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January 22, 2010

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'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).

• UM combo guard commitment Pe’Shon Howard helped Oak Hill (Va.) to an 87-65 win over Dudley (N.C.) on Monday.

Roscoe Smith and Pe’Shon Howard led Oak Hill with 20 and 15 points respectively.

• Late last week’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.

•’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.

• DeMatha juniors and Maryland targets Quinn Cook and Mikael Hopkins gave NBE Basketball Report updated recruiting lists at the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Mass..

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.).

• UM junior point guard target Sterling Gibbs had another big week for Seton Hall Prep (N.J.).

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.

• Terps junior forward target Desmond Hubert was two blocks away from a double-double Wednesday night.

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.

Football recruiting

•’s Craig Haubert thinks Wilson Area (Pa.) High quarterback Tyler Smith is the top prospect in Maryland’s 2010 class.

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.

• Maryland is one of several programs still in the hunt to land Archbishop Carroll (D.C.) linebacker-defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

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.

• reported Thursday that Bishop McNamara wide receiver Brandon Coleman has a clear leader in his recruitment.

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.”

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:00 AM | | Comments (14)
Categories: Weekly recruiting roundup


Maryland needs to close in on this local talent. Ralph needs to get off his coaching chair, and get in his car and go have an in home visit with Coleman and Jeremiah ASAP

oh yeah and Calipiri is the DEVIL

Gary recruits like everybody else he just doesn't break the rules ala J. Calipari its not his fault he wants to be a respectable coach if they were to allow these kids to be paid maryland would be in the top ten every year read through the line people don't be dumb!!!!!!

Good point James lee. There's a big difference between a quality player that wants to develop and one who is looking for a payday. The payday kids are looking for a Calipari who is content with one-and-done kids and will do whatever necessary to land them. I loved the strong run of top 10 Terp teams, but understand they were the result of developing players. With all of the buzz leading to the arrival of Steve Francis, that team died at the sweet 16. It took 4-year players like Mouton, Dixon and Baxter to bring home the championship.

I remember what happened before Gary came to town. Recruiting violations don't just kill in the short term, it can take a long time to recover (look at USC right now). I'll pass on the guys looking to bolt early. Sign one Carmelo Anthony and the next year you're scrambling over the recruits that haven't committed to fill his spot. Same thing with Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, etc.

My fantasy team includes players like Ross, Leslie, Roscoe Smith, and other local products. But I'm smart enough to know that you shouldn't sacrifice long-term stability and consistent production for the risk of early departures or NCAA violations.

Gary, keep doing what you're doing and beat that howling 'Pack on Saturday!

We need to stop using Calipari and the likes there of for our recruiting ills. The perception exist, whether percieved or real, that UMD is not the place to go for top high school players, or it is a second tier school. The questions is, can Gary change that? So far to date we have only seen the stigma bolstered by our lack of closing recruits or losing them after they have verbally committed. That is why it is time for a change. Unless you are happy with being a second tier D1 school, which I can't see why you would be. Same holds true for football. Get an AD that wants to establish the main programs, and not one who is concerned about how many sports program we can offer.

with 21 commits we don't have many scholarships left. We have plenty of WR's on the roster and getting J. Johnson and Kearse make attachou expendable. We need OL and CB.

I really hope that Ross does come to MD. But if he somehow ends up at another ACC schoolhe is going to get heckled by the crowd worse then any player ever has at cole or comcast

Oh, please. Quit blaming Maryland's recruiting failures on integrity issues. Gary had no hesitation about signing the mercenary Steve Francis who was just looking for a payday - Don't forget his trash-talking bragging about his upcoming payday while the Terps were getting pounded by St. Johns in the NCAA's.

