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October 30, 2010

St. Frances' Greg Lewis headed to Rutgers

greg-lewis-sfa.jpg Relationships built years ago made all the difference in the recruitment of Greg Lewis.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound power forward from St. Frances enjoyed learning from Mike Rice at Hoop Group basketball camps earlier in his playing career. And Lewis bonded with former D.C. Assault coach David Cox when he was an assistant at Georgetown.

Today Rice is the head coach at Rutgers, while Cox serves as his top assistant. On Friday night, thanks in large part to the relationships he built with Rice and Cox, Lewis became Rutgers’ newest commitment.

“I was always interested in Rutgers,” Lewis said Saturday. “But once [Rice] got the job, that took it to another level. My relationship with Coach Rice -- I always knew he was a good coach with a passion for the game. That kind of matched my attitude, so I knew we would click. ... I’ve known [Cox] for about three years. Our relationship got stronger once he got to Rutgers."

Lewis’ pledge gives Rutgers seven commitments for its 2011 class. Every Scarlet Knights recruit – including Lewis – is rated three stars or higher by Rivals.com. While Lewis will be joined by a lot of young talent, the Rutgers coaches told him that they are counting on him to contribute immediately.

“They’re expecting me to play a lot of minutes for them and to be a defensive presence, and also just be helpful on the offensive end as well,” said Lewis, who also considered Maryland and South Florida.

Nick Myles, St. Frances’ athletic director, doesn’t think Lewis will have any problems adjusting to college. Off the court, Myles expects Briana Hutchen -- a former Panthers star and now freshman guard for the Scarlet Knights’ women’s team -- to help Lewis acclimate to Piscataway, N.J. On the court, Myles expects the Rutgers staff to integrate Lewis into the rotation the minute he steps on campus.

“They’re expecting him to play about 15, 20 minutes a game,” Myles said. “They run an open offense where they can utilize his skill set. He’s a very skilled kid. They will allow him to step away from the basket and shoot his mid-range jumper. They’re looking for him to rebound and play aggressive, and really use everything he likes doing within their offense.”

Myles has worked with Lewis in his role as an assistant coach throughout the past three seasons at St. Frances, witnessing noticeable improvements each step of the way. Myles sees no reason why that wouldn’t continue at the next level.

“He’s a kid that definitely puts in the work outside,” Myles said. “To be good at that level, you’ve got to be putting in work outside practice. You can’t just go with what you’re doing in the season. He’s the kind of kid who loves the game. He’s really going to do well. It’s a good place where he has a chance to play from the start. I think that will definitely improve him. No experience beats game experience.”

With the fall signing period fast approaching, Lewis said making his commitment to Rutgers took “a lot of pressure off” his back. Competing for Baltimore Catholic League and MIAA A Conference championships is next on Lewis’ agenda, but the allure of seeing minutes in the Big East as a freshman looms.

“I just liked the opportunity Rutgers had,” Lewis said. “I know it’s just a big chance for me to go there and develop. For me, it was all about the opportunity.”

Baltimore Sun photo of Greg Lewis by Barbara Haddock Taylor / Jan. 31, 2010

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October 29, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

What had been rumored for months became official Thursday when City shooting guard Nick Faust announced his commitment to the Maryland men's basketball program during a live broadcast on ESPNU.

Faust's pledge gave the Terps one of their most high-profile recruits in years, which was noted in Thursday's commitment story that ran on the blog and in the paper. Here's a little more from Faust from Thursday's interview.

Faust said he made his decision “probably about a week ago” after sitting down with his family. Staying close to home was “kind of a deciding factor” for Faust. He told the Maryland coaches of his decision earlier in the week.

“They were just very happy for me,” Faust said. “But I don’t think they were too happy because they wanted it to actually [be said] nationally.”

Faust said the Terps’ staff is expecting a lot from him, but they’ve cautioned him that he has “to fill some shoes.” A good connection with the Maryland coaches was also an important factor for Faust. He called Gary Williams a “great guy” who was very straightforward throughout the recruitment.

And then there was Bino Ranson, the newest Maryland assistant and a St. Frances graduate.

“I’ve known him since I was about 9,” Faust said. “He used to come down to help us work out when we were little. … We have a great connection. He’s a great coach. He’s just a great person to have as a role model.”

Nike Baltimore Elite coach Carlton "Bub" Carrington has coached Faust since he was 8. No matter what school Faust had picked, Carrington had confidence in his ability.

"I think Nick is going to fit in ... because he can score the basketball and he’s going to rebound," Carrington said. "He can bounce, he can play in the halfcourt and he can shoot it. I just think regardless of the style of play, I just think this kid is destined to be a success."

• Fresh off a visit to Wake Forest, New Egypt (N.J.) center Desmond Hubert is headed to College Park this weekend, along with another highly touted big man.

Hubert is also considering Villanova, Princeton and Georgia Tech.

Hubert is one of several big men who will reportedly trip to Maryland this weekend, along with Antwan Space, a 6-8 PF from DeSoto, Texas.

• The father of St. Frances power forward Greg Lewis told Adam Zagoria that his son is down to Rutgers and Maryland.

“One of the things that stands out with Rutgers is the opportunity to play and the opportunity to develop,” Lewis Sr. said.”The location is wonderful. It’s not as close as Maryland, it’s about two and a half hours.”

• InsideCarolina.com's Rob Harrington offered a scouting report this week on Terps power forward target Adjehi Baru, who's making an official visit to Chapel Hill this weekend.

Whatever uncertainties exist, Baru is a very safe big man prospect due to his athleticism, length, leverage and toughness. While his offensive abilities are more of a mystery and too uncertain to place him at the McDonald’s All-American level, those other qualities should translate very well to the increased competition he’ll face in college.

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October 28, 2010

Nick Faust discusses his Maryland commitment

nick-faust-terps-recruiting.jpg Life in the spotlight is something Nick Faust has grown accustomed to throughout the past year.

In that time, the 6-foot-5, 175-pound senior shooting guard from City has played on the Comcast Center floor with the Knights, traveled coast to coast with a Nike-sponsored basketball team, and listened to Maryland fans chant his name as he sat in the M&T Bank Stadium stands while the Terps’ football team battled Navy last month.

But none of that prepared Faust for Thursday, when he revealed his college commitment during a live broadcast on ESPNU.

“It was very nerve-wracking,” Faust said in an interview at The Baltimore Sun. “But I got through it. ... I’ve been waiting a long time, my family’s been waiting. It feels good to make the decision.”

Faust’s decision was to continue his basketball career at Maryland, giving the Terps a centerpiece for their 2011 recruiting class.

Over the past year, Faust has helped his high school team win a state title, been recognized as a Top 50 player by all the major scouting services, and had the luxury of choosing from a number of quality scholarship offers from Division I schools. While the path that led to Faust’s Maryland commitment may have appeared short, it’s been a long time coming, say those who know him best.

“Nick could always play. It’s not like a new thing,” said Carlton "Bub" Carrington, Faust’s AAU coach with Nike Baltimore Elite. “Most kids, when they’re real good at 8, 9, 10, they hit a wall a little bit because basketball is a sport that’s not the only thing going on in their life. He kind of hit a wall around 13, 14, and then he bounced back like the champion I thought he was. Nick always could play. Like a lot of kids, they grow early. Kids get stuck in that body, and then he just got blessed that he caught that late spurt. Four or five inches will take you over the top.”

A timely growth spurt only enhanced Faust’s developing game. He kept those ball-handling skills cultivated playing the point in youth basketball, and at the same time grew into a devastatingly effective shooter with NBA range. When Faust decided to transfer from John Carroll to City before his junior year, Knights coach Mike Daniel found out quickly that he had a future Division I player on his hands.

“He showed that he would be a good college player when he got here. And then it just built from there,” Daniel said. “… Gradually, he became better and better, his consistency was raised, and the rest is history. We definitely became the benefactor of that. And Nick played big in big games. That’s what colleges are looking for. What do you do at the Big Dance? Nick showed time and time again that he accepted that challenge. He’s ready to get it on.”

After leading City to its second consecutive Class 2A state championship on Maryland’s home court, Faust — who averaged 19.7 points and 5.3 rebounds as a junior — returned to Carrington’s Nike Baltimore Elite program for another run on the circuit. While Faust’s high school performance earned him an initial wave of scholarship offers, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Maryland, Marquette, Memphis, Villanova, West Virginia and a host of other high-major schools came calling based on his summer play.

“What I saw was a guy who clearly had something to prove, and it was time he took full advantage of it,” said Dave Telep, a senior college basketball analyst for ESPN.com. “From the NBA [Top 100] Camp through the end of the summer, he really shot the ball exceptionally well. When the best players were on the floor, that’s when he was at his best. … It’s almost like the question becomes, how did he get under-hyped? He’s in a major metropolitan area. It’s almost like we overhype so many guys, and a guy like Nick Faust comes along and it’s just really refreshing.”

Telep said Faust — who he projects as a three-year starter — is best known for his ability to shoot the ball. But he also possesses a “sly athleticism,” can get to the rim, and is a “much better passer than he’s given credit for.” Faust, who joins Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) point guard Sterling Gibbs in Maryland’s 2011 class, is expected to vie for immediate playing time with the Terps as a freshman. Carrington thinks that’s a reasonable expectation given Faust’s versatility.

“He could always bounce it, always put it to the deck and always go to the rack,” Carrington said. “He was always fearless. He always played hard. And then he started shooting the cover off the ball. He never stopped attacking. I think that’s what separates him. He’s not just a shooter — he’s a scorer. He can really score the basketball.”

As the summer dragged on, and Faust drew rave reviews from scouts on a weekly basis, he became an increasingly important recruit for Maryland. When the Terps added Baltimore native Bino Ranson — who Faust said he’s known since he was 9 — to their coaching staff in June, the stakes were raised even higher. Suffice it to say Faust was feeling just a little bit of hometown pressure from Maryland fans to pick the Terps.

“I think they wouldn’t have been too mad [if I committed elsewhere], but maybe a little upset,” Faust said with a laugh.

Once he arrives in College Park in the fall of 2011, Faust will join a Terps squad that loses point guard Adrian Bowie, shooting guard Cliff Tucker and power forward Dino Gregory (Mount St. Joseph) to graduation, but will return a nucleus built around small forward Sean Mosley (St. Frances) and center Jordan Williams. It’s a situation Faust can’t wait to join.

“It was a great thing for me,” Faust said. “It felt like everything I had done over my whole life was achieved. Deciding on Maryland was just a great thing for me and my family. I felt like I had to give back to Maryland.”

Baltimore Sun photo of Nick Faust by Gene Sweeney Jr. / Oct. 28, 2010

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City guard Nick Faust headed to Maryland

nick-faust-commits-maryland.jpg City shooting guard Nick Faust will stay close to home for college.

The 6-foot-5, 175-pound senior is headed to Maryland. He announced his decision Thursday on ESPNU.

“I felt it was the best place for me to mature on and off the court,” Faust said.

A four-star prospect and second-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro team member, Faust led City to the Class 2A state championship in March. On the AAU circuit with Nike Baltimore Elite over the spring and summer, Faust’s stock soared.

“What I saw was a guy who clearly had something to prove, and it was time he took full advantage of it,” said Dave Telep, a senior college basketball analyst for ESPN.com. “From the NBA [Top 100] Camp through the end of the summer, he really shot the ball exceptionally well. When the best players were on the floor, that’s when he was at his best. He was the surprise player at the NBA Camp. He was terrific at the King City Classic. … He earned everything that came to him, and he did it with attention to detail on offense. He’s a guy who can play behind the arc, and he just kept getting back to the basket all summer. He really has a sneaky element of athleticism.”

Faust joins Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) point guard Sterling Gibbs in Maryland’s 2011 basketball recruiting class. The fall signing period runs from Nov. 10-17.

