Coles May Continue Terps' Gwynn Park Pipeline

Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine is one of those places where there seems to be something in the water that helps produce football talent, so it's a good thing the Terps football staff has great success in cultivating a familial relationship with the program and its head coach.

"We really like Ralph, I'll tell you that," Gwynn Park coach Danny Hayes said. "We like Ralph Friedgen a lot. He's just a very honest guy. They can keep going there, it'll make it less stressful for me."

In recent years the Terps have landed a handful of Gwynn Park players, such as Wesley Jefferson, Quintin McCree, Adrian Moten and most recently, Taylor Watson. As usual, there are several Yellow Jackets being looked at by the Maryland staff – and vice versa.

Hayes told us that junior running back-safety Jerel Coles has been attending Terps' spring practice quite often and has been a subject of several conversations between he and the staff.

"There's a very strong possibility that's going to happen," Hayes said of Maryland possibly offering Coles a scholarship. "He's getting a lot of looks … He's going to be off the chain this year."

Coles, a 1,000-yard rusher with blazing speed and excellent shiftiness, has added quite a bit of muscle to his formerly slender frame and is up to 5-foot-11, 190 pounds. There's a good possibility he could play safety in college, Hayes said.

Meantime, a lot of eyes are on Gwynn Park sophomore lineman Raynard Randolph. Many big-time programs are already quite interested in the 6-2, 300-pounder who bench presses 350 pounds and is an immovable force in the trenches.

"He's gonna be something to watch. He's going to be the best lineman I've ever coached here," said Hayes, whose program produced national blue-chip lineman Phillip Taylor (Penn State) a couple of years ago.

"He's so strong and he plays so low, that's what a lot of coaches like to see."

Randolph has been out to Terps practice as well, as has under-the-radar junior wide receiver Ronald Hobby who ran the fastest 40-yard-dash at the state combine this spring (4.4 seconds). Coles ran a 4.46 and had the fastest shuttle time (3.9 seconds) in the state. will keep you posted on the Terps' efforts to continue developing their pipeline to Gwynn Park.

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