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November 13, 2009

Weekly recruiting roundup

After this weekend, the Maryland men's basketball program could have another addition to its 2010 recruiting class.

St. Anthony (N.J.) forward Ashton Pankey, who took an official visit to College Park last weekend, was scheduled to visit Houston this weekend. After that trip, the three-star prospect will make his decision.

“He really liked Maryland and I know he wants to be able to compare Maryland to another school,” [St. Anthony coach Bob] Hurley said.

According to ESPN.com's Christopher Lawlor, Maryland has a very good chance of landing Pankey.

Several sources feel Pankey, a Bronx, N.Y., resident, is a lock for the Terrapins, but it's the policy of coach Bob Hurley that players visit at least two schools, developing a point of reference and allowing comparison of programs.

• The final two visits for five-star forward Tobias Harris are on tap for this weekend, according to ESPN.com. Harris will likely wait until the spring period to sign his letter of intent.

Maryland has been recruiting ESPNU 100 PF Tobias Harris (Brookville, N.Y./Half Hollow) for some time and he has been to College Park on numerous occasions. According to InsideMDSports.com, he'll arrive in Maryland Friday, spend the weekend there and then fly to Georgia Tech on Sunday for his final official. He'll then spend a day or two considering his options before announcing his decision next Wednesday on ESPNU.

• Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita point guard Terrell Stoglin signed his letter of intent to Maryland on Thursday, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

"There was a lot of pressure from the hometown people, but I had to do what was best for me and my family," said Stoglin, referring to the constant questions of whether he would change his mind and stay in Tucson.

The Diamondback spoke with Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer about Maryland's three commitments.

“[Terrence Ross] is a really athletic wing who can shoot, maybe not as good a playmaker off the dribble as some other guards at his position,” Rivals.com national college basketball recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer said. “But nonetheless, he can shoot the ball a lot better than a lot of guards at his position.”

Football recruiting

• Maryland quarterback commitment Devin Burns is scheduled to visit Georgia this weekend, but the three-star prospect told Rivals.com that Terps fans shouldn’t be concerned.

[Burns] says he is set with the Terrapins.

“Oh yea. I am real excited about going there. I talk with the Maryland coaches every week. Coach (Ralph) Friedgen is the real deal and very down to earth. He’s a father figure and someone you can talk too [sic].”

• Pittsburgh Penn Hills wide receiver Brandon Ifill has set a date for his decision, Rivals.com reports.

“I haven’t taken any visits lately, but I’ve actually set up two official visits for December,” he explained. “I’m going to Pitt for the weekend of December 11, and I’ll be at Maryland for the weekend of December 18. Once I’m done with those I’ll make my decision on December 21.”

• Norcross (Ga.) offensive lineman Max Garcia will decide between Maryland, Vanderbilt and Clemson, which he visited last weekend.

“I like Clemson because it’s close to home,” Garcia said last week. “They have a need at left tackle and some other positions, so it’s a place I think I could impact the program in the first couple of years.”

• Forestville wide receiver Antonio Belt told Rivals.com that he’s more focused on his team’s playoff game against Dunbar on Saturday than recruiting.

Belt claims three scholarships at this time from Maryland, Rhode Island and Temple.

“I haven’t been thinking about recruiting,” he said. “My coach told me other schools are interested, but I’m just thinking about the playoffs right now.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:37 AM | | Comments (6)
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Comments

Do you know if the three Terps hoops verbals (Stoglin, Ross, Parker) signed their LOI yesterday/today?

Hey Matt, have you heard anything of a kid named Chris Skely (sp?) being recruited to UMD next year? I heard he was a real force on the boards and was a Dave Neal type guy (you know a not big not good but works hard). Heard he can run like a llama too. May be good for our trap. I don't think he was going to get a scholarship but was goign to go wreak havoc anyway. Let me know if you have heard much about this. Thanks for all the great work.

Pete -- Pretty sure Stoglin is signed, but not sure about the others. I imagine Maryland will send out a release when the entire class is official.

pv -- That's not a name I've heard of. Where does he go to school?

MAtt, what is you gut feeling on Harris right now? It is good that he is coming to MD this weekend but do you think there is a strong chance he ends up in College Park next year? If Harris goes elsewhere what our the Terps chances to pick up CJ Leslie?

I wish Barnes would have gone somewhere outside of the ACC but better that he heads to UNC than sign with those idiots in Durham.

TL -- I wouldn't say there's a "strong chance" Harris ends up in College Park, but the family has certainly done their homework and given each finalist a fair shot. That's really all you can ask for. On C.J. Leslie, I think that's a recruitment that isn't all that close to the finish.

Matt.....Word out now that Terrence Ross didn't sign his LOI. Any info on why not. How concerned should Terp fans be??

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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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