Check back with Recruiting Report later tonight for more on Faust’s commitment.

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Decision day for City guard Nick Faust

Today is announcement day for City shooting guard Nick Faust.

The 6-foot-6, 175-pound senior will make his college choice public on ESPNU's Recruiting Insider show, which starts at 5 p.m. The segment on Faust is tentatively scheduled for 5:45. We'll have full coverage of Faust's decision on Recruiting Report soon after.

Until then, check out this highlight tape of Faust, courtesy of CapitolHoops.com.

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October 27, 2010

Josh Selby, Kansas still waiting on NCAA decision

The college career of former Lake Clifton point guard Josh Selby remains in limbo.

Kansas coach Bill Self released a statement Wednesday addressing the status of Selby, The Baltimore Sun's 2009-10 Varsity Male Athlete of the Year.

“Josh’s status for competition hasn’t changed. While he has met NCAA academic requirements to be on aid, practice and compete this year, we continue to work with the NCAA as we review his amateur status. We will not play Josh in games until that process is complete and a decision is rendered.

“We support and respect the process, and hope that it is over sooner rather than later. But we don’t expect a decision on this before the regular season begins. We will not comment further until the process is complete.”

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McClatchy-Tribune photo of Josh Selby by John Sleezer / Oct. 12, 2010.

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Former city hoops stars headed to Texas Southern

strong-greene.jpg The paths of Brandon Greene and Omar Strong crossed occasionally throughout their early years of basketball in Baltimore.

Greene (Towson Catholic) and Strong (Douglass) both participated in the 2008 Charm City Challenge, and the pair ran into each other once in awhile at open gyms or workouts.

When Greene and Strong missed NCAA qualifying standards after graduating from high school, both ended up at Cecil College and struck a bond. And when an opportunity to play together for their final two years of college at Texas Southern -- a Division I program in Houston -- presented itself, the Baltimore duo jumped at the chance. Greene and Strong committed to the Tigers earlier this month.

“We were just thinking, two of us [at Cecil could] end up as a package deal,” Greene said. “Me and Omar didn’t realize it was going to be us two. We knew each other before we came to Cecil because we’re both from Baltimore. But me and him got real close my freshman year, and when we both redshirted [last season]. That brought us together even more. Just going on the visit together just made our bond even more, and what we can do at a school like Texas Southern. We talk about it every night.”

Added Strong: “I think it’s going to be really important because I knew Brandon for a very long time. … Me and him are real tight. We bonded with each other, going down to Texas Southern. I’m not going to let him down. I’m thinking it’s going to be [our] show once we get down there. … It’s going to be a good look.”

Greene, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward, and Strong, a 5-foot-7 ½, 165-pound guard, were both Baltimore Sun first-team All-Metro selections as seniors in 2008. Greene averaged 12.5 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks that year, leading the Owls to their second straight MIAA A Conference championship.

“He had a great senior year,” said Josh Pratt, the former Towson Catholic coach who now leads Pallotti’s girls program. “For him to win the championship after Malcolm [Delaney] and Donte [Greene] left when nobody thought we could do it, that was great. … I just remember Mount St. Joe was 28-2, No. 1 in the Baltimore area, and he’s going against Henry Sims, who’s a 7-footer compared to Brandon, who’s 6-6. And Brandon just put us on his shoulder and really played well that game, along with Vinny [Breckinridge] and Larry [Bastfield] and those guys. But he’s a great kid, and I think fortunately he’s landing in a good program.”

Strong, meanwhile, was a prolific scorer for the Ducks, averaging 22 points, four assists and three steals in leading Douglass to the Class 2A North regional final.

“Looking back, Omar was probably one of the gutsiest kids I’ve ever coached in terms of his tenacity and his will,” said Douglass coach Rodney Coffield. “His tenacity was beyond reproach. … He would come to practice and practice with me, leave and then go to the [YMCA] and shoot another 100 jump shots. So this kid, he just had a will for this game. He loves this game. He loves basketball. It’s kind of paying off for him right now with this opportunity next year at Texas Southern. I think it’s a really good fit for him. I’m excited for him.”

Greene (seven points, seven rebounds per game) and Strong (14 points, three assists) had strong freshmen campaigns for Cecil, but both redshirted last season to shore up their academics. Greene also wanted to fully recover from a nasty concussion he suffered during a summer pickup game.

Both Greene and Strong received plenty of Division I interest outside of Texas Southern. Greene said East Carolina, Hampton, Morgan State, Towson and Western Carolina were involved in his recruitment. Texas Southern, however, stood out from the start.

“I just liked the love that they showed me,” Greene said. “I felt like I was already part of the family when I went down to visit. I just liked the atmosphere, the environment and everything. Just being away from home made me want to grow into more of a man. I just really want to help the team out and help Texas Southern get back to the NCAA tournament, and just be a successful player and a grown man.”

Strong fielded interest from Arkansas-Little Rock, Coastal Carolina, Coppin State, Mercer, Morgan State, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Wilmington. Finishing college away from home was a priority when it came to picking a school.

“There’s nothing in Baltimore -- a lot of crime going on, a lot of killing,” Strong said. “I think I’ll have a better experience if I go away -- even though I just had a baby, a little boy. He’s four months, but I just can’t really be home. I don’t think at home I’ll be focused. I’ll be doing everything but what I’m supposed to be doing. … [Getting a college degree is] important to me because I want to be the first one in my family to have my son not want for anything. He’s always going to be OK. I’m trying to be the one that makes that happen.”

Before they head to Houston, Greene and Strong will be key components on a highly touted Cecil College squad. The Seahawks enter the 2010-11 season as the No. 3 team in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II poll.

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October 26, 2010

Friends' Jon Schmidt has Ivy League aspirations

On the eve of Nike Baltimore Elite’s first game of the open period in July, Carlton "Bub" Carrington fielded "five or six" calls from college coaches eager to get a glimpse of Jon Schmidt the following day.

The 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward from the Friends School had fared well in the earlier part of the AAU season, landing a spot in Carrington’s starting lineup. July was Schmidt’s time to shine in front of Division I coaches.

“I was stretching for the first day of July,” Schmidt recalled. “You do those high kicks where you kick out. It just popped. That was it for the summer. [I was out for] like eight weeks.”

The diagnosis was a torn hamstring, leaving Nike Baltimore Elite without its starting power forward, and Schmidt -- an athletic shooter with impressive handles -- without a chance to earn a scholarship during the summer.

“That was very disappointing,” Schmidt said. “I lost a lot of people looking at me during that period. It’s been really tough to get back to having people see me.”

Said Carrington: “It was just a freak accident. … He was sort of like the glue guy to our team. He was very cerebral, stable. I could always count on him for 12 to 16 points. I could just pencil him in for six or seven tough rebounds, pencil him in for a charge or two he would take each game. He was just very, very consistent. … But Jon’s the type of kid that’s going to rebound because he’s going to have a terrific year at Friends in the [MIAA] B Conference. It just slowed him a little bit.”

Schmidt, who averaged about 19 points and 12 rebounds for Friends as a junior, is already well on his way back to full strength. Part of his recovery has come on the soccer field, with Schmidt playing the role of the Quakers’ starting striker – and the B Conference’s largest player.

“I scored a goal this year against Glenelg [Country School],” Schmidt said. “One of their players had the ball and I screamed, ‘I got the ball!’ And he [panicked] and kicked it into his own goal.”

The conditioning and plyometric training Schmidt receives from soccer has him primed for basketball season, when he’ll have another chance to impress college coaches. In addition to its regular B Conference slate, Friends has matchups scheduled against Baltimore Catholic League powers St. Frances and Mount St. Joseph. Schmidt hopes those high-profile games raise his stock in the eyes of his dream schools.

“I’ve been looking mostly at Ivy League schools,” Schmidt said. “I’m very interested in Cornell and Dartmouth. Cornell said if I get one point higher on my ACT, then I can go there. But as far as Dartmouth, they want to see me play against higher competition. But I have a lot of options, and it’s exciting. So hopefully I’ll be able to play well this season. I’ve been working hard so that I can play well against the good competition.”

Carrington, meanwhile, remains confident that Schmidt will eventually land in a good Division I situation.

“He’s going to bring a sense of humbleness, a sense of team that’s going to rub off on everyone else,” Carrington said. “On the court, he’s going to be the first one at practice. If it starts at 5, he’ll be in at 4:30 shooting around. He’s the last one out of the gym. He has a great work ethic and a very good sense of team. He’s going to be a great player, a real good four-year player.”

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October 25, 2010

The Next Level: Zach Brown makes plays for UNC

zach-brown-unc.jpg Welcome back to The Next Level. Week 8 of the college football season provided an array of notable performances from former area high school football stars. We’ll begin our journey in Miami, where North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) was a defensive force despite his team’s 33-10 loss to the Hurricanes.

Brown led the Tar Heels with 14 tackles, including 11 solo stops. The junior also recorded one tackle for a loss when he combined with teammate Kevin Reddick to knock down Miami running back Lamar Miller behind the line of scrimmage. Recruiting Report congratulates Brown on his first Next Level Player of the Week honor of the season.

• Also in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Maryland freshman defensive back Matt Robinson (Atholton) recorded four tackles in the Terrapins’ 24-21 victory over Boston College. Junior linebacker Nick Peterson (Broadneck) and senior wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) both assisted on one tackle, while sophomore defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Severn native, Gonzaga graduate), freshman linebacker David Mackall (Edmondson) and sophomore tight end Ryan Schlothauer (Eastern Tech) all received playing time, but did not record any statistics.

• Junior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins (Westminster native, Good Counsel grad) led Virginia with eight tackles in a 48-21 victory over Eastern Michigan. Senior tailback Raynard Horne (Overlea) rushed for 44 yards on 11 carries and returned one kickoff 14 yards. He also assisted on one tackle on special teams. Sophomore defensive back Antwan Reed (Carver) participated for the Eagles, but did not have any stats.

• Virginia Tech freshman cornerback Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) made seven tackles and broke up one pass in the Hokies’ 44-7 win over Duke.
Mountaineers sophomore receiver Tavon Austin (Dunbar) scored on a 6-yard reception from quarterback Geno Smith in the first quarter of West Virginia’s 19-14 loss to Syracuse. Austin finished with five receptions for 32 yards. Redshirt sophomore Ryan Clarke (Glen Burnie native, DeMatha graduate) ran for a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter en route to eight yards rushing on four carries. Clarke also returned two kicks for 15 yards. Sophomore defensive back Terence Garvin (Loyola) made six tackles, four solo, and redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Jeff Braun (Winters Mill) assisted on one tackle for the Mountaineers. Last week’s Next Level Player of the Week Alec Lemon (Arundel) was targeted three times by Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib, but the sophomore receiver didn't make a catch.

• Redshirt sophomore safety Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley) made six solo tackles in Connecticut’s 26-0 loss at Louisville. Freshman athlete Leon Kinnard (Loyola) ran for 6 yards on his only carry and redshirt sophomore receiver Gerrard Sheppard played, but did not record any stats.

• Baltimore native Matt Brown rushed for 109 yards on 20 carries in Temple’s 42-0 victory at Buffalo. Brown – a graduate of the Peddie School (N.J.) – averaged 5.4 yards per carry and stomped through the Bulls’ secondary on a 31-yard burst in the first quarter. Redshirt junior quarterback Chester Stewart (Hanover native, DeMatha graduate) lost his starting job for the Owls and saw limited action in Saturday’s contest. Senior defensive back Kwame Johnson (Parkville) made one tackle.

• East Carolina freshman defensive lineman Derrel Johnson (Cardinal Gibbons) registered three tackles in the Pirates’ 37-10 victory over Marshall.
Arkansas State junior defensive back Darron Edwards (Dunbar) broke up two passes and made five tackles in the Red Wolves’ 37-16 win against Florida Atlantic.

