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January 2, 2009

Weekly recruiting roundup

Tonight's Offense-Defense All-American Bowl at Coastal Carolina University will feature Maryland defensive end commitment David Mackall (Edmondson) and Terps running back target Tavon Austin (Dunbar).

According to’s Allen Trieu, Mackall has impressed during East team practices.

The two other guys in the front seven who stood out today were a pair of east coast defensive ends in David Mackall and Andre Civil. Civil, at 6’5, 250, is long and athletic and when they went live, he was constantly in the backfield harassing the quarterback and meeting the running back behind the line. Mackall looked like one of the more athletic of the East linemen in drills and then made a couple nice stops during team play.

• One Maryland commitment (Quince Orchard cornerback Travis Hawkins) and two UM targets (Good Counsel linebacker Jelani Jenkins and St. John’s (D.C.) offensive guard Pete White) are scheduled to play in Sunday’s Under Armour All-American game in Orlando, Fla. According to, White won’t announce his college choice at the game.

Pete White also expects to make his decision later in the process. White is considered one of the top offensive guards in attendance rating as the fourth best guard in the country. reported this week that White has narrowed his list to three schools.

"I am down to three schools -- Maryland, Miami, and Tennessee," White said. "I took an official visit to Maryland about two weeks ago. In about two weeks I am going to Tennessee and then the week after that I am going to Miami."

• Maryland running back commitment D.J. Adams participated in Georgia’s North-South All-Star game earlier this week.

North Gwinnett quarterback Mike Tamburo engineered the North's most promising drive in the second quarter. His 18-yard pass to Norcross running back DJ Adams gave the squad its first first down of the game.

• According to The Washington Post’s Josh Barr, DeMatha defensive end Jeremiah Mathis is now on Maryland’s radar.

Defensive end Jeremiah Mathis, a second-team All-Met, also has picked up more scholarship offers, with Kansas State, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina State all in the mix.

The Daily Press’ Norm Wood predicts that Stafford, Va., defensive end Lanford Collins will commit to one of Maryland’s ACC rivals.

Lanford Collins: He's a top-50-caliber defensive end, but the 6-4, 240-pound recruit from Brooke Point High in Stafford could end up at linebacker depending on which college he winds up attending. Collins has visited U.Va. and Penn State this month, and he's slated to visit Tech Jan. 23. He's also interested in Maryland.

Prediction: Tech.

Basketball recruiting

• Terps power forward commitment Jordan Williams helped Torrington (Conn.) to a 75-39 win over Woodland this week.

Desmond Williams (29 points, 11 assists) and Jordan Williams (20 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks) recorded double-doubles for the Red Raiders in Beacon Falls.

• Maryland power forward target Will Regan had 18 points and 18 rebounds in the Nichols (N.Y.) School’s 62-57 overtime win over Gwynn Park at the NHSCA High School Basketball Festival in Salisbury.

Near the end of regulation, which featured nine ties and 10 lead changes, Gwynn Park held a 51-43 lead, with 47 seconds showing on the clock, having utilized a spread offense to kill much of the previous three minutes, seemingly sealing the win.

But a Will Regan three-pointer, with 38 seconds showing on the clock, cut the Yellow Jackets' lead to five and started the comeback. Gwynn Park missed its final four free throws, while Nichols' Chris Stegemann hit his two chances, cutting the lead to three, setting up Meyer as the hero.

• UM shooting guard target Taran Buie’s Bishop Maginn team suffered a 78-58 loss to Niagara Falls (N.Y.) on Sunday.

"This is bad. It is definitely not a good feeling," Bishop Maginn junior guard Taran Buie said. "The locker room is totally different. It is definitely a feeling you don't want to have. I haven't felt this way since the sixth grade."

• Maryland point guard target Isaiah Epps struggled in Plainfield (N.J.) High’s 77-59 loss to Bishop Loughlin on Tuesday.

It was evident that the Lions would have the mismatch inside, especially with three players 6-feet-6 and taller -- Plainfield has just one player listed at 6-feet-6. But the Cardinals were supposed to have the edge in the backcourt, led by highly touted junior Isaiah Epps, who has received offers from Pittsburgh, Maryland, Seton Hall and Rutgers and has also drawn interest from Kansas and Marquette.

Well, Loughlin dominated there, too. Led by Anthony Hamer, the Lions pressured all over the court, forcing numerous turnovers. Epps scored just eight points on two field goals. Anthony Baskerville and Tyrone Johnson led Plainfield with 16 points apiece.

• Terps women’s point guard recruit Dara Taylor guided Caravel (Del) to a 42-37 win over Roosevelt (Wash.) on Monday.

Caravel (6-2) nursed a 38-37 lead for more than three minutes in the fourth quarter. Arielle Chard put Caravel ahead 40-37 on an 18-footer with 1:27 left, and then Dara Taylor (20 points) assisted Chard for a 42-37 lead at 0:55.

• Maryland women’s commitment Tianna Hawkins led Riverdale Baptist to the IAABO Christmas Tournament championship.

"It's a big tournament, and everybody was anxious to get this victory," said Crusaders center Tianna Hawkins, a Maryland recruit who had a game-high 15 points and 16 rebounds.

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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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