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January 23, 2009

Weekly recruiting roundup

The Terps have landed four of the top 10 football recruits in Maryland, according to Rivals.com’s newly updated state rankings.

UM defensive line commitments DeOnte Arnett (Forestville) and David Mackall (Edmondson) were among the notable in-state prospects who moved up in the rankings.

There was some movement in the Rivals.com postseason Maryland Top 20. Of course Wheaton outside linebacker prospect Jelani Jenkins still resides at the top spot. But now at No. 2 is Forestville strong side defensive end DeOnte Arnett. Another strong side defensive end recruit who made his way up the rankings is Gaithersburg's Jason Ankrah, who now sits at No. 4. He moved past cornerback Travis Hawkins and defensive tackle Terrence Stephens, two of his teammates, in the state rankings. Speaking of cornerbacks, four of the top seven play this position. Baltimore strong side defensive end David Mackall moved into the No. 10 position.

• Maryland running back commitment D.J. Adams checked in at No. 114 on the Press-Register’s Super Southeast 120.

114. RB D.J. Adams, Norcross, Ga., 5-10, 210. Powerful runner has surprising open-field moves. Rushed for 1,462 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior in 2007. Committed to Maryland.

The Washington Post’s Josh Barr reports that Good Counsel linebacker Jelani Jenkins made an official visit to Penn State last weekend, and the Nittany Lions occupy one spot on Jenkins’ list of five schools.

Jenkins' only other official visit was to Florida last month. He also is considering Notre Dame, Southern Cal and Stanford.

• Jenkins’ Good Counsel teammate, two-star cornerback Mike Wallace, pledged to Penn State this week. Scranton (Pa.) Times-Tribune reporter Donnie Collins analyzes the commitment.

1.) He goes to Good Counsel High School in Maryland.

2.) Wallace's best friend is Jelani Jenkins, who coincidentally, also goes to Good Counsel.

Hmmmmm.…

• Atco, N.J., linebacker Ka'Lial Glaud spoke to Scout.com’s Allen Wallace this week about his “confusing” recruiting picture, including his thoughts on the Terps.

While the Mountaineers visit proved to be a lot of fun, he says the campus itself that stood out was at Maryland. “It’s a great campus,” he said. “It’s all in a big circle and not all spread out or anything.”

Another thing going for the Terps is that he’s friends with sophomore defensive back Antwine Perez. “He played at Wilson High School so we knew each other,” Glaud said. “He first signed with USC but transferred back because he says he really wanted to be close to his family. He told me that’s the most important thing…to have that support around you.”

Scout.com’s Bob Lichtenfels thinks Glaud is mainly focused on three other schools.

Atco (N.J.) Winslow Township High School middle linebacker Ka’Lial Glaud who seems to be down to West Virginia and Rutgers right now with Iowa on the outside looking in. Glaud has said for a long time now that WVU was the favorite, but Rutgers has made up some ground.

• Hoboken, N.J., defensive lineman Bernardo Nunez ended his recruitment on Tuesday when he committed to Pittsburgh.

Nunez (6-3, 234 pounds), who is from Hoboken, NJ, chose the Panthers over scholarship offers from a number of other schools, including Michigan State, Rutgers, Oklahoma and Maryland.

He is ranked as the 19th best overall prospect from New Jersey and one of the top 40 defensive ends nationally by Rivals.com. He is also rated as a three-star prospect by the web-site. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.76 seconds, bench presses 300 pounds and squats 450.

• Rock Hill, S.C., tight end Asa Watson picked up a late offer from Maryland, but the two-star prospect pledged to NC State on Sunday.

His father, Ken Watson, who is now the pastor of Rock Hill Bible Fellowship, played at Maryland in the mid-1970s. Asa's older brother is Ben Watson, a tight end for the New England Patriots who played at Duke one season before transferring to Georgia.

According to his father, Asa Watson chose State over Duke and Maryland and had about 10 major scholarship offers.

• Windsor, N.C., offensive tackle Travis Bond, a three-star recruit, committed to North Carolina last weekend.

Bond entertained offers from Duke, East Carolina, Maryland, Michigan, N.C. State, South Carolina, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech before settling on UNC.

“He liked what Carolina had to offer,” Bertie coach Tony Hoggard said. “The atmosphere was good for him. It was like home to him. He didn’t want to go too far from home. He wanted to be somewhere his mom could easily get to his games without it being a burden.”

• Stafford, Va., defensive end Lanford Collins has narrowed his list of schools to three, according to The Daily Press.

He's the top uncommitted defensive prospect in [Virginia], but at least he's not the only top-notch recruit in the state without specific college plans yet. Collins is torn between the three final schools on his list of considerations: Virginia, Virginia Tech and Penn State.

