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September 3, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

One of Maryland's top remaining forward targets is headed to the Southeast this weekend.

NWAOnline.com reports that Antwan Space, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound power forward with offers from Arkansas, Missouri, Gonzaga, Florida State and Maryland, will make an official visit to Little Rock.

“Everybody is on the same level right now,” said Space, who averaged about 16 points and 7 rebounds as a junior. “I haven’t taken any visits, so I can’t judge until I see a school and meet the coaches face to face and see the players.”

• Adam Zagoria reports that Maryland is one of five schools under consideration by Oak Ridge (N.C.) Military Academy forward Jacob Lawson.

Lawson is mulling Purdue, Seton Hall, West Virginia, Ole Miss and Maryland, according to his coach, Stan Kowalewski.

• Terps small forward target Maurice Harkless committed this week to St. John's.

Maurice Harkless, a 6-foot-8 wing who starred at Forest Hills High School and will attend South Kent (Conn.) prep school this fall, verbally committed to new coach Steve Lavin on Monday night and made an announcement Tuesday. He chose St. John’s over Maryland, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Oregon and Florida.

Football recruiting

• The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette named Maryland offensive tackle recruit Andrew Zeller the No. 25 senior football prospect in Pennsylvania.

A rapid growth spurt helped Zeller land Division I offers. As a sophomore, he was only 6-1, 220 pounds. Since then, he's added four inches and 60 pounds. In July, he chose Maryland. A physical and athletic lineman, Rowell had offers from Oregon, Rutgers and Duke. He's also made an impact as a defensive tackle, the position some schools coveted him as. He had 34 tackles last season.

• The Gazette this week previewed Prince George's County's 4A teams, including a Bowie squad which features Maryland-bound cornerback Jeremiah Hendy.

Senior Jordan Maslanik returns to play quarterback after throwing for 1,076 yards and 11 touchdowns last year, while senior running back James Holley and senior receiver Jeremiah Hendy give the offense plenty of options. Hendy, who has verbally committed to the University of Maryland, College Park, also anchors the defense from his cornerback position.

• Two Terps targets were named offensive players to watch in The Baltimore Sun's high school football preview: Owings Mills offensive lineman Donovan Smith and Gilman athlete Darius Jennings.

Rated No. 2 in the nation as an athlete by scout.com, the All-Metro first teamer set a school-record with 2,028 yards rushing last season as a quarterback. Jennings (6-0, 180 pounds) ran for 25 touchdowns and passed for 10. Among his top ten colleges: Maryland, Penn State and Ohio State.

Click on the video player below for a Baltimore Sun feature on Jennings.

 

Posted by Matt Bracken at 2:02 PM | | Comments (2)
        

Comments

Matt:

Are you aware of any form of information pipeline, other than the typical ones between kids and/or coaches who already know one another, through which football recruits such as Jennings and other high profile players in the Baltimore and/or Maryland area may obtain information to hear about preceding players' recruiting experiences? For example, Adrian Coxson is transferring from Florida to Maryland and, previously, Antwine Perez from USC to the Terps. It would seem to me that such players could provide invaluable insight to these local multi-star recruits that the glamour and glitz of an offer from a USC, Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, etc. is not necessarily all that it's cracked up to be and that staying closer to home has significant benefits.

Terp'nTexas -- I'm not sure of any information pipeline as you describe, but I would definitely expect a guy like Perez or Coxson to host Jennings if he were to take an official visit to Maryland. Like you said, those guys have an unique perspective on the "big-school experience."

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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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