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July 19, 2008

Weekly recruiting roundup

Maryland can cross Petersburg, Va., power forward Cadarian Raines off the 2009 wish list. On Friday, Raines committed to Virginia Tech over offers from the Terps, George Mason, James Madison, Virginia Commonwealth and several others.

Earlier in the day, Tech had gotten an oral commitment from Cadarian Raines, a 6-8, 233-pound post player who averaged 14.2 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks for Petersburg High School this past season.

The Diamondback’s Aaron Kraut sat down with UM head coach Gary Williams recently to discuss Maryland’s tumultuous offseason. The topic of one-time commitment Tyree Evans was one of many issues discussed in this wide-ranging interview.

Evans, a junior-college transfer and shooting guard from Richmond, Va., with a history of legal troubles, was expected to contribute immediately this season after averaging 21.2 points per game at Motlow State Community College in Tennessee last year. He signed a letter of intent with the Terps in April, but after media outlets, including The (Baltimore) Sun and SI.com, published stories detailing Evans' criminal record, Evans eventually asked out of his commitment.

"You could see it coming in the distance," Williams said. "There's no way he could have been a normal student on this campus. It wouldn't be right to him. If he got a parking ticket, he would have been in trouble."

• The stock of 2010 Terps target Roscoe Smith continues to rise. Cincinnati.com checked in with the Walbrook standout last week, who said he’s listening to all suitors.

"I am very wide open right now," Smith said last week at the LeBron James Skills Academy. "I don't really have a top-20 or a top-15 or a top-five. I just want to look all around and see what is the best fit for me. I want to see how many come after me."

Smith reeled off a list that included IU, UK and U of L plus North Carolina, Duke, Maryland, Texas, Temple, Xavier, Kansas, Memphis, Florida, Florida State, Connecticut, USC, Georgetown and Texas A&M.

Football recruiting

• Maryland’s 2009 recruiting class now contains five linebackers. West Florence, S.C., prospect Avery Murray committed to UM over an offer from Buffalo, according to Rivals.com. Murray’s commitment actually took place last week, according to WPDE.com.

Also on Tuesday, West Florence LB Avery Murray gave his verbal commitment to play for Ralph Friedgen and the Maryland Terrapins. Murray was the Knights leading tackler in 2007 and had two defensive touchdowns.

• Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith linebacker Jerod Askew is one of many uncommitted Virginia prospects with a Maryland offer. Askew checks in at No. 3 on The Roanoke Times' list of the best remaining recruits in the Old Dominion State.

There hasn’t been a big buzz about Askew in these parts, but, in addition to Virginia Tech, he reportedly has offers from Oklahoma, Tennessee, West Virginia, Clemson, Maryland and N.C. State. I’ve seen stats that show Askew and teammate Perry Jones, a UVa commit, with 24 tackles for loss apiece. And, Askew had 14 sacks and Jones had 13. Did anybody else make a stop?

Ka’Lial Glaud, an athlete recruit from New Jersey, told Yahoo! Sports this week that Maryland and West Virginia are recruiting him the hardest. The Terps and Mountaineers are both among Glaud’s favorites.

“I would probably say they would be West Virginia, Maryland, Boston College, North Carolina, Tennessee, Rutgers and Iowa,” he said.

• Maryland reportedly offered Fayetteville, N.C., prospect Everett Proctor as an athlete recruit. Earlier this week, Proctor decided instead to take N.C. State’s offer to play quarterback .

Proctor chose N.C. State over scholarship offers from East Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and runner-up Georgia Tech. Both the Wolfpack and Yellow Jackets wanted the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder as a quarterback. But Georgia Tech is expected to run an option-based offense under new head coach Paul Johnson this fall, while N.C. State runs a more traditional pro attack.

WashingtonPost.com’s latest Recruiting Spotlight video looks at Gwynn Park lineman Raynard Randolph, who sports offers from Maryland, Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Tennessee and West Virginia. Click here to watch the video.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:09 AM | | Comments (19)
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Comments

Besides Goins who is Maryland going to sign this summer? Is Kim reclassifying?

Matt

The boards will explode now with the Raines committment. Who are the targets for UM in 09 and 10? Also, how many scholarships does UM have for next year?

Mitch -- Yup, that's the plan. Mosley, Goins and Kim for the 2008 class.

Anonymous -- For the class of 2009, the Terps will have 2 scholarships to give, barring attrition. For '09, Terrell Vinson, Thomas Robinson, Clarence Trent have all been mentioned. The Terps are after a ton of guys for 2010. This list is a good starting point.

Thanks Matt. Very, very good stuff.

Matt,
How come UM's football roster doesnt have some of the higher recruits on it? I was looking for Tate and Kabengo. I see hartfield on there. No Boykins either?
Thanks.

Ryan -- Hartsfield (along with Campbell, Furstenburg and Dorsey) enrolled in January and went through spring practice, so you're looking at the spring roster. When the fall roster comes out, Boykins, Kabongo, Tate and the other members of the '08 class will be on it.

Matt

do you know if any tranfers are coming into MD this year, any Div 1 trans like Perez or stuff liek that , because on terps show Frigde said he has like 30 guys coming in this season.?and do you know when the roster online will be updated to show the guys coming in for 2008

and keep up the good work by the way

Tony -- I don't know of any DI transfers offhand. I guess it's possible that he's talking about preferred walk-ons, but I'm really not sure. I think they'll update the roster as soon as practice starts early next month. Thanks for the kind words.

Matt,
Is Steve Goins just a guy that Maryland desperately got or does he have good enough skills to handle the acc?

Matt
Do you think the Terps have any chance to get Terrell Vinson, Thomas Robinson, or Clarence Trent?

Matt
On scout.com it said that Terrell Vinson cut down his list to 3 schools. Do you know who they are?

how does the 08class (TERPS) fairs with the duke,nc est....

Tyler -- They decided to take Goins once Gilchrist left. He's a big guy that has the potential to develop ... but he was still on the market in June. He could contribute down the road.

Joe -- UM is in the mix for all three, so they've certainly got a chance. I honestly don't know how likely any of those guys are, but at least they're casting a wide net (and hitting the 2010 class extremely hard).

John -- I think the story you're referring to was done in June. Since then, Maryland has reentered the picture. Villanova, Georgetown, Duke and Loyola Marymount are other teams he's mentioned. I might be forgetting another, but the Terps are trying.

Anonymous -- If you go by the recruiting services, it's not one of the ACC's better classes.

thanks Matt

i hear that gilchrist is failing to get full eligibility at south florida what are the chances he comes back to maryland

as a MD fan i dont want gilchrist back MAD HE;S BED SLEEP IN IT, HOPE he ends up with some jR college and the And 1 street ball.

MD will be fine We are kicking tailing with 2010 recruiting.

is there anybody eles the terps can grab in 08class

mike mike -- Nope, it's pretty picked over. It's all about 2009 and 2010 now.

what class do u think will be better 08,09 or 10

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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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