Weekly recruiting roundup
Two Maryland commitments have cracked the ESPNU 100 for the class of 2010.
The list, which was updated Thursday, includes Miller School (Va.) small forward Mychal Parker at No. 44 and Tucson (Ariz.) Santa Rita point guard Terrell Stoglin at No. 98. Former Maryland pledge Terrence Ross checked in at No. 26 on ESPN's list.
The reopening of Ross' recruitment caused UM to fall out of Rivals.com's team recruiting rankings.
Maryland's addition of three-star guard Pe'Shon Howard was not enough to compensate for the loss of top-50 prospect Terrence Ross, so the Terrapins fell out of the top 25.
• Stoglin had a huge game Tuesday in Santa Rita’s 90-76 loss to Amphi.
Santa Rita point guard Terrell Stoglin was his usual dominant self in the opening half, scoring 21 points over the first two quarters - including a dazzling 360-degree layup around the six-minute mark of the second quarter. He finished with a game-high 30 points for Santa Rita (13-5, 5-2).
Roscoe Smith and Pe’Shon Howard led Oak Hill with 20 and 15 points respectively.
• Late last week Rivals.com’s Jerry Meyer fielded a mailbag question about the likelihood of Ross, the Montrose Christian shooting guard, ending up at Maryland.
Ross, the No. 43 ranked prospect in the Rivals150, has decommitted from Maryland. I would place the odds at "slim to none" that he would return to the Terrapin fold.
• MaxPreps.com’s Pat Stevens took a look this week at the top uncommitted recruits of the 2010 class. His list of prospects included Terps power forward target C.J. Leslie.
State runner-up as a junior alongside 2009 All-American and Kentucky freshman phenom John Wall. Co-MVP of August’s Elite 24 Classic. Attended NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp and Nike LeBron James Skills Academy. Inside-out presence is a one-time North Carolina State commit as an underclassman.
Hopkins, who is quickly developing into one of the top big men in his class, has offers from Kansas, Syracuse, Georgetown, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Maryland, Villanova, Miami (Fl.), Clemson, Florida and Florida State. He added that his favorites right now are Syracuse, Kansas and Miami (Fl.).
The steady junior guard, last week’s Player to Watch, pumped in 32 points yesterday to power an 84-40 decision over Weequahic and reach exactly 1,000 career points. He joins his brother Ashton, a guard at Pitt, on the elite list.
Desmond Hubert blocked eight shots to go with a game-high 17 points, and Mark Pryzbylkowski knocked down three three-point shots in scoring 14 to lead New Egypt to a 46-34 win at Moorestown Friends. Drew Haines (14 points) made three treys for the Foxes.
A huge get for Maryland was quarterback Tyler Smith (Easton, Pa./Wilson Area), who is the No. 8-ranked quarterback. He has a good frame, which he needs to keep developing, as well as a rocket arm and deceptively good athleticism. His delivery is compact and very quick. Plus, he is a good ball handler. Smith has a lot of ability and upside and could become the face of this offense over the next few seasons.
One of Georgia Tech’s main recruiting targets will be on The Flats for an official visit this weekend. Jeremiah Attaochu is a 6-3, 225-pound linebacker from the Washington, D.C., area who was coveted by new defensive coordinator Al Groh when he was at Virginia. The three-star prospect from Archbishop Carroll is still considering several other schools, including Kansas State, which he visited last weekend, and Maryland and Illinois, which he visited last month.
The Scarlet Knights now lead solidly for wide receiver Brandon Coleman over Syracuse and Maryland. "It’s just a comfort level I have with Rutgers,” Coleman said. “I like everything about them.”