The Zach Brown situation
Earlier today I reported that Zach Brown had withdrawn his commitment to Maryland.
Turns out there was never a commitment to withdraw.
I just got a call from Hargrave head coach Robert Prunty. Here's what he had to say regarding Brown's supposed commitment to the Terps:
"Zach Brown was never committed to the University of Maryland. Zach Brown was a kid they had a lot of interest in, but they never offered him. I had talked to Coach [Dave] Sollazzo and what they wanted to see was how he did academically at Hargrave. They were waiting to see his grades at Hargrave.
“I would like to apologize to the University of Maryland coaching staff and the fans of the University of Maryland because the statement that the assistant coach made was incorrect. He’s a young guy who made mistakes, but he’s also going to do great things before he leaves Hargrave.
“One thing that Hargrave does have is a great relationship with the University of Maryland, and we look forward to continuing to work with them.
“Any player that has the opportunity to go to the University of Maryland should consider himself very fortunate. They have a great coaching staff and a great academic program.”
So what's the moral of this story? Recruiting is full of misunderstandings, which in turn leads to all sorts of misinformation (obviously).
This isn't an indictment of Brown, Hargrave, or the Terps' staff. It's not the first time in the history of recruiting that misunderstandings of this magnitude have taken place between player and staff. The situation just serves as another reminder of that.
Here's hoping both parties move on -- Brown to a BCS conference school after Hargrave, and the Terps to another prospect that will add to their 2008 recruiting class.