Terps' Class No. 18 in Nation
Byline: Rick Snider, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The nation's top defensive end, a quarterback from California and some speedy receivers helped Maryland finish with the nation's 18th-best football recruiting class yesterday.
Maryland brought in 10 of the state's top 12 players, plus four from Florida and New Jersey among 24 recruits who signed letters of intent. There was only one recruit rated as a five star by recruiting services, but four were four stars and 15 were three stars. Seven were All-Americans, and four were among the top 25 at their positions.
Terrapins coach Ralph Friedgen said the recent 5-6 season didn't have as much negative impact as he had feared. Maryland had 31 victories over his first three years.
"Some doors were shut on us, but not as many because we established a track record," Friedgen said. "Did we get everybody we wanted? We probably missed on one. You never get them all, but this area has to be our primary area."
Defensive end Melvin Alaeze of Randallstown, Md., is the gem. Ranked as the nation's leading pass rusher by Rivals.com and ESPN, Alaeze was the No. 13 prospect overall. The MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl could play as a freshman. …