Quotes from Signing Day News Conference
Feb. 2, 2011
Head Coach Randy Edsall
"I had a chance to get out and visit each one of the young men who were committed prior to my arrival. The biggest thing that we wanted to do was keep that core intact but also to go out and attract other young men who we felt really fit what we were looking for in the profile that we've established here at the University of Maryland football program.
"All in all, I'm very pleased. When you take a look at the [position] breakdown: two running backs, we needed to get some depth there. We needed to get a fullback into the rotation and we got that. I thought we added three really good receivers. We're going to be losing three seniors and to bring those three in- two of them coming in January - is an added bonus. We get speed and athleticism. We're getting size with that group right there. For me, the heart and soul of your football team is the offensive and defensive lines. The one thing that impressed me with [having five offensive linemen] was their personalities. When I look at offensive linemen, I look at guys who have personality, who know when it is time to work but will also have some fun doing it. [Offensive line] is a tough position to play and there's not a lot of glory in it, but these guys are guys that smile but are workers. I was very, very pleased.
"When you take a look at defense, what we were able to do was add guys that fit the scheme in terms of what we want to play. We have guys that are athletes who can run, who will be physical and who have the ability to make plays. When you take a look we have two defensive linemen, an inside guy and an outside guy. Adding some linebackers, a local guy and a guy from New Jersey, who we feel is probably pretty underrated. We got a nickel package coming in with five defensive backs. They're athletic and they're guys that will strike you.
"I think we got a lot accomplished in a short period of time and we were well received as we got out there. It was a lot of hard work by everyone, most especially Don, Tom, Lee and Ryan, in letting me know what was going on and what we needed to. As I came in here, I was looking at the board with them and seeing where we were personnel-wise with the current team and what the needs were, in terms of what I wanted to do position-wise and numbers-wise.
"I'm very pleased and very, very excited. The good thing is there were no surprises this morning. Everything we thought was going to happen when we left here last night, happened this morning. Like I said, [I'm] very pleased with the results."
On challenges of last-minute recruiting:
On the characteristics he seeks in a potential recruit:
"Young men have to be able to want to get a degree and understand that academics are important. If young men think they're going to come here and go through the motion, it is not going to work. Academics and wanting to graduate have to be priorities.
"The second thing is you have to have a work ethic. If you think you're going to get something from nothing, it's not going to happen. We want young men who have work ethics and understand you have to work to achieve success.
"The third thing is, we're looking for young men who have great character. I want to make sure that we also have people who come here and have support systems. When you go away from home for the first time, which is what these people do, there has to be a support system built in. We want to make sure that there is a support system at home and at school with the coach.
Those are all important to us. For us to take the program to where we want to take it to, those are the ingredients that we're looking for."
On who he has tabbed as recruiting coordinator:
Ultimately, it is a team effort. It is not just on John. He is the guy that is coordinating the whole thing. It is just like Don is coordinating the defense, Gary is coordinating the offense and Lyndon is coordinating the special teams."
On his style as a recruiter:
On how this class plays a part in the team's mission to win the ACC: