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August 28, 2009

Weekly recruiting roundup

Maryland's 2010 recruiting class of Mychal Parker, Terrence Ross and Terrell Stoglin has caught the attention of national talent evaluators.

According to Rivals.com, the Terps currently have the No. 7 class in the country.

Maryland is experiencing a recruiting resurgence with its 2010 class. Gary Williams locked up a couple of regional four-star prospects in Ross and Parker. Ross is an athletic wing who can shoot with range. Parker is a skilled and versatile combo forward. Williams looked west to land Stoglin, a Rivals150 scoring guard out of Arizona.

In his weekly mailbag, Rivals.com’s Jerry Meyer discusses what Maryland needs to do to remain in the top 10.

Maryland will likely need to land a quality big man to hold onto a top-10 national ranking. If Maryland were to land four-star Damontre Harris, who will officially visit next month, they will hold their ground in the top 10. Land a ringer like elite power forward Tobias Harris, and the Terps would rise as high as No. 2 nationally and No. 1 in the ACC.

• Los Alamos, N.M., center and Maryland target Alex Kirk made an unofficial visit to Arizona last weekend.

"He enjoyed the visit," said Alan Kirk, Alex's father and the coach at Los Alamos. "It was a chance to meet the coaches and see what their plan is. (Arizona coach Sean Miller) has a track record of running a good program and it's important to see how Alex would fit into that. He talked about his vision of what he expected to recruit."

• DeMatha shooting guard Jerian Grant, who picked up a late offer from Maryland, has narrowed his list of schools to four.

“They are Notre Dame, Virginia, DePaul and Providence,” said Grant, the son of former NBA veteran Harvey Grant.

• Adam Zagoria conducted a video interview with Dix Hills, N.Y., power forward Tobias Harris, who will host Maryland for an in-home visit Sept. 16. Click here to see the interview.

Football recruiting

• Maryland picked up its first offensive line commitment for the 2010 class when Abington Heights (Pa.) guard Sal Conaboy pledged to UM on Wednesday night. Conaboy told InsideMDSports.com that the Terps and Panthers were his finalists.

"It was pretty much down to Pitt and Maryland," he said, "and like I said, I just had a gut feeling about where I could see myself playing."

• Maryland remains in good position with Pittsburgh Penn Hills wide receiver Brandon Ifill, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Some colleges like Ifill as a receiver, some as a cornerback and some as a safety. Pitt, Maryland, Michigan, West Virginia and Rutgers are his top five choices, but Maryland is No. 1 on his list. He plans to visit Maryland and Michigan in September. Maryland is recruiting him as a receiver.

• Greensboro, N.C., linebacker Chris McCain, a four-star prospect, has the Terps on his list.

Chris McCain is a hybrid defensive end/linebacker and has offers from schools like Auburn, Cal, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Oregon.

"Chris likes Oregon, Cal and Maryland with Oregon leading right now," [Northern Guilford coach Otis Yelverton] said.

• Maryland cornerback commitment Mario Rowson found the end zone once in Lake Taylor’s 21-7 loss to Battlefield (Va.) on Thursday night.

Kevin Swofford’s 34-yard pass to Mario Rowson gave the Titans a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.

The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa., profiled Terps quarterback commitment Tyler Smith (and one-time target Anthony Gonzalez) as part of its high school football preview.

Smith guided Wilson to an undefeated regular season and a Colonial League title. He threw for a single-season school record 35 touchdowns and racked up 2,952 passing yards while throwing only 11 interceptions.

"Even a collegiate recruiter will tell you, 'Wow,' " [Wilson coach Bret] Comp said. "A kid with a greater than 3-1 ratio with TDs to interceptions, that's someone you need to be recruiting. I think that's what he looks at. He looks at the team concept -- 'What can I do better to help this team?' "

The Washington Post reports that DeMatha running back Marcus Coker -- a one-time Maryland target -- has committed to Iowa.

Coker, who is 6 feet and 230 pounds, had narrowed his choices to the Hawkeyes, Minnesota and Wake Forest. He had never been to either of the Big Ten schools -- or even their respective states -- before a recent trip with his mother during which they drove 20-plus hours to visit.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 12:59 PM | | Comments (1)
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atta boys gary and ralph ... my old sticker reads "its a great time to be a terp"...how true. the thrill is back. thanks matt

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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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