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January 1, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

Maryland still has a chance to land Montrose Christian shooting guard Terrence Ross, but the Terps now face stiff competition for the four-star shooting guard's services.

Montrose Christian coach Stu Vetter told Recruiting Report on Thursday that Ross withdrew his commitment to UM “within the week.” He is now looking at Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Maryland.

“Maryland has done an outstanding job of recruiting him and Terrence is very familiar with Maryland and he likes Maryland a lot,” Vetter said. “They are still very much in the picture.” recruiting analyst Dave Telep told Recruiting Report on Thursday that Ross’ stock has risen dramatically. It would be a “tough pillow to swallow” for Maryland to lose him.

“When you get to this point in the year, the guys of his caliber are just not out there in quantity,” Telep said. “It would be very difficult to replace him at this stage. ... It’s still a nice class, but definitely there is no way to replace Ross at this stage in the game. So it’s not a Top 25 class. It’s a Top 25 class with him. When you remove him from the equation, obviously it takes a hit.”

Click here for Testudo Times’ analysis of the situation and here for The Washington Post’s story on Ross’ recruitment.

• Oak Hill senior Pe’Shon Howard, a three-star point guard, has plans to visit Maryland soon, according to

• Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) junior point guard Sterling Gibbs updated on his recruitment.

"I'm going to cut down my list soon and probably make a decision at the end of my season," said Gibbs, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound lead guard who has offers from Maryland, Seton Hall, Pitt, Rutgers, Indiana and DePaul, along with interest from Georgetown, Villanova and Virginia. "I just want to get it out of the way so I can focus on my senior season without any distractions. The process has been fun so far but now I kind of feel like it's time to get it over with.

• Terps forward target Desmond Hubert helped power New Egypt (N.J.) to a 78-65 win over Medford Tech on Wednesday.

Hubert scored 20 points and had 10 blocks and 10 rebounds. He also dished out five assists.

• Maryland women’s commitment Alyssa Thomas scored 29 points and grabbed 22 rebounds in Central Dauphin (Pa.) High’s win over St. John Vianney in the semifinals of the Diamond State Classic on Tuesday.

Thomas (6-foot-1) hit a short jumper with 24 seconds left, two free throws at 0:11 and two key defensive rebounds in the final seconds to preserve the win.

The Rams fell to St. Frances, 61-57, in the championship game Wednesday.

Alyssa Thomas had 27 points for Central Dauphin, going 17-for-18 on free throws but scoring just five points in the second half.

• Terps center pledge Alicia DeVaughn led Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely to a 47-34 win over Blake on Monday.

Senior Alicia DeVaughn, a Maryland recruit, scored 13 to lead Ely (13-2).

Football recruiting

• Maryland remains in the mix for Hollywood Hills, Fla, cornerback Tony Grimes, who is scheduled to play in the Offense-Defense Bowl All-American Bowl on Saturday in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

"He is down to three schools -- Maryland, Michigan and Mississippi," [ analyst Allen] Trieu continued. "He has already visited Maryland and Michigan and enjoyed both of those visits. The Mississippi visit is to come in the middle of January and his decision will come on signing day."

• Bishop McNamara wide receiver Brandon Coleman will play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Coleman has yet to make his college choice, but it is believed that Maryland and Rutgers are the two schools he is strongly considering. [Mustangs basketball coach Marty] Keithline said he does not expect Coleman to announce his choice before the National Letter-of-Intent signing period begins on Feb. 3.

Kelby Johnson, a junior offensive tackle from DeMatha, is already hearing from the Terps.

“I like Maryland and Rutgers,” he said. “Well, I’ve only seen Rutgers play on TV, but most of my interest is from them. I think they are a pretty good team too.

“With Maryland, they are the hometown team and I like the team and campus.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 2:20 PM | | Comments (11)
Categories: Weekly recruiting roundup


i feel Maryland still get Ross.

and i feel Maryland will end its football 2010 class strong with commits from
Coleman, Grimes,Murphy ,Arie, Jerimiah Attaohta, and Werner the DT, and the LB from westlake they offered.

I think this all points to people in his ear talking about how downhill MD has gone.
If this was 6 years ago, he would be here, and maybe, we never would have had the downhill turn we have had.
It was the recruiting of the past 5 years with a few exceptions that have led to this program being at best mediocre.
It is actually a low end program

Since the National Championship of 2002:
02-03 21-10 11-5 Sweet 16
03-04 20-12 7-9 NCAA 2nd rd ACC Tournament
04-05 19-13 7-9 NIT
05-06 19-13 8-8 NIT
06-07 25-9 10-6 NCAA 2nd rd
07-08 19-15 8-8 NIT
08-09 20-13 7-9 NCAA 2nd rd

Recruiting Classes since 2002:
Travis Garrison
John Gilchrist
Chris McCray
Nik Canner Medley
Jamar Smith

Mike Jones
Ekene Ibekwe
Hassan Fofana
Will Bowers
DJ Strawberry

James Gist
Sterling Ledbetter

Dave Neal
Parrish Brown

Eric Hayes
Greivis Vasquez
Landon Milbourne
Jerome Burney
Babale Osby

Braxton Dupree
Adrian Bowie
Cliff Tucker
Dino Gregory
Shane Walker

Sean Mosley
Jin Soo Choi

Jordan Williams
James Padgett

Mychal Parker
Terrell Stoglin
Ashton Pankey

Since the heart and soul of the NC team, 2006-07 was the only year in which an NCAA bid was guaranteed. The one year it took an unlikely ACC tournament title to make it. For many of the recent past years we require a win or 2 in the ACC tournament only to fall in the opening round, sometimes by large margins. I would love to see a list of the Baltimore/DC talent that has elected to not play at MD. Several of these recruiting classes were well regarded. In those cases the talent was not developed.

