Linganore (MD) running back Joe Riddle reiterated some of the things that drew him to Maryland, when talking about his official visit. It started with comparing Maryland head coach Randy Edsall to his own head coach at Linganore, Rick Conner.
"I like how (Edsall) runs the program," Riddle said. "He doesn't put up with any crap. That's kind of how Coach Conner is. He's a very straightforward guy. He's honest. He'll tell you the truth. Sometimes it's not what you want to hear, but he's very straightforward. He's just a real good coach."
Riddle also spent a lot of time with running backs coach Andre Powell and offensive coordinator Gary Crowton.
"(Powell) was just telling me some of the things I'm going to need to learn," Riddle said. "He was showing me some of the plays; some of the playbook. I got a better idea of the offense. After I talked to Coach Edsall with my parents for a one-on-one, I talked to Coach Crowton. I talked to him a lot too."
As for hanging out with his future teammates, despite having a class that covers a wide geographical range, Riddle says it's been pretty easy for his class to come together.
"We have guys like Roman (Braglio), Sean Davis, Stefan Houston," Riddle said. "Those are a lot of local guys; Mike Madaras. Then, we have guys from Georgia, Pittsburgh, New Jersey. I got to know all of them. We're all close, and it's a good group of kids."
As for the visit, Riddle talked about a pretty extensive tour of the Washington D.C. area.
"We really loved it," citing the reaction from him and the other recruits. "We went to the Lincoln Memorial, the World War II Memorial. Then, we had dinner on Saturday night overlooking the Capitol building. Some people just don't realize how close (Washington) is to (College Park)."
Riddle was off to a pretty impressive start to his senior season, before suffering a broken ankle that ended his season. He finished with over 900 yards rushing with 9 touchdowns, averaging nearly 10 yards a carry.