Maryland is turning over a new leaf.
The Terrapins searched for a new identity and may have found it in new head coach Mike Locksley. Locksley is from the area, knows the area and probably most importantly, loves the area. When hired, Locksley called this his dream job.
Because he knows the area so well, he also said that he wants to lock it down when it comes to recruiting. Essentially, if Maryland gets the top recruits from the area, Locksley said he knows they would be able to compete with anybody in the country.
That of course remains to be seen, but on Wednesday, he helped the team’s case for local recruiting by hiring 34-year-old Elijah Brooks — a coach at a local school in DeMatha — to become the Terrapins’ RBs coach.
Sources: Mike Locksley has hired DeMatha (Md.) coach Elijah Brooks as Maryland's new running backs coach. Smart young coach making long-expected move into the college game. Obviously well-connected at the Hyattsville power/with its top prospects: https://t.co/O9VTQ7iZXN #Terps pic.twitter.com/Fca5OmMhjf
— Jeff Ermann (@Jeff_Ermann) December 12, 2018
It has been an honor to lead my alma mater for the past 8 years. No way I can thank the DeMatha family enough for the wonderful experiences and memories we have had on this journey… https://t.co/pAxnObsW43
— Elijah Brooks (@DMCoachBrooks) December 12, 2018
This will be Brooks’ first time coaching in the collegiate ranks. How will it go?
Only time will tell, but Maryland fans have to be happy that the team just got a young, up-and-coming coach who knows the area.