ACC Tournament since 2000:
2000 2 seed MD loses to 1 seed Duke in finals (81-68)
2001 3 seed MD loses to 2 seed Duke on Saturday (84-82)
2002 1 seed MD loses to 4 seed NC St on Saturday
2003 2 seed MD loses to 7 seed NC on Friday
2004 6 seed MD wins the tournament
2005 8 seed MD loses to 9 seed Clemson on Thursday (84-72)
2006 6 seed MD loses to 3 seed BC on Friday (80-66)
2007 5 seed MD loses to 12 seed Miami on Thursday (67-62)
2008 6 seed MD loses to 11 seed BC on Thursday (71-68)
2009 7 seed MD loses to 3 seed Duke on Saturday (67-61)

How could I forget a member of the recent 2008 class... Steve Goins? When can I expect to see him in a game?

Howard from Oak Hill has committed to Maryland according to

Selby, Barton, Fair & Smith are the answers to Maryland and Gary Williams problems. These kids will get it done. Fab Baltimore...

shreds 123:

Is there a point to your entries, or did you sort of answer your own question, i.e., "several of those classes were well regarded." As a matter of fact, the '02 and '03 classes were, by many accounts, regarded as consensus top-5 classes. Given Williams' history in developing players, I believe you're way off base claiming that he somehow failed to develop those underperforming classes.

Those two classes arrived with a lot of hype and, in hindsight, with what appears to have been a misplaced sense of entitlement. If Williams and his staff can be accused of anything, it was in over-evaluating those classes' individual talent. As a matter of fact, one of the lowest regarded players from those two classes, DJ Strawberry, ended up being the most productive from same--primarily because he was willing to put the time and effort in to improving his game and listening to his coach, all the while being asked to play out of position for 2 of those years.

In all, those classes, which effectively tied up the Terps' available scholarships for 5 years, included an early departure, a transfer, a flunk out, a JC transfer (so only 2 years of eligibility), a McD's All-American washout, another McD's All-American who did not learn to play defense until his senior year and 2 players whose projected ceilings were substantially lower than anticipated. Couple that with Shane Clark's inability to meet Maryland's entrance requirements (yet, ironically, he could meet those of Villanova) and all of that adds up to a half of a decade or so of "mediocrity" (as compared to the school's prior teams') seasons.

As well, Williams sustained an overwhelming turnover with his assistants during this same time frame--for head coaching jobes or as a "next-in-line" head coach (Moxley)--further throwing the program's recruiting efforts into disarray. And, yet, during this same time, you don't see any of those 2-14, 3-13 conference disasters that UNC, Duke, Ga Tech, WFU, et al. have each turned in during their respective "down" years/periods.

Unquestionably, Maryland's recruiting has been comparatively substandard since '03, but there are multiple legitimate reasons for same that go far beyond the typical and ever-present "Gary is too lazy to recruit" bashing that regularly appears on this and other Maryland-based blogs. Now, with Ross' apparent defection, for whatever reason(s), it seems the program has been dealt another blow. For what it is worth, I firmly believe that Howards' commitment signals Maryland's recognition that Ross will not be signing with the Terps in the Spring. It probably also means that, for 2011, they'll back off of Gibbs and Cook and focus their efforts on securing Cooney's commitment.

T Ross made Gary and our program look bad. Not becasue he decommitted but by his actions. If Ross had any interest he would not of said that he was only 80% interested in UMD when he signed, or had his mom do his dirty work when he decommitted. Scout has his interest level at low, which is probably accurate. He always wanted to play with T. Jones and they probably will both end up at Kentucky. I don't think that Gary has totally written him off, but he could not wait on a kid who lacks maturity. UMD was the biggest name to offer Ross back when he gave his verbal and Stu Vetter helped out his bud Gary by steering him our way. As soon as he had some big games and he saw an opportunity to go where his buddy is going he jumped ship. If he was a man he would say the truth and not put his coach, Gary and our program on the firing line. Be accountable Terrence for your actions and people will have respect for you regardless of where you end up.

Although it is a long shot, I do believe Vetter will talk to the young man about honoring his commitment he made to UMD; and if Ross is willing to grow as a man he just might listen. Unfortunately though this is eerily reminiscent of what Jennings did to us when he said we where still at the top of the list when he decommited. Of course that was right before he signed and ended up at Louisville.

TNT, read Testudo, it looks like Cook and Howard are friends. In fact Howard is already recruiting Cook to UMD according to Broman.

Does anyone know if Howard and Ross are buds? Also we were recruiting Howard even when Ross was signed. I don't think this necessarily signals the end with Ross. We signed Howard I believe for two reasons; one his game got remarkably better, and two, we needed someone in the likelihood that Ross does not come to UMD. That being said I do think Vetter will do his best to steer Ross our way. Vetter and Gary are great friends and this goes deeper than a kid just decommitting. I would not be surprised if something dramatically happens by spring. One thing we know about UMD recruiting, it never turns out the way you think it will.

call me a homer terp fan, but untill Ross says, he doesnt want anything to do with the Terps i will still have hope. he is looking at 3 schools and we are still one of them. thats good enough for me.

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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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