Weekly recruiting roundup
Here’s your weekly roundup of Maryland football and basketball recruiting news.
Starting with football …
• Fort Washington Friendly athlete Lamaar Thomas is arguably the most talented high school football player in the state – and would likely be the crowning jewel of Maryland’s 2008 class, should he commit.
Maryland seems to have a legitimate shot at landing the 5-foot-10, 178-pounder, cracking his top three along with Ohio State and Illinois.
When the "Brew Crew" decided that they needed to show up in full force last weekend for Lamaar Thomas, it was no surprise to find Ben Buchanan at the game doing his part for his team. Buchanan takes his responsibility as a teammate very seriously.
"I was there last weekend to help make Lamaar Thomas feel at home," Buchanan said of last week's visit. "He seemed like a great kid and after talking with Brewster and the rest of the guys, I knew I wanted to help out any way I could. It was important for all of us to show up to make Lamaar feel good about Ohio State and the people he might be playing with…”
Buchanan, a kicker, was OSU’s first commit of the 2008 class, and the “Brew Crew” refers to the Buckeyes’ class, led by five-star offensive lineman Michael Brewster.
Probably the most important thing to note about the Thomas recruitment is the difference of opinion between the Terrapin and Buckeye coaching staffs on where he should play in college. Maryland likes Thomas at running back, while Ohio State wants him at wide receiver.
• The Terps are still hanging around in the recruitment of Augusta Ga. athlete Sanders Commings. According to The [Charleston, S.C.] Post & Courier, Commings has College Park pegged for one of his five official visits.
ATH Sanders Commings Jr. (6-2, 195) of Augusta made his second unofficial visit to USC for the S.C. State game. He met with the baseball staff as well and hopes to play both sports in college. He plans to take official visits with USC, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida and Maryland, though he said he could have a decision in a couple of weeks.
• Surrattsville’s football team hasn’t much success throughout the years. In fact, the Hornets have never made the playoffs. According to The Gazette, UM running back commit Davin Meggett is doing his part to end that dubious futility streak.
First, take a look at Surrattsville, which ended five years of frustration against league rival Potomac in a convincing 35-8 victory. Everyone knows about Davin Meggett. The son of former NFL star Dave Meggett ran for three more touchdowns against the Wolverines, giving him five in three games.
Meggett and Surrattsville will try to move to 4-0 on Saturday with a matchup against Terp wide receiver commit Kevin Dorsey and his 1-1 Forestville Military Academy squad.
There are times when Forestville wide receiver Kevin Dorsey lines up in the slot and times when he lines up far to the outside. Other times, the Maryland recruit might be at tight end or in the backfield. Knights Coach Charles Harley said there will come a time this season when Dorsey goes under center to take the snap.
Finishing with basketball …
It appears that Gophers men's basketball coach Tubby Smith, who recently received a commitment from 6-foot-10 prep star Colton Iverson of Yankton, S.D., also could end up with 6-11 Ralph Sampson III of Duluth, Ga. …
The [Newport News, Va.] Daily Press also thinks Minnesota has a good shot at Sampson, but they have company at the top.
Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Minnesota appear to be Sampson III's favorites right now, but Virginia Tech is in the mix.
Sampson’s probably not a guy for Terp fans to get excited about yet, but the big man always mentions Maryland in updates, and until that stops, there’s a chance.
The same Daily Press article also contains a small nugget about 2008 center recruit Assane Sene, a fast-developing big man who the Terps are reportedly taking a long look at.
Center Assane Sene, a 6-foot-11, 220-pound recruit from South Kent, Conn., will visit. He has scholarship offers from U.Va., Syracuse and Connecticut, and he's getting a lot of interest from Maryland, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Kansas and UCLA.
• Scout.com reports that South Kent (Conn.) Prep shooting guard Maurice Creek has a new top three, but Maryland isn’t part of the trio. Creek, a class of 2009 member, has Marquette, Pittsburgh and Texas out front.
• The Terps are focused on more than just Sene and Creek at South Kent. TerrapinTimes.com’s Dan Painter reported earlier this week that Maryland is also after Jin Soo Kim, a 2009 small forward.
Here’s Kim’s DraftExpress.com profile. Thanks to ‘Recruiting Report’ reader Corn T for the links.