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September 25, 2009

Weekly recruiting roundup

Any day now, five-star prospect Tobias Harris is expected to narrow his 11-team list to five.

Maryland remains one of the 11 in contention for the Dix Hills, N.Y., power forward’s services. Adam Zagoria this week gave his take on Harris’ recruitment.

In the coming days, Tobias will cut his list down and then take his official visits. Look for UConn, Kentucky and Syracuse to be three of the schools in the mix down the stretch.

The Terps are also waiting to see where they stand with Holly Springs, N.C., power forward C.J. Leslie, another five-star prospect. Rivals.com’s Jerry Meyer thinks Kentucky -- which picked up a commitment from four-star forward Stacey Poole this week -- and North Carolina are Leslie’s favorites.

There were questions about whether North Carolina has officially offered him, and those questions haven't necessarily been answered. Leslie and UNC coach Roy Williams, however, have been communicating. Leslie claims that Williams gave him the "we would love to have him when you are ready to commit" line. And North Carolina canceled an in-home visit with five-star power forward Terrence Jones, producing speculation that the Tar Heels are focusing on Leslie.

Check out Testudo Times for further discussion of Maryland’s pursuit of Harris, Leslie and Terrence Jones.

• New Mexico fans are hoping Los Alamos center Alex Kirk will stay in-state for college, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

Kirk, meanwhile, faces a different kind of decision with Arizona. With finalists that include Oregon State, Maryland, Arkansas, SMU and New Mexico, Kirk has to deal with home-state fans who want him to stay and play for the Lobos.

"There's not a lot of D-I prospects out of New Mexico," said Alan Kirk, Alex's father and coach at Los Alamos High School.

• Maryland won’t receive an official visit from Fayetteville, N.C., power forward Damontre Harris after all. The four-star prospect committed to South Carolina earlier this week.

[South Carolina coach Darrin] Horn pegged Harris as a high-priority recruit from the beginning, and their early relationship helped him beat out names such as Florida's Billy Donovan and Maryland's Gary Williams. All of those coaches, along with Wake Forest's Dino Gaudio and Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart, made in-home visits this past week.

• Former Maryland combo guard target Josh Gasser committed to Wisconsin this week, picking the Badgers over Northwestern and Northern Iowa.

UW's offer was for Gasser to join the program as a walk-on in 2010 and then be on scholarship for four years. When freshman guard Diamond Taylor was arrested and charged with burglary and left school, UW was able to offer Gasser a full ride.

"I get along with the coaches and the players, and I think I fit the system, too." Gasser said. "I'm in a good situation, and I'm very excited about it."

• The Maryland women’s basketball team has one of the top five recruiting classes in the country for 2010, according to ESPN HoopGurlz.

Coach Brenda Freese [sic] will add significantly to a roster already brimming with good young talent. Her 2010 class includes No. 7 Alyssa Thomas, who has earned positive comparisons to former Terp star Marissa Coleman; No. 23 Laurin Mincy, an explosive scorer from the backcourt or wing, and No. 96 Natasha Cloud, who has a strong combination of size at 6-0 and speed for at the guard or wing positions.

Football recruiting

• Maryland quarterback commitment Devin Burns threw for three touchdowns in the first half of Carver (Ga.) High’s 47-13 win over Columbus on Thursday night.

Burns retired after the first quarter with his three scoring passes, 122 total yards in the air and another 8 yards running the ball.

• Terps athlete recruit Matt Robinson has been an integral part of Atholton’s 3-0 start.

“Everybody’s real excited,” said Raiders’ senior Matt Robinson. “This is the first time Atholton’s gone 3-0 in at least 10 years. It’s a really big deal. We’re not looking to stop. We’re just looking to keep moving forward and getting better. I don’t think we’ve reached our potential at all.”

ESPN.com profiled UM tight end recruit Nermin Delic this week, taking a look at his journey from a boy in Bosnia to a Division I recruit.

No recruiting story can hold a candle to the ones about Dad dodging bullets, shrapnel and politics in Bosnia, or a family odyssey that has included communism, genocide, a green beret, a victorious but ruined nation, and a failed first attempt to relocate in America.

Delic's trip to College Park, Md., next fall will be like a trip to the grocery compared to the journey Edin and Hana Delic led their family on beginning Dec. 9, 1997.

• With Maryland set to face Rutgers on Saturday, The Washington Post assessed the recruiting rivalry between the two programs. Bishop McNamara wide receiver Brandon Coleman is just the latest player being courted by the Terps and Scarlet Knights.

