This article from the Marshall Rivals’ site recently came up in my Google feed, and I figured it was worth a mention, even though we can only see the first sentence. Joe Riddle, a 2012 running back from Linganore High School in Frederick County, Maryland, has two schools that he’s looking at the hardest – Cincinnati and Maryland.
Now, the Terps haven’t offered Riddle yet, but Rivals has his interest in Maryland as “high” and after looking at the kid it’s hard to imagine that Edsall and co. won’t eventually offer him. He’s unranked by Rivals and Scout, but he’s 6’2″, 200, runs a 4.4 40, and plays for one of the top high school football programs in the state of Maryland in Linganore.
Riddle currently holds offers from Cincy, Buffalo, James Madison, New Hampshire, Towson and VMI. Let’s take a look at the tape after the jump:
So the first thing we notice is his speed, because it’s pretty obvious he’s faster than everyone else on the field. Frederick County is not exactly known for it’s blinding speed, however, so the quality of his competition is a reasonable question to ask. Rivals reports he runs a 4.4 40, though, so that’s good enough for me.
The most impressive things about Riddle are his burst of speed and is football intelligence. Riddle is able to get to top-speed very quickly, allowing him to burn right past the front seven. But he picks the right angles to take and shoots through holes in a manner that doesn’t allow the linemen and linebackers a chance to stop him (at least in this relatively short highlight tape).
Maryland should also look at some of these O-linemen, because they’re creating some huge gaps for Riddle to work with. Regardless, he’s able to use that speed and football smarts to turn those holes into endless touchdowns, and for that we thank you.
Linganore had two players from the 2009 class go to Big Ten schools – running back Zach Zwinak and offensive lineman Robbie Havenstein. We’ll keep you updated on Riddle’s status and if he gets offered by Maryland.