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April 3, 2009

Weekly recruiting roundup

The first commitment of Maryland’s 2010 basketball recruiting class is on the board.

Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita point guard Terrell Stoglin pledged to the Terps late Wednesday night.

The 6-foot-1, 160-pounder, who averaged 27 points and seven assists as a junior, told Recruiting Report that he chose UM for a variety of reasons.

“I was weighing my options, and as a matter of fact, I was going to wait until the summer [to commit],” Stoglin said. “A couple of days ago my family sat down at the dinner table and discussed it. I like the D.C. area, and I like the climate. I like the way Coach Williams coaches and I like the program overall. Maryland has a great guard history and I just thought I’d pull the trigger.”

Santa Rita head coach Jim Ferguson spoke to the Arizona Daily Star about UM’s recruitment of Stoglin.

"They've been watching him and they like what they see," Ferguson said. "They have a point guard who's graduating and he can move right it."

"I don't know if Tucson's ever sent a player to play in the ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference)," Ferguson said.

The Tucson Citizen noted that Stoglin has shined when facing top competition.

Two of his best games over the past two seasons came while being guarded by current USC freshman DeMar Derozan (in winter of 2007) and Abdul Gaddy (winter 2008) in prestigious national tournaments in San Diego. Stoglin scored 35 on DeRozan and 30 on Gaddy.

Click here for video of Stoglin. Thanks to Testudo Times for the link.

• Junior shooting guard Taran Buie cheered on his brother, Talor Battle, as Penn State beat Baylor last night for the NIT championship. After the game, Buie made a commitment to PSU.

"He called me (at 11:45 p.m. Thursday) and told me he gave Coach DeChellis his commitment," Bishop Maginn coach Rich Hurley said. "I told him, 'If that is where you want to go, I support you 100 percent.' He is a Nittany Lion."

Buie picked Penn State over offers from Maryland, Georgia Tech, Marquette and Notre Dame.

SNY.tv’s Adam Zagoria reports that John Calipari’s move to Kentucky from Memphis and five-star shooting guard Xavier Henry’s uncertain commitment status with the Tigers caused Terps target Lance Stephenson to delay his announcement this week.

The source said Stephenson held off on announcing for Kansas on Tuesday because of the uncertainty surrounding the Calipari/Henry situation and of similar uncertainty surrounding the futures of Kansas players Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins. Either or both of them could go pro.

Zagoria later reported that Henry is now considering staying with Memphis, which could push Stephenson back towards Kansas.

If Xavier remains at Memphis, it could open things up for Lance Stephenson to go to Kansas, as he had originally planned. Alternatively, Stephenson could still go elsewhere -- Maryland or St. John’s -- and Kansas could wind up empty-handed.

Click here for an extensive profile of Stephenson, courtesy of The New Republic.

• Two Maryland small forward targets are playing in this weekend’s National High School Invitational at Georgetown Prep. Montrose Christian junior Terrence Ross and St. Frances senior Terrell Vinson will both begin tournament play today.

St. Frances forward Terrell Vinson: All-Met as a junior at Montrose Christian, the Baltimore native transferred closer to home. He had committed to play for Loyola Marymount but now is considering other options after a midseason coaching change. He is averaging 25 points and 11 rebounds this season.

On Sunday, Vinson will headline the Baltimore All-Star team against the U.S. All-Stars at the Charm City Challenge at the Towson Center. Maryland power forward commitments Jordan Williams and James Padgett will suit up for the national team. Click here for the rosters and here for more info on the game.

• Two quick links from TerpCenter.com. First, the Maryland recruiting site is co-sponsoring the I-95 Elite Challenge, a Baltimore vs. D.C. all-star event on May 2 that will pit the area's best players from the classes of 2010-2013 against each other. Click here for more information. Second, on this week’s edition of TerpCenter Radio, publisher Jeff Ermann and Adam Zagoria discuss the Lance Stephenson recruitment. Click here to listen.

