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November 30, 2010

Damion Lee stands out at prep school

damion-lee-st-thomas-more.jpg The surroundings are different, but the spotlight is just as bright this season for Damion Lee.

The 2010 Calvert Hall graduate, who helped the Cardinals to last spring’s Baltimore Catholic League championship, is now spending a post-grad season at perennial prep powerhouse St. Thomas More in Oakdale, Conn. Earlier this month, Lee was one of the standout players at the National Prep Showcase in New Haven, Conn.

“Damion really came out and he was tremendous. On [the first day of the tournament], we played Lee Academy from Maine, beat them handily,” said St. Thomas More coach Jere Quinn, who noted that Lee scored 19 points in the win. “It was a great learning experience. I thought the kid was good, and it was good for him seeing what was out there and recognizing prep schools for what they really are, especially the high level of competition.”

Lee, a 6-foot-5 wing and second-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection as a senior, signed a letter of intent to Towson last fall, but reevaluated his decision over the course of the school year. Lee, a full qualifier who just turned 18 this fall, decided a post-grad season would be best for his development.

Lee suited up for D.C. Assault over the summer and, at some point, picked the brain of former AAU teammate Bryon Allen, now a freshman guard at George Mason who prepped at St. Thomas More. Allen and his mother highly recommended Quinn’s program, and shortly thereafter Lee made his decision. It’s been a great fit for both parties so far.

“I think what Damion brings is leadership and hard work and intensity and energy,” Quinn said. “We open the gym at 6:30 in the morning, and he hasn’t missed a day. He’s tremendously committed. He wants to get better. He gets along with his teammates and he gets along with his classmates. He’s a 6-5 kid who can put the ball on the floor, is pretty athletic and shoots it very well. He’s just a young kid who’s got a very bright future ahead of him.”

Lee already has scholarship offers from Hofstra, Northeastern and St. Bonaventure, while Quinn said he has also heard from Boston College, Delaware, Fordham, Loyola Marymount, Manhattan, Penn State and Siena. After the National Prep Showcase, Lee’s stock is definitely on the rise.

“A lot of people are very interested in him,” Quinn said. “A lot of people came in to watch us earlier and watch us as we progress. The more people see Damion, the more people like Damion. He’s going to have an opportunity to go to the highest level of basketball. Now is that the smartest move? It’s all about what the team makeup is. It’s OK going to a smaller place. You’re going to get a heck of a lot of minutes at a mid-major. If he gets the opportunity to go and play immediately, that may be his best decision. He’s also trying to compete in a good situation. … Our objective is to put him in a place where he’s going to play, be a successful student and be where he’s comfortable.”

The most notable member of this year’s St. Thomas More squad is Andre Drummond, a five-star prospect and the No. 1 player in the 2012 class, according to Rivals.com. It’s early in the Chancellors’ season, but so far Lee and Drummond have worked well together.

“We have a nice squad,” Quinn said. “We have guys who can get points, but Damion is really good in his position. He’s been the leading scorer in the first two games. He makes shots. When he’s making shots, Andre Drummond is playing well. In practice, [Lee is] the hardest-working kid. So he’s certainly one of the main guys and probably our greatest leader right now. I would certainly say we have many hard-working kids, but he works the hardest. He gives the most out of anybody. Nobody outworks him.”

Baltimore Sun photo of Damion Lee by Gene Sweeney Jr. / Jan. 22, 2010

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November 29, 2010

The Next Level: Austin, Clarke lead W.Va.

ryan-clarke-mountaineers.jpg tavon-austin-mountaineers.jpg The college football regular season is finally drawing to a close, and many Football Bowl Subdivision schools wrapped up their respective campaigns this weekend. We’ll begin our final roundup of the season in Pittsburgh, Pa., where the West Virginia Mountaineers pounded the Pittsburgh Panthers, 35-10, at Heinz Field.

The Mountaineers were led by a pair of former local standouts as sophomore receiver Tavon Austin (Dunbar) and redshirt sophomore running back Ryan Clarke (Glen Burnie native, DeMatha graduate) combined to score four touchdowns. Clarke tallied the Mountaineers’ first and last touchdowns of the afternoon, beginning with a 2-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth. Austin caught two touchdown passes, including a 71-yard reception to open the third quarter and a 12-yard score to close the third. Austin also rushed for 12 yards on his only carry. Both players’ exceptional performances net them this season’s first Next Level Co-Player of the Week Award.

Also for the Mountaineers, sophomore defensive back Terence Garvin (Loyola) picked up four tackles, returned a fumble recovery 29 yards, broke up one pass and had one quarterback hurry. Redshirt sophomore offensive linemen John Bassler (Francis Scott Key) and Jeff Braun (Winters Mill) both received playing time, but did not record any statistics.

• Maryland sophomore defensive back Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley) returned a second-quarter interception 26 yards and made four tackles, two solo, in the Terps’ 38-31 win over North Carolina State. Freshman linebacker David Mackall (Edmondson) sacked N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson for an 8-yard loss in the second quarter. Senior receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) caught one pass for 29 yards, made one tackle on special teams and forced a fourth-quarter fumble on kickoff coverage. Junior linebacker Nick Peterson (Broadneck), freshman defensive back Matt Robinson (Atholton) and sophomore tight end Ryan Schlothauer (Eastern Tech) all received playing time, but recorded no statistics.

