Maryland's 2009 basketball recruiting class won’t appear on any national top 25 lists, but analysts have offered individual praise for both Terps commitments.
Scout.com’s Evan Daniels called power forward Jordan Williams one of 2009’s most improved players.
“Another guy that we watched blossom over the course of his career was Maryland commit Jordan Williams. The 6-foot-8, 245-pounder went from no college interest to scholarship offers from a handful of ACC and Big East schools. He improved his skill set and ability to score on the block. His coming out party was this summer despite playing in a loaded frontcourt on the New England Playaz team.”
In another Scout.com recruiters roundtable, Daniels cited power forward James Padgett as a prospect not in the top 100 who will be a good college player.
“The three guys that came to mind were Chris Colvin, Aaron Dotson and James Padgett. ... With Padgett, it’s all about his ability to play hard and scrap in the paint. He won’t be an All-ACC type of impact player at Maryland, but he’s a guy that will help them win games and will find ways to contribute.”
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• Zags Blog reports that Albany, N.Y., shooting guard Taran Buie could make his decision this spring.
According to Jim Hart, Buie’s coach with the Albany City Rocks, “Maryland, Notre Dame and Georgia Tech are the leaders.”
• Maryland women’s basketball target Destiny Williams, a 6-foot-3 forward from Benton Harbor, Mich., signed with Illinois this week.
Williams on why she chose Illinois: "It was everything - the environment, the players, the coaches. I believe in what Coach Law wants to do at Illinois and that's win a national championship. I saw how the team came together in her first year and can only imagine what she can do down the road. On my visit, the people and coaches really stood out. It felt like they were being themselves with me and not trying to sell me on coming there."
• Quince Orchard defensive end Jason Ankrah visited Nebraska last weekend and came away impressed.
“It’s far away, but I feel comfortable enough where I could see myself playing there,” he said. “I would put them up there with Penn State now as my leaders.”
Next up for the Rivals250 end are official visits to Penn State, NC State and Virginia Tech and an unofficial to Maryland.
“I don’t have the dates set yet or anything,” he said. “I’ll do that soon. I plan on taking all five visits and then deciding. It’s between my five officials and Maryland as my finalists.”
• ESPN.com reports that Newark, Del., offensive tackle Malcolm Bunche has withdrawn his commitment to Rutgers, and the Terps are now in the mix.
The 6-foot-6 prospect is now considering the Scarlet Knights, Miami-Florida, West Virginia, Connecticut and Maryland. He does not expect to make a final decision until national signing day.
• Windsor, N.C., offensive tackle Travis Bond sports a Maryland offer, but doesn’t have plans to visit College Park.
Bond, a 6-foot-7, 330-pounder, took an official visit to Michigan on Oct. 25 and is scheduled to head to Raleigh this weekend to see N.C. State play Wake Forest. Virginia Tech (Nov. 22) and North Carolina (Dec. 6) will get his final two visits.
• Maryland defensive end target Will Hill was named Virginia’s Bay Rivers District's Defensive Player of the Year.
Hill, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound senior, led district defensive ends with 92 tackles. His 24 tackles for loss included 14 sacks. He also forced six fumbles and recovered two, including one for a touchdown, in addition to blocking a punt.
• According to The Washington Post’s B.J. Koubaroulis, Maryland is monitoring Alexandria, Va., linebacker Stephon Robertson. Robertson is still waiting for his his first BCS offer.
Robertson, a 6-0, 190-pounder who runs a 4.5-second 40-yard dash, has earned a lot of late interest from some BCS programs, including Maryland, Virginia Tech and Boston College but "none of them have offered yet," Edison Coach Vaughn Lewis said. "I think the problem is that he has to play linebacker for us and he's a fantastic linebacker, but he'll be playing strong safety or free safety in college and they've never seen him play that."
• Chantilly, Va., offensive tackle Andrew Crawford has an invitation to join the Terps as a walk-on, according to Rivals.com.
“I’ve got an offer from Monmouth and a walk-on offer from Maryland,” he said. “I sent tape to a bunch of schools. Most places haven’t look at it yet, hopefully they will soon.
“I’ve kind of been talking to Boston College, Delaware, JMU and BYU. I’m planning to go to James Madison on the 15th.”