Three B1G Things: Maryland lands a Top 50 recruits, Kirk Herbstreit's pessimistic outlook for 2020 season & Lovie Smith's shoutout to healthcare workers
Three B1G Things is a daily weekday update on some of the most unique and interesting stories from across the B1G. It ranges from recruiting to coach press conferences, funny anecdotes to serious situations. We provide our commentary, analysis and opinions on a few topics every day.
4-star DE Demeioun Robinson commits to Maryland
Mike Locksley deserves a lot of credit for the work he’s doing on the recruiting trail. In the 2020 class, he was able to steal a commitment from five-star wide receiver Rakim Jarrett, who had previously given his pledge to LSU. This year, the Terrapins have already received a verbal commitment from Demeioun Robinson, a four-star defensive end who is ranked as the No. 48 player overall in the 2021 recruiting cycle.
That’s pretty good work considering Maryland finished the 2019 season with a 3-9 record, and just one win against B1G teams. But Locksley was brought to College Parks because of his connections in the DMV area and his elite ability to recruit.
Robinson picked Maryland over schools like Penn State, Ohio State, Georgia and several others. And it’s another huge victory for the Terrapins during the 2021 recruiting cycle. There’s obviously still a long way to go, but Maryland ranks ninth nationally and third in the B1G currently. It’ll be interesting to see if Locksley continues to add major talent to this class in the coming weeks and months.
Herbstreit catches heat for saying he’d be ‘shocked’ if there’s a CFB season
ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit made plenty of headlines on Friday, saying he’d be “shocked” if there’s a college football or NFL season in 2020. His pessimistic outlook for the season wasn’t appreciated by the masses of football fans who looked to him for some encouraging words during such a difficult time.
We’re still five months away from the start of the 2020 season, and we really have no idea how long it will take until we return to our daily lives. So, in that regard, Herbstreit doesn’t have any inside information that can predict the kind of situation we’ll be in when September hits, or even when May rolls around, quite honestly. To defend the longtime College GameDay analyst, though, he’s paid to give his opinion, was asked for thoughts on the matter, and provided an honest answer. Like it or not, that’s what he did, and we shouldn’t fault him for that.
Can we hope that he’s 1000 percent wrong, though? Absolutely.
Lovie Smith speaks for all of us in thanking healthcare workers
Healthcare workers are working long hours in dangerous situations — some even coming out of retirement — to help the country get the coronavirus pandemic under control. There really aren’t enough ways we can show our gratitude to these brave and hard-working healthcare professionals.
Illinois head coach Lovie Smith may have summed it up best, calling all healthcare workers “MVPs” during this time in our country. And he’s absolutely right. Each and every healthcare worker needs to know just how important their roles have been over these last few months, and how much we appreciate their dedication.
When this is all over, the United States needs to set aside a day where we can all celebrate every single healthcare worker who has helped during this time. From all of us, thank you.