The Ties That Find


Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech recruit the most local high school players, but other divisions and teams are making gains. Of the 62 other schools in automatic-bid BCS conferences, 35 have local players on their rosters. Forty-four have coaches with ties to the area. Here’s a look at which BCS programs have snatched up Washington area players for their current rosters and how the dots were connected:

LOCAL SCHOOLS

Local lore

The coaches of the three local schools have long personal histories
in the area.

Maryland

Ralph Friedgen is a 1970 Maryland alum and graduate assistant from 1969 to '72 and assistant 1982-86. Offensive coordinator James Franklin started as an assistant in 2002. Assistant Charles Bankins is a Leonardtown High graduate who coached there in 1995. Defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo was a G.A. and volunteer assistant (1984-87).

Virginia

Coach Al Groh was a Cavs assistant in 1970-72. Defensive line coach Chad Wilt was a graduate assistant in 2004-05. Running backs coach Wayne Lineburg was a Virginia quarterback in 1996 and a G.A. in 1998. Defensive backs coach Anthony Poindexter, who recruits the D.C. area, was a safety who graduated in 1999. Special teams coach Ron Prince started as an assistant in 2001.

Virginia Tech

Coach Frank Beamer graduated from Tech in 1969 and was Maryland graduate assistant in 1972. Assistant Billy Hite is a 1969 DeMatha graduate. Jimmy Cavanaugh spent 1981 with the Cavaliers and 1982-87 with the Terrapins. Torrian Gray is a 1996 Virginia Tech graduate. Assistant Charley Wiles was a G.A. in 1987-88.

Reported by Josh Barr, The Washington Post | Photos by the Associated Press

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