• Senior kicker Devin Barclay (McDonogh) connected on all seven extra-point attempts in Ohio State’s 49-0 drubbing of Purdue.

• Senior cornerback Shelton McCullough (Randallstown) and junior Jon Rohrbaugh (Howard) both participated in Penn State’s 33-21 victory at Minnesota, but did not register any stats.

• Navy senior linebacker Jerry Hauburger (Eastern Tech) made six tackles in a 35-17 victory over Notre Dame.

• Senior receiver Shaky Smithson (Douglass) scored on an 18-yard reception in the third quarter of Utah’s 59-6 victory over Colorado State. Smithson hauled in five receptions for 72 yards, returned one kickoff 26 yards and fumbled a punt return to start the second quarter.

• New Mexico sophomore defensive back Emmanuel McPhearson (Columbia native, DeMatha graduate) returned one kickoff 40 yards in the Lobos’ 30-20 loss to San Diego State.

• Junior cornerback Brandon Driver (Parkville) made four tackles, three solo in the San Jose State’s 33-18 loss to Fresno State. Driver also returned four kicks for 78 yards.

• Remember, this list only focuses on natives of Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County who appear on NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision rosters. Feel free to post updates in the comment section below on any other player from the state of Maryland.


Mike Miller is an intern at The Baltimore Sun. He will be providing updates each Monday for Recruiting Report on former local high school football standouts who now play for FBS schools. Mike can be reached at xcxmmiller@baltsun.com.

Getty photo of Zach Brown by Kevin C. Cox / Sept. 4, 2010

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Weekend wrap – Malleck, Hendy step up in wins

Maryland tight end recruit Ryan Malleck scored a touchdown in Point Pleasant Boro's 41-36 win over Lakewood (N.J.).

[Steve] Krohn also had a 15-yard TD run in the first quarter and threw a 34-yard scoring strike to Ryan Malleck in the second period.

• Terps defensive back commitment Jeremiah Hendy helped Bowie to a 54-0 win over High Point.

The Bulldogs scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, including scoring runs of 50 and 20 yards from Nathan Wilson and a 50-yard touchdown pass from Jordan Maslanik to Jeremiah Hendy.

• Maryland running back recruit Brandon Ross' Charter School of Wilmington squad suffered a 41-8 loss to Middletown (Del.).

The Force's touchdown came in the fourth quarter on a running play from senior Brandon Ross.

• UM fullback pledge Tyler Cierski found the end zone once in Mill Creek's 28-7 loss to North Gwinnett (Ga.).

Mill Creek’s only points came midway through the fourth quarter on a 16-yard TD pass from John Russ to Tyler Cierski.

Basketball recruiting

• Maryland point guard commitment Sterling Gibbs was the New York Panthers' leading scorer in their 76-74 loss to the Connecticut Basketball Club in the iS8/Nike Fall Tip-Off Classic.

Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) guard Sterling Gibbs led the Panthers with 21 points and Short added 15.

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October 23, 2010

Varsity debut for Masonville Cove Academy

Before Jimmy Conyers was the leading scorer on a 24-11 Akron team, the 6-foot-5 forward learned the fundamentals of basketball at Benjamin Franklin Middle School in the Brooklyn neighborhood of South Baltimore.

Before Donya Jackson was a two-time Baltimore Catholic League Defensive Player of the Year at Calvert Hall, he honed his game on the same middle-school court several years before Conyers starred for the Zips.

The common thread for both players at Benjamin Franklin Middle School was coach William Russell, who eventually adopted the Navy-bound Jackson.

“Coach Russell, if you’re a young guy trying to make it, he’ll help you in all aspects with advice, being there, and he’ll definitely be that father figure,” Conyers said. “He’s a coach that will definitely be there and help you and give you advice.”

This year will present a new challenge for Russell, who is guiding Masonville Cove Academy in its first season of varsity basketball. The former Benjamin Franklin Middle School has transitioned to a high school over the past three years. Masonville Cove Academy, with 237 students in grades nine through 11, had a junior varsity team coached by Russell last year. Now it’s time for Russell’s squad to take the next step.

“We are very excited, but we’re also being very realistic,” Russell said. “It’s our first year, but we did play summer league at Woodlawn and got some bump against some pretty good varsity teams. We’re in Division 2. The teams to beat are Northwestern and Forest Park, [which] is loaded with transfers. That will be a battle. … Those are the teams we’ll focus on. [We’re just] lifting, conditioning and getting ready.” masonville-cove-academy.jpg

Leading the way for Masonville Cove in its inaugural varsity season will be Marcus Harvell, a 6-foot-5 junior forward with serious junior-college interest. Russell said other city coaches have told him that Harvell is one of “the most athletic big men in the city.”

“What I like about Marcus at 6-5 is that he can take players inside and out, and take them to the basket,” Russell said. “He has a developing, nice wing game. His shot isn’t what it should be yet, but the way he takes players off the dribble [is impressive].”

Russell also expects big things from DaQuan Caver, a 6-foot junior who transferred to Masonville Cove from Archbishop Curley.

“Caver just brings great leadership and athleticism on the wing for us,” Russell said. “And I think he should really see a lot of minutes right away with his abilities. He’s a great defensive guy, too.”

Running the point for Masonville Cove will be Jesse Barr, a 5-foot-7 junior, who -- along with shooting guard Leon Fleming -- reportedly fared well at Navy’s elite camp over the summer.

“Jesse Barr is a scholar-athlete with a 3.6 GPA,” Russell said. “He’s a leader and our defensive stopper. … We took Jesse Barr, DaQuan Caver and [6-foot-4 sophomore forward] Kevin Thompson to the Keystone State Shootout. Quite a few coaches up there said Jesse was probably one of the best point guards there.”

Russell said he was pleased with his squad’s performance this summer, and he’s cautiously optimistic for this season. Conyers, meanwhile, is currently preparing for a tryout camp with the Erie Bayhawks of the NBA Developmental League. He has one small piece of advice for his former coach as he embarks on his first season of varsity play.

“I know [Russell] had the opportunity to go to a high level in his coaching career, but … he loves where he’s at,” Conyers said. “He wants to stay there and help kids. In Baltimore, that’s a good thing. If I would say anything, I’d say keep doing what you’re doing. He helps get kids like me out of my neighborhood, which is not that good. [He will] just keep giving kids an opportunity.”

Photo of Masonville Cove Academy team courtesy of William Russell.

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October 22, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

Another high-major program may soon get involved in the Adjehi Baru sweepstakes.

The 6-foot-9 center from the Steward School in Richmond, Va., had narrowed his choices to College of Charleston, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. But now it appears Kentucky is interested in the four-star prospect, according to a tweet from Scout.com's Evan Daniels.

"Kentucky is definitely heavily interested in Adjehi Baru, but despite rumors has not stepped up with an offer yet. They'll see him soon."

The Washington Post's Hokies Journal blog noted that Baru was in attendance last weekend for Virginia Tech's Late Night with the Hokies.

With the signing of Dorian Finney-Smith a few weeks ago, Virginia Tech already has the No. 12 recruiting class in the nation according to ESPN, and grabbing a commitment from Baru would likely launch the Hokies into the top 10. I will say this, though. Baru looked pretty bored Friday night except for when Greenberg was cracking jokes during one portion of the program. Hopefully for Virginia Tech, the visit went well otherwise.

• Terps point guard commitment Sterling Gibbs impressed last weekend at the Eddie Griffin Challenge in Trenton, N.J.

He attended Maryland's Midnight Madness and returned home in time to take MVP honors for Jersey in the senior game.

• Former UM shooting guard target Deuce Bello has committed to Baylor.

The second member of this package deal is no slouch either. As one of the most electrifying high-flyers in the country, Bello, who is from High Point, N.C., (home of Westchester) will be an instant crowd favorite in Baylor's up-tempo attacking system. He is a superior athlete who has improved his overall skill level and rounded out his game to include the ability to beat his opponent from the perimeter. When Bello is dropping 3s he's difficult to stop.

Football recruiting

• The Terps are still one of the favorites for Good Counsel cornerback Blake Countess.

“I’ll be out at Georgia Tech on Dec. 10 and will then head out to Maryland on Dec. 17," Countess told Scout.com. "I’m also working on setting up an official with North Carolina State also.”

• The Virginian-Pilot reported this week on the final five schools in the running for Kempsville (Va.) linebacker Travis Hughes.

Hughes, rated the No. 7 inside linebacker nationally by Rivals, has Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Clemson and Virginia Tech as his final choices.

• Naples (Fla.) three-star prospect Lukas Foreman recently took a trip to College Park.

His primary recruiter with the Terps is assistant coach Don Brown.

“He just thinks I will be an excellent safety for them,” Foreman said. “He thinks I am a versatile safety - I can tackle, I can hit, and I can cover.”

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October 21, 2010

Summer hoops recap: Crusader Nation

trey-clinton-msj.jpg For the past 24 years Fred McCathorine has spent the spring and summer months crisscrossing the country with his Crusader Nation boys’ basketball teams.

The summer of 2010 was McCathorine’s last as a coach, although he’ll continue in his role as Crusader Nation’s program director in the years to come. While he’ll miss roaming the sidelines, he’ll always remember his last team, which was composed mostly of players that joined the program as 13-year-olds. One moment this summer, on a trip to a tournament in New Jersey, was especially memorable for McCathorine.

“We had an early game,” McCathorine said. “I told them [at the hotel], ‘You need to go upstairs, get to bed, get some rest and meet me down here at 7 [a.m.]. When I came down at 7 and turned the corner, they were all standing by the elevator. They said, ‘Coach Mac, you’re late. You always say we have to be there five minutes early.’ So they were easy to travel with and they’re great young men. They’re a bunch of bright young men focused on getting a college degree.”

Here’s a player-by-player look at Crusader Nation’s 17-and-under squad:

• Mount St. Joseph center Trey Clinton is known for his inside play, but McCathorine was impressed this summer by the 6-foot-8 senior’s ability to step outside the paint. “Trey, to my surprise this season, developed a great mid-range jumper. … We asked him to take jump shots from the foul line. We run a play where everyone is out at the four corners. We get the ball to his corner and Trey will take that 3. The biggest thing with Trey Clinton is his ability to knock down that 3, and that helped us stretch the defense." McCathorine said he thinks Clinton will sign during the fall period. A 3.8 student, Clinton has received interest from Brown, Catholic, Lafayette, Navy, Penn State, Princeton and South Florida.

• After guiding Milford Mill to the Class 3A state championship last spring, Isaiah McCray picked up right where he left off this summer. The 6-foot-1 senior filled multiple roles for Crusader Nation, playing the 1, 2 and 3. “When Isaiah’s on, he’s going to rain 3s on you. If not, he’s going inside to try and dunk it on you,” McCathorine said. “He’s definitely a player with a college body – he’s not a skinny high school kid. Isaiah is real strong. … He’ll shoot that jump shot over people three, four, five inches taller than him simply because of the elevation on his jumper.” McCray, a 3.7 student, has interest from Colgate, Jacksonville, Long Island, Loyola, UNC-Wilmington and Wagner.

Tevin Hanner teamed with McCray on the Millers’ state title team, and then followed that up with an eye-opening spring and summer with Crusader Nation. The 6-foot-6 forward demonstrated impressive athleticism and a knack for getting to the hoop. “I’ve seen that kid do some things with the basketball that just amaze me,” McCathorine said. “The good thing about Tevin is over the summer, he started to be more than a slasher. He developed a mid-range jump shot. … Wherever Tevin ends up, they’ll really have a big-time player." Jacksonville, Loyola, Robert Morris, Tarleton State (Texas) and UMBC have made contact.

