Pro Bowl, Super Bowl, NFL experience help Maryland recruiting?

Pro Bowl, Super Bowl, NFL experience help Maryland recruiting?
January 16, 2014, 5:30 pm
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(Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports)

The ideal recruiting situation would go something like this for Maryland: Armed on staff with a former Pro Bowl wide receiver and Super Bowl-winning positional coach, Randy Edsall could walk into a recruit’s home, flash a few shiny rings and close the deal on a key prospect.

At least in theory.

Edsall put it more tactfully during a conference call with the media on Thursday afternoon following an announcement that Maryland had hired NFL veteran Keenan McCardell and former NFL positional coach Dave DeGuglielmo, along with Ball State defensive line coach Chad Wilt.

“Having Keenan, being a 17-year vet, two-time Pro Bowl, two Super Bowl rings, I think that’ll resonate with a lot of players,” Edsall said. “It’s somebody that they’ll have a tremendous amount of respect for as he goes into that room and he goes into homes.

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“David, having the experience that he’s had with the Giants and the Dolphins and the Jets,” he continued. “Having a Super Bowl ring as well and being able to coach guys at the level that he did, I think that’s a plus for us.”

Edsall was out on the road recruiting when he took the call with the media Thursday, expressing his desire to fill out his coaching staff before Maryland makes its final recruiting push before National Signing Day.

Wilt was out on the road today and McCardell will be out recruiting with Edsall tomorrow, the head coach said.

Though only Wilt comes directly from another college job, DeGuglielmo coached at South Carolina from 1999-2003. Edsall doesn’t foresee any major hurdles in the transition.

“I said, the biggest adjustment will be just knowing the NCAA rulebook,” he said. “To me recruiting is a people business and these guys all can relate. You got a chance to sit down and talk to these guys and be around them, they’re infectious. They’re infectious personalities.”