Scout.com identified UM women’s point guard signee Dara Taylor as a McDonald’s All-American recruit ready to contribute immediately in college.

Dara Taylor will likely start at the point guard position next season for Maryland in replacing All American Kristi Toliver. Taylor did not have a great game, but was very impressive in practice, defending and shutting down nearly every guard in the game.

• Maryland women’s small forward commitment Alyssa Thomas was named to Pennsylvania’s Class AAAA All-State team.

Thomas has 1,512 career points, easily on pace to become a 2,000-point scorer, and is approaching 1,000 rebounds.

Thomas’ future classmate, UM combo guard commitment Natasha Cloud, was a third-team All-State selection for Pennsylvania.

Football recruiting

St. John’s Catholic Prep defensive end J.R. Ferguson and Thomas Johnson linebacker Nick Forbes were both cited as examples of Frederick’s loaded 2010 football class by FrederickNewsPost.com.

Forbes and Ferguson were both just picked to play in the Army All-American Bowl, which features some of nation's top high school players, next January in San Antonio. Right now, they are the only Maryland players chosen for that prestigious game. Both are also ranked among the nation's top 100 prospects in the Class of 2010, regardless of position, by Rivals.com -- Ferguson is No. 15, and Forbes is No. 97.

• Old Mill linebacker Josh Furman picked up another big offer this week.

Old Mill junior RB/LB Josh Furman received a scholarship offer from Oklahoma today. The Sooners join a list that's sure to keep expanding, but currently includes Duke, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

• St. John’s (D.C.) athlete Charles Johnson added an offer from Kansas State this week.

“I’m hoping to get one from Maryland and I’ve been talking to NC State and North Carolina a lot,” he said. “I’m also hearing from Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Penn State, Rutgers and Notre Dame.”

• DeMatha safety Jeff Knox sports offers from Maryland, Penn State and Pittsburgh, but according to Rivals.com, the Terps are likely running third in his recruitment.

“Penn State and Pittsburgh are my two top schools,” he said. “I’ll probably end up going to one of those two. I’m from Pennsylvania and it’s close to home, I’m from Pittsburgh. I’m looking to get back up north. Plus, all my family is up there.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 12:23 PM | | Comments (7)
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Did anybody else notice that Maryland beat 2 of this years final four teams? And some ungrateful individuals still think that Gary Williams can't coack?

The Stephenson kid, is an example of players to avoid. MOST kids already know where they want to sign if they have the offer. Buie talked up the Terps, signed with PSU. The Stoglin pledge played a roll in there somewhere. All three could sign with different colleges. A lot of time and money is wasted on recruiting, the landscape changes and in some cases resembles musical chairs.
Earlier signing period may eliminate some of the intrigue, and lower the amount of energy wasted in recruiting.

I think that Buie let the staff know he was going to go to Penn State and that is what prompted the offer to Terrell, not the other way around. Personally I think there is more upside with Stoglin, on his AAU team with better players, he is a pass first PG on his high school team he is a scorer. Nice to know he can do both. Gary can teach him when the pass and when to shoot, we are going to like this kid a lot.

Sounds like Xavier Henry is going to commit to Kansas as soon as he gets out of his commitment to Memphis. Matt if this happens what do you think are the chances we get Lance?

Looks like a UNC - MI State final. Terps beat them both. CBS should get commentary from Gary.

Yes, I did notice the Terps beat two of the final four, and not only that --- they actually beat both the teams to play the championship. Who else can say that (unless you count UNC which beat MSU and itself when it played Terps)?
This approves that Terps are still an elite team, and they are going to be even better when they have their bigs (don’t discount their current bench bigs, either. If Neal could do it this year, any of their bigs can do even better. Sometimes, it just takes a litter longer for them to mature).

Lance or no Lance, doesn’t matter. It will be an enjoyable season next year. Gary won the championship without any blue chip players, and we still like to do it the Gary way.

Philip, Gary can coach, but he can't recruit.

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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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