• John Carroll point guard Malcolm McMillan is already off the board, having committed to Central Connecticut State earlier this month. The 6-foot-1 senior generated all sorts of mid-major interest this summer thanks to his play with Crusader Nation. McCathorine thinks that McMillan will see a lot of minutes for the Blue Devils before his freshman year is done. “He’s so in tune with the coaches,” McCathorine said. “He’s a coach out there on the floor. … For the type of offense we run – up-tempo, lots of picks, spreading the floor – he’s the perfect person for that. He’s stronger than most guards on the circuit … and he’s just very efficient on the floor.”

Brian Morton may not be a household name in Baltimore Catholic League circles just yet, but McCathorine expects that to change this year. “I would say for Catholic League Defensive Player of the Year, if he doesn’t get it, it’s politics,” McCathorine said. “If Brian doesn’t start a game, and someone’s hurting us, then I’m sending Brian in [to guard] him. Brian will go shut the kid down. There’s no doubt about that. It doesn’t matter what size he is – he’s going to harass him. He does a lot of things to frustrate whoever he’s playing. For our team, Brian is by far the best defensive player on the team.” The 6-foot-3 Morton has interest from several small colleges, including Bethany, Eastern Mennonite, Randolph, Wilkes and Wheeling Jesuit.

• Former Long Reach center Brandon Pines, 6 feet 7, suited up for Crusader Nation in the spring but not the summer. McCathorine said Pines – who’s attending Charis Prep (N.C.) this year – has “so much upside. He bought into the program. The thing I hope about Brandon is that he develops his body and gets stronger. He has great footwork around the paint and is a great rebounder.” Presbyterian and UMES are among the schools that have inquired about Pines.

• McCray and Hanner weren’t the only members of Crusader Nation to lead their high school team to a state title. Iakeem Alston, a 6-foot-2 guard, was a key contributor to Dunbar’s Class 1A championship last spring. Alston, a senior with interest from Bowie State, Howard and Mount St. Mary’s, thrives on the defensive end. “When coaches ask me about Iakeem, I ask, ‘Do you press a lot? Are you full court? Man?’ Because if they are, then Iakeem is your man up top.”

• Two years ago Chris Kempt played competitive basketball for the first time. Now the former Cardinal Gibbons center has a college hoops future, thanks to his play with Crusader Nation. The 6-foot-7 senior, who now attends Archbishop Spalding, was the team’s second-leading scorer this summer. “Chris is this big, wide body who can handle the ball on the wing and head to the rim if you give it to him,” McCathorine said. “He’s either going to turn around and shoot or head to the basket. He’s so big and so strong that he usually gets an and-1. Someone is going to get a really good athlete right there.” Pfeiffer (N.C.) and UMBC have expressed interest in Kempt.

• McCathorine met Juwan Newman when the 6-foot-8 center was riding the bench at Lake Clifton. Newman left the Lakers for KIMA, a charter school in Washington, and saw more action there. His game took another step forward this summer with Crusader Nation. “He’s just extremely long,” McCathorine said. “Juwan is a lot like Chris. He’s played a lot more ball than Chris, but he has reinforced his game so much. … He’s very focused. If he sends you a text message or e-mail, his tagline is ‘Trying to better myself every day.’ Newman, who’s doing a post-grad year at the Phelps Schools in Malvern, Pa., would like to play at Charlotte.

Baltimore Sun photo of Trey Clinton by Barbara Haddock Taylor / Jan. 31, 2010

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October 20, 2010

St. Frances' R.J. Williams in no rush to pick school

rj-williams-sfa.jpg Looks can be deceiving when it comes to R.J. Williams.

At 5 feet 8, 150 pounds, the St. Frances point guard rarely intimidates his opponents physically. But on the court, few players locally have successfully matched up with the Panthers senior. This summer was all about Williams attempting to do the same on a national level with Nike Baltimore Elite.

In the opinion of NBE coach Carlton “Bub” Carrington, Williams more than held his own.

“He’s been just the figurehead of the program the last couple of years,” Carrington said. “At every age group, the ball has been in his hands. It’s been a joy to coach. Again, it’s just a situation where he’s going to make a head coach look like a genius. Somebody is going to take a chance on him and he’s going to win a lot of games.”

Williams, a Baltimore Sun second-team All-Metro selection as a sophomore, isn’t giving much thought to the recruiting process just yet. Williams knows Wagner and St. Francis (Pa.) have expressed interest in him, but he’s letting his brother speak to college coaches while he focuses on his game.

“I don’t really even pay attention to it,” Williams said. “I just play my game. I’m just trying to do well and trying to get better and better every day. It’s good to know people talk about me, negative or positive. It helps me play better. It helps me work harder.”

Carrington acknowledges that some schools have overlooked Williams because of his height. The NBE coach says that’s a mistake, and mid-major coaches who evaluate Williams this season should keep that in mind.

“He’s athletic, he’s tough, he’s strong [and] he’s a leader,” Carrington said. “Everybody wants to get a 6-2 combo guard, and coaches are telling you they want somebody with a little more size. They have a taller guard [they want], but they can never get that kid. He’s 6-4, he’s a point guard, and he’s not going to a mid-major. I think coaches over-evaluate. The coach that gets in early and understands, ‘this kid can fit my program,’ I think that coach right there, that [doesn’t] overanalyze and takes R.J. for what he is – a leader, a winner, a competitor, a kid that’s going to run through walls, a kid that wants to win every drill, every game – that coach is going to win a lot.”

Williams has already done his fair share of winning throughout his St. Frances career. He expects the Panthers to be the team to beat this season in the MIAA A Conference and the Baltimore Catholic League. After his senior season, he’ll pay a little more attention to recruiting. But in the meantime, Williams is fine with working on proving his doubters wrong.

“It makes me just work harder,” Williams said. “I’ve been trying to get in the gym, lifting weights and trying to get stronger and put more weight on. I’ve been trying to work on my legs so I get more lift because I’m short. I’m trying to get my leaping ability higher so [college coaches] say, ‘Oh, he’s short, but he can play above the rim.’ That’s what I’m trying to do.”

Baltimore Sun photo of R.J. Williams by Amy Davis / Feb. 21, 2010

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October 19, 2010

City's Nick Faust closing in on his decision

nick-faust-terps-villanova.jpg Time is winding down in the recruitment of City shooting guard Nick Faust.

The 6-foot-5, 175-pound senior is fresh off a trip to College Park for Maryland Madness and has plans to make an official visit to Villanova this weekend.

After that, the consensus four-star prospect will make his decision during a special on ESPNU scheduled for Oct. 28. In addition to the Terps and Wildcats, Florida State also remains under consideration.

“I want him to have a clear mind before the beginning of his season starts,” said Anthony Faust, Nick’s father.

Anthony Faust said his son had “a great experience” Friday night at Comcast Center. The Knights standout sat with Terps point guard commitment Sterling Gibbs behind the Maryland bench.

“I think the coaching staff is phenomenal,” Anthony Faust said. “Gary Williams is a man of his word. I think he seems very sincere. The whole coaching staff -- with Keith Booth and Bino [Ranson] -- are great coaches. … I just think that the school itself is a good atmosphere. It’s just my opinion, [but] I think it would be a good fit for him. But he has to make the decision.”

For each college visit, Anthony Faust said he focuses on the university’s academic programs and support system. He’s less concerned with basketball, and that will be no different this weekend when they check out Villanova. On the court, Faust thinks his son would fit in well with the Wildcats.

“Villanova, really, they’ve been involved for awhile, but they fell off and I guess they couldn’t get who they wanted to get and came back on board,” he said. “Nick likes Villanova. He likes their style of ball. I think the reason why he’s in tune with Villanova and with Maryland is because of the guard play. That really fits his profile of basketball.”

The Fausts don’t have a visit scheduled to Florida State, but Anthony Faust said he has been impressed with Seminoles coach Leonard Hamilton.

“His style of coaching, the way he runs his offense around the guard and actually, how many guards he’s put in the league [is impressive],” Faust said. “I was really impressed by that, and that’s something that he didn’t tell me. It’s something I read up on their website when I looked him up.”

Over the past six months, Anthony Faust has witnessed his son rise from a lesser-known regional recruit to a highly touted, consensus high-major prospect who will announce his decision on national television. It’s a precipitous rise that wasn’t necessarily a surprise to Faust’s father.

“I always knew Nick had it in him,” he said. “It was just a matter of Nick wanting to put it to action because Nick was always a great ball player. He just had to put his mind together to let himself figure out that he was ready to explode. I don’t know if it was just timing, but I just think he put himself in a good position where he waited for his time and he started excelling.”

Baltimore Sun photo of Nick Faust by Gene Sweeney Jr. / March 16, 2010

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October 18, 2010

Brene Moseley discusses Terps commitment

Throughout the five years Heather Podosek has known Brene Moseley, the Paint Branch athletic director and former girls basketball coach has seen just about every emotion displayed by the Panthers’ star point guard.

Most of the time that emotion has been elation, thanks to the 5-foot-7 senior’s many successes on the court. But on Thursday, Podosek saw Moseley – nicknamed Bones by a former youth coach because of her wiry frame – take that feeling to another level.

“She was just floating on Cloud 9,” Podosek said of Moseley, who committed to Maryland the day before.

Moseley, a Washington Post All-Met player who averaged 26 points as a junior, picked the Terps over Florida Gulf Coast, Georgetown, James Madison, Miami, Temple, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.

Podosek said the Maryland staff started recruiting Moseley about a year and a half ago, but “never pressured her” into making a decision or speeding up her timeline. The Terps coaches also didn’t back off recruiting Moseley when she tore her ACL last April.

“I think I was at my lowest point,” Moseley said. “I hadn’t played in six months, got injured in April and had my surgery in June. I haven’t been on the court in six months, but they stuck by me the whole time. I think that was the biggest thing. I’m at the lowest point in my life, [because] everything I live, eat and breath is basketball. And I’m at the point where I’m having to live without doing that. But they were there the whole time, supporting me. I think they care more about the person than the basketball player. The fact that they supported me through all this was big.”

Moseley said there are five Maryland players who have torn an ACL, so the staff wasn’t at all concerned about the long-term effects the injury would have on her game. At 100 percent health, Moseley is known for putting points on the board and playing with an unselfish flair.

“She’s a great scorer, first off. Everyone knows she can score – that’s why she’s an All-Met player,” Podosek said. “… The thing that sticks out to me more so than probably anything about her skills is her focus. I’ve coached a lot of girls and a lot of kids that love the game. But she is absolutely in love with the game. It’s different. She can be upset or disappointed after a loss, upset with her play or how the team played, but she plays with such passion that it really is kind of unbelievable until you see her play. So that really sticks out to me. And I still believe this is a compliment, but she has a handle like a guy. Her handle is just phenomenal. What she can do with a basketball in her hand is just awesome.”

An “infectious personality” with “no enemies,” Moseley has been a natural leader for Paint Branch ever since Podosek has known her. Elements of Moseley’s game – and personality – can’t help but remind Podosek of a recent Terps standout.

“My hopes are that she’s going to be a lot like Kristi Toliver, that type of guard,” Podosek said. “It’s a big set of shoes to fill, by the way, but she could be that type the four years she’s at Maryland – a guard that distributes the rock, who can handle the ball and who can score. … She lives for the assist. More than anything, she loves to involve her teammates. That’s the thing I know Maryland sees in her. She’s a kid that has a great handle and can pass the basketball. She prefers to be a passer but she can score. She’s a pure jump shooter. She’s got some of the best form in her shooting. A lot of girls like that type of player – a scoring point guard that loves to pass the rock. She’s going to be tough if you’re surrounding her with the athletes that they have and put her in that mix.”

Moseley got an up-close look at her future with the Terps on Friday night when she went to Comcast Center for Maryland Madness. While it wasn’t Moseley’s first time attending the event, it was arguably her most memorable trip to her future home court.

