acknowledges that Kouandjio "is really behind" in terms of pass protection and "knows nothing of technique yet."
At the University of Maryland new head coach Randy Edsall may need to change the recruiting style that led him to success with Connecticut, explained Steve Yanda:
At Connecticut, where Edsall coached the past 12 seasons, he devised a recruiting plan centered on the ability to max out the potential of two- and three-star prospects. Edsall did not waste time courting upper-echelon recruits he knew would likely would end up at perennial powerhouses. He focused on character over ego and, at times, talent.
But now Edsall, who was chosen Jan. 2 to succeed Friedgen, resides in a recruiting environment where the resources are richer and the aspirations are higher. His staff will join the hunt for highly ranked recruits because such prospects are viable targets and necessary to meet the goal - transforming the Maryland football program from "good to great" - set forth by Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson on the day Edsall's hiring was announced.
"It's going to be quite a bit of an adjustment for Edsall because he is not somebody who likes to pamper recruits," said Mike Farrell, lead football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. "He's not somebody who likes to really play that game and kiss up to kids like you have to these days. That's going to be a big challenge for him. The big-time kids, all the five-stars and the four-stars of the world, all want their egos stroked. And [that's being done] by every other program in the country. . . .
More from the Washington Post
Recruit Watch: Full list of all D.C.-area atheletes and their choices
AllMetSports: See more recruiting spotlight videos
Hokies Journal: Predictions for Virginia Tech recruiting in 2011