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