“It was something special. I definitely wanted to be a part of it,” Moseley said. “They were patient through the whole process, and I respect the coaches and clicked with my teammates. When I went there I felt like a part of the team. I definitely wanted to be a part of it, so I just made my decision. It feels good to have a place to call home.”

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The Next Level: Alec Lemon shines for Syracuse

alec-lemon-syracuse.jpg Thanks for checking into Recruiting Report, where The Next Level marches on for Week 7 of the college football season.

Syracuse sophomore wide receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) had a career day for the Orange, making eight receptions for 108 yards despite his team’s 45-14 loss to Pittsburgh. It was Lemon’s second career 100-yard game, and his 41-yard haul in the first quarter stands as a career long. Lemon’s lights-out performance makes him the latest Next Level Player of the Week.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Carl Fleming (Franklin) registered one tackle for the Panthers.

• Sophomore defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Severn native, Gonzaga graduate) registered five tackles, including one for a loss in Maryland’s 31-7 loss at Clemson. Freshman defensive back Matt RobinsonDavid Mackall (Edmondson) made one solo stop for the Terps. Senior wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) was targeted twice, but couldn’t snag a reception. Sophomore defensive back Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley), junior linebacker Nick Peterson (Broadneck) and sophomore tight end Ryan Schlothauer (Eastern Tech) all received playing time, but recorded no statistics.

• North Carolina linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) made 10 tackles and returned his second-career interception 70 yards to set up a second-quarter field goal in the Tar Heels’ 44-10 victory over Virginia. Senior tailback Raynard Horne (Overlea) rushed for nine yards on four carries for the Cavaliers and junior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins (Westminster native, Good Counsel grad) had two tackles.

• Wake Forest freshman cornerback Kevin Johnson's (River Hill) nine tackles tied for the team lead in the Demon Deacons’ 52-21 loss at Virginia Tech. Redshirt freshman athlete Michael Campanaro (River Hill) rushed for 12 yards on his only carry of the game and returned a first-quarter kick 17 yards. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) recorded six tackles, including three solo stops. Freshman cornerback Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) made two tackles and broke up one pass for the Hokies.

• West Virginia sophomore running back Tavon Austin (Dunbar) led the Mountaineers with 107 all-purpose yards in Thursday’s 20-6 victory over South Florida. Austin ran for 22 yards on two carries, made five receptions for 47 yards and returned two kicks for 38 yards. Redshirt sophomore running back Ryan Clarke (Glen Burnie native, DeMatha graduate) rushed for 27 yards on 10 carries and sophomore defensive back Terence Garvin (Loyola) made seven tackles for the Mountaineers. Sophomore offensive linemen John Bassler (Francis Scott Key) and Jeff Braun (Winters Mill) both received playing time, but did not record any stats.

• East Carolina freshman defensive lineman Derrel Johnson (Cardinal Gibbons) made nine tackles, including four solo stops in the Pirates’ 33-27 victory over North Carolina State.

• Temple sophomore running back Matt Brown ran for 27 yards on 10 carries in a 28-27 win over Bowling Green. Brown – a Baltimore native from the Peddie School (N.J.) – also returned one kickoff 14 yards. Redshirt junior quarterback Chester Stewart (Hanover native, DeMatha graduate) was pulled after a rough start to Saturday’s game, completing one of three passes and tossing a first-quarter interception that Bowling Green defensive back Jovan Leacock returned 49 yards for a touchdown. Senior defensive back Kwame Johnson (Parkville) made one tackle for the Owls and junior offensive lineman Pat Boyle (Calvert Hall) played, but did not record any stats.

• Arkansas State junior defensive back Darron Edwards (Dunbar) registered five tackles and broke up four passes in the Red Wolves’ 36-34 loss at Indiana.

• Senior linebacker Jerry Hauburger (Eastern Tech) was a defensive force for the Midshipmen, making eight tackles, including five solo stops and one sack in Navy’s 28-21 victory over Southern Methodist University. Hauburger also forced two fumbles.

• Ohio State senior kicker Devin Barclay (McDonogh) missed a 45-yard field goal in the Buckeyes’ 31-18 loss at Wisconsin. Barclay connected on a 21-yard field goal in the second quarter and made his only extra point attempt of the night.

• Utah senior return man Shaky Smithson (Douglass) (Dunbar) accumulated 111 yards on four punt returns in a 30-6 victory over Wyoming. Smithson also returned one kick for 11 yards for 122 all-purpose yards for the game.

• Junior cornerback Brandon Driver (Parkville) made two solo stops in San Jose State’s 48-0 loss to Boise State.

• Remember, this list only focuses on natives of Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County who appear on NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision rosters. Feel free to post updates in the comment section below on any other player in the state of Maryland.


Mike Miller is an intern at The Baltimore Sun. He will be providing updates each Monday for Recruiting Report on former local high school football standouts who now play for FBS schools. Mike can be reached at xcxmmiller@baltsun.com.

Photo: Syracuse wide receiver Alec Lemon catches a pass in front of Pittsburgh linebacker Max Gruder during the first half / US Presswire photo / Oct. 16, 2010

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Weekend wrap – Malleck starts strong in win

Maryland tight end commitment Ryan Malleck got Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.) on the board early in the Panthers' 27-7 win over Monsignor Donovan.

After a scoreless first quarter, that featured only one first down combined, Point Boro opened the scoring on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Steven Krohn to Ryan Malleck to make the score 7-0.

• Terps running back recruit Brandon Ross rushed for two touchdowns in the Charter School of Wilmington's 34-30 loss to Concord (Del.).

[Drew] Madden had long completions to Kemmerer and Jarrett Ross on the next Charter drive, and Brandon Ross (113 yards, 23 carries) closed the drive with runs of 26 and 3 yards.

• UM defensive back pledge Jeremiah Hendy caught four passes for 52 yards and came up with a turnover in Bowie's 13-6 loss to Eleanor Roosevelt.

That set up a two-point try from the 17. Cook's pass was intercepted by Jeremiah Hendy.

• UM fullback recruit Tyler Cierski had another big game on the ground for Mill Creek (Ga.) in the Hawks' 42-34 loss to Collins Hill.

He also ran for another 76 yards while Tyler Cierski had another solid game with 124 yards rushing and one touchdown.

• Maryland linebacker commitment Cole Farrand helped Pope John to a 19-9 win over Sparta (N.J.).

Pope John's defense, led by Thomas, linebacker Cole Farrand and a punishing interior line, limited talented Sparta tailback Julian Farinola to 20 yards rushing on 14 carries.

Basketball recruiting

• Terps point guard commitment Sterling Gibbs and shooting guard target Nick Faust were at Comcast Center on Friday night for Maryland Madness.

Faust, a four-star recruit (out of five) who is reportedly also considering Florida State and Villanova, said that he plans to announce his decision on Oct. 28 on ESPNU.

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October 15, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

The Maryland men's basketball program is still in the mix for the services of New Egypt (N.J.) center Desmond Hubert.

According to Adam Zagoria, the 6-foot-9, 195-pound Hubert is considering Georgia Tech, Maryland, Princeton, Villanova and Wake Forest.

His only official so far will be to Maryland over Halloween weekend. Seton Hall Prep point guard Sterling Gibbs, who has committed to Maryland, will also visit that weekend.

• Terps center target Adjehi Baru is visiting an ACC rival this weekend.

Steward School (Richmond, VA) center Adjehi Baru, one of the top remaining uncommitted prospects in the 2011 class, is scheduled to make an official visit to Virginia Tech this weekend.

• Scout.com reported this week that De Soto (Texas) power forward Antwan Space has narrowed his list to three schools -- Arkansas, Florida State and Maryland.

• The Maryland women's team picked up a commitment this week from Paint Branch guard Brene Moseley.

The 5-foot-7, Moseley, who averaged 26.2 points per game, tore her right anterior cruciate ligament last spring, but according to Paint Branch Athletic Director Heather Podosek, no schools backed off.

Check back with Recruiting Report later today for more on Moseley's pledge.

Football recruiting

Justus Pickett, an athlete recruit from Charlotte, N.C., is mulling an official visit to Maryland.

“I’m definitely interested in that,” he said [of Maryland's offer]. “The coaches have told me their running back situation and they don’t really have any depth. They have three running backs, one is graduating and one is injured, so they are looking for a back like me, someone who is a home run threat on any given play.”

• Good Counsel cornerback Blake Countess has scheduled two official visits, according to The Washington Post.

Countess, who is a 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior, earlier this week said he will travel to Georgia Tech on Dec. 10 and will take his college-paid trip to Maryland the following weekend. He has yet to set any other trips, but is also considering scholarship offers from Louisville, Purdue, Stanford and Arkansas.

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October 14, 2010

City guard Mike Cheatham raises his profile

mike-cheatham-city.jpg When Nike Baltimore Elite needed scoring this summer, Carlton "Bub" Carrington usually turned to City shooting guard Nick Faust. When the veteran AAU coach wanted to feed the post, he looked no further than St. Frances power forward Greg Lewis. And when Carrington had to have a stop, the responsibility fell to City combo guard Mike Cheatham, a lockdown defender with an expanding offensive game.

“Mike’s role has always been to [guard] the best offensive player. He’s one of the best on-ball defenders I’ve ever seen,” Carrington said. “However, he came into his own in the middle of the season, right about when we went to Houston. He started scoring the ball at will, and it just carried over to Los Angeles. Going into the summer, it was always Nick [scoring], and trying to get the ball into Greg, establish our post presence early. Then Mike would kind of go where he fit in, then just step up and start making shots. Mike and Sam [Cassell Jr.] made a lot of shots from the perimeter.”

Cheatham, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior, has always prided himself on defense. But he relished the chance this summer to showcase his underrated scoring ability. Cheatham was able to do so on the AAU circuit’s biggest stage – the inaugural season of Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League.

“It was real high-profile,” Cheatham said. “You know everybody you’re playing against, you know what each team can do – they go through the whole scouting report. But it was good.”

The summer also provided Cheatham the chance to get even more comfortable playing with Faust, his backcourt partner at City. Cheatham and Faust guided the Knights to their second straight Class 2A state championship last spring. From Cheatham’s perspective, hopes for a three-peat were buoyed by their chemistry built over the summer.

“We learned more about each other, what we can do and what we can’t do in different situations,” Cheatham said. “… We feed off each other. It depends on who’s hot and if he’s not, then I’ll get the ball. If I’m not, then he’ll get the ball. We both do other stuff to get ourselves going – rebounding, passing and playing defense.”

While Faust’s recruitment will wrap up before the fall signing period, Cheatham isn’t close to ending the process. Cheatham said he has received varying degrees of interest from “Temple, Quinnipiac, Florida State, UNLV, Central Connecticut, Loyola, Iona [and] George Mason,” while Carrington also mentioned the Seminoles and Patriots, in addition to Xavier and most of the local Division I programs. Carrington thinks Cheatham – who can play the 1 and the 2 – will be “very, very valuable” to some DI program.

“He’s the kind of player that you pretty much have to know to appreciate his game because he’s not a rah-rah kid, he doesn’t slap his chest,” Carrington said. “But I’ve seen him take the ball from [Kentucky small forward commitment] Michael Gilchrist at half court. I watched the tape and it was just baffling how he bottled him up. But he just kind of goes about his business. Whatever you need, he’ll do it. With kids like that, they tend to get kind of overlooked unless someone’s pushing them. Mike can get overlooked, but I think he’s got his fair share of schools that are recruiting him that saw him play enough to understand the kid is a player.”

For Cheatham, speeding up the recruiting process is the least of his concerns. Guiding City back to Comcast Center remains his No. 1 goal. After that, there will be plenty of time to pick a school.

“It’s not stressful,” Cheatham said. “I just didn’t want to put all that pressure on me before basketball season. I just wanted to see what offers come … and then I’ll work from there.”

