Chris Riddle checks in from Arlington (VA) Bishop O'Connell High School and recently visited the…
Riddle takes in Terps practice
With plenty of unofficial visits under his belt already, Arlington (Va.) Bishop O'Connell sophomore quarterback Chris Riddle got to make one on Thursday that he hadn't previously been able to. See a spring practice in person. He did so at Maryland with his father, and got some personal attention from the Terps' staff. "I spent a lot of one on one time with the coaches," said the class of 2015 standout. "At the beginning of practice, Coach [Randy] Edsall stopped what he was doing to come over and introduce himself. I've never had a head coach do anything like that, so it shows a lot of interest. "It's a real honor, it shows a lot." Well before practice, Riddle was treated like one of the QBs on the roster. "I got to sit in on the quarterback meeting before practice," he said. "Right as I walk in, Coach [Mike] Locksley knew my name, knew where I played and told me to sit down before things got going. It was pretty cool." Edsall and Johnson made impressions on the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, but another coach had the bulk of the time with him on the visit. "Me and Coach [Lyndon] Johnson spent the most time together, both before and after practice," Riddle recalled. "He was telling me how Maryland is interested and they want me to come to one of the camps and that they were going to come down and watch one of my spring practices at my high school." "Coach Johnson saw my film and said they were really impressed," he continued. "They didn't say anything about an offer, but hopefully after this camp, things will change. "I'll also be at the spring game in a couple of weeks." The spring game will be the final product of the season for the 2013 Terps, but the initial impression of the group was a scrappy one, according the onlooker in search of offer No. 1. "They had a real high-intensity practice, they got into a couple of fights," he said with a laugh. "But being on the field was an honor, I was checking out the quarterbacks." The young signal-caller said one from the groups was a bit more impressive than the others. "All of them were very good, but number nine [Ricardo Young] stood out," he admitted. "He seemed to be getting most of the reps, he had pretty good footwork and mechanics. "He delivered the ball very well." Overall, the initial spring practice visit for the Riddles was a successful trip. "It was cool to be one of the only recruits there," he said. "You don't usually get that on unofficials or junior days, so I got to spend a lot of time after practice with coaches." Riddle and his father left around 6 p.m. Thursday, to continue the visit momentum on a drive down South to check out the University of Florida over the next couple of days.
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