The Outlook for Football Season: Part Two

After the relentless optimism of Part One, the indefinitely long series returns with an analysis of the incoming recruits. I'll only break down the recruits that have chances of playing this year. Guys like Tyrek Cheeseboro, Matt Robinson or Ian Evans aren't going to see any love because their shirts are so red they're being attacked by bulls. Luckily for them, USF is going to suck this year. Let's start from the top and work our way down from our best to our least best incoming freshmen.

Javarie Johnson - Unfortunately, after taking all of two weeks to switch his commitment from Miami to Maryland and quickly enrolling in spring classes, Johnson has left the school. I can't say this is is a huge shocker. Rather, it's a huge disappointment. Johnson was the headliner in the class, a stud four-star recruit, the top-ranked player in DC and a legitimately terrifying pass rusher that looked capable of starting right out of the gate. However, the reason he switched his commitment to UMD in the first place was academically motivated - his grades weren't good enough to enroll early at Miami, so we let him. Then, he couldn't handle his first semester of classes, and dropped out, or the more politically correct way of saying that when discussing athletes, decided to transfer. It's a shame, but this was sort of his destiny from Day One. Hopefully he'll get his head on straight eventually and figure out a subject that motivates him.

David Mackall - Described by his coach at Fork Union in Va. as a "Merriman type," Mackall has

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the chance to be an instant impact player as a pass rusher. Although the Terps were fourth in the ACC in sacks, led by Adrian Moten's six, a well-known football mantra is you can never have too many pass-rushers. Mackall at the moment is a little undersized for a defensive end, but that was his position in high school and he wreaked havoc, piling up 12 sacks in his final season. He enrolled early for spring practices, so by the time the season rolls around, he should know the playbook and be a contributor from the get-go. Don't look for him to crack the starting lineup this year, though, with a logjam of the best kind at linebacker and him still being too small for the line. 2011 should be Year of The Mackall, wherever he plays.

Titus Till - I had a chance to talk to Titus a few months back around the signing deadline, and I immediately took a shine to him. First of all, his phone's ringback is the Maryland Victory song, which was awesome. He's from PG county, has rooted for Maryland his whole life, and as soon as Maryland offered him a scholarship, he took it and never looked back. Regardless of how well he plays, he will represent the Terps with loyalty and pride, so we have that to look forward to (how rare is it nowadays?). What else do we have to look forward to? A punishing safety with great size and a nose for the ball. At 6-1, 190 with a frame to add more muscle, he's ideally suited for run support, but is also an asset in the passing game. He provides much needed depth in the secondary, and can back up either Kenny Tate or Antwine Perez right away. He should see double-digit tackles this year, and more than a few absolute de-cleatings.

Sal Conaboy - Yes, we've reached the offensive line. Conaboy is a highly-rated guard prospect (Scout's #12, Rivals #17, ESPN's #21 guard), with great size (he's 6-5) but needs to add some bulk (only 255 lbs.). The guy is an absolute beast in the running game, with great feet, a knack for pulling, and hits like a mofo. Scout.com described him as having a "bit of a nasty streak," which sounds like exactly what we've been lacking on the line. He's still a year away because he needs to pack on the weight (eating the Maryland dining hall food will certainly help), but when he gets his shot, I doubt he lets it go. ESPN said he has the size to play at major levels of competition, so ACC football should be a piece of cake for him (zing!).

Desmond Kearse - If his name is familiar to you, it shouldn't come as a surprise. He's cousins with Jevon, otherwise known as "The Freak." Much like his cousin, Desmond is a pass rusher extraordinaire. He accumulated 41 sacks his last two years at Dunbar HS in Florida (thank you Don Brown), thanks to his ridiculous speed. As a defensive end, he relies entirely on his 4.5 speed, which is lucky since he only weighs 180 pounds. There's no way he ever plays in the trenches in college, and there's talk they might push him all the way back to safety. That could work, but I see him more as a pass-rushing specialist on third downs from the OLB spot.

Rahsaan Moore - Although a highly-regard high school defensive end at Henry A. Wise HS in Upper Marlboro (teammates with Till), Moore will play fullback at Maryland. It's hard to imagine a fullback going anywhere and feeling pressure, but Moore will come in with a chance to win the starting job outright, trying to replace the departed Cory Jackson. He has some competition in the form of junior Taylor Watson, but even if Moore loses out initially, he will eventually start for the Terps. He hasn't been playing fullback for long, but he has great size and instincts. Being a former defensive end means he will have no fear in blocking defensive linemen and opening up holes for the armada of Terrapin running backs.

