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December 14, 2007

Weekly recruiting roundup

Looks like Gus Gilchrist will have to wait a bit longer to suit up for the Terps than originally thought.

The Washington Post reported today that Gilchrist will not be eligible to play for the Terps “until the middle of next season.”

Atlantic Coast Conference associate commissioner Shane Lyons said that conference policy stipulates that if a recruit signs a National Letter-of-Intent with one member school but winds up enrolling at another school, that player must sit out one year of competition and lose one year of eligibility.

Greg Echenique’s St. Benedict’s (N.J.) team pulled a big upset over Oak Hill (Va.) – the No. 1 high school team in the country – last night on ESPN. But the story of game was St. Benedict’s junior point guard Tamir Jackson, who dropped 29 points on 11-of-19 shooting (and has expressed some Maryland interest in the past).

The 6-2 Jackson hit 11 of 18 shots, including 3 of 6 three-pointers, and scored eight points in the final 2:32. He said he's being recruited by Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Virginia and Pennsylvania and hopes there will "be more after tonight."

• More evidence that 2008 Terp target Ater Majok has blown up. JournalInquirer.com reports that Majok is hearing from Maryland, West Virginia and Oregon among a slew of others.

UConn has stepped up its recruiting effort for 6-9 forward Ater Majok, a Sudan refugee now living in Australia. Unfortunately for the Huskies, so has every other Division I team that has seen him play and the list of interested schools is growing.

• With the season behind him and All-Tidewater Player of the Year honors under his belt, Virginia Beach (Va.) Salem running back Kevin Whaley is ready to focus on recruiting. According to The Virginian-Pilot, Whaley continues to list Maryland as one his possible destinations.

“I’m still kind of open,” said Whaley, the Abe Goldblatt All-Tidewater Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. “But it’s going to be soon.”

Whaley, South Hampton Roads’ all-time leading rusher, has scholarship offers from more than a dozen college programs, including Marshall, Maryland, Michigan State, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He took his first visit – to the University of Connecticut – on Dec. 1 and is likely to take more trips after the holidays.

The Virginian-Pilot also presented its All-Tidewater team this week. Maryland wide receiver commitment Kerry Boykins made the second-team, but that doesn’t really tell the story of his talent.

A note on Boykins -- he's clearly a first-team talent. He was first-team All-Tidewater as a junior, but he missed a good bit of his senior season due to a knee injury. Without his postseason production, he likely wouldn't have made second-team All-Tidewater this year. In the end, given the choices we were faced with, we could not justify giving him a first-team spot this year. But we definitely felt he deserved a second-team spot.

• D.C.-area Terps fans have another chance to see Maryland running back commitment Davin Meggett in action before he arrives at College Park. Meggett will take part in the Ralph Paden Prince George’s County All-Star Game, which takes place noon tomorrow at Northwestern High School.

For the South, keep an eye on Surrattsville RB Davin Meggett, Suitland WR Tavon Green and Forestville QB Kevin Dickerson.

• Terps fans can get a look at DeMatha wide receiver Kenny Tate in January. Tate, along with former Maryland targets Lamaar Thomas and Ryan Williams, will take part in the nationally televised U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Friendly running back Lamaar Thomas became the third area player chosen to play in next month's U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Joining Thomas on the 42-man East roster are wide receiver Kenny Tate of DeMatha and running back Ryan Williams of Stonewall Jackson.

• It’s fairly obvious that reeling in a top-flight quarterback is at or near the top of Maryland’s 2009 football recruiting wish list. One name worth watching is Tajh Boyd from Hampton (Va.) Phoebus. The Daily Press named Boyd its No. 1 player to watch in 2008 for the Newport News area.

"He had a heck of a season," Phoebus coach Bill Dee said.

He should only get better. During the offseason, Boyd plans to attend as many camps as he can -- including the Army All-American Combine in San Antonio as well as an Elite 11 at Penn State. Boyd already has four offers from Division I-A programs -- Virginia, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Maryland. More will come.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:35 AM | | Comments (3)
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Comments

Matt, if he starts playing in the middle of the season next year doesn't that mean he will only play for 2 and 1/2 years?

Al,

I'm really not positive. We need a NCAA compliance officer to weigh in. Just 2.5 years of eligibility sounds harsh, though. I'd guess 3.5, but I'm not at all certain.

that kind of stinks.

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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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