One play from last summer's high school passing camp at Byrd Stadium stands out for Maryland coach Randy Edsall.
Good Counsel running back Wes Brown came out of the backfield and sprinted downfield along the seam. The powerful young running back showed versatility when he reached up to grab a long pass.
"Just snagged it out of the air," Edsall recalled at Maryland's national signing day news conference in Gossett Team House. "Just boom, accelerated and took off."
Maryland officially snagged the four-star recruit Wednesday when Brown signed his letter of intent. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound back headlines a class of 24 recruits (12 offense, 12 defense), announced by Edsall.
"Obviously, they could use some help at running back," Good Counsel football coach Bob Milloy said. "[Brown] is help at running back. I can promise you that."
"He can run by people. He can run over people," Edsall said of Brown. "He posses a lot of qualities that I really like in a running back."
Brown racked up 1,382 yards and 22 touchdowns last season on his way to earning consensus all-state honors. He will be joined in the backfield by four-star recruit and 2011 D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year Albert Reid.
"Albert is a little bit more shiftier," Edsall said. "He gives you a little bit more outside. He can make people miss."
Kenneth Goins and Joe Riddle round out the running back class that Scout.com has ranked second in the nation. Overall, Scout.com ranks the 24-man class seventh in the ACC and 45th nationally, as of Wednesday afternoon.
The other two four-star recruits are outside linebacker Abner Logan from Brookline, Mass., and offensive guard Nick Brigham from Atlanta.
"You can't get everything that you want in every year, but the things that we needed to get, we were able to get," Edsall said. "I'm very, very pleased with this group."
Since Edsall was hired last year, he has emphasized the importance of securing local talent. Five of the top 18 players in the state have committed to Maryland, according to ESPN's scouting analysis. The Terps signed 11 players from Maryland and D.C., five from Pennsylvania and one from Virginia.
"One of the main things that we talked about is the fact that we wanted to try to make inroads here in Maryland, D.C., Pennsylvania and Virginia. [Those are] areas where we need to be strong in to be who we want to be," Edsall said. "I think we're well on our path to doing the things we want to do from a recruiting standpoint."
Joining Brown from Good Counsel is All-America offensive tackle Mike Madaras. Edsall said Madaras and other local talent will help the Terps tap into powerhouse high schools in the future.
"There's going to be players there every year," Edsall said. "Then it's up to those guys to help us recruit their previous teammates to come here, so that you can keep the pipeline going."
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