Weekly recruiting roundup
On Tuesday night, 2008 Terps women’s center commitment Lynetta Kizer had one of the more memorable games of her decorated high school career.
Playing in the Virginia Group AAA Northwest Region Tournament quarterfinals against a Stonewall Jackson team that had defeated Potomac by 21 in December, Kizer helped the Panthers pull off the upset.
The 6-foot-3 senior center, headed to the University of Maryland, converted a field goal with one second left to enable Potomac to upset the previously-unbeaten Raiders, 60-59.
Kizer’s stick back of a missed shot by teammate Kyana Jacobs set off an explosion of joy at the Panther bench. While Kizer cried and hugged well-wisher after well-wisher, Potomac coach Mike Wilson raced across the floor to embrace Woodbridge coach George Washington, his coaching men-tor and good friend.
The win advanced Potomac to the semifinals against George Washington-Danville last night.
This game, however, didn’t go Kizer’s way. Potomac was handed a 60-41 loss by GW. The loss ended Potomac's season, and Kizer's high school career.
Potomac senior Lynetta Kizer paced the Panthers with 17 points, 10 rebounds, four blocks and three assists in her final high school game. Dominique Whidbee added eight rebounds. Kizer was the only Potomac player to score in double figures, and was ejected after receiving two technical fouls in the final minute of the game, fouls that sandwiched Potomac coach Mike Wilson’s second technical and ejection.
• The eighth annual Charm City Challenge has been scheduled for April 6 at the Towson Center. The roster for the Baltimore All-Stars was announced earlier this week, and future Terp Sean Mosley and Georgetown commit Henry Sims headline the team, which will face a yet-to-be-announced U.S. All-Stars team.
The United States team is expected to be announced later this week. The Baltimore squad won 116-113 last year and leads the all-time series 5-2.
• Keith Mills from Press Box brings in Baltimore Catholic league historian Jerry Savage for a fantastic history lesson of the BCL tournament. Here’s the relevant Mosley information, but the whole thing is really worth the read.
One year later, freshman Sean Mosley led St. Frances past Towson Catholic before Mount St. Joe rebounded in 2006 with one of the greatest seasons ever. The Gaels finished 38-1 and were ranked fifth nationally in USA Today. Now, Mosley, Henry Sims of Mount St. Joe, Brandon Greene of Towson Catholic and Jamar Briscoe of Gibbons take aim at the 37th Catholic League title.
• WashingtonPost.com just started a great video feature this week that will highlight some of D.C.’s top high school athletes. Recruiting Spotlight’s debut piece took a look at St. John’s (D.C.) offensive lineman Pete White -- a major Terps recruiting target for 2009. Click here to see the video interview.
• Good Counsel linebacker Jelani Jenkins received an early Maryland offer, and his teammate, running back Caleb Porzel, got some interest from the Terps as well. Porzel, however, is officially off the board, having committed to Virginia earlier this week.
Porzel, 5-foot-9 and 170 pounds out of Good Counsel High School in Onley, Md., rushed for 967 yards and 16 touchdowns and also caught nine passes for 114 yards last year. With 4.32 speed, he also returned a kickoff for a touchdown and averaged 23.8 yards on punt returns.
Doug Doughty of The Roanoke (Va.) Times says the Cavaliers are trying their best to make Porzel and Jenkins teammates at UVa.
UVa coach Al Groh mentioned Good Counsel on signing day as one of the Washington, D.C.-area private schools that his staff has targeted. The Cavaliers signed SuperPrep All-America defensive lineman Nick Jenkins from Good Counsel in 2007 and are making a push for Porzel's touted teammate, linebacker Jelani Jenkins.
• H.D. Woodson (D.C.) produced one UM verbal commitment for 2008 in Tavon Wilson. Of course, Wilson ended up signing with Illinois, but that apparently hasn’t stopped Maryland from going back to Woodson to look for 2009 players. According to this article from Yahoo Sports, wide receiver Jerrard Hunter and cornerback Joelil Thrash are hearing from the UM staff.
According to [Woodson coach Wayne] Johnson, Hunter already holds his first offer, a verbal from Maryland.
The other prospect that holds an offer is 6-foot-0, 180-pound cornerback Joelil Thrash.
“He is a track sprinter as well,” he said. “He’s a go get it type of guy. He played offense defense and special teams for us. He’s a corner in college thought because he’s a physical athlete that loves to be around the football and always makes plays. He’s a vocal guy with a lot of leadership.”
• ProFantasySports.com takes a look at junior college and freshmen running backs to watch, and Maryland’s incoming duo gets a mention.
Davin Meggett/Gary Douglas, Maryland: Davin Meggett is worth a mention in this column, as his father (Dave) was a former NFL player for the Giants, Patriots and Jets. Meggett could be an all-around specialist for the Terrapins, while Douglas should battle for backup carries next year.