Revisiting Maryland's 2008 football recruiting class: The defense

March 20, 2012|By Matt Bracken | The Baltimore Sun

Four years ago last month I covered my first Maryland football Signing Day for The Baltimore Sun. There wasn't a consensus opinion on the Terps' 2008 recruiting class -- ranked it the No. 38 group in the country, while had it listed as the 52nd-best class nationally. So how did Maryland's 2008 group ultimately stack up? Today we’ll revisit my 2008 superlatives for defense and find out. Click here for a look at the offensive players.


Most wanted: Given to the most heavily recruited Maryland commitment

Who I picked: Masengo Kabongo – Fairfield (Conn.) Prep, defensive tackle

Who it should’ve been: Kabongo

Why: As I wrote two weeks ago, this is a superlative based solely on offers. At the time, Kabongo had the most high-level options, so he remains the pick here. Certainly, Maryland wasn’t the only school that missed the mark on Kabongo, who picked the Terps over Colorado, Illinois, North Carolina State, Syracuse and UConn. After pledging to Maryland in August 2007, several schools continued to recruit the Congo native, including Boston College, Florida, Illinois, Miami, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue and Virginia. A four-star prospect, Kabongo appeared in six games as a redshirt freshman and transferred to Stony Brook before his sophomore season. He played in just three games last fall for the Seawolves, contributing two tackles.


Most likely to contribute early: Given to the recruit most likely to see the field as a true freshman

Who I picked: Demetrius Hartsfield -- Southeast Raleigh (N.C.) Magnet High School, linebacker

Who it should’ve been: Cameron Chism – Bishop McNamara, cornerback

Why: Chism suited up in nine games as a reserve cornerback during his true freshman season. His seven special-teams tackles in 2008 – all of which came on kickoff return – tied for second on the team. Chism was a fixture in the Terps’ starting lineup over the next three seasons, starting 32 games and appearing in 44. In Maryland’s season opener against Miami on Labor Day 2011, Chism returned a crucial interception for a touchdown that propelled the Terps to victory. By the end of Chism’s senior season, however, he had been supplanted by fellow senior Trenton Hughes. Chism did not appear in the last game of Maryland’s season – a 56-41 loss to North Carolina State. Chism, who finished his Terps career with 191 tackles, 16 pass breakups and seven interceptions, played in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and is ranked by as the No. 47 cornerback available in April’s draft.


Most likely to be a multi-year starter: Self-explanatory -- this recruit has all-conference potential.

Who I picked: Chism

Who it should’ve been: Hartsfield

Why: Ever since his redshirt freshman season, Hartsfield has been a mainstay in Maryland’s starting lineup. A three-star prospect according to, Hartsfield appeared in 10 games in 2009 at the WILL linebacker spot, finishing the year with 64 tackles and 3.5 sacks. One year later, Hartsfield started all 13 games at the WILL, recording 88 tackles for the Military Bowl champions. Despite missing three games as a junior with an injury, Hartsfield led the Terps with 108 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and one sack. For his efforts, Hartsfield was named honorable mention All-ACC. He’ll be expected to lead the Maryland linebacker corps one last time this fall.


Most likely to overachieve: Given to the overlooked recruit that exceeded expectations during the high school season.

Who I picked: Eteyen Edet -- Fort Washington Friendly, linebacker

Who it should’ve been: Edet?

Why: Since I wrote this as more of a high school-based award, Edet still fits the bill as an athletic but unknown two-star who burst onto the Terps’ recruiting radar after his 110-tackle senior season at Friendly. Of course, Edet never got the chance to overachieve in College Park. After missing NCAA qualifying standards, the linebacker headed to Milford Academy in New York for a prep year. Edet’s stay at Milford lasted less than a month, but soon after he turned up at North Carolina Tech in Charlotte. Maryland quickly cut ties with Edet, who later did a stint at North Carolina A&T. According to his Facebook page, Edet now lives in Los Angeles.


Most underrated: Given to the recruit with the best chance at making his recruiting ranking look silly four years from now.

Who I picked: Zach Kerr -- Quince Orchard, defensive tackle

Who it should’ve been: A.J. Francis -- Gonzaga (D.C.), defensive tackle

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