Randy Edsall and his assistants are out on the recruiting trail, pitching the Maryland program in the final three weeks leading up to National Signing Day on Feb. 5. Things become unconventional on the recruiting trail, chief among them where one can squeeze in a regional radio interview.
For Edsall on Friday, that meant talking to 106.7 The Fan from a high school library, one day after the program announced the hiring of wide receivers coach Keenan McCardell, who is already out on the trail with Edsall.
McCardell played 17 seasons in the NFL, won two Super Bowls, and appeared in two Pro Bowls as a player and now replaces longtime coach Lee Hull on Maryland’s staff.
That spurred questions about the wide receiving corps, one of Maryland’s strongest overall units even with season-ending leg injuries to stars Stefon Diggs and Deon Long. Updates on those two have been scarce since their surgeries to repair the broken bones in their legs, but Edsall provided one on Friday.
“They’re coming along fine in terms of their rehab,” he told the show. “They won’t be out there for spring ball doing things. They’ll be, in terms of the contact, but there are things that our trainers will have them doing, but they’ll be ready for the season.”
McCardell now inherits a very skilled group of pass-catchers, not only Diggs and Long, but also Levern Jacobs, Amba Etta-Tawo, and Nigel King. It will also include four-star recruit Juwann Winfree next season, who McCardell and Edsall were in New Jersey today to visit.
The All-Pro receiver becomes not only an asset on the recruiting trail for Maryland, but as a teacher as well. That was a point Edsall drove home on Friday.
“I told Keenan, I said, ‘One of the things is we need to get our receivers to become complete receivers.’ So he’s a guy who did that,” Edsall explained.
“So those guys, you know, need to be sponges and I know they will be and they need to listen to what he tells them to do because if they have dreams and aspirations of having an opportunity to go to the next level, you don’t listen to him, you don’t do what he tells you to do, guess what, you’ll never have an opportunity to go to the next level.”