Baltimore Sun photo of Mike Cheatham by Colby Ware / Jan. 12, 2010

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October 13, 2010

St. Frances' Greg Lewis taking trips, making plans

greg-lewis-sfa.jpg The end of the recruiting process is fast approaching for St. Frances senior Greg Lewis.

Rivals.com’s 14th-ranked center for the 2011 class took an official visit to Rutgers last weekend and plans to make a trip to South Florida before the end of the month. Maryland and Indiana are also involved with Lewis.

For Greg Lewis Sr., his son’s high-profile recruitment has been – believe it or not – a bit of a surprise.

“Maybe it’s because I still look at Greg like a little kid that’s being evaluated,” Lewis Sr. said Tuesday. “This summer, and looking at him now, I can see why. Prior to that, I didn’t see all this coming. … I think that the buzz was out there, but we weren’t sure if Greg was wanted because of his skills or because of his height. As far as recruiting, he’s done a wonderful job this summer at camps, demonstrating his skills. Certain schools would come and visit to see exactly what he could do, and then the interest and buzz grew.”

The Lewis’ trip to Piscataway, N.J., last weekend gave father and son a chance to get better acquainted with the Scarlet Knights’ staff. Rutgers assistant David Cox, a former Georgetown assistant and D.C. Assault coach, had recruited Lewis for more than two years during his time with the Hoyas. But the family wasn’t as familiar with Mike Rice, who enters his first season as Rutgers’ coach after a successful stint at Robert Morris.

“The one thing I was impressed with was Mike Rice,” Lewis Sr. said. “I think his sense of humor and his honesty especially stood out to me. And that allowed me to feel comfortable. … From a parent’s perspective, the location is just two-and-a-half hours away from home, close enough but not [so close where you can] come home when you hit that wall as a freshman. Most important is the opportunity that was presented to Greg to play as a freshman. I think that’s crucial when it comes to his development.”

While an official visit hasn't been scheduled yet, the Lewis’ plan to take a trip to South Florida soon. The Bulls' coaching staff, including Baltimore native and assistant coach Eric Skeeters, has always been a big draw for the Lewis family.

“I think with Coach Skeets and Coach Stan [Heath]… Greg will have an opportunity to play,” Lewis Sr. said. “Of course, there’s [Md. native Gus] Gilchrist down there. But it would be a good opportunity for Greg to play. I thought it was good for Greg, especially with [Bulls assistant coach Reggie Hanson], who’s developing big men. Of course, I’ve had a relationship with Skeets for four years. He’s been recruiting Greg for four years. And I think that’s one of the things that kind of stood out with me was that he would be in South Florida, but because of the support system, I think I feel safe with him going down there, especially with Skeets being a Baltimore guy.”

While Rutgers and South Florida have made it clear how much they want Lewis, interest from Indiana and Maryland is less certain. The Hoosiers were expected to send a staff member to St. Frances on Wednesday. Lewis Sr. said his son “has an interest” in IU, but they “were just wondering whether they would offer.”

With regard to Maryland, Lewis Sr. said he hadn’t heard much from the Terps this fall. A phone conversation with Maryland assistant coach Bino Ranson on Tuesday cleared up some confusion.

“He said that they have interest and they want Greg to come down,” Lewis Sr. said. “They offered back in June. But they want him to come down. Recruiting Johnny O’Bryant (who committed to LSU last week) wasn’t a reflection of not wanting Greg either. They wanted them both.”

A decision on whether Lewis will attend Maryland Madness in College Park, or Indiana’s Hoosier Hysteria in Bloomington on Friday, has yet to be determined.

Lewis Sr. said he expects a decision from his son in the next few weeks so he can sign during the fall period and concentrate on his senior season with the Panthers.

“Right now, I can’t wait, but I want my son to make the best decision for him,” Lewis Sr. said. “I want him to make the decision and sign so he can enjoy this year.”

Baltimore Sun photo of Greg Lewis by Barbara Haddock Taylor / Jan. 31, 2010

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October 12, 2010

Dunbar's Deontay McManus has many DI options

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Two years ago college football recruiters flocked to Dunbar for a glimpse at record-breaking running back Tavon Austin. Now the Poets have another national recruit drawing all sorts of attention from Division I coaches.

Deontay McManus, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior, is a physical wide receiver and playmaking safety for the 5-1 Poets. According to Dunbar coach Lawrence Smith, McManus already has scholarship offers from Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina State, Penn State, Rutgers, South Carolina and Virginia.

“They compare him to [Ravens wide receiver] Anquan Boldin because he has the same physical makeup,” Smith said. “He’s built like a man. That’s the biggest thing – his physicality. He’s a real physical-type player. That really sets him apart at the high school level.”

Smith has known McManus since he was about six years old, thanks to a friendship with his mother and uncle. As McManus progressed through the Pop Warner ranks, Smith saw a star in the making. McManus proved his coach right soon after he first suited up for the Poets. He's made serious strides off the field as well.

“He’s really focusing in the classroom – that’s the big thing right now,” Smith said. “We always knew he could play. [Maryland coach] Ralph Friedgen came down last Friday. But just the biggest thing is him excelling in the classroom. That’s the biggest difference for why I know he’s going to be able to make it.”

With Austin as the centerpiece of Dunbar’s offense, the Poets reeled off three consecutive Class 1A state championships. Smith won’t predict similar success for McManus and company, but he is optimistic for the rest of Dunbar’s 2010 season.

“We feel we can make another run if we keep our offense on track over the course of the season and keep getting better each week and just keep making moves,” he said.

Note: Former Dunbar linebacker and running back Nathan Ayers, The Baltimore Sun’s 2009 All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year, is doing a post-grad year at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y. Ayers, who had scholarship offers from Central Michigan, Morgan State, Toledo, Towson and UNLV, is playing running back for the Falcons. “He’s doing pretty good the last time I talked to him,” Smith said. “He wanted to try and get bigger DI offers.”

Baltimore Sun photo of Deontay McManus by Lloyd Fox / Nov. 21, 2009

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October 11, 2010

The Next Level: Shaky Smithson leads Utah's rout

shaky-smithson-utah.jpg Week 6 of the college football season featured a number of former Baltimore-area high school football standouts who made strong cases for this week’s Next Level Player of the Week award. But, like the movie Highlander, there can be only one.

Utah wide receiver Shaky Smithson (Douglass) shimmied his way to 261 all-purpose yards in the Utes’ 68-27 victory over Iowa State. Smithson tossed a 32-yard touchdown pass at the start of the second quarter, caught a career-long 61-yard touchdown reception three possessions later and his 78-yard punt return in the first quarter stands as the sixth-longest in school history. Smithson’s edge-of-your-seat offensive performance nets him Next Level Player of the Week honors for Week 6.

• Temple sophomore running back Matt Brown made a valiant attempt for becoming this season’s first repeat Player of the Week at The Next Level, rushing for 93 yards and one touchdown in the Owls’ 31-17 loss at Northern Illinois. Brown, a Baltimore native who attended the Peddie School (N.J.), averaged 7.2 yards per carry on 13 touches. He finished with 147 all-purpose yards after bursting for a 55-yard kick return in the second quarter and catching a 3-yard pass from quarterback Chester Stewart (DeMatha) in the third.

Stewart – a Hanover native – completed 13 of 27 passes for 148 yards while throwing one touchdown pass and one interception. Senior defensive back Kwame Johnson (Parkville) made one tackle and linebacker Gary Onuekwusi (Dunbar) and offensive lineman Pat Boyle (Calvert Hall) both received playing time, but did not record any statistics for the Owls.

• Wake Forest wide receiver Michael Campanaro (River Hill) had a career night despite the Demon Deacons’ 28-27 loss to Navy. The redshirt freshman returned five kicks for a career-high 165 yards, while his 53-yard return to open the game was a career best. The redshirt freshman also finished with a career-high four receptions for 44 yards in the loss. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) registered six tackles and freshman cornerback Kevin Johnson (River Hill) participated, but did not record any statistics. Senior linebacker Jerry Hauburger (Eastern Tech) had one tackle for the Midshipmen.

• West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin (Dunbar) had three receptions for 52 yards in the Mountaineers’ 49-10 win over UNLV. Austin’s 41-yard reception on the second play of the game helped set up West Virginia’s first touchdown moments later when quarterback Geno Smith found wide receiver Brad Starks in the end zone for the score. Austin punctuated the effort with two carries for 19 yards.

Running back Ryan Clarke (Glen Burnie native, DeMatha graduate) picked up five yards on his only carry of the day. Safety Terence Garvin (Loyola) was credited with an interception after recovering a fumble by Keith Tandy, who picked off Rebels quarterback Omar Clayton and was stripped of the ball. Right tackle Jeff Braun (Winters Mill) was flagged for a false start in the second quarter and offensive lineman John Bassler (Francis Scott Key) played, but did not record any statistics.

• Connecticut redshirt sophomore safety Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley) made two solo tackles in a 27-24 loss at Rutgers on Thursday. Freshman athlete Leon Kinnard (Loyola) and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard (McDonogh) both received playing time for the Huskies, but did not impact the box score.

• Virginia senior Raynard Horne (Overlea) returned four kicks for 86 yards in the Cavaliers’ 33-21 loss at Georgia Tech. Junior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins (Westminster native, Good Counsel graduate) finished with four tackles, one solo.

• North Carolina junior linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) led the Tar Heels with 14 tackles, including 10 solo stops in a 21-16 win over loss to Clemson.

• Freshman cornerback Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) registered one tackle in Virginia Tech’s 45-21 victory over Central Michigan.

• Syracuse sophomore wide receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) recorded one 6-yard reception in a 13-9 victory over South Florida.

• East Carolina freshman defensive end Derrel Johnson (Cardinal Gibbons) finished with six tackles in the Pirates’ 44-43 win over Southern Mississippi.

• Arkansas State junior defensive back Darron Edwards (Dunbar) made three tackles and was flagged for pass interference during the fourth quarter of the Red Wolves’ 24-19 victory over North Texas.

• Senior kicker Devin Barclay (McDonogh) connected on a 36-yard field goal and all five extra point attempts in Ohio State’s 38-10 win over Indiana.

• San Jose State junior cornerback Brandon Driver (Parkville) returned three kicks for 53 yards in the Spartans’ 35-13 loss at Nevada. Driver also registered three tackles, including two solo stops.

• New Mexico sophomore defensive back Emmanuel McPhearson (Columbia native, DeMatha graduate) assisted with one tackle in a 16-14 loss at New Mexico State.

• Remember, this list only focuses on natives of Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County who appear on NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision rosters. Feel free to post updates in the comment section below on any other player the state of Maryland.


Mike Miller is an intern at The Baltimore Sun. He will be providing updates each Monday for Recruiting Report on former local high school football standouts who now play for FBS schools. Mike can be reached at xcxmmiller@baltsun.com.

AP photo of Shaky Smithson by Charlie Neibergall / Oct. 9, 2010

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Weekend wrap – Cierski powers team to win

Tyler Cierski had a big night Friday in an easy win for his Mill Creek (Ga.) squad.

The Maryland fullback commitment -- playing the role of lead blocker -- helped the Hawks accumulate 379 yards of offense. Cierski also took his turn as ball carrier in Mill Creek's 47-0 win over Meadowcreek.

Tyler Cierski finished with six carries for 38 yards and three touchdowns, while Jacorey Lewis carried nine times for 52 yards and a score.

• Terps running back commitment Brandon Ross made an early exit from the Charter School of Wilmington (Del.)'s 34-30 win over St. Elizabeth.

Host Charter (5-0) played most of the game's final 18 minutes without star running back and Maryland commit Brandon Ross, who appeared to battle cramping and a tender right foot.

• UM linebacker recruit Jimmy Stewart found the end zone once in Island Coast's 54-0 rout of Lake Placid (Fla.).

