According to IMS, Randy Edsall has brought in his first pledge as head coach of the Terps – defensive end Quinton Jefferson.
It looks like Edsall’s Western Pennsylvania influence is already taking affect – Jefferson is from Woodland Hills Senior High School in Pittsburgh. Edsall’s two most recent hires to his coaching staff were both reportedly from Pitt’s staff – Greg Gattuso and David Walker.
Jefferson is a good prospect, rated three stars by Rivals, Scout, and ESPN. Rivals has him as the 25th best prospect in the state of Pennsylvania, ESPN ranks him as the 39th best defensive end in the class, and Scout ranks him as the 93rd best defensive end in the class. He’s 6’4″, around 225-230 pounds and has a lot of speed coming from the outside.
Jefferson chose Maryland over Cincinnati, Iowa, and Pittsburgh, which is pretty good company, if you ask me. Here’s a highlight tape:
Against high school opponents, he looks huge. He’s got long arms and is adept at batting down passes, and looks good in pursuit. He’s the kind of guy who is deceptively fast because he takes long strides. He seems to be pretty strong, too, but that’s probably the biggest thing he has to work on at Maryland (besides technique).
Overall, looks like a very good signing for Edsall. The Terps have a very talented defensive line, but struggled with the production of their ends. Jefferson looks like a great talent, and should compete for playing time pretty soon into his tenure at College Park.