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September 18, 2009

Weekly recruiting roundup

The grand finale of in-home visits for Tobias Harris took place Thursday, with Maryland coach Gary Williams as the guest of honor.

The Terps are joined on Harris’ 11-team list by Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, St. John’s, Syracuse, Tennessee, UConn and West Virginia.

With the in-home visits complete, scheduling five official trips is next on the agenda for the five-star power forward.

Prior to his visit with Maryland, Harris told that all of his visits have been productive and that he will spend a couple of days thinking it over and then cut his list to five schools.

• Maryland is one of six schools on St. Anthony (N.J.) forward Devon Collier’s list.

“The schools recruiting him right now are Seton Hall, St. John’s, Rutgers, Providence, Oregon State and Maryland,” said Adam Berkowitz of New Heights.

• Before Damontre Harris makes an official visit to Maryland on Sept. 26, the Fayetteville, N.C., power forward will take trip to South Carolina this weekend.

According to his coach, USC remains out front because they’ve been with Harris from the start. “They made him an early offer and they’ve done a great job of winning over the parents,” said Heath Vandevender.

• Port Washington, Wis., combo guard Josh Gasser -- a former Maryland target -- is focused on four schools, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 195-pound senior guard from Wisconsin took his official visit to the Evanston campus last weekend, and he said he plans to choose among Northwestern, Wisconsin, Northern Iowa and Creighton.

• Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) point guard Sterling Gibbs, a junior, made an unofficial visit to College Park last weekend, according to Adam Zagoria.

“The visit went real well,” Gibbs said by text. “I was able to sit down with Coach Williams and all of the assistant coaches and talk about my future if I were to come to Maryland and then we took a tour around the campus and met with the academic director and later on in the night we went to the football game with the players.”

Football recruiting

• Safety Aaron Morris from Glenville High in Cleveland has Maryland as his leader.

"The top three I'm looking at are Maryland, Illinois and Ball State," Morris said. "Maryland is my favorite. Their coaching staff is real nice. I have a lot of family down there. They say a lot of good things about the school."

• Forestville wide receiver and Maryland target Antonio Belt will be out for at least one week after catching a touchdown pass against Potomac and subsequently spraining his knee.

But as the standout wide receiver hobbled into the end zone after the catch, it was clear something was wrong. Belt collapsed in the end zone with an injured left knee. He had to be helped off the field and spent the rest of the game on the sideline.

• Linganore’s Zach Zwinak -- the top rated fullback in the country according to -- committed to Penn State last week.

So, on Friday, hours before he would rush for 204 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 10 carries, Zwinak chose Penn State over his second choice, Virginia Tech.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 12:13 PM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Weekly recruiting roundup


Any word on how the Harris visit went?

Let the waiting game(s) begin.

Should be interesting to see the battle between Gary's new recruiters (himself, Drisell) and his old ones (Hahn/WVU) for Harris.

I would imagine that you will not hear a peep out of Gary or his staff about how the in home meeting with Tobias went. Gary is too smart and knows the game all too well that you don't give the competition a thing to go on, just like a poker game. You will only hear from the kids themselves if you hear anything at all, and they are pretty smart and political about the process as well. As GOTERPS said, it is a wait and see at this point and anything can happen. At least we still have our chips on the table and I still like our hand with Toby and C.J.


I like our hand, too. We couldn't ask for a better situation. If we land T. Harris or Leslie (okay Rob...or BOTH), see ya at the Final Four.

Time for Ralph to go! This team and the coaching is horrible. Please do not try to defend Ralph, he will lose more games this year than lbs.

i am suffering badly this year with the football...youth? overall talen? coaches?
somebody help me cause its going to be a very long, painful season

GOTERPS, have you changed your mind on Ralph yet? I believe you are seeing the light my friend. Same with Yow, both need to go. Also, any more news from your AAU buds on our recruiting. I have not heard anything from my source. They are keeping a lid on things, which is good.

I am out in San Diego. Not too many happy people out here except for the few remaining Ravens fan. Go Ravens!

Looking forward to the B-Ball season and seeing G.V. have a breakout year. How many days left???

Matt, help out your buddy Jeff Barker. He is getting lit up by mad Terps football fans and they are calling him out on his support for Ralph. I have to hand it to you guys though, you know how to respond to negative blogs without letting it get personal. It must be hard sometimes. I thought for sure we would hear from Ryan on old Ralphie and the football team.

