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February 1, 2008

Weekly recruiting roundup

Here’s your weekly roundup of notable Maryland football and basketball recruiting links ...

ESPN.com has three football recruiting links of note. First, Billy Tucker analyzes each ACC team’s 2008 recruiting class. For Maryland, Tucker particularly likes wide receiver Kerry Boykins.

If prospects were rated on pure upside, wide receiver Kerry Boykins (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Frommel Smith) would be much further up on the ESPN 150. This kid has playmaker written all over him with his great hands and supreme blend of size and athleticism at the position. The great burst and speed needed to create space as a route runner are there, but he will need to become more crisp and polished at the position -- both should come with the great offensive coaching he will receive at Maryland.

Another ESPN.com link comes from former Sun reporter Heather Dinich, who took a look at longtime college assistants and their relationships with high school coaches of prominent programs. The first such relationship mentioned in the piece? Former Terps assistant and current Illinois offensive coordinator Mike Locksley and Dunbar (D.C.) head coach Craig Jefferies. (Thanks to blog reader Terence for the link).

The last ESPN link is from Tucker again. This time he offers his take on Kenny Tate.

• Tahlequah (Okla.) Sequoyah quarterback Nathan Stanley visited Louisiana Tech earlier this week, and was scheduled (snowstorm-permitting) to check out Oregon State this weekend. Here’s what Stanley told Scout.com about Ralph Friedgen’s recent visit to Oklahoma.

"Maryland brought their head coach and offensive coordinator to my school Tuesday morning. The snow was pretty rough so they just came by the school. We got 5 or 6 inches that day. It has been snowing here all week."

What did the Terps have to say?

"They are just continuing to recruit me. They want me real bad and were hoping I had a decision. I told them that I had not."

Former UM targets heading elsewhere

• Gonzaga (D.C.) defensive back Johnson Bademosi chose Stanford over the Terps, according to The Washington Post.

Bademosi, a second-team All-Met, had narrowed his choices to those two schools but had to wait to make sure he would gain admission to Stanford before picking the Cardinal.

• Virginia Beach (Va.) Green Run defensive end Joe Jones offered his pledge to Virginia Tech, according to The Roanoke (Va.) Times.

Jones, a 6-foot-3, 245-pound defensive end, picked Tech over Maryland and Georgia Tech.

• Paterson (N.J.) Catholic defensive tackle Jarel Lowery committed to Syracuse, according to NJ.com.

Lowery also was considering Maryland, Wake Forest and Delaware before deciding on Syracuse. [Paterson Catholic coach Benjie] Wimberly said that Rutgers came to Paterson Catholic to see Lowery "but never offered."

• Virginia Beach (Va.) Salem running back Kevin Whaley reportedly picked Minnesota.

Maryland also was mentioned with Whaley, but apparently most of the attention he was getting was from outside the mid-Atlantic area (Minnesota, Michigan State and Connecticut).

A few basketball links

• Thanks to all the football recruiting news leading up to Signing Day next week, I’ve completely neglected basketball recruiting coverage recently (see Ken Bowman's profile for evidence of this).

That should change soon, but for now, PressBoxPreps.com has an excellent feature that breaks down the area’s best players in the class of 2010.

• Speaking of Bowman, he and Terps point guard commitment Bobby Maze continue their strong play for Hutchinson Community College. HutchNews.com has the latest news on the Dragons’ play.

• Thanks to blog reader Tom, who passed along this Hartford (Conn.) Courant profile of Terps women’s basketball target Kelsey Bone. Bone, HoopGurlz.com’s No. 1 player in the class of 2009, is looking at UConn and the Terps, among several other schools.

Bone said the Huskies are entrenched with Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Maryland, Rutgers and Temple in "the uppity-up" of her list.

"I have a solid group and a bubble group that could break into the solid group," Bone said. "I'm just watching right now, trying to learn as much as I can about them all. But really and truly, UConn is one of my favorites.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 9:04 PM | | Comments (2)
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Comments

Based on the numbers, the bball team needs some attrition to make room for Bowman.

Obviously, some of these young bigs have not panned out. Do you know which one is leaving?

Mark,

No clue on who might leave, if anyone. Like you said, if no one leaves, there's no spot for Bowman. Sounds like a wait-and-see situation.

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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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