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, Scout.com‘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.
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 Rivals.com, 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.
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."
• 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.
“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.”