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October 29, 2007

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Earlier today I reported that Zach Brown had withdrawn his commitment to Maryland.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.”

Here's a link to the decommitment story -- which includes the assistant's quotes. Here's a link to an earlier story that said Brown was committed.

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.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 5:56 PM | | Comments (3)
        

Comments

So someone explain how Brown, his HS coach, an assistant at Hargrave and virtually everyone else in the recruiting world was thinking he was a MD commit this entire time?

Of course this happens because he is seen as an up-and-comer. A real fast riser, late bloomer type who is getting some big time attention now.

If he would have stunk up the joint we wouldn't have heard a thing and he would have been a Terp.

I wish the MD coaching staff could comment on specific recruits. I'd love to hear what they have to say on this one

Zach Brown will be attending Maryland. He made a verbal commitment and handshake 3 weeks ago.

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About Matt Bracken

Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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