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September 24, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

A big weekend of visits is on tap for the Maryland men's basketball program.

The Terps will play host to two four-star prospects making official visits: City shooting guard Nick Faust and Cleveland (Miss.) power forward Johnny O'Bryant. -- which recently switched from to the network -- caught up with Faust to discuss his impending visit.

Is there a chance he makes a commitment?

“I would say it’s 50-50,” said the 6-foot-5 Faust. “I’m really not sure if I’m going to make it or not.”'s Jerry Meyer was asked in his weekly mailbag if he expected O'Bryant or Faust to commit to the Terps this weekend. Meyer's answer was no for the former and maybe for the latter.

It would not be a shocker, however, if Faust were to commit on his visit. Maryland is the local school on Faust's list and has been the perceived leader. Faust has talked positively about the Terrapins in interviews, and there is available playing time for him, which is a priority. Also, Maryland is the only school with which Faust has scheduled a visit.

• Point Pleasant Beach (N.J.) wing Jarelle Reischel, who received some Maryland interest, has narrowed his list of schools to five.

“I’m planning on taking offical visits to Seton Hall, Temple, Rice, Georgetown [and] Penn State,” Reischel told NBE Sports last week.

Football recruiting

• The Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald Journal spoke to offensive lineman Stephen Grommer this week about his commitment to Maryland.

“They are building up the line,” he said. “That's been the biggest thing wrong with them. They are trying to get more depth. This recruiting class is pretty solid.”

• Maryland will host Miramar (Fla.) defensive back Steven Montgomery this weekend.

"Everything went good. I like the campus, the school, everything was real nice. "Recruiting's going real well. I got about 17 offers. I think I've rounded things to about a top five. My top five would be West Virginia, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, LSU in no order. My next visit is at Maryland this week."

• Bishop McNamara safety Nicholas Law is formulating his list of official visits.

"I'm still working on ones I think to Maryland and West Virginia. I am still open to other schools like Texas A&M, but I haven't received much interest from them and it's probably unlikely I'll get any more offers."

• The Detroit News has a lengthy article this week on DeMatha defensive tackle Darian Cooper.

Big-time schools from across the county lined up to extend Cooper scholarship offers over the past year, but earlier this month he trimmed his list of suitors to seven. Those that survived his initial cut were Penn State, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and Maryland. Now the wait is on to see which of them make it to the next round.

• Gilman quarterback and Terps target Darius Jennings was named The Baltimore Sun's Boys Athlete of the Week.

The Greyhounds' All-Metro quarterback led them to their second win in three weeks against a Washington Post No. 1 team. In Saturday night's 35-10 win over DeMatha, the senior rushed for 276 yards on 31 carries and scored two touchdowns. Jennings was 3-for-5 passing for 30 yards and had a kickoff and a punt return, bringing his total yards to 340. Through four games, Jennings has 1,133 total yards and nine touchdowns.

Posted by Matt Bracken at 7:00 AM | | Comments (1)
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So no commitments from the basketball players this weekend?

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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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