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Randy Edsall had to call 911 in a recruiting horror story

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Outside of one mother confiscating her son’s national letter of intent, Signing Day was relatively quiet. But Maryland coach Randy Edsall had and interesting (and somewhat scary) story to tell about recruiting four-star defensive back Will Likely. Likely, from Belle Glade, Fla., signed with the Terps this afternoon.

Specifically, Edsall was on a recruiting trip with Terps assistant Brian Stewart. Here’s a portion of the story, which involved calling 911 and getting chased by a shady pickup truck. You can read the full account HERE. It’s pretty wild.

“So we’re driving up this road and it’s leading us toward Pahokee and I said ‘Brian, I’ve been down here. I’m just telling you, where we’re going isn’t where we want to be going.’ We keep driving and he says ‘The GPS says it’s right up here in a couple miles.’ I said ‘OK, I’m just telling you, this isn’t the right way.’

“All it is is sugar cane fields. There’s no lights. It’s dark. It’s 7, 8 o’clock at night. It’s in December. I’m like ‘This isn’t right.’ There’s a railroad track there and alll the sudden there’s this development and there’s probably 10 houses. It’s like ‘OK, here it is.’ Take a left. Take a right. There’s a church and some nice homes there. You go down and take another left and he says ‘It’s on this street.’

“It’s so dark out you can’t even see the numbers on the houses and he’s going real, real slow. I said ‘Brian, I’m telling you, this is not right, you know?’ So he gets on the phone — true story — and he says ‘Will, is your address this?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘Well, we’re here. Which one is your house?’

“We’re looking and sitting there for probably five, seven minutes and he said ‘It’s not there,’ so we start to go. We’re going to take a left and here comes a pickup truck in this development and they’re staring at us like ‘What the heck are you guys doing in here?’ Then we have a car that comes up behind us and I said ‘Brian, I think we ought to get out of here.’

“We go and take a left and the next thing you know, we have both of them on our bumper in this little development as we get out on thus highway. Brian says ‘Randy, hold on.’ So we come flying out of this development and take a right. The pickup truck tries to rear-end us. The other one tries to go outside of us. He says ‘Call 911.’

“I’m calling 911 and I’m getting on the phone and I say ‘I’m the head coach of the University of Maryland, I’m out here. I know where we’re at. We’re getting chased. I didn’t do anything. We need a police officer to come out here and make sure nothing happens.’ We drive two and a half, three miles with these people chasing us and finally we get to this light and Brian outran them a little bit and get to the light and took a right and they stopped following us.”

The lengths some coaches will go for a player, eh?

(Hat tip: Patrick Stevens) 

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15 Responses to “Randy Edsall had to call 911 in a recruiting horror story”
  1. wustlumdnj says: Feb 6, 2013 8:13 PM

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  2. wvupsc says: Feb 6, 2013 8:33 PM

    If I saw someone in my neighborhood wearing one of those horrible Maryland uniforms, I would chase them away too.

  3. dmvtransplant says: Feb 6, 2013 8:37 PM

    @ wvupsc

    God forbid a school use a state flag, that isn’t associated with slavery.

  4. Deb says: Feb 6, 2013 9:54 PM

    Oh my gosh. You can’t laugh for two seconds on the football blog without some jackass making a bigoted comment about Southerners. They are what they rant about … and are too stupid to know it.

  5. dmvtransplant says: Feb 6, 2013 10:02 PM

    @ Deb

    Sorry if, that’s what you got from the post. Tons of citizens from Maryland are sick & tired people putting down our state flag, many of us not U of M grads are perfectly happy to see. Our state pride on a football uniform and not that small patch the Ravens use.

    By the way, why did you just assume the slavery line was about the south? Have you ever seen Ohio’s state flag?

  6. cosanostra71 says: Feb 6, 2013 10:10 PM

    Adopted on July 10, 1902, the large blue triangle represents Ohio’s hills and valleys, and the stripes represent roads and waterways. The five stripes also represent that Ohio is one of the five states that comprised the Northwest Territory (Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin). The 17 stars symbolize that Ohio was the 17th state admitted to the union. The 13 stars on the left, above, and below the circle are for the 13 original colonies of the United States. The white circle with its red center not only represents the first letter of the state’s name, but also its nickname, “the Buckeye State.”