Maryland offered Coleman a scholarship on Aug. 29, 2008; Rutgers offered on Jan. 26, 2009. Coleman's top three choices are Rutgers, Virginia Tech and Maryland. He said he feels the same level of comfort with Rutgers as he does with Maryland, and he is hoping to go to the game Saturday.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:17 AM | | Comments (8)
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UMD make T. Harris top 7. He says UMD first, although he state they are in no particular order. Come on Tobias...we want you to be a TERP. The Point Forward position is you and so is the team...much like G.V. You will not have that at Kentucky or Cuse. And it will be hard for the family to see you in W.V or Louisville for that matter.

This is your TEAM!!! Sign the LOI and let's get to the Final Four.

By the way, no UCONN on the list. Calhoun probably can't pony up the cash now that he is under the spot light. Hard to do things the right way Jim.

Let's start by being positive. T. Harris has narrowed his list of schools to seven (not five as originally stated) and Maryland is one of them. The seven schools are: Maryland, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Louisville
Kentucky and Syracuse. Surprisingly, UCONN did not make the list. Personally, I am surprised TN, GT and WVA are on his list. I would have to think they are long shots, but who knows. Kentucky is loaded. Harris has publicly stated he wants to start as a freshman and be the man. Why go to UK? The wins will be stripped at some point anyway. Personally, I think it's a two school race, Maryland and Syracuse. Maryland clearly offers some positives - location for his family, his brother is an alum and he will be the man on a very good, young team.

North Carolina's renewed interest in Leslie certainly hurts Maryland's chances of landing the athletic forward. Like it or not, UNC is one of the nation's most esteemed programs. All things considered, it would be hard for any high schooler to turn Carolina down. And Leslie would get to play in his home state. So I would have to think our chances of landing Leslie have been downgraded.

I never felt Jones or Kirk would end up at Maryland and have said Arizona will land Kirk and Jones will go UCLA.

But maybe a jilted Jones will see Maryland as the prefect school to exact some revenge on UNC after they dissed him, but I think there is a lot of agreement that Jones is a long shot for the Terps.

Bottom line is the Terps already have a strong class for 2010. There are still some very good players out there if they do not land one of the big three. The waiting game certainly has its share of twists and turns.

Ralphie and the Teros quiet the critics today beating Rutgers 27-13. Scott has a huge game and doesn't put the ball on the ground. He get a hug from the big guy and all is well in CP....for a week anyway.

Great to see Zags Blog right on the money again. He had UCONN as one of the three in the mix down to the very end for Tobias. This guy is right as much as our local weather forecasters.

Come on Tobias, be a TERP!!!

GOTERPS...you still a believer in Old Ralphie Boy? Please don't tell me you think Franklin is an offensive geneius too. Like I said, times to let Yow go. She was dumb enough to provide Franklin the 1 million buyout which our program does not have. Not we are stuck with another crappy coach should Ralph get fired or retire. Either way, it was her call and she can not get us to the next level. She is as accountable as the others.

One season is not going to change my position on Ralph. Six bowl games in eight years is, well, pretty good. When you consider we had been to one bowl game in 16 years before Ralph got here, I'd say it's worthy of a lot more respect than Ralph is getting. Teams have rebuilding years. This is one of them. As for Yow, in her 16 years, Maryland has won 18 national championships, more than any other comparable time period in Maryland athletics. You are right. She is accountable, but since her record at Maryland is extraordinary, one bad football season will not cost her her job. Nor should it.

Terrence Jones has narrowed his list to six schools and Maryland is not one of them. The six schools are: UCLA, Oklahoma, Washington, Kentucky, Arizona and Kansas. I've said this a number of times on this blog, he'll end up at UCLA.

Elsewhere, Devon Collier has narrowed his list to five schools and Maryland is one of them, though when asked Collier listed four schools and then said "probably Maryland." The schools are Providence, Seton Hall, Oregon State and St. John’s.

So with UNC pursuing Leslie hard, Harris may end up being Maryland's best shot at a five-star player.

It appears Maryland is widening the net and accessing some of the second tier players.

From Zags Blog:

Ashton Pankey, a 6-8, 220-pound forward from St. Anthony, will take an official visit to Maryland Oct. 16.

“Yes, they’ve officially offered. He’s going on a visit,” said Jeff Rivera of New Heights.

Rivera said Pankey’s list included Maryland, Drexel, Houston, Rice, Hofstra and Oregon State.

Pankey is considered a rebounding machine.

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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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