Time to fix UMD football so they don't become irrelevant like the O's.

Rob,don't giveup on Ralph just yet,he has a really really good recruiting class comingin next year and we started the year as the third youngest team in the nation and the youngest in the ACC before we lost Bruce Campbell,McCullough and Holan Carrol,and even then we would have been 2-1 if Franklin hadn't admittedly made a bonehead call on 1st and ten with 2:30 left on 1st down at the 25.That cost us the game.If we run the ball 3 times and then kick a field goal the game is over,MTSU had no timeouts.Can't pin this one on Ralph,they will get better as the season rolls on in my opinion.If not I'll be back on here at the end of the year taking my lumps.If they do go to a bowl game,how many Ralph haters will show their face?Probably none,like last year.

No I have not given up on Ralph Rob. It's one season. I did not like the benching of Scott or the post game comments from Fridge which were completely inappropriate for college ball. It seems to me the head coach does not like to take responsibility. But again, overall, I think he has done a solid job with a program that was dead when he arrived.

As for Yow, she has rebuilt the Maryland athletic department and facilities that were in ruin when she got here. She has done a simply amazing job. To suggest otherwise is just not right. And Maryland's football and basketball programs all participated in post season games last year. What;s the standard? Just the football team? ADs are responsible for the ENTIRE athletic department, not just mens BB and FB. But even if that is your standard, they both played in the postseason last year.

Besides, none of them are going anywhere anytime soon anyway.

It's real quiet on the basketball recruiting front. Clearly, some fences have been mended between Yow and Gary, though I did think Yow's staement was kind of curt. Even so, Gary gets a much deserved extension and some breathing room. That's good news and will help him in the recruiting game. He can tell kids he's gonna be there for the long term.

I still think Maryland will hold their cards until the bitter end - which means November before we hear where Leslie and Harris are going. I would be shocked if Maryland is not one of the final five for T. Harris. Clearly the Harris family is going to take their time before making a decision. You can't argue with that approach.

I still think Leslie is our best shot. Should he go elsewhere, it gets a little more problematic for the Terps in who they go after. But really, it's still early for 2010 recruits. October and November are the big months for LOI.

My bet that the Terps wind up with Hippo
and Devon Collier or Ashton Pankey from St. Anthony's as the last two for 2010.

Maryland has one scholarship remaining for 2010, not three, unless,as has been discussed numerous times Burney, Goins or Tucker transfer or have their scholarships rescinded.

So since there seems to be so much confusion about the available scholarships for 2010, here's the list of players:

Parker, Ross, Stoglin, Williams, Padgett, Mosley, Kim, Bowie, Burney, Goins, Tucker, Gregory.

That's 12 players. You get 13 scholarships.

They have four for 2011 when Burney, Bowie, Tucker and Gregory are finished.

Hippo would not surprise me. Neither would Collier. I like both players and think it would be a solid, top 15 class if Maryland signs one of them. Pankey seems a long shot as he is apparently considering Rutgers, but he is athletic PF similar to Leslie.

"Big" night tonight with gary visiting the Jones's might put a little pressure in the pot something big is going to go down in the next week or so I can feel it like Phil collins who's it gonna be Jones,Harris,Leslie, if not the big three gotta go for Henderson his ceiling sounds through the roof. If we get any of the big 3 it's gonna be nuts in the state of Md. get ready Umd. fans with the football program faltering on hard times the basketball season is right around the corner, March Madness is Oct. 16 can't wait to see Jordan Williams run out and break the backboard at the Comcast Center. Lets go Terps!

sorry guys I meant "Midnight Madness". Go Terps!

I was reading Testudo and things are definitely getting interesting. According to them, Jones and Leslie really like UNC; however Barnes is their top prospect. Tobias might have a Kentucky lean but they signed Stacey Poole. With players going to competing schools one would thing our chances would increase. None of these players want to compete for a position when they can come to UMD and start right away. I can't see Tobias having his position of choice at Kentucky, not with the amount of talent they have coming in this year and next. I would imagine Gary has assured him of that position. But it is hard to tell what will happen based on Tobias recent actions with setting up visits to Kentucky and Louisville, and Leslie having UNC now high on his list. One would think we would come up with one based on who is left standing. Hard to bet against Calipari though. Hopefully Gary is on his game.

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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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