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April 23, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

Maryland's search for another post player in the class of 2010 hit a bit of a snag Thursday.

Gilvydas Biruta, the St. Benedict Prep (N.J.) power forward who listed Maryland as a school of interest after it became clear Rutgers coach Fred Hill would be let go, will remain with the Scarlet Knights.

“I am definitely coming to Rutgers,” Biruta told Jerry Carino of Gannett New Jersey after the story was first reported here. “I’m excited to see who the new coach is.”

“He’s staying at RU,” St. Benedict’s Prep headmaster Father Edwin Leahy added by text.

•'s Sebastian Salazar checked in with a couple of incoming Terps recruits, including combo guard Pe'Shon Howard.

"I think people are kind of sleeping on us because we are going to be young," said Pe'Shon Howard, a point guard out of Virginia's Oak Hill Academy. "I just want to work hard and make sure we keep up the same success the team had and maybe go further."

• AOL FanHouse's David Steele this week wrote about the Baltimore-Washington's area's penchant for producing top point guards, including DeMatha junior Quinn Cook.

Among his many suitors are North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, Georgetown ... and Maryland, an interesting development because of Gary Williams' well-known disdain for engagement in the AAU side of recruiting. (He and Malone, D.C. Assault's president, once had no relationship, but the two have connected within the past year.)

• Scottie Wilbekin, a junior point guard from Gainesville, Fla., and Maryland target, plans to graduate early and enroll at Florida.

Wilbekin's father, Svend, coaches his son and said he still needs to take the SAT and get clearance from the NCAA to sign with the Gators. But both sides are favorable to making the move now, rather than waiting to enroll in the fall of 2011.

• Huntsville (Ala.) Lee small forward Josh Langford -- a cousin and teammate of Terps junior shooting guard target Devin Langford -- has signed with Auburn.

After de-committing from Louisville, Langford at first had Georgia in the lead. Alabama and Ole Miss eventually eased ahead on his list but continued to consider Auburn, Clemson, Marquette, Tulane, UNLV, Georgetown and Illinois.

• Maryland is in the mix for Tanveer Bhullar, a 7-foot-2 freshman, and older brother Sim Bhullar, a 7-foot-4 sophomore, according to

Sim lists, “West Virginia, Duke, Maryland, Syracuse, Pitt, Texas A&M, Drexel, LSU and Stanford” as the teams on his list. However, “my favorite would be West Virginia. I really like coach Haun and coach Huggins.” ... Younger brother Tanveer lists West Virginia, as well. In the freshman’s list he has a top four of the Mountaineers, ” Stanford, Pitt, and Maryland.”

Football recruiting

• Maryland landed its eighth commitment of the 2011 recruiting class Thursday when Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield wide receiver Nigel King pledged to the Terps on an unofficial visit to College Park.

The 6-foot-3, 199-pounder selected the Terrapins over offers from Colorado, East Carolina, Louisville, LSU, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Check back with Recruiting Report later this weekend for more on King's commitment.

• Carver (Ga.) defensive tackle Gabe Wright -- a former teammate of Terps quarterback Devin Burns -- has narrowed his list of schools to 11.

Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Southern Cal and Tennessee. He told’s Chad Simmons, “if there is a team to beat, it would be Auburn.

• Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln defensive lineman Ishaq Williams has plenty of scholarship offers to choose from, according to

Williams has a host of scholarship offers, including Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Miami, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Texas Tech, USC and West Virginia. He has visited Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Syracuse unofficially and said the coaches at each of those programs had great knowledge of football.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 11:28 AM | | Comments (9)


Matt - do you have any idea about who the Terps are still looking at for 2010? any JuCo players? thanks

Steve -- As far as I know, nobody that's a really well-known quantity. You're probably looking at Goins-esque big men at this point, and possibly some JuCo sleepers.


As usual, great information, particularly when addressing prospective 2013 and 2014 recruits. I always look forward to your Friday "Recruiting Report."

For next season, what is your understanding as to Maryland's true interest in adding yet another player to its roster versus saving the scholarship for 2011? As I understand it, there's rampant speculation that Goins won't return due, in large part, to his separation from the team in the Spring semester. If that should occur (and I'm not advocating for it one way or the other), then another scholarship would be available for, ostensibly, a big man. With Williams, Gregory, Padgett and Pankey underneath, it seems to me that the team could likely use some additional depth on the front line. Given the apparent lack of remaining undecided quality big men--Maryland needs to forget Leslie at this point--perhaps a juco player, akin to Smith, Randle and Osby previously, if such a player even exists at this time, makes sense.


So, what does that mean good/bad with Quinn Cook?
THe stuff I have read and seen, plus the rumor front, has MD in pretty good shape.
Again, I never had Gary as a bad recruiter of gaurds.
He has always got the most out of them, and knows the type he wants.
The big men, are another story.
The point is, I had heard that whoever advises Cook, has pointed out the success or Blake, Dixon, Francis, Vasquez, and so on and so on.

ANyway, Cook is small, but I hear he is a top notch defender for his age, and can take over a game shooting. PLus, he is one of those rare talents as far as a floor general.
Well, the 5 stars on him tell you most of that.

Terp'nTexas -- I think Maryland would add a big man for 2010 if it's an incoming freshman who's better than Goins or an overlooked JUCO. The 2010 guys might be tough. Dieng seems to be the only quality guy left that they're involved with.

Ryan -- I don't think that Cook himself even knows where he's going, so for Maryland to be in that group is all you can ask for at this point.


What about J. Graham, he has to be better than Goins... We need a blue collar player who will rebound and can score inside... 10 to 15 minutes a game is what we need. a 5 man big rotation will be needed to make up for the guards.

Mitch -- There aren't that many high-majors after Graham. Seton Hall under Bobby Gonzalez was the main one, but now that he's gone I'm not sure where Graham will end up.

Thanks, Matt.

I think Maryland should heavily recruit Bhullar brothers before others get a chance to know them. I saw the link from Testudo Times earlier last week about the two brothers and they were huge and nimble in catching balls and dunking. Usually, people that tall are skinny at that age and blow up later, but they both look nature. Especially, they are brothers and equally large, so it is in their gene, instead of some abnormal growth and injury prone. I know MD had a 7-4 kid a while ago and just stayed for one or two years, never played, and transferred, and fans would not like to have any walking stick. They can be for MD like Collins brothers were for Stanford, but only bigger and better. Even though, their video shows their skills are very raw and only have few post moves, but theirs are look exactly like what I saw Jordan Williams' last year, and no body is complaining right now.

I know! I know! Ryan, this won’t fit your five stars recruit qualification/pre-requirement, but so be it. You were wrong all the time throughout last season, so why do I care about what you think.

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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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