"Last year at this time, I never thought it would take this long," said Collins, a 6-foot-4, 240-pounder considered by many recruiting analysts to be one of the nation's top 40 defensive end prospects. "I was hoping it'd be all over with by now."

Basketball recruiting

• Terps power forward signee Jordan Williams turned in a dominant performance last week, leading Torrington (Conn.) High to an 88-56 win over Seymour.

“The big guy is nearly unstoppable,” said Seymour coach Joe Carrafiello.

That translates into Friday’s numbers for Williams: 43 points on 19-for-23 shooting from the field; 15 rebounds; 7 blocks; and 6 steals.

Williams is closing in on the all-time scoring record at Torrington.

Jordan Williams is on the verge of breaking the all-time basketball scoring record at Torrington High set by his uncle, Murray Williams.

After the 6-foot-10 center scored 43 points on Friday, he has 1,569 points, just 68 points shy of tying Murray Williams’ career mark of 1,637, set from 1983-87.

Jordan Williams is averaging 31.5 points per game through the first 10 games of the regular season.

• Maryland power forward recruit James Padgett had a double-double in Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln’s 67-54 loss to Leflore (Ala.) High School.

James Padgett, who is a Maryland Terrapin-to be, added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Lincoln.

• St. Frances forward Terrell Vinson led the Panthers with 34 points and 11 rebounds in an 83-76 win over Mount St. Joseph on Tuesday. Scout.com’s Evan Daniels thinks it’s only a matter of time before Vinson’s recruitment picks up again.

Although Terrell Vinson still doesn’t hold his release from Loyola Marymount, when he does receive it he’ll become one of the more highly recruited prospects in the 2009 class.

A quick glance at Scout.com’s top ranked power forward explains exactly why Vinson should get plenty of attention from college coaches when he gets his release from LMU. Of the top 35 power forwards, only Renardo Sidney and Vinson are available.

Sidney’s recruitment has a bit of a mystery and only a handful of schools are involved. With Vinson there’s a chance to get involved with a Top 100 prospect, that will likely start the recruiting process all over.

• The Barton brothers, Will and Antonio, helped Lake Clifton to a 68-29 win over Dunbar on Wednesday.

Forward Will Barton scored 21 points; his brother Antonio added 19; and center Cleveland Melvin had 17 as the Lakers took a 42-17 halftime lead and never looked back.

• UM shooting guard target Taran Buie scored 25 points last Friday in Bishop Maginn’s 87-26 win over Catholic Central. On Tuesday, Buie was part of a balanced Maginn scoring attack in its 86-68 win over Albany (N.Y.) High.

Taran Buie added 17 points to the Maginn cause as five Griffins scored in double figures.

• Maryland power forward target Will Regan had a big second half in the Nichols (N.Y.) School’s 55-41 win over Buffalo East last weekend.

Will Regan, a 6-9 junior, scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half as Nichols downed Buffalo East at the fourth annual Martin Luther King Jr. Challenge at Erie CC, 55-41.

• Maryland women’s point guard recruit Dara Taylor squared off against a future ACC rival in Caravel (Del.) Academy’s 65-50 loss to Middletown last weekend.

The game showcased two of the state's top prospects -- [Chelsea] Davis and Taylor. One, Davis, is a 6-foot-3 forward-center headed for Florida State University and she had 27 points, 20 rebounds, four blocks, four assists and three steals.

The 5-foot-7 Taylor is a point guard headed to Maryland and she also had 27 points.

• Terps junior forward recruit Alyssa Thomas led Central Dauphin (Pa.) to a win over Central Dauphin East on Tuesday.

Alyssa Thomas produced 25 points and point guard Gabby Singer added 18 as the unbeaten Rams unleashed a pair of spirited runs to register a 63-45 victory, their 22nd in a row.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 9:01 AM | | Comments (4)
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Comments

GARY DO WHAT YOU HAVE TO GET VINSON. 3 BIG MEN with vas (if he comes back) mosley, hayes, bowie we could be a legit threat again. No excuses this time just sign the man.

Does Maryland have ANY chance of getting any of these top rated basketball players? What are the chances of getting a top 100 rated player? What happend to Terp BB recruiting??

pv,

vinson is NOT a big man. he would be another 2 guard or a small forward on the MD roster. not exactly what maryland needs considering they have mosley, tucker, hayes and bowie coming back next year. i really don't see vasquez returning, but if he does i'll welcome it. hopefully braxton dupree realizes he sucks at life and will transfer. maryland could use the free scholarship spot to look for a juco player.

keep up the good work, matt.

Let's give credit to Fridge and his staff. They are putting together a very solid class.

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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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