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December 26, 2008

Weekly recruiting roundup

The performance of several Maryland commitments was the main storyline of last Saturday's Maryland Crab Bowl.

Perry Hall tight end Dave Stinebaugh was one future Terrapin that earned rave reviews for his play.

Dave Stinebaugh, who is headed to Maryland when he graduates, showed his athleticism and versatility as he lined up at tight end, split end, slot receiver, and was also the punter. The 6-foot-4, 220 pound Stinebaugh held his own in run blocking, however the stats won’t show it as the team only rushed for a total of 15 yards. The highlight of Stinebaugh’s day was a 2-yard touchdown grab, as he hooked up with quarterback Kevin Fulton to bring his team to within two points at the end of the first half. Dave punted the ball four times, averaging 29.8 yards per punt, with a long of 35-yards.

• UM running back commitment D.J. Adams enjoyed his recent visit to College Park, even though his future teammates shared a few laughs about Adams' Southern accent.

“Up north, they’ve kind of got weird lingo,” Adams said. “And just the little things we say down here, they were cracking on me. ... we’ll get past that part.”

• Atco, N.J., athlete Ka’lial Glaud spoke with recently about his official visit to College Park.

Glaud's most recent visit was to Maryland on Dec. 12. "It was cool," he said. "It was different from Iowa and West Virginia because it's in the city. We got to go into DC and hang out in the ESPN Zone and there's a lot to do there.

"I also think that Maryland is still getting better," he said. "They had a pretty nice season but I think they'll be real good next year."

• Rock Hill, S.C., tight end Asa Watson has the Terps in his final three.

Shrine Bowl TE Asa Watson (6-3 216) of Rock Hill has picked up offers from Duke, NC State and Maryland. Watson, the brother of New England Patriots tight end Ben Watson, has taken an official visit to Duke and will visit Maryland January 10th and NC State January 17th. He doesn't have a favorite. This season Watson had 20 catches for 450 yards and one touchdown.

• Quince Orchard defensive end Jason Ankrah announced his commitment to Nebraska on Sunday.

"It was just what I saw when I went there," he said. "It felt like home, like another home."

Ankrah said he picked Nebraska over Maryland, Michigan and about 15 other schools. He is rated as the nation's 26th-best defensive end by and the 10th-best by Both recruiting services tabbed Ankrah a four-star recruit.

Basketball recruiting

• Terps power forward signee Jordan Williams had a big game in Torrington’s 60-44 loss to Sacred Heart (Conn.) on Tuesday night.

Though he says he is trying to play every game the same way, [Sacred Heart’s Josh] Turner admitted that he needed to elevate his game against Torrington and 6-foot-10 center Jordan Williams, who is headed to the University of Maryland.

Williams scored a game-high 30 points with 14 rebounds and five blocked shots. Overall, the Red Raiders had trouble getting the ball inside to their best option, with Corey Andrews defending Williams well in the post.

• UM power forward recruit James Padgett turned in a solid in performance in Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln’s 68-56 loss to Westchester (Calif.) on Tuesday.

Maryland-bound James Padgett, who is nursing a sore ankle, had nine of his 15 points in the first half and he shot 7-of-7 from the field in the game.

“I was happy with everybody in the first half, especially Padgett,” [Lincoln head coach Dwayne] Morton said. “He’s injured, but he’s the only one not giving me no bull. He’s injured; he’s trying to run. I’m happy with Padgett, happy he played the whole tournament.”

• UM point guard target Isaiah Epps guided Plainfield (N.J.) to a 64-61 win over East Side this week.

Junior guard Isaiah Epps' 3-pointer in overtime proved the difference as Plainfield improved to 2-0.

Epps finished with 22 points, seven assists and seven steals, while sophomore Tyrone Johnson added 14 points for the Cardinals.

• Maryland junior shooting guard target Taran Buie helped his Albany, N.Y., school to a win earlier this week.

Taran Buie scored 16 points, and Bishop Maginn remained unbeaten with a 69-63 Big 10 triumph over rival Christian Brothers Academy Tuesday night.

• UM junior forward prospect Tobias Harris will be out of commission for the next several weeks.

“Tobias suffered torn ligaments in his ankle,” his father, Torrel, said. “Tobias will be out 6-8 weeks and in a cast for 2-3 weeks as these ligaments heal.

Harris injured the same ankle during the summer and was not able to play in the Reebok All-American Camp All-Star game as a result.

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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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