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July 11, 2008

Weekly recruiting roundup

For several months now it’s been written that Maryland had little to no chance of landing any of the Montrose Christian Three -- Isaiah Armwood (who committed to Villanova last week), Tristan Spurlock and Terrell Vinson.

At the Reebok All-American Camp in Philadelphia this past week, however,‘s Dave Telep noted Maryland’s serious pursuit of Vinson.

Looks like the Terps are turning up the heat on Terrell Vinson. Gary Williams had his coffee in hand and was out early trailing the forward.

The Bulletin of Philadelphia checked in with Vinson this week as well. The Baltimore native gave the newspaper his list of schools, sans Maryland.

In addition to Villanova and Georgetown, Vinson mentioned Duke, Memphis and Loyola-Marymount as being in the mix.

• The list of schools involved with National Christian Academy power forward Dante Taylor keeps growing, but the Terps are still under consideration, according to

Taylor, who will be a high school junior next season, said he had received “a lot of mail” from UK and U of L.

He also listed Georgetown, Maryland, UConn, Memphis, Kansas, Pittsburgh and Villanova.

• Former Riverdale Baptist power forward Thomas Robinson, a four-star player according to, has picked up recent offers from Maryland and several other major Div. I schools. According to SLAM Online, Robinson’s stock continued to rise at the Reebok camp this week.

Thomas Robinson, 6-8 combo forward, Brewster (NH), 2009: A DC native who is headed to prep school, Robinson’s versatility–he can post up, handle the ball well for his size and hit the occasional outside J–but his motor, athleticism and toughness on the inside made him one of the top post prospects in attendance early on.’s Adam Zagoria profiled Dix Hills, N.Y., forward Tobias Harris, a 2010 prospect who is receiving interest from just about everybody.

Harris, who holds a 3.5 GPA and likes to play Nintendo Wii when he's not on the court, is still growing into his body and could top out at 6-10 or so. He already holds scholarship offers from Louisville, Texas, Rutgers, UConn, Indiana, Maryland, Arizona, Marquette, Baylor, St. John's, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami, Virginia, Delaware and Hofstra.

• Zagoria also got top-three school lists from several players at the Reebok camp. The Terps cracked the top three for three prospects, including Plainfield, N.J., point guard Isaiah Epps, a 2010 recruit.

The Washington Post checked in with Maryland women’s signee Lynetta Kizer this week. The center from Woodbridge, Va., has embraced the Terps’ training program and has seen dramatic results.

So in late December, Kizer called Maryland Coach Brenda Frese and asked for a meal and training outline. Since then, with Potomac assistant basketball coach Kelly Brown by her side, Kizer has run countless wind sprints, climbed the bleachers almost daily and lifted weights. She has shunned fatty foods in favor of bland sandwiches and baked chicken. She has shed nearly 30 pounds.

"She basically did this on her own," said Kizer's mother, Yvonne. "She didn't want to wait until she got to Maryland to get in shape. She wanted to do it now."

Football recruiting

The Sun‘s Stefen Lovelace caught up with Dunbar running back Tavon Austin for the latest installment of Recruiting Tavon Austin. In Austin’s latest diary entry, he discusses summer football camps, his latest offer and how a team’s offense will play into his decision.

I'm looking into each school's offense. I don't have a preference, but the differences are clear. Schools such as Michigan, West Virginia and Illinois use more of a spread offense, while Penn State, Maryland and others use more of the I-set. My choice depends in part on which system I want to be in, but I'm just looking for an offense that can free me up.

• Dartmouth, Mass., tight end Arthur Fontaine has trimmed his list to four schools and Maryland made the cut, according to

“Honestly I have no idea where I want to go right now, but I did take visits to Florida, Georgia, Boston College, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Virginia,” Fontaine stated. “After visiting those schools I feel like I have a legitimate list of my final four schools and those are Virginia, Georgia, Maryland and Boston College. I may visit North Carolina again, but they would be on the outside looking in right now.”

• Quince Orchard defensive end Jason Ankrah spoke with Yahoo Sports about his recruitment this week. There’s no mention of the Terps in the story, but Ankrah said he’s just beginning to formulate his list.

The visit [to West Virginia] impressed, but Ankrah maintains there are no leaders.

“I’m planning to narrow my list down in the next couple of weeks. I’m going to get it to five or six schools.”‘s latest Recruiting Spotlight video looks at Eleanor Roosevelt defensive end Isaiah Ross, who claims offers from Maryland, Illinois and Buffalo. Click here to watch the video.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:40 AM | | Comments (18)
Categories: Weekly recruiting roundup


We know what a bad job Terps have done recruting in basketball. Please stop rubbing it in.

David -- I think you're missing the point. The Terps are after a lot of guys and have gotten back in the mix for Vinson, when many people (myself included) thought they were out of it.

Whats going on with the Terps filling the remaining scholarship spots that have been freed up recently.

Mike -- Assuming Mosley, Jin Soo Kim and Steve Goins all get through the NCAA clearinghouse, the Terps will enter next season with 12 scholarship guys (you're allotted 13). Then for 2009-2010, Dave Neal will be gone and you'll still have the one unused scholarship from the year before, so that gives UM two scholarships to use for the class of 2009.

we need to get Austin, we need Vision if we can and Epps and we need to get . jason Ankrah

This is very encouraging. For all the "doom and gloom" around Terp recruiting, that fact that we are in the top 3 for some of these blue chippers is nice to read.

Have you heard anything recently about Latay Darden's status? A couple of weeks ago, it seemed like he was pretty much committed to Maryland..............then no news for quite awhile.

Darden is going through the NCAA clearinghouse now. He bounced around quite a bit, so it'll take awhile to piece together all his academic information.

It was good to read that GW was out on the recruiting trail.

Mike, I had heard that Kim was coming this year not next, good to see you feel that way too- they need guys now not later.

Is there any truth to the rumor that Gus Gilchrist may return to the Terps? Recently, a blogger on espn's Maryland board posted a story regarding Gilchrist's intentional failure to file a letter of intent with USF, the purpose being that, if he was not granted an exemption from the NCAA, allowed to play this year and with his full eligiblity returned, then he would return to Maryland and become eligible to play in January? Seems a bit far-fetched to me.


Thanks for the updates. Keep up the good work.

Terp'nTexas -- Yeah, that sounds a little crazy, but who knows? I wouldn't discount any scenario involving that recruitment.

Ron B -- No problem. Thanks for the kind words.

Steve Goins? I thought I had been pretty attentive over the last few weeks, but vacations have got in the way...

Who is this guy? Where is he from? Is he a good recruit, or a Gary project?

Tim -- Goins is a 2008 center from Chicago. He's a project, but if you're going to roll the dice on someone this late in the process, it might as well be on a guy who's 6'10. Click here for more info.

Not that I really thought that the Terps were in play for him, but I see that Pitt has landed Dante Taylor.

i guarentee maryland does not get one recruit for 2009. we have no chance for vinson and no chance for robinson. marylands recruiting just sucks. no players want to go there.

Agreed, Tyler. Maryland basketball has no direction. They may land a recruit or 2, but the big names probably aren't really looking in MD's direction. Maybe as a back up school in case they don't make the grades
to get into other schools. Who wants to play with a greedy, unathletic, turnover machine like Vasquez and a group of no name frontcourt players?

so when is he going to commit ?matt do you know
i saw on espn he.s top schools are
west va
Penn state

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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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