2006 Class Solid - Almost

With much of the talk about the in-state players Maryland missed on this year, The Terps still pulled in a top 30 class for the fifth straight season according to Scout.com's rankings. Many needs were met across the board while a few positions were quite thin.

OFFENSE

Holes filled: Quarterback, Running Back, Wide Receiver

On offense, the Terps were able to fill many of their pressing needs at the skill positions. Maryland fans have been clamoring for a blue chip quarterback and this year’s class may have brought one. Among this class’ signees are quarterbacks Jeremy Ricker and Jamarr Robinson from Pennsylvania and North Carolina, respectively. Neither should play this year but Ricker could very well battle for the starting job in 2007 after Sam Hollenbach graduates.

The backfield also sees an influx of talent in this class with star RBs Morgan Green of Maryland and Da’Rel Scott of Pennsylvania, along with FB Cory Jackson of West Virginia. With Maryland returning a lot at running back and welcoming back Josh Allen, there won’t be much playing time available for freshmen, though Scott could get a look as a return man given his speed.

With Drew Weatherly being the only experienced wide receiver on the team, there is plenty of room for young players to see playing time next year. This year the Terps targeted size and speed at the WR position with only one shorter than 6’1”. In addition to the WRs, Maryland may have found the heir apparent to Vernon Davis in WR/TE/H-Back Drew Gloster from Good Counsel High in Wheaton, Maryland. The returning Maryland receivers are largely a young, inexperienced bunch so if one of these incoming freshmen steps up over the summer, he could vault up the depth chart.

Class thin at: Offensive Line

This class for Maryland wasn’t deep at offensive line with only Colorado C/OG Evan Eastburn penciled in to play on the offensive side of the ball. Bruce Campbell could play either offensive tackle or defensive end in college. It is always important to bring in offensive linemen so next year Maryland will have to focus heavily on that position.

DEFENSE

Holes filled: Linebacker, Defensive End, Secondary

The linebacker position was an area of strength this year for the Terps. Adrian Moten, Alex Wujciak, LB/LEO Brian Whitmore, and holdover Chris Clinton should provide Maryland with depth at linebacker after losing two starters this past year – including ACC defensive player of the year D’Qwell Jackson. Moten could also play safety depending on how his body develops.

The gem of Maryland’s recruiting class for the second straight year is DE Melvin Alaeze who had to prep at Hargrave Military Academy before signing with the Terps again. Alaeze by himself makes for a successful DE recruiting class. Maryland and Alaeze were hoping for the NCAA clearinghouse to approve a previously overlooked course, which would make him eligible to enroll this spring. However, that appears unlikely at this point. Defensive end becomes by far the best position in this class for Maryland if you count Bruce Campbell and Brian Whitmore – the second and third highest-rated prospects in this class behind Alaeze by Scout.com. Alaeze has the best chance of winning a starting job of all the recruits in this class.

Maryland signed four athletic defensive backs in this class– three of whom are 6 feet or taller. In fact, only DB Brandon Jackson-Mills and WR Ronnie Tyler are under 6 foot in this class. In the past, size has been an issue for Maryland defensive backs against teams with bigger wide receivers such as Florida State. Not much playing time appears to be available to these freshmen defensive backs and redshirting looks likely for most if not all.

Class thin at: Defensive Tackle

Defensive tackle is perhaps the hardest position to fill in recruiting and the Terps found that out the hard way this year. The loss of Phillip Taylor stung the most and Maryland landed no players at this position. Next year Maryland will need to reload and have a strong defensive tackle class. Coolidge HS (DC) defensive tackle Marvin Austin will be a high priority.


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