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October 23, 2009

Weekly recruiting roundup

Tobias Harris has already visited Syracuse, Tennessee and Kentucky this fall.

Now the five-star forward from New York has scheduled trips to his four other finalists -- West Virginia, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Maryland.

Then the weekend of November 7 they will travel to West Virginia. The following weekend they will visit Maryland with a final visit to Georgia Tech scheduled for November 16 and 17 following the Maryland visit.

• caught up with Albany (N.Y.) City Rocks coach Jim Hart this week for an update on Hippolyte Tsafack, a Cameroon native and Miller School (Va.) big man.

“He loves Maryland,” replied Hart. ”He’s pretty high on Maryland. I think he still has his scheduled visit (next weekend) to Maryland. Maryland has recruited him longer than anybody, probably. Nothing else is scheduled right now, but Auburn, Alabama, Miami, and UCLA are all showing interest. ”

• St. Anthony (N.J.) forward Ashton Pankey, who still plans on making an official visit to College Park before the fall signing period ends, is also considering Rice, Houston, Hofstra and Drexel, according to Adam Zagoria.

“If you want to play at the highest level, Maryland would probably be the leader right now,” [New Heights AAU coach Kimani] Young says.

• South Kent (Conn.) School junior point guard Danny Lawhorn says he’s hearing from the Terps.

“Washington, North Dakota St, Baylor, Mississippi St, Texas A&M, Auburn, Arkansas, Rutgers, South Florida, UAB, St. Bonaventure, Maryland, Fresno St, St. John’s, St Peters, Fairfield, Louisville [and] Texas,” were the schools Lawhorn mentioned as those recruiting him, in addition to Providence.

• Long Island (N.Y.) Lutheran junior guard Achraf Yacoubou has committed to Villanova.

Even though Yacoubou hasn’t even begun his junior season at Lutheran, [Yacoubou’s guardian Randy] Harper said there were more than 20 scholarship offers, from schools such as Memphis, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Xavier, Maryland and Oklahoma State.

Football recruiting

• Phil Kornblut reports that Norcross, Ga., offensive lineman Max Garcia has the Terps at the top of his list.

Garcia says right now Maryland is his favorite with Vanderbilt second and Clemson third. He visited Vandy last weekend.

• Maryland remains in good shape with Christchurch, Va., tight end Josh Lovell, according to

“Maryland is still at the top,” he said. “They are close and the coaches are great. I just feel comfortable there.

• Terps defensive end commitment Ian Evans is involved in one of the three key matchups to watch in Hammonton (N.J.) High’s game against Vineland tonight.

Hammonton DE Ian Evans (6-3, 235) vs. Vineland OT Jeffrey Bryson (6-3, 235). Evans, who has verbally committed to Maryland, could be one of the best pass rushers Vineland will have to contend with all season. Bryson is nursing a sore ankle. If he can't go, look for sophomore Kevin Santiago (6-3, 315) to get the call.

• Rutgers remains the leader for Bishop McNamara wide receiver and Maryland target Brandon Coleman, according to

“I like the coaches at Rutgers a lot,” Brandon Coleman said. “We’re pretty close and they run a great program. Coach Greg Schiano has great principles and reminds me of my high school coach. I could see myself there."

• Linganore offensive tackle Robby Havenstein committed to Wisconsin this week, picking the Badgers over offers from Maryland, Penn State, Wake Forest and Virginia.

"I wanted to play in the Big 10. It's my kind of football," he said. "I have family up in Michigan and they are all big Michigan and Michigan State fans."

Khamrone Kolb, an offensive lineman from Virginia, pledged to Penn State earlier this week.

Kolb, from Lake Braddock High in Burke, Va., also claimed scholarship offers from North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wisconsin, Illinois and Maryland.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:38 AM | | Comments (7)
Categories: Weekly recruiting roundup


"Hippolyte Tsafack, a Cameroon native"

Am I going to have to learn to pronounce that? , maybe?

He's better known as Hippo, which is easier for everyone.

If you want to pronounce his full name, it's Hip-o-leet cha-fack, I believe.

I'm glad we have Ben to translate.

As long as he's good for 20 points and 7 boards a night, I won't care how it's pronounced.

This is the worst football team in college football.
Where as Turner only does 2 or 3 HORRIBLE things a game, he just can NOT make a big play.
Any other program would bench his sorry *** and move on.
Who fumbles the punt on the last possesion of the game after you make the key stop?
They are a totally pathetic team, and I really think we are heading into a period of seasons where we are just terrible.
The just don't have any talent outside of about 3 players.


Since Saw VI is out (or soon to be), I'll say... "Let's play a game."

Maryland is looking for two more recruits for 2010. What is your guess on which two guys we get?

Is our dream Hippo and Tobias?


Steve -- I think you have a good handle on UM's 'dream' class. Chances of landing Hippo are pretty good, assuming the Terps want him. I can't guess on another commitment. Harris will be tough to land, but you never know. It's big that he's visiting.

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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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