• Redshirt sophomore linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) made four tackles, three solo, and had one quarterback hurry in Wake Forest’s 34-13 win over Vanderbilt. Redshirt freshman Michael Campanaro (River Hill) returned one kickoff 25 yards and cornerback Kevin Johnson (River Hill) registered three tackles, one for a loss of 1 yard.

• Virginia Tech freshman cornerback Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) registered 10 tackles, eight solo in a 37-7 win over Virginia. Fuller made three tackles for a loss of 7 yards and broke up two passes. Cavaliers junior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins (Westminster native, Good Counsel grad) assisted on four tackles.

• North Carolina junior linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) had three tackles in the Tar Heels’ 24-19 win over Duke.

• Rutgers sophomore Nick DePaola (Hereford) assisted on one tackle in a 40-13 loss to Louisville.

• Connecticut sophomore safety Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley) returned an interception 17 yards and made six tackles in the Huskies’ 38-17 win over Cincinnati. Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard (McDonogh) played, but did not record any statistics.

• East Carolina freshman defensive lineman Derrel Johnson (Cardinal Gibbons) assisted on one tackle in the Pirates’ 45-38 loss to Southern Methodist.

• Sophomore running back Matt Brown rushed for 56 yards on 14 carries in Temple’s 23-3 loss at Miami of Ohio. Brown – a Baltimore native from the Peddie School in New Jersey – netted 66 all-purpose yards after hauling in 10-yard reception from quarterback Mike Gerardi in the third quarter. Junior offensive lineman Pat Boyle (Calvert Hall) recorded one tackle after Gerardi was intercepted in the fourth. Miami freshman defensive lineman Mwanza Wamulumba (Meade) played, but did not record any statistics.

• Arkansas State junior defensive back Darron Edwards (Dunbar) made three tackles in a 31-24 loss at Florida International.

• Ohio State senior kicker Devin Barclay (McDonogh) connected on field goals of 36, 33 and 23 yards, and was good on all four extra point attempts in the Buckeyes’ 37-7 win over Michigan.

• Utah senior receiver Shaky Smithson (Douglass) caught three passes for 35 yards in the Utes’ 17-16 win over Brigham Young. Smithson also returned one kickoff 13 yards and returned two punts for two yards.

• New Mexico sophomore defensive back Emmanuel McPhearson (Columbia native, DeMatha graduate) returned seven kickoffs for 138 yards in the Lobos’ 66-17 loss to Texas Christian. McPhearson made one tackle, broke up one pass and fumbled a first-quarter kick return.

• Mississippi State junior defensive tackle James Carmon (City) assisted with two tackles in a 31-23 win at Mississippi.

• San Jose State junior cornerback Brandon Driver (Parkville) returned four kickoffs for 139 yards in a 45-38 loss to Louisiana Tech. Driver also made two tackles, recovered a fumble, broke up two passes and hauled in a 5-yard pass.

• 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.

U.S. Presswire photos of Ryan Clarke (left) and Tavon Austin (right) by Charles LeClaire / Nov. 26, 2010.

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Categories: The Next Level
        

Weekend wrap – Stewart's squad moves on

Jimmy Stewart's Island Coast squad is just one win away from the Florida Class 2B championship game.

The Maryland-bound linebacker got the Gators on the board early in their 42-21 win over Orlando Lake Highland Prep.

[Evan Jager's] third pass of the game was into the waiting arms of Gator defensive end Jimmy Stewart.

The Maryland recruit corralled the ball and sprinted 15 yards into the end zone to put his team up, 13-0 only three minutes into the game.

• Terps offensive line pledge Andrew Zeller will play in the Pennsylvania District 3 Class AAAA championship game after his Red Lion team recorded a 14-0 win over Daniel Boone.

The 6-6, 286-pound Zeller, who accepted a Division I college scholarship to the University of Maryland, helped toss the shutout by batting down three pass attempts and joining with other down linemen, Brooks Arnold, Warren Johnson and Nick Kocman to close the running lanes for most of the night.

• UM fullback commitment Tyler Cierski's senior season came to an end Friday with Mill Creek's 27-14 loss to Colquitt County in the Georgia Class AAAAA quarterfinals.

The Packers appeared unimpressed with Cierski’s size and 745 yards rushing. He had just eight yards on eight carries, although he did catch four passes for 62 yards and a touchdown.

• Maryland offensive line recruit Stephen Grommer picked up an honor this week from the local media in Spartanburg, S.C.

Spartanburg offensive lineman Stephen Grommer is the ESPN 1400 AM/97.1 FM Hawg of the Week. The Maryland commitment and Shrine Bowl selection consistently graded out at 90 percent during the season.

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November 26, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

A relaxing holiday weekend isn't in store for at least two Maryland football commitments.

