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December 5, 2008

Weekly recruiting roundup

Bernardo Nunez visited College Park in November and is scheduled for a return trip this month.

The Hoboken, N.J., defensive end visited Maryland unofficially for the Florida State game. Nunez told Scout.com he’ll make his official visit to Maryland next weekend.

"I like Maryland because they keep in contact the most and call whenever they can," Nunez said. "They just show the most love. Plus, they are close so they've been to some games and we go down there whenever we can. I've been to campus a lot and love it.

"The program had a rough season, but are still going to a bowl game, so that's cool," he said.

He says that the Terps now lead slightly over Pittsburgh and Michigan State.

• St. John’s (D.C.) offensive guard Peter White was supposed to make an official visit to Tennessee last weekend, but plans changed and he couldn’t make the trip to Knoxville. According to Rivals.com, the Volunteers are still in the mix along with three other schools.

He plans on taking an official visit to Maryland on December 12, and he is also hoping to set up at least two more official visits.

“I’m going to Maryland then, and I still want to set up trips to Miami and Oregon,” he said.

“I’ve pretty much narrowed it to Maryland, Miami, Oregon and Tennessee. They’re good programs and good schools. I just like them a lot.”

• Williamsburg, Va., defensive end Will Hill committed to Virginia today, picking the Cavaliers over offers from Maryland, Penn State and Tennessee, among others.

"I chose Virginia first and foremost because of academics," Hill said following his announcement at Lafayette on Friday. "I think Virginia is just a couple of pieces from turning the corner in football."

• Penn State and Maryland have a similar wish list for the defensive line, based on this Nittany Lions recruiting update from The Pocono (Pa.) Record.

There are plenty of players, ends Lanford Collins of Stafford, Va., and Williamsburg, Va.'s Will Hill and tackles Isaac Holmes of Hoboken, N.J. and Brandywine, Md.'s Raynard Randolph, left. Hill, who will enroll in January, was at Penn State on Nov. 15 for an official and came away impressed, while Randolph could visit in the near future.

• Woodbridge, Va., running back De’Antwan Williams narrowed his list of schools to five last week, according to InsideNoVa.com.

The Woodbridge High School standout has narrowed his choices down to five schools, Alabama, West Virginia, Maryland, Pittsburgh and Rutgers.

At the moment, though, he only has one official visit lined up and that's to West Virginia the weekend of Dec. 6.

• According to Scout.com, the Terps are one of many schools tracking the progress of Rob Holloman, a 5-foot-8, 160-pound running back from Philadelphia.

Boston College, Maryland, Syracuse, North Carolina State and Connecticut have been in contact with him recently and after the performance he’s been putting on down the stretch this season, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him come up with a few more offers by signing day.

Basketball recruiting

• Maryland fans could have up to five opportunities to see power forward signee James Padgett and his Lincoln (N.Y.) squad on national TV this season.

The Railsplitters are third in USA Today’s national poll and could play up to as many as five nationally televised games depending on how they fare in non-league tournaments.

“It tells us we’re finally getting recognized,” [Lincoln coach Dwayne] Morton said.

For good reason. [Shooting guard Lance] Stephenson is likely the best perimeter player in the nation, a 6-foot-6 dynamo who can shoot the lights out and dominate under the glass. The 6-foot-8 Padgett, a Maryland commit, has no equal in the paint in the PSAL and Ellis is as accurate a 3-point shooter as they come. Then there is Stokes, who will run the point, and powerful 6-foot-6 forward Davon Walls rounds out the starting lineup.

• Maryland shooting target Taran Buie, a junior, was profiled last week in The Daily Gazette of Schenectady, N.Y..

“This year, my role has definitely increased,” said Buie. “There’s the leadership side of it, and the offensive side. I think I could average 30, but we’ve got a good team, and I want to share.”

Buie has a great knack for doing so, and that, in part, is what makes him so unique, and so desired by major Division I college programs such as Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Syracuse and Penn State.

• DeMatha coach Mike Jones told The Washington Post’s Josh Barr this week that junior shooting guard Victor Oladipo will likely wait awhile before making his decision.

His list includes Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Clemson, N.C. State, Oklahoma, Providence and Auburn, among others.

Oladipo "is doing it the way I think a lot of us think it should be done, not making a commitment before he plays a game his junior year," Jones said.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:38 AM | | Comments (3)
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Matt,

rivals says that a top 2011 recruit was in MD locker room after the game on wed. Do you have any idea who this is? Also anything on roscoe smith?? Is there any chance the terps actually get him?

Steve -- I'm not sure on the 2011 recruit. I honestly haven't paid much attention to sophomores yet. On Smith, I think there's a small chance but I certainly wouldn't expect it.

There were actually two recruits in the locker at the end of the Maryland Michigan game. The 2011 recruit was Quinn Cook, a 6'0 point guard for Dematha. The second recruit was a teammate of Cook's at Dematha, shooting guard Victor Oladipo. Oladipo, 6'4 180, is a 2010 prospect and Rivals.com has rated him as a 4-star prospect. He currently has offers from the Terps, UMASS, Providence, Virginia Tech, George Mason, and James Madison. I have not heard anything on who the early favorites are.

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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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