Three more trips into the end zone would come in the second quarter, ballooning the lead to 41-0 at the half, with (Nelson) Candelario throwing a 32-yarder to Jimmy Stewart, running one in from 52 yards out and (Delmarick) Pender adding a 65 yarder.

• Maryland defensive back pledge Jeremiah Hendy caught two passes for 11 yards in Bowie's 22-14 loss to Bladensburg.

Bulldogs' quarterback Jordan Maslanik found University of Maryland recruit Jeremiah Hendy for only the second time in the game for a nine-yard gain on first down.

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October 8, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

A prime Maryland post target is reportedly off the board, while another has listed the Terps in his top group of schools under consideration.

Rivals.com reported Thursday that Cleveland, Miss., big man Johnny O'Bryant is headed to LSU.

Besides Ole Miss and Mississippi State, O’Bryant also considered Alabama, Georgia Tech, Maryland and Miami.

The Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch, meanwhile, reported that four-star power forward Adjehi Baru has narrowed his list of schools to College of Charleston, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech and Maryland recently informed Baru that as far as they're concerned, they see him as the No. 3 big man in the Class of 2011 nationally.

• Former UM shooting guard target Jabari Brown has committed to Oregon.

“He adds an impact scorer … but more importantly Oregon now has street cred in the world of recruiting,” ESPN analyst Paul Biancardi noted. “Everybody wants to play with great players. Jabari Brown is a great player.

• DeMatha power forward Mikael Hopkins pledged this week to Georgetown.

Hopkins, who is 6 feet 9 and 215 pounds, picked the Hoyas after considering Maryland, Virginia Tech, Miami, West Virginia, Texas and Ohio State.

• ESPN.com's Reggie Rankin reported on Twitter that City shooting guard Nick Faust, a UM target, "might visit Villanova this weekend."

Football recruiting

• Bowie Patch's Nate Baker wrote a long feature this week on Maryland defensive back commitment Jeremiah Hendy.

"I decided to go to Maryland (UMD) because first, my mother really loved the school." explained Hendy. "I would really like if my parents and my family could come see me play. I feel like it made a lot of sense because I have sort of a reputation around here, in this area, and I would like to continue that, and stay in my hometown area and give back to this community."

Hendy's connection to his family will be even more important after the death of his older brother last week. Darrel Hendy, 29, was fatally shot in Southeast Washington, D.C. on Saturday.

• The News-Press of Fort Myers, Fla., caught up this week with new Terps linebacker commitment Jimmy Stewart.

"Coach Friedgen was really happy when I committed," Stewart said. "Maryland had recruited me a little bit early on but I never thought I'd commit there."

• UM linebacker target Travis Hughes is visiting North Carolina this weekend, according to PalmettoSports.com.

Hughes had favored North Carolina but says he does not have a favorite right now. "Clemson, North Carolina, (Virginia) Tech...they're all there," he said. "I don't really have a favorite or a top five. Clemson is way up there with me though."

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October 7, 2010

Ex-Dunbar wing Jamel Artis impressing in N.J.

For the early part of this school year, Jamel Artis has been transitioning from one high school basketball powerhouse to another.

Artis, a 6-foot-5, 190-pound junior, left Baltimore behind this fall for Newark, N.J., where the former Dunbar small forward is settling in to St. Benedict’s Prep.

Roshown McLeod, the former Duke standout, NBA player and Indiana University assistant coach, is in his first year as St. Benedict’s coach. Adding Artis to the Gray Bees’ loaded roster has been a positive move thus far.

“He’s getting better every day,” McLeod said. “I love his versatility and being able to play the 1 through 4 for us. His passing is exceptional. I don’t think anyone realized how effective he was with his passing ability. His ability to play multiple positions is the thing I like most about him.”

Artis was a valuable rotation member for the Poets last season – until their run to the Class 1A state championship. Struggles in the classroom forced Artis to watch Dunbar’s title run from the sidelines.

Over the summer, Artis suited up for Nike Baltimore Elite on the AAU circuit, drawing rave reviews from scouts for his play. During NBE’s run to the Super Showcase tournament championship in Orlando last July, Artis caught McLeod’s eye. That led to talks between McLeod and Carlton “Bub” Carrington, a good friend and Nike Baltimore Elite’s president and general manager.

“It was a conversation where he was saying the kid really needs help and he’s got a lot of talent and would you be interested. At the time, I was putting together a team. We both were giving something to each other, obviously being able to help him mold his talent and use that talent to make me look like I know what I’m doing,” McLeod said with a laugh. “I saw a lot of talent. And I wanted to be able to try to prepare his body and his game because his talent is limitless with the way he passes the ball, his basketball IQ and his handles. But his talent really piqued my interest when I saw how tough he was in Orlando.”

Before McLeod and Artis made the transfer to St. Benedict’s official, there were additional talks with the former Dunbar standout’s family. McLeod wanted to make clear that St. Benedict’s – which went 20-1 last season and finished No. 2 in MaxPreps.com’s national rankings – would provide an opportunity Artis needed to take seriously.

“When he came here, I sat him and his dad down,” McLeod said. “Then we had a second meeting with the headmaster to let him know that this is a place that’s going to be no-nonsense, that if he doesn’t try, he’s probably going to end up at a junior college. If that’s what he wants for himself, then don’t do any work. He said he can do it. And our environment, because of our ability with on-campus housing to provide a stable environment and academics, if he’s going to have a shot, then this is the place he’s going to do it at.”

McLeod said it’s too early to predict St. Benedict’s starting lineup, but he does think Artis will fill a jack-of-all-trades role. Artis’ recruitment is in its infancy now, but with a prime role on a nationally ranked team, that could change in a hurry.

“I know Alabama and Seton Hall have come to watch him [and] a lot of mid-majors,” are involved, McLeod said. “George Mason really loves him, and they’ll obviously evaluate him and see how he fits in. But he’s going to be a really special player because of his ability to pass. Not all kids enjoy passing the ball these days. And he loves it. Sometimes I have to get on him to take shots because he’s always trying to pass the ball. But he understands the game at a high level."

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October 6, 2010

Ex-Gibbons center Kanu Aja at N.J. prep school

kanu-aja.jpg On Sept. 24, Vincent Robinson called the mother of Kanu Aja to find out where her 6-foot-9, 260-pound son was attending school this fall.

On Sept. 26, Aja had left his Finksburg home for Kearny, N.J., where he signed up as a fifth-year student and basketball player at The Robinson School.

“The first time I saw him play was at the Hoop Group Elite camp,” Robinson said of the former Cardinal Gibbons center. “I saw him play but I didn’t speak to him because I figured he already had a school. A college coach called me and said, ‘Take a look at him.’ … His mom wanted him to move out of the area and be able to focus on the academics in a place where he could be seen. I know he went to a few different high schools. And she wanted a situation where he would actually be getting playing time and getting some individual instruction. At the other schools, he barely played. He was on the team, but he never played much.”

Aja’s high school career in Baltimore was filled with setbacks. He went to Mount St. Joseph as a freshman and played sparingly. Then it was off to Towson Catholic for two years, a stint which included two foot surgeries and an ill-advised reclassification. When the Archdiocese of Baltimore closed TC, Aja moved on to Cardinal Gibbons, only to go through the same process of his school closing all over again. During the summer, Aja suited up for Nike Baltimore Elite on the AAU circuit, but Robinson heard from college coaches that Aja played “five, maybe 10 minutes a game.” While Aja’s path to The Robinson School hasn’t been ideal, his new coach thinks he’s ready to turn a corner.

“The kid has bounced around,” Robinson said. “And then of course for him bouncing around, no one has sat the kid down and said, ‘This is what you do in the post, this is how you set a screen.’ We’re basically building from scratch. The kid has a work ethic, and there’s no substitute for that. When people from Baltimore see the finished product and how much he’s improved, they’re going to be amazed. I really believe it’s going to shock them. He’s learned so much here in one week. The kid brings a notebook to practice every day. He’s going to learn so much. We’re having him do a lot of core work, jumping rope, doing agility with the ladder, push-ups. He’s at 260 right now. We’re trying to get him down to 245. He’s really going to shock some people.”

Aja, who is two classes shy of his high school diploma, has a fairly regimented day at The Robinson School. In addition to completing coursework for two virtual classes, Aja has practice from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., lunch for an hour, strength and conditioning from 2 to 3:30 and ACT prep work from 3:30 to 5:30. Practice generally includes one-on-one battles with associate head coach Frantz Pierre-Louis Jr., a 6-foot-9, 300-pounder who played professionally. Those matchups have been beneficial for Aja already.

“He’s a straight post player with a good drop step, a jump hook with his left and right hand,” Robinson said. “We’re primarily working with him on how to work a guy down in the post. He rebounds really well in traffic. He has long arms. … Frantz has been phenomenal working with him one on one. Frantz still plays basketball himself. He jumps into the scrimmages and bangs this kid around. He’s getting a lesson. He’s getting Basketball 101 that he couldn’t get at any other place.”

Because Aja – a 3.1 student – didn’t graduate with his high school class, Robinson said he’ll be a partial qualifier. That status will likely eliminate high-major schools from getting seriously involved in Aja’s recruitment, but there are plenty of mid-major programs that are already interested.

“Right now he has offers from Maryland Eastern Shore, Quinnipiac, Mount St. Mary’s, Morehead State and a few others,” Robinson said. “Seton Hall, Providence and Western Kentucky are coming up to see him. Georgia State is coming to see him. Morgan State is coming in [Wednesday] to see him. And he has an offer from St. Peter’s here in Jersey. … The kid works hard, never complains. He’s not anywhere near the type of shape that we need him to be in, but the kid works hard. If the kid was a qualifier, he would probably end up, with his size and potential, in the Big East or ACC.”

The Robinson School has matchups this season with a host of traditional prep-school powers – Winchendon, Notre Dame Prep, St. Thomas More, Bridgton and Princeton Day Academy, to name a few. Those spotlight games will provide Aja plenty of opportunities to go up against high-major players. It’s an opportunity Robinson hopes Aja will seize.

“He has to be in shape to play against elite-level players,” Robinson said. “We need him to be a big presence in the middle so he does things to get his name out there. A good game against Andre Drummond and St. Thomas More, and his recruitment is going to take off. He has an opportunity to really put himself in a position where he can do some really good things and create a feeding frenzy over him because there are so few big men.”

Baltimore Sun photo of Kanu Aja by Barbara Haddock Taylor / May 3, 2010

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October 5, 2010

Fla. athlete Jimmy Stewart talks Terps pledge

On a sod field dotted with swing sets and slides, Jimmy Stewart’s high school football career was born.

The 5-foot-6, 120-pound freshman dodged playground equipment during practice while playing wide receiver, running back, cornerback and occasionally outside linebacker for Island Coast High’s ninth-grade team during the Cape Coral, Fla., program’s first year of existence.

Three years later, Stewart has grown into a 6-foot-3½, 215-pound defensive end and wide receiver for the Gators, fresh off a Florida District 2B-6 championship in their first varsity season last fall. The dramatic growth and development in Stewart’s game -- and Island Coast’s fortunes -- hasn’t gone unnoticed by college football recruiters. First there were a pair of senior defensive linemen -- Bryan Bosworth (Colorado State) and Aaron Lynch (Notre Dame) -- who made Division I commitments. And now there is Stewart, who pledged to Maryland on Sunday night.

“Maryland feels like a family,” said Stewart, who picked the Terps over offers from Colorado State, Kansas, Memphis and Middle Tennessee State. “The coaches were interested in me and treated me like a son.”

Building a program from scratch was no easy task for Island Coast coach Joe Bowen. But the process was simplified with guys like Stewart on board.

“The great thing about it is Jimmy is a yes sir, no sir type that’s going to do what’s best for the team,” Bowen said. “He’s just a coaching dream in that regard. Whatever you need, whatever’s best for the team, he’ll do. ... Sophomore year he grew, went through a big growth spurt, and played strong-side linebacker and wide receiver. He just did anything that we needed him to do to help the team.”

