Weekly recruiting roundup
On Tuesday night, Williams’ Torrington (Conn.) team fell to Crosby, 73-70. But the UM commitment scored 50 points, grabbed 23 rebounds and blocked four shots while breaking a long-standing school record.
For 22 years, Murray Williams was the all-time scoring leader for Torrington High, but those 22 years came to an end Tuesday night when his nephew, Little Jordan -- all 6 feet, 10 inches of him -- passed him.
With 5 minutes, 44 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Jordan Williams scored on a put-back, and officially the torch was passed from one Williams to another.
The 6-foot-7 senior forward led No. 2 St. Frances to three victories last week, including two over ranked teams. Vinson, a transfer from Montrose Christian, scored 34 points and had 14 rebounds in the Panthers' 83-76 double-overtime win against No. 5 Mount St. Joseph; 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 68-49 victory over No. 14 John Carroll; and 22 points and eight rebounds in a 96-38 win against St. Maria Goretti. Vinson has a 3.0 grade-point average and averages 27 points, eight rebounds and 3.3 blocks.
Ross, who lives just off campus with other out-of-county players, has drawn local attention from Maryland and Georgetown. According to Rivals.com, he has offers from Washington, Arizona State, California and Oregon State. Ross mentioned Kentucky, Louisville, Villanova, Oklahoma, Memphis, Tennessee and 2008 National Champion Kansas as other programs that interest him.
A report last May by ESPNU said "Ross may be considered the No. 1 two-guard prospect out West in the Class of 2010," referred to his frame as "Jordan-esque" and called his athleticism "off the charts."
• UM junior power forward target Tobias Harris came off the injury list Saturday and had a double-double (22 points, 14 rebounds) in Long Island (N.Y.) Lutheran’s 63-61 win over All Hallows. On Tuesday, Harris helped Lutheran to a 70-55 win over Bishop Ford.
While highly touted junior Tobias Harris (18 points) made his second appearance since missing 12 games because of torn ligaments in his ankle, [Achraf] Yacoubou was the hero for LuHi for a second straight day against a New York City team.
• Terps junior shooting guard prospect Taran Buie led Bishop Maginn with 21 points in its 61-56 loss to Boys and Girls (N.Y.). Albany (N.Y.) television and radio personality Rodger Wyland penned a recruiting-related message to Buie on TimesUnion.com.
Memo to Taran Buie: After spending Saturday night in State College watching your brother, Talor Battle, help Penn State beat Iowa before 10,000, I couldn't help but envision you and Talor in the backcourt together. Penn State's program is on the rise, and I can see the headlines now: Buie and Battle lead the Nittany Lions to another win, and a spot in the Final Four.
Tianna Hawkins led the Crusaders with 31 points and 13 rebounds. Tierra Hawkins also had a double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds, as Riverdale Baptist improved to 16-2.
Kayla McBride, a 5-foot 11-inch junior guard, led Villa Maria (14-3) with 18 points. McBride place tough defense on 5-foot 10-inch junior guard Natasha Cloud, who was scoreless. Cloud has verbally committed to Maryland.
Klemm - a 6-foot-6, 280-pound tackle - was 100 percent committed to BC but that was before offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. took a job with the Giants. The Wheeler standout went on an official visit to Boston College on Dec. 12.
After just returning from an official to Maryland this past weekend, Klemm’s recruitment status now comes down to a two-team race between Boston College and the Terrapins.
“It’s pretty tough to deal with something like this,” Klemm said. “It’s very hard to build relationships in a short amount of time. Boston College hasn’t named an offensive line coach yet, and that’s someone you want to know. You’ll be with that person throughout your college career.
• Forestville defensive end DeOnte Arnett, Roosevelt D.C., linebacker Darin Drakeford, West Florence, S.C., linebacker Avery Murray, and Fork Union, Va., linemen Zach Kerr and Cody Blue got a jump on their classmates this week by enrolling early at College Park. The Washington Times’ Patrick Stevens expects this to especially benefit linebackers Drakeford and Murray.
Getting into school early is far from a guarantee of playing time. But regardless of where Drakeford and Murray fit in, they are going to get a ton of work during spring practice.
Consider that Maryland loses five of its top eight linebackers from last year's two deep --- Chase Bullock, Rick Costa, Trey Covington, Moise Fokou and Dave Philistin. Then, consider that Alex Wujciak and Ben Pooler will both sit out after undergoing knee surgeries.
WHAT HE DID: Shrine Bowl player made 51 total tackles, 13 for losses, two sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.
HIS FIRST TOUCH: “I started playing football in the fifth grade and I just got hooked into it.”
HIS COLLEGE CHOICE: “I committed to Maryland and I’m just really excited about having the opportunity to play Division 1 football.”
Scout.com: How was the recruiting experience?
DeSouza: It all started last year. It was real cool. My mom really helped me out. And then in June I went to Maryland and loved it so I committed there.
Bunche (6-foot-6, 322) had made a non-binding verbal commitment in August to Rutgers, but in November decided to re-open his college search, which came down to Miami, Rutgers and Maryland.
"It just felt right," Bunche said of committing to Miami.
He received scholarship offers from a dozen schools. He initially narrowed his choices down to Virginia Tech, Virginia and Penn State. He then eliminated Penn State and was down to the state rivals.
Under Armour All-American linebacker Jelani Jenkins (Wheaton, Md./Good Counsel) is considering Penn State, Florida, USC, Notre Dame and Stanford. Speculation centers around the Nittany Lions and Gators having the inside track with perhaps Urban Meyer's team being the top choice. Jenkins will announce his decision on Wednesday on ESPNU.