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January 11, 2008

Weekly recruiting roundup

With less than a month remaining until Signing Day, the Maryland football program is apparently far from finished compiling its already highly regarded 2008 recruiting class.

Names like Tate and Kerr have been discussed for months, but in recent weeks several new targets have been identified.’s Sam Latter checks in with one of those emerging targets, South Carolina linebacker Sterling Lucas.

Something didn’t add up. Lucas’ 6-foot-2, 220 pound frame and speed—4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash—alone should have garnered at least a few lower-level offers. However, Lucas earned his first offer from Michigan State only days before earning South Carolina Defensive MVP honors in the Shrine Bowl.

His breakout performance did not go unnoticed. Shortly after his accolades, Lucas added offers from North Carolina State, North Carolina and Maryland. “I think Wake Forest is going to make an offer, and South Carolina has been talking to me,” he said.

• Another recently identified Terps target is Virginia Beach Green Run defensive lineman Joe Jones. In a ‘Five questions’ segment earlier this week, The Virginian-Pilot’s Bryan Black wrote that Virginia Tech was probably ‘the team to beat’ for Jones’ services. But according to The Roanoke (Va.) Times, the Hokies are currently low on scholarships.

[Dwight] Tucker is the 30th player to commit to the Hokies for 2008 but those numbers are a little deceptive. Three players will enroll in January, meaning that they can count toward Tech's 2007 quota, one other player (Cameron Demps) had his offer withdrawn for behavioral reasons and at least 2-3 others are expected to need prep school.

Tech remains in the running for four uncommitted in-state players. They are Roanoke Times Top 25 selections Marcus Davis and Randall Dunn from Ocean Lakes in Virginia Beach, quarterback Ju Ju Clayton from Hermitage in Richmond and defensive end Joe Jones from Green Run in Virginia Beach. Davis played quarterback but both he and Dunn project as collegiate receivers.

• There was some speculation that former Kansas State quarterback commitment Chris Harper might follow new Terps offensive coordinator James Franklin to College Park. No word on the likelihood of that scenario, but according to, the Ducks are awfully confident in their chances of landing Harper.

Word is Chris Harper, who decommitted from Kansas State after a coaching change, is leaning heavily toward Oregon and might enroll in school this spring.

• Switching to a couple of long-time Maryland football targets, the Pocono (Pa.) Record has recruiting visit updates on DeMatha wide receiver Kenny Tate and Quince Orchard defensive tackle Zach Kerr.

Four-star wide receiver Kenny Tate of Hyattsville, Md., will take an official visit to Penn State on Jan. 25. He's already made officials to Maryland and Illinois and will visit Florida on Jan. 18.

... Three-star defensive tackle Zach Kerr is set for an official visit to Penn State on Jan. 18. The Gaithersburg, Md., product is also considering Maryland, Rutgers and Virginia Tech.

• Terps shooting guard commitment Sean Mosley continued his stellar senior season with 25 points last night. But his No. 2 St. Frances squad was upset by No. 5 City at the 12th annual Morgan State Basketball Academy.

"Our philosophy was there's no way in the world we can stop Sean Mosley, he's a great player," [City coach Mike] Daniel said. "So what we have to do is ... concentrate on the other players, and I thought we did a good job of doing it."

• Maryland point guard commit Bobby Maze has made a habit of filling Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College stat sheets lately. Maze led the 12-4 Dragons with 24 points and six assists in a win this week over conference rival Butler Community College.

Then came the highlight show that had most fans oohing and aahing. First, Weary slammed in two alley-oops from Maze assists. Then Maze had an ankle-twisting crossover move that led to an easy basket that again drew soft cries of appreciation.

• Embarrassing (but then impressive) moment for 2008 Terps women’s basketball commitment Dee Liles. The Gulf Coast Community College standout finished with eight points in a recent win over Tallahassee Community College, but not without some difficulty. The Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat explains.

The Lady Commodores' run was halted for 15 minutes while maintenance crew cleaned the floor after Gulf Coast's Dee Liles regurgitated near the TCC bench. Two minutes after the game resumed, Liles sank a layup to put Gulf Coast up 27-19 with 3:40 left.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 12:07 PM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Weekly recruiting roundup


What are the odds of Maryland taking a local kid like Bubba Harris or Nick Elko with a remaining scholarship?

Never say never, but I'd be surprised if either received an offer. The Terps still have quite a few undecided guys with offers.

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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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