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July 23, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

Earlier this month Maryland lost Boyd Anderson (Fla.) linebacker commitment Shaun Ward to Texas A&M. On Thursday, the Terps lost another recruit from the Sunshine State.

Dillard (Fla.) cornerback Allen Ramsey, whose first scholarship offer came from Maryland, will now suit up for one of the Terps' ACC rivals.

[Ramsey] has committed to Wake Forest after decommitting from Maryland, according to ESPN Recruiting. Florida State, Minnesota and Rutgers have also offered. Wake Forest now has eight commitments.

• The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Chip Towers thinks Good Counsel cornerback Blake Countess could be a recruiting battle between three ACC schools.

Meanwhile, cornerback Blake Countess, a four-star prospect from Owings Mill, Md., visited [Georgia] Tech earlier this week. The Jackets are expected to be in a battle with Maryland and Virginia for Countess.

• Terps targets Travis Hughes, a linebacker from Kempsville (Va.), and Demetrious Nicholson, a defensive back from Bayside (Va.), were picked to compete in the Champion Gridiron Kings event in Florida.

Nicholson has 15 offers from Boston College, Clemson, Connecticut, Duke, East Carolina, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Rutgers, Stanford, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

Hughes' father, Tony, spoke to Rivals.com this week about Travis' recruitment.

“In the second week of August we’re going to Clemson on the 14th for two days,” he said. “We’d like to get back up to Tech and back to Maryland of course. Virginia and North Carolina may slide in there with visits as well.

Basketball recruiting

• Rivals.com has updates from the AAU circuit in Las Vegas on Terps targets LaQuinton Ross, Norvell Pelle and Deuce Bello.

Bello has been working hard to improve his ball handling and it shows. He gets to the rim almost at will and has been concentrating more on making the right play than trying to make the highlight play. He's getting stronger and was good for a nice outing on Thursday. He listed Baylor, Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Duke, Clemson, Wake Forest and Florida State.

• Montrose Christian junior wing Justin Anderson recently updated his recruitment for Northstar Basketball.

Anderson said that Maryland (offer), Duke, North Carolina, Oklahoma (offer), and Texas (offer) are the primary ones recruiting him. In addition, he noted that Villanova, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, and Virginia are involved.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 10:09 AM | | Comments (7)
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Comments

Matt - did Pelle or Ross not mention MD? I see they are not listed as one of the schools of interest on their lists. Also - what are your thoughts about who the Terps end up getting this year, I love your column but want to hear what you think being closer than most of us to the action on who the terps will end up signing.

p -- Looks like Pelle and Ross weren't asked to give school lists, but they've been mentioning UM throughout the summer. As for 2011, some local sources have told me the Terps are in good shape with Faust and Lewis, although Faust has gotten some really big offers since those conversations. Both of those guys probably won't decide until the fall.

With a new President and AD yet to be found, and it's effect on the football coaching staff's job security, I guess we can expect to see more recruits decommit or stop considering UM?

Matt:

As always, thanks for your report. Hopefully, Ranson's presence will help strengthen Maryland's connection to and ability to attract Baltimore's elite players like Faust and Lewis.

Although this may beyond the scope of your blog, have you heard any news--not speculation, as some here might request that you provide--concerning the reason(s) for Porzel's transfer from Maryland?

Mike -- Ward was looking around almost immediately after committing. Ramsey seemed solid when I spoke to him in April, but things change. The staff still seems to be identifying talented prospects early, but 2-10 lingers, along with uncertainty for the future.

Terp'nTexas -- It's related to academics.

Thanks, Matt.

While I certainly hope the young man gets himself straightened out and I wish him well in the future, from the Terps' perspective, I'm glad the basis was not any program-related problem, such as player dissention, etc. With all of the academic assistance that UM provides to its student athletes, I don't believe an individual's inability to meet the school's academic requirements are a poor reflection on the program.

Terp'nTexas -- Agreed on all counts. I think he's a good kid and obviously a good player. Hopefully everything works out well for him down the road.

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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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