Next time: The returning role players...
Author: Ethan | 6/29/2010 11:33:25 AM | Tags: football, recruiting, titus till, david mackall, freshmen |

New AD Search Committee Named

The University named its search committee to find our new AD.  All the usual suspects are there except for one glaring omission: Linda M. Clement, Chair Vice President for Student Affairs Sasho Cirovski Head Coach, Men’s Soccer Leonard J. Elmore, Esq. CEO, iHoops Brenda S. Frese Head Coach, Women’s Basketball Edwin F. Gregory President, [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/29/2010 12:00:00 AM |

From Caracas to Memphis by way of College Park: Greivis Vasquez

There is not much to add other than a hearty congratulations to the reigning ACC Player of the Year, Greivis Vasquez.  Memphis fans (do they exist?) will grow to love the General just as we have.My passion for the NBA has waned over the years, but I will always root for Greivis. Always. [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/24/2010 7:14:06 PM | Tags: nba draft, greivis vasquez |

The Outlook for Football Season: Part One

Since the summer is pretty much the worst time ever to be a college sports fan (though if you're a soccer fan, the past few weeks have been pretty sweet), it's time to start looking ahead to the fall, and of course, football season.I would discuss last year as a point of reference for this one, but any mention of that atrocity makes me vomit on my [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 6/23/2010 5:45:14 PM |

The Outlook for Football Season: Part One

Since the summer is pretty much the worst time ever to be a college sports fan (though if you're a soccer fan, the past few weeks have been pretty sweet), it's time to start looking ahead to the fall, and of course, football season.I would discuss last year as a point of reference [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 6/23/2010 12:35:04 PM |

Greivis Vasquez is starting to generate some NBA draft buzz

It's good to be back Soupers. After missing the second half of last semester due to academic reasons that can't be disclosed due to my status as an amateur, then traveling through Europe for a month, I have returned. I'll be around for the foreseeable future, entering my final year at Maryland.I'll pick up where I left off last time: basketball. Gr [...] Read More »

Author: Ethan | 6/21/2010 4:10:56 PM | Tags: greivis vasquez, basketball, nba draft |

Texas Staying Put; NCAA Landscape Stabilizes (for now)

Texas is staying put in the New Big 10 or the old Big 12 or whatever that are going to be called now.  That leaves the Pac-10 with 11 teams and looking for at least one more school.  The old Big 10 or new Big 12 could still be looking too; especially if Notre Dame comes calling.  We could still see a Big 16 that includes Notre Dame, Syracuse, Pitt, [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/14/2010 6:14:39 PM | Tags: conference realignment |

Colorado to PAC-10, Texas and Texas A&M to Big-10, OU to SEC

Folks, today is really getting crazy. Colorado has announced formally that it is joining the PAC-10.  Now, high-level sources are confirming that the two big Texas schools are petitioning the Big-10 for entry.  Those same sources are also claiming that Oklahoma is petitioning the SEC for entry.The silence from Maryland has been deafening considerin [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/10/2010 3:23:37 PM | Tags: big-10, conference realignment |

Welcome Bino Ranson

The search for Chuck D's replacement is reportedly over.  Several sources are reporting that the Xavier Assistant has resigned and is on his way to College Park to join Gary's staff.Orlando "Bino" Ranson was born in Baltimore in 1974 just like yours truly. He's known as an excellent recruiter and I'm sure his Baltimore roots will only improve that [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/6/2010 5:57:35 PM | Tags: bino ranson, assistant coach, recruiting |

Is Eric Hayes Going To Get Drafted?

OK, I'll admit it.  I'm friends with Eric Hayes on Facebook.  I've never said a word to the kid and I'm sure he has no idea who I am.  Nevertheless, being "friends" with him has given me some insight into what Eric has been up to lately.Eric spent the month of May studying really hard for Finals and preparing for graduation.  While his dedication t [...] Read More »

Author: Jeremy | 6/2/2010 5:47:56 PM | Tags: eric hayes, nba draft |
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