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November 2, 2009

Weekend wrap — Evans dominates

Ian Evans' Hammonton (N.J.) High team cruised to a 41-0 win over Millville on Friday night.

The Maryland defensive end commitment played an integral role in the Blue Devils’ shutout, starting with a forced fumble and recovery on Millville’s first possession.

"We swarmed to the ball," he said. "Our secondary covered every guy perfectly. Our line made the right cuts and the right slants. Everyone did a great job."

Evans had three sacks to go along with the fumble recovery.

• Carver (Ga.) High trailed 7-0 in the second quarter to LaGrange on Friday night, until UM quarterback recruit Devin Burns rushed for a 25-yard touchdown on fourth-and-18. Burns’ squad then pulled away for a 27-7 win and the Georgia Region 2-AAA championship.

[Burns] finished with 105 passing yards and a touchdown plus 39 rushing yards and a score.

• Terps quarterback commitment Tyler Smith guided Wilson (Pa.) Area High to a 28-13 win over Salisbury.

Smith passed for 319 yards and three touchdowns in yet another dominant outing for Wilson.

• Despite a big game from Maryland athlete recruit Matt Robinson, previously-unbeaten Atholton dropped a 35-14 game to River Hill (9-0).

The Hawks allowed only 37 points in their first eight games, but Atholton quarterback Kalvin Seamonson threw touchdown passes of 90 and 80 yards to Matt Robinson as the Raiders took a seven-point halftime lead.

• UM safety pledge Titus Till helped Wise to a 35-0 win over Bowie, the Pumas’ eighth consecutive shutout.

Wise got its next points in bizarre fashion when Bowie's Kevin Clayborne misplayed a Titus Till punt inside his own 5-yard line and tried to elude the onrushing Pumas by going backwards. Eventually he fumbled the ball through the back of the end zone for a safety.

Basketball recruiting

• The Terps hosted a visitor from the class of 2010 this weekend.

Hippolyte Tsafack was at Maryland on an official. He could very well announce something this week.

Tobias Harris was scheduled this weekend to visit Louisville.

Harris has visited Syracuse, Tennessee and Kentucky, and he's expected to see Maryland, West Virginia and Georgia Tech. Harris is expected to announce his decision on Nov.19.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 9:14 AM | | Comments (6)


Any word on how the visit went? it would be great to lock up that fourth commitment so we can put all of our energy on convincing T. Harris to follow in his brother's footsteps.

Can you give us a sense of how Tsafack and Pankey compare? My sense is that Tsafack remains very raw, but could be great. With Pankey you know a little bit more about what you are getting: hard worker who will clean up around the post, but a more limited upside. Thoughts?

I would be very surprised if Hippo doesn't come to UMD. And i'm hoping and praying for Tobias. I don't think its likely, but i'm ready to believe! It still would be disappointing if he went elsewhere even though I don't expect him to come here anyway.

Terp in NY -- I haven't seen either player, but from what I've read, those seem to pretty accurate descriptions. I'll try to track something down on the visit soon.

River Hill RECRUITS throughout the State, They bend & twist the rules in several sports, not just football. The County Board looks the other way for some reason. The best players on various Howard County sports teams somehow routinely end up going to River Hill each year. It's amazing how many kids are renting basements or condos in the River Hill area via Grandparents or one parent for instance. Most of the County is sick of it & you can be sure 95% of the County was rooting for Atholton last Friday. Best teams? Best athletes? Not really, it just a very stacked deck in River Hill's case.

With TN picking up Kevin Ware for the class of 2011, does that have any impact on Tobias Harris recruitment? Especially if T.H. wants to run the point forward position? I have to think UMD is the place he want to play. We have not had a true point guard for years and Gary runs this type of position possibly the best.

Are we still pursuing Justin Coleman? Is it possible we are holding off on signing Hippo to land higher targets? Or is it Hippo's SAT score we are waiting for until we make it official?

I agree with the your assessment of Hippo and Pankey and would only add that Pankey is on a much bigger frame but Hippo is way more athletic. I think there is more upside to Hippo than Pankey. On, another note, and I might be on an island here but I think that CJ Leslie would be the better get for the system that GW runs. He also seems more athletic than harris even though he is rated lower. Any thoughts on that?

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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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