Mill Creek (Ga.) fullback Tyler Cierski and Red Lion (Pa.) offensive lineman Andrew Zeller both have playoff games scheduled for Friday night.

Cierski's Hawks have a road matchup with Colquitt County in a Georgia Class AAAAA quarterfinal.

Then there is senior Tyler Cierski, a 6-foot-1, 260-pound fullback, who has (sic) rshed for 745 yards and 11 [touchdowns].

And Cierski is no plodder. He is often the pitch man when [Hawks quarterback John] Russ runs the option.

Zeller's Red Lion squad, meanwhile, faces Daniel Boone in a Pennsylvania District 3-AAAA semifinal Friday. In last week's win over Dallastown, Zeller was a force on the defensive line.

"In our last game, (defensive tackle) Andrew Zeller had eight solo tackles, four assisted tackles, three tackles for a loss, one sack and one pass deflection," Red Lion coach Pat Conrad told the York (Pa.) Dispatch.

• The Terps remain in the mix for Woodland Hills (Pa.) defensive end Quinton Jefferson.

[Julian] Turner is joined on the interior by seniors Justin Littlejohn, James Price and Alfonzo Strozier. The other returning starter, senior Quinton Jefferson, starts at defensive end. Jefferson is one of two heavily recruited seniors on the defense, and lists Iowa, Cincinnati and Maryland as his leaders.

• DeMatha offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio recently narrowed his list of schools to five.

Kouandjio, a 6-foot-7, 322-pound athletic tackle who runs a 5-second 40-yard dash, has Alabama, Iowa, USC, Miami and New Mexico as his finalists. His older brother already plays for the Crimson Tide. Arie Kouandjio (6-5, 335), also of Dematha Catholic School in Hyattsville, Md., is a starting tackle.

Basketball recruiting

• Terps junior forward target Cinmeon Bowers was named one of 25 players to watch by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The punishing 6-foot-6 forward will be a load to deal with for any team. Bowers has scholarship offers from Maryland, DePaul and Iowa. He sat out last season after transferring from Nicolet, where he averaged 10.7 points per game as a sophomore.

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November 25, 2010

The Next Level: Morgan's Thompson playing tough

kevin-thompson-next-level.jpg Thanks for checking into the Next Level for our second men’s college basketball roundup of the season.

We’re always excited to highlight some of the former local high school basketball standouts who decided to stay home for college, and this week we recognize Morgan State junior forward Kevin Thompson. The Walbrook graduate scored 61 points and posted 32 rebounds over four games this week.

On Saturday, Thompson finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, three blocks and three steals in the Bears’ 79-74 loss at La Salle. He had 14 points and 10 rebounds against Providence on Nov. 18, 12 points and eight rebounds against Western Illinois on Tuesday, and 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. North Florida on Wednesday.

Here’s how the rest of the group fared:

Bryant

Raphael Jordan, sophomore guard, John Carroll

76-66 loss to Army: scored 11 points, 4-for-14 field goals, 3-for-5 three pointers, three defensive rebounds, one assist, six steals, one block and three personal fouls in 35 minutes.

69-66 loss to Harvard on Wednesday: scored two points, 1-for-3 FG, 0-for-2 3P, four rebounds (one offensive), one assist, one personal foul in 19 minutes.

Charlotte

Jamar Briscoe, sophomore guard, Cardinal Gibbons

78-56 loss to George Mason on Nov. 18: scored team-high 20 points, 6-for-12 FG, 0-for-3 3P, 8-for-10 FT, two defensive rebounds, three personal fouls, two assists, four turnovers and one steal in 36 minutes.

74-63 win over East Carolina on Nov.19: scored 12 points, 4-for-10 FG, 2-for-5 3P, 2-for-2 FT, four rebounds (three defensive), two personal fouls, two assists, three turnovers and three steals in 36 minutes.

79-75 overtime loss to Coastal Carolina on Nov. 21: scored seven points, 0-for-4 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 7-for-10 FT, two rebounds, five personal fouls, five assists, five turnovers and two steals in 39 minutes.

83-70 loss to Oregon State on Wednesday: scored 20 points, 6-for-13 FG, 5-for-10 3P, 3-for-3 FT, six rebounds, five assists, two steals, six turnovers, three personal fouls in 30 minutes.

Connecticut

Roscoe Smith, freshman forward, Walbrook, Oak Hill (Va.)

83-79 win over Wichita State on Monday in the EA Sports Maui Invitational: scored 10 points, 4-for-4 field goals, 2-for-2 3P, three rebounds (two defensive) and two personal fouls in 22 minutes.

70-67 win over Michigan State on Tuesday in the EA Sports Maui Invitational: scored eight points, 2-for-6 FG, 1-for-3 3P, 3-for-4 FT, eight rebounds (five offensive), three personal fouls and three blocks in 27 minutes.

84-67 win over Kentucky on Wednesday in the EA Sports Maui Invitational: held scoreless, two rebounds (one offensive), one assist, one block, three personal fouls in 11 minutes.

Coppin State

Ceslovas Kucinskas, senior center, Mount Carmel

71-69 overtime win over UMBC on Tuesday: scored five points, 1