The Maryland coaching staff first discovered Stewart last spring. A host of coaches make the trek to Island Coast for a look at Lynch before he committed to the Irish. Terps defensive coordinator Don Brown, however, came away intrigued with Stewart’s potential.

“[Lynch is] a [four]-star recruit, and I told [Brown] point blank that we’ve got somebody else,” Bowen said. “I brought Jimmy over and they were floored that nobody was after him. Since that point on, they’ve been on Jimmy to see where he progresses with his size and athleticism and how performed on the field. And he’s shown he can step up and play.”

Athleticism, speed and versatility are the hallmarks of Stewart’s game. While he’s a defensive end for the Gators, size will probably prevent him from staying at that position in College Park. Bowen thinks that adding 20 pounds to Stewart’s frame is a reasonable goal.

“I’ve played outside linebacker,” Stewart said. “I know they’re looking at me for outside linebacker and I have a good chance at playing.”

Stewart, who made his visit to College Park with his grandpa for Maryland’s win over Duke, hopes to make a return trip with his mother before the year is done. Stewart hopes that his improbable high school success can be duplicated at Maryland.

“It’s a big relief,” Stewart said. “It feels really good. I’m really excited about it and I think I made a good choice.”

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October 4, 2010

John Carroll's Malcolm McMillan reaches decision

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When it was time for Malcolm McMillan to pick a high school, the Harford County resident considered John Carroll’s tradition and Patriots coach Tony Martin’s penchant for producing Division I players.

When Martin met McMillan at John Carroll’s basketball camp for eighth-graders, he saw a “tough, physical” player that had all the makings of a future DI prospect.

On Saturday night, the Division I expectations of McMillan and Martin were met. McMillan, now a 6-foot, 185-pound senior point guard, committed to Central Connecticut State on a visit to the school over the weekend. He chose the Blue Devils over Arkansas Pine-Bluff, Mount St. Mary’s, St. Francis (Pa.) and UNC-Wilmington.

“[The team is] always together and they’re like a family. They made me feel right at home,” McMillan said. “I had a great time with the guys. My host was Shemik Thompson. He did a great job showing me around. They work hard, and their main focus is defense and rebounding.”

McMillan, who averaged 17 points, three rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals as a junior, joins a Central Connecticut program which finished 12-18 last season but won seven of its last 11 games. McMillan should have a solid chance at earning playing time as a freshman.

“They said minutes are available depending on how hard I work,” McMillan said. “They just told me to keep working hard, keep being vocal, develop my leadership [skills] and be a defensive stopper.”

Martin, who’s preparing for the Patriots’ first season of Baltimore Catholic League play, has coached 10 players at John Carroll in the past five years who have been offered at least one DI scholarship. McMillan has been one of the best.

“I’ve had coaches say he’s a high-major player physically,” Martin said. “[Central Connecticut] is getting a quality student-athlete. I think he’s going to enjoy the college experience. Malcolm could’ve dragged it out and probably gotten a high-major offer when it was all said and done. But I think he’s going to a good school that’s going to care for him. And I think he’s going to be a big piece of the puzzle and potentially be an all-league player.”

McMillan, who’s considering a major in sports management, said he’s looking forward to competing for playing time at Central Connecticut. In the meantime, Martin thinks McMillan will get a heavy dose of tough competition this winter that will help prepare him for college.

“I think Malcolm understands that he has the opportunity with the kind of game experience he has to step up and be absolutely dominant on a regular basis,” Martin said. “We’re going to go as far as his effort and talent takes us. When you have a senior backcourt, that’s a special advantage for any team wanting to go deep in the playoffs. We hope he can take us there.”

Photo of Malcolm McMillan courtesy of John Carroll.

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The Next Level: Baltimore native shines for Temple

Welcome back to another edition of The Next Level. Week 5 of the college football season provided an exciting supply of memorable moments for former Baltimore-area high school football standouts. matt-brown-temple.jpg

We will start our journey in West Point, N.Y., where Baltimore native Matt Brown rushed for a career-best four touchdowns and 226 yards on 28 carries to lead Temple to a 42-35 victory over Army. Brown, a sophomore who attended the Peddie School (N.J.), accumulated 108 yards and two touchdowns in the first half before helping the Owls rally from a 15-point third-quarter deficit with touchdown runs on back-to-back possessions in the fourth. Brown became just the fourth Temple running back to rush for four touchdowns in a game while tying the Michie Stadium touchdown record that was originally set by Pittsburgh’s Tony Dorsett in 1975. The landmark performance nets Brown this week’s Next Level Player of the Week honors.

Brown wasn’t the only Maryland native in action for Temple on Saturday as quarterback
Chester Stewart, a Hanover native, completed 7 of 16 passes for 127 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown pass to Michael Campbell with 6 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Stewart’s touchdown pass marked the first of Temple’s 29 unanswered points against the Black Knights. He also picked up 19 yards on five carries, fumbling once. Senior defensive back Kwame Johnson (Parkville) notched one tackle, while redshirt freshman linebacker Gary Onuekwusi (Dunbar) and junior offensive lineman Pat Boyle (Calvert Hall) received playing time, but did not record any statistics.

• Maryland sophomore defensive back Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley) made six tackles in the Terrapins’ 21-16 win over Duke. Sophomore defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Severn native) registered three solo tackles, including one for a 1-yard loss, senior wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) assisted with two tackles on special teams and freshman defensive back Matt Robinson (Atholton) assisted on one tackle. Freshman tight end Dave Stinebaugh (Perry Hall) hauled in a 19-yard reception during the third quarter.

• Virginia’s Raynard Horne (Overlea) filled a number of roles in the Cavaliers’ 34-14 loss to Florida State, returning two kicks for 49 yards and catching three passes for 28 yards. The senior also rushed for three yards on his only carry of the game. Junior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins (Westminster native, Good Counsel graduate) assisted on one tackle.

• Redshirt freshman Michael Campanaro (River Hill) returned three kickoffs for 45 yards in Wake Forest’s 24-20 loss to Georgia Tech. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) recorded no stats, but was flagged for a 5-yard false start penalty in the first quarter.

• North Carolina junior linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) made three solo tackles in the Tar Heels’ 42-17 win over East Carolina. Freshman defensive lineman Derrell Johnson (Cardinal Gibbons) clogged the North Carolina rushing lanes to the tune of seven tackles, including four solo stops.

• Last week’s Next Level Player of the Week, redshirt sophomore safety Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley), registered four assisted tackles in Connecticut’s 40-21 victory over Vanderbilt. Freshman athlete Leon Kinnard (Loyola) and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard (McDonogh) also received playing time for the Huskies, but did not record any stats.

• Junior wide receiver Xavier Martin's (Joppatowne) 79-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter helped Utah State to a 31-16 win over Brigham Young.

• Arkansas State junior defensive back Darron Edwards (Dunbar) registered nine tackles in a 34-24 loss to Louisville.

• Senior linebacker Jerry Haubuger (Eastern Tech) made five tackles, including one for a half-yard loss in Navy’s 14-6 loss at Air Force.

• Ole Miss junior defensive end Wayne Dorsey (Southwestern) recorded two tackles in the Rebels’ 42-35 victory over Kentucky.

• San Jose State junior cornerback Brandon Driver returned three kicks for 63 yards and made two tackles on defense in the Spartans’ 14-13 loss to UC Davis.

• Remember, this list only focuses on natives of Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County and Howard County who appear on NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision rosters. Feel free to post updates in the comment section below on any other players from the state of Maryland.


Mike Miller is an intern at The Baltimore Sun. He will be providing updates each Monday on former local high school football standouts who now play for FBS schools on Recruiting Report. Mike can be reached at xcxmmiller@baltsun.com.
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Weekend wrap – Ross dominates again

The Charter School of Wilmington (Del.) moved to 4-0 this weekend, thanks in large part to an offensive explosion by Brandon Ross.

The Maryland-bound running back scored four touchdowns and racked up 325 all-purpose yards in the Force's 26-21 win over A.I. du Pont on Saturday.

"On the outside, I had great blocking from my receivers," Ross said. "They threw great crack blocks, and I cannot do what I did tonight without my blocking. They made it possible for me to break free."

• UM tight end recruit Ryan Malleck had a solid performance in Point Pleasant Boro's 49-24 loss to Wall (N.J.).

For Point Boro, quarterback Steven Krohn threw for 220 yards, 81 of which went to University of Maryland recruit Ryan Malleck.

• Maryland defensive back recruit Jeremiah Hendy made an impact on the offensive side of the ball in Bowie's 21-7 loss to Suitland.

Jeremiah Hendy caught five passes for 31 yards, while Derek Goode caught five passes for 47 yards.

• Terps linebacker pledge Cole Farrand led his Pope John squad to a 42-14 victory over Vernon (N.J.).

"Cole (Farrand) pretty much ripped us apart at halftime,'' said running back Matt Pepe, who ran for three second-half scores. "He told us we lose everything if we lose this game. He fired us up. And we came out and played Pope John football.''

• Maryland has picked up a commitment from Island Coast (Fla.) defensive end Jimmy Stewart, according to ESPN.com. Check back with Recruiting Report tomorrow for more on Stewart's decision.

Basketball recruiting

• The Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World reports that DeMatha power forward Mikael Hopkins, who sports a Maryland offer, visited Kansas this weekend.

Hopkins is on campus on his official recruiting visit. He has visited Ohio State officially and Georgetown unofficially and has trips planned to Miami (Fla.), West Virginia and Texas. He will announce his college choice on Nov. 1.

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October 1, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

The Maryland men's basketball program is reportedly hosting a four-star prospect this weekend.

According to Scout.com, DeSoto (Texas) High power forward Antwan Space is headed to College Park for an official visit. Space recently impressed at the Dallas Great American Shootout.

Forward Antwan Space (DeSoto, Texas/ DeSoto) showed why he has turned heads on the recruiting trail this summer. He is a long, active athlete who excels in transition. Arkansas is in strong position for his services as he said he "loves the Hogs."

• Terps power forward target Johnny O'Bryant will make a visit to Miami.

The Canes are joined by LSU, Maryland, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, and Alabama.

• Former UM small forward target Dorian Finney-Smith is headed to Virginia Tech.

Calling it the college "that will allow me to be successful in life and on the basketball court," he chose the Hokies over Florida and hometown Old Dominion.

Football recruiting

• UM athlete recruit Delonte Morton remains on DeMatha's inactive list.

DeMatha will be missing running back Delonte Morton for the third consecutive game with a sprained ankle, but, with the exception of the 35-10 loss to Gilman, the Stags have been able to move the ball. DeMatha has scored at least 35 points in each of its victories.

• TheSabre.com reports that Terps linebacker target Travis Hughes is taking an official visit to Virginia for the Miami game.

Virginia scores an official visit despite not being in Hughes’ top five prior to the start of the 2010 season. Hughes has spoken highly of the UVa staff, however, and has been impressed with the way the team looks so far this season. He currently claims no favorites, though UNC led for several months, Maryland is where his bother, Trenton, plays and he had a great trip to VT in September. Obviously, UVa is hoping Travis follows through and makes all five officials.

• Terrapin Station caught up this week with Maryland defensive back target Steven Montgomery.

Last season, the three-star recruit played mostly at safety, but this season his role has been at cornerback. The Maryland coaches have said they want him to play a variety of positions, similar to the role [Desmond] Kearse currently plays for the Terps. “They said they want to move me all over the field,” Montgomery said. “Some corner, some safety, sometimes in the box to blitz the quarterback, a little bit of a lot of different positions.”

• The Washington Post's Recruiting Spotlight video feature takes a look this week at Maryland defensive back commitment Jeremiah Hendy. Click here to see the video.

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