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November 16, 2009

Weekend wrap — Moore, Till lead Wise

Two Maryland commitments were instrumental in Wise’s 6-0 win over Eleanor Roosevelt in the Class 4A South Region semifinals Saturday.

Titus Till intercepted a pass inside Wise’s 5-yard line in the second quarter and Rahsaan Moore rushed for a 1-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter for the game’s only points.

"I was just looking for a hole on that right side," Moore told The Gazette. "I wanted to follow a block from the fullback [Quentin Gartrell] and find a hole. I found one on that side and we scored. It was a tough fight. It was frustrating in the first half because we had some good drives and we had too many penalties. Then we were on defense almost the whole third quarter. We rely on our defense a lot. They came up with a big stop in the fourth quarter."

• UM quarterback commitment Devin Burns made the play of the game for Carver in its 28-21 win over Burke County in the first round of the Georgia Class AAA playoffs.

With the score tied at 21 late in the fourth quarter, Carver coach Dell McGee decided to run a play on fourth down rather than punt from the Carver 28. There was a foot to go for the first down. Burns took the snap, stepped quickly to his right and raced 72 yards for what proved to the winning touchdown in a 28-21 Carver victory in the first round of the Class AAA state playoffs.

• Maryland athlete recruit Matt Robinson found the end zone once in Atholton’s 14-13 win over Wilde Lake in the Class 3A East regional semifinals.

Wilde Lake scored first Friday night on a 5-yard run by [E.J.] Gilman with six minutes left in the first half. Atholton answered on its first drive of the second half with a 17-play, 70-yard, nearly eight-minute drive, capped by a 4-yard pass from Kalvin Seamonson to Matt Robinson in the corner of the end zone.

Robinson also contributed seven tackles and two sacks on defense.

• Terps quarterback pledge Tyler Smith threw for three touchdowns in Wilson Area High’s 44-19 win over Pottsville in the Pennsylvania District 11-AAA semifinals.

Smith completed 15-of-27 passes for 197 yards, pushing his season total to 2,850 yards and his career total to 7,720, third-highest in state history.

• UM defensive end recruit Ian Evans helped Hammonton to a 30-0 win over Winslow Township in the South Jersey Group 3 quarterfinals.

Hammonton, led by Maryland-bound defensive end Ian Evans, did a great job limiting [Winslow Township quarterback Bill] Belton on long runs.

• The high school career of UM tight end commitment Nermin Delic ended Friday with Northwest Whitfield’s 40-3 loss to Southwest DeKalb in the first round of the Georgia Class 4A playoffs.

“We worked hard all season long,” Delic said. “We had to work through a lot of adversity to finish the season strong and nobody even gave us a chance to make the playoffs. I felt like we did all we could to compete against this team, they’re one of the best in the state of Georgia.”

Basketball recruiting

• Adam Zagoria spoke with Tobias Harris’ father, Torrel, after the five-star prospect’s weekend trip to College Park.

“I don’t think Coach Williams gets enough credit for his success as others coaches around the country. I consider him a future Hall of Famer. I went with my sons, T.J. and Terry, and the coaches to watch the football game while Tobias, Tyler and the Maryland players went to the movies.

• St. Anthony (N.J.) power forward Ashton Pankey will announce his college choice today. Maryland and Houston are his finalists.

• The Raleigh (N.C.) News & Observer checked in this weekend with five-star forward C.J. Leslie, who will wait until spring to sign.

The only visit he's taken is to Kentucky, but he said N.C. State is still on the list, along with Florida, Oregon, Georgia and Connecticut, and there is no leader.

Tony Mitchell, a five-star small forward who was briefly a Maryland target, has committed to Missouri.

He is expected to complete signing papers by Wednesday, thus joining what is now a four-player recruiting class for Missouri that should rank among the top 20 classes in the country.

• Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) point guard Sterling Gibbs, a 2011 prospect, updated NBE Basketball Report on his recruitment.

“St. John’s, Maryland, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Virginia, Pitt, Indiana, Tennesse and Providence,” responded Gibbs when NBE asked which schools are actively recruiting him.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:09 AM | | Comments (10)


Why did they ley Harris' father go to a Maryland football game! We're trying to make a good impression! lol

James Padgett is going to be a beast in the ACC. Looks like we did well on both recruits. Sorry Dino, we don't need you. I think Williams already has more points than you did all of last year. Hayes looks like he has elevated his game and it was nice seeing him drive to the hoop. Still throws the ball away when pressed.

The kid from Korea is lost our there. What is his name this week? Someone get him a Garmin.

Come on Tobias!!

Ashton Pankey commit to the University of Maryland.

Rob, your Dino comment is absolutely moronic. All it proves is that you can read a box score. The team needs depth on the inside and Dino has good defensive instincts and shot blocking ability for an undersized PF. The kid has worked hard to improve his game and will be greatly missed if his situation is not resolved.


You are showing that you don't know anything about basketball game again. Even in Baxtor & Wilcox era, we had Holden, Jarma, Mardish, Sleepy Rendo to spear major minutes. If you think our two big freshmen can be out there by themselves and be able to last to mid season, then you are crazy.

Dino is definitely needed. He came on really strong last year and provides that rebounding/help defense depth that is crucial to a winning team.

Pankey commited to the Terps. Does this mean we do not have room for Harris now, or do we still have one scholarship left? If we only have 1 left then why would we sign this mediocre kid with arguably the best high school player in the nation looking like he is going to pick the terps?

CHL, if you remeber correctly Holden was the starter until he was beat out by a better player. His time greatly diminished the latter he got in his career. Holden had bad hands and had trouble catching the ball in traffic. Not to much unlike Dino. My point is that Williams is better as a freshman than Dino is now. It will not be a huge loss for the team if he does not come back. In fact, it will probably pay dividends as it did in the opening game. Plus if he cheated, he needs to pay the consequences. The same people who clammer that Gary keeps a clean program should support that Dino does not come back this season if it is the case.

Chad, Dino's value last year was because he was the only one that had size, was not hurt, and his last name was not Dupree. Great that he worked on his game, so did JSK, both are not going to contribute much and probably never will. If they do I will be the first to apologize, but I am willing to bet the farm that they don't.

Rob, two questions.
Where is your farm and what do you consider contributing?


By contributing, it means if you are a big man you hit your fouls shots , you get rebounds, you box out, and score when you are in close. Was Dino that great at these things or at any of those things? In my opinion he was not. Glad we have Williams in there instead of Dino.

Since you are such a literal guy Chad, betting the farm is a matter of speach. But I'm sure you know that, you seem like an intelligent guy.

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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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