Here we are again. I'm not sure where this is all coming from. Especially, when the Terps are off to a pretty good start. Let's make one thing clear. ALL "top" tier programs go through cycles. For anyone to argue otherwise is ridiculous. UNC is loaded with talent this year and they're getting knocked around the ACC in a rather embarrassing manner. It happens. Indiana used to be a great program. Where are they now? USC was the hottest thing since sliced bread and they're not even close to being at the top right now. Does anyone remember the Florida dynasty? Hello?! Michigan. Kentucky. Arizona. Georgetown. The "elite" have all had dips. The list goes on and on.

With the "internet" recruiting nowadays, it is hard for schools to scoop up and maintain these mystical "top 25" recruiting classes. Duke is a classic example. They're constantly ranked up there only to find that the kids they recruit aren't that great (their pro record speaks for itself). The focus of a school/university, etc should not be on fielding "top 25" teams. The focus should be on finding young men and women who fit with the ideals and image of the university. Who are interested in becoming student athletes and excelling in both areas. I do not, repeat, do not want Maryland to recruit a bunch of athletes who have no interest in academics. That should not be the focus of such a fine school. Let the other schools have the "top 25ers" who are only want to play ball. Maryland does not need them. Historically, they have done fine recruiting quality men and women who are interested in being good students and good athletes (minus a few obvious dips here and there). Can we please knock it off with the MD can't recruit thing? It's old. Really old. Maryland obviously can recruit because they've put up some pretty good teams over the past couple of decades. That's a fact. Maryland's men's program ranks top ten over the past decade. TOP TEN OVER THE PAST DECADE! We should feel honored to have GW as the coach of the team. Honored. He cares for the school. He's an alum. He gives tons of money back to the school. And, he keeps the program out of trouble. I don't want to give that up for a few extra wins (that will probably be vacated at a later date). Remember, Calipari's not the only coach that has had wins and accomplishments vacated over the past decade. There have been a number of other coaches/programs that have suffered the same fate.

Anyway, I'm excited about the new recruiting class. They seem to represent the quality men that Maryland deserves. These young men will get an outstanding education and play for an incredible coach. I respect that others may want to pursue their goals elsewhere and we should all respect that decision. Maryland isn't some kind of basketball mecca or an end all and be all. Any given year, there are only a handful of scholarships for DI schools to hand out. Maryland will lose a lot and they've done a phenomenal job replacing those parts. Can we all take a second to reflect on the positive accomplishments? Thanks.

Charles is correct. John, its all about integrity. The reason we can"t close out a recruit or people de-committ is becase G.W. has Integrity.He doesn"t higher players former coaches to get a player (K-State) he doesn"t recruit a player, only to have his mom get a job in the same city as the school (Duke) We don"t have to have N.C.A.A. rules changed because of our questionable tactics (U.CONN) Our program is clean and our coach has integrity. Keep in mind MD is the only team Since the inception of McDonalds all-american team that won a national title without one. We win the right way.

Grumpy people always find way to bitch out. The program does look in the past few games, so why not enjoy it. To John, if you did see the game, can you see it was out of the frustration that Steve Francis said that? And indeed, he was a very good player for some years at NBA and not make a bad name for himself like Arean or Ron Artist do. So, if you were him, won't you do that? Besides, he was nice enough to come back to MD to take more classes and tried to get some good players to come to MD after he departed to NBA.

Good news:

Jeremiah Attaochu - is going to Georgia Tech

Why? because it frees up more offers, for positions for need for us, like O line and corner back and a 6-6 200 pounds wideout from Pg county maybe hmmmmmm.

Nice write-up Matt. I wanted to know if you will ever check in with your Morgan State connections to see what the deal is with their recruiting efforts. I know they were bringing in a kid from brooklyn, Keith Spellmen, if I remember correctly but he hasnt played at all this year. Whats his deal and who are the other kids on Coach Bozemans radar?

I love Maryland, but I also have to keep tabs on my other local teams and it looks like Morgan has a good chance to make it to the Tournament this year, so I want to know where they stand. Thanks

Wayne -- Thanks for the comment. I can definitely check in on Morgan after Signing Day passes. Terps football is dominating the blog right now, but I'll shift to hoops again in a couple weeks.

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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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