    Drawn by John Eisemann, architect and designer for the Ohio State Pan-American Exposition Commission, it is the only American state flag that is non-rectangular, and one of only two non-rectangular official jurisdictional flags, at the state level or above, in the world (the other is the flag of Nepal). Loosely based upon the design of cavalry flags of the Civil War and Spanish-American War, the proper name for this type of flag is burgee.

  7. bender4700 says: Feb 6, 2013 10:32 PM

    dmvtransplant says:

    By the way, why did you just assume the slavery line was about the south? Have you ever seen Ohio’s state flag?


    You totally blew your whole credible point out of the water. What? The Ohio (northern state) flag looks too much like a confederate flag? Even though it doesn’t?

    What about the Ohio flag is at all racist?

  8. Deb says: Feb 6, 2013 11:46 PM

    @dmvtransplant …

    I got from your comment what you posted–a slam on state flags that incorporate slavery, which is an obvious reference to Southern states. Ohio was not a slave state, so its state flag would have no slavery connotation no matter how you choose to interpret its design.

    I reacted because as a CFT regular for many years, I’m accustomed to commenters routinely posting bigoted comments about SEC schools, Southern schools, and Southern fans whenever something goes wrong for them. Lose a game–attack Southerners as stupid and racist. Someone things your flag is ugly–attack Southerners as stupid and racist. Alabama is recognized as having the rest recruiting class–attack Southerners as being stupid and question the GPA of the recruits. As it happens, Alabama also is the top-ranked public school for National Merit Scholars.

    How sad that you people can’t man up and talk football without calling other people stupid and racist. Slavery? Really? It’s 2013. The Civil War ended in 1865. Get a grip.

  9. vincentbojackson says: Feb 7, 2013 1:20 AM

    I thought sure he was going to say a knife wielding Ray Lewis got out of the truck.

  10. v2the4 says: Feb 7, 2013 3:14 AM

    if you have ever taken a trip out to the “Glades”, Belle Glade and Pahokee Fl, 35 miles east of West Palm Beach, its an experience you wont soon forget….that area is one of the poorest areas in the United States, and is a total world away from the rest of palm beach county…..its akin to northwest mississippi or appalachia to be honest.

    not to be nit picky Deb, but Oklahoma(OU) and even Auburn has more national merit scholars than Alabama has…..impressive list however. I found that information on the national merit dot org site on page 38…it list all Universities in the US and how many national merit scholars are enrolled there.

    Vandy(of course) leads all SEC schools with 226 scholars(161 on main campus) Florida has 144 and Texas A&M has 132

  11. apmn says: Feb 7, 2013 7:48 AM

    Uhhhh…Maryland was a slave state.

  12. cubano76 says: Feb 7, 2013 10:09 AM

    I made a bet with my jerk neighbor to hold my breath till we saw a positive MD/Edsall story on CFT. Unfortunately I have legally died twice (thank you EMT’s) and per my wife, “need to cut the crap!” Or she’ll give me something to die about.

    Go Terps?

  13. mgavin78 says: Feb 7, 2013 2:41 PM

    Muck city!!!

  14. dhlions says: Feb 7, 2013 3:31 PM


    When the might of your SEC’s academic prowess rests on the shoulders of the high school kids it attracts, you probably ought to admit defeat and pick a new battle.

  15. Deb says: Feb 7, 2013 6:19 PM

    @v2the4 …

    It was announced yesterday that Alabama ranked first among public universities and fourth among all universities for enrollment of National Merit Scholars for the 2012-2013 school year. It ranked second for the 2011 school year. But thank you for playing.

    @dhlions …

    Darlin’, I’m a football fan and my team has won the national title three of the last four years. The fact that you petty little twits want to make that an academic discussion doesn’t move the trophies. My cup runneth over. When it comes to intellect, the only one that concerns me is my own. And I’m okay there, too. :)

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