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Terps salvage recruiting class

After an abysmal 2-10 season, Maryland's recruiting class could've been disastrous, but this staff deserves credit for holding it together.

It's especially impressive considering the uncertainty that loomed in College Park, as the job security of coach Ralph Friedgen was in question for much of the season. The Terps have offensive coordinator James Franklin lined up as their head coach-in-waiting, and while the jury is still out on whether that was the right move, Franklin is the Terps' top recruiter and he played a huge role in comprising this respectable class. As an assistant at Maryland from 2000-2004 he made a lot of in-roads with the local high schools that paid off this year.

The two brightest stars worth keeping an eye on are four-star recruit Javarie Johnson, who can be a hybrid linebacker/defensive end, and quarterback Tyler Smith, who could push Jamarr Robinson for the starting job in 2010.

When it's all said and done on Wednesday, odds are the Terps finish higher than Boston College, Wake Forest, Virginia and Duke -- all teams Maryland lost to during the 2009 season. Winning in February, though, can help change that.