National Signing Day: Local recap

National Signing Day: Local recap
February 2, 2012, 1:37 am
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Signing Day came and went Wednesday, with each of our region's three major programs landing some prized recruits. Here's a recap of who went where and what to expect from each class.

Maryland

Highlighted by a pair of SuperPrep All-Americans from Good Counsel, Randy Edsall made a dramatic turnaround in terms of landing local talent. Another major coup could be just around the corner, as sources close to the Falcon football program believe that Stefon Diggs may end up in College Park. The five-star recruit plans to visit Maryland this weekend before making his decision on February 10.

Maryland's biggest improvement should come at running back, where the Terps added Good Counsel's Wes Brown along with Albert Reid of Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) and Joe Riddle of Linganore (Frederick County). Brown and Reid are four-star recruits who chose Maryland despite having plenty of other choices.

"He's an outstanding young man," Edsall said of Reid on Wednesday. "He's a great football player. He's somebody who possesses all the qualities you look for in an outstanding running back."

Virginia

Mike London's raid on the Tidewater region raged on in 2012, as Virginia's coach continues to make inroads in an area previously dominated by in-state rival Virginia Tech. Ten of the Cavaliers' signing-day additions are from the talent-rich 757 area code.

UVA also showed an improved national reach, landing Demeitre Brim from Florida to go along with a pair of highly-touted recruits from Georgia. One of the peach state duo, quarterback Greyson Lambert, is expected to be the long-term gem of this class. The 6-foot-5 signal-caller is already enrolled at Virginia.

Adding height was another key focus for London with his 2012 class. Fifteen of Virginia's 25 commits are 6-foot-3 or taller.

"It's tall wide receivers, it's tall safeties, it's tall defensive and offensive linemen," London said Wednesday afternoon. "That's part of the thing we wanted to address was athleticism...It is nice to have athletic players that have some height to them."

Virginia Tech

It has long been about defense down in Blacksburg, and the class of 2012 figures to continue that tradition under Frank Beamer. The Hokies' 28-player haul is Tech's largest since 2008, and is ripe with defensive difference-makers.

Personally recruited by defensive guru Bud Foster, Centerville High School's Ken Ekanem is a pass-rushing end who dominated games as much as any defensive player in the D.C. area this past fall. Ekanem chose Virginia Tech over Notre Dame, Michigan and Oregon.

"Our next objective is to do better in those BCS games," Beamer admitted to Comcast SportsNet's Chick Hernandez on Wednesday. "It's real hard getting there. But if we can get back there, I think - with this group that we signed today - we'll have a better shot of having some success in that next BCS game."

Bloodlines played an interesting role in the Hokies' incoming class. 6-foot-3 defensive lineman Alston Smith is the son of former Virginia Tech great - and Pro Football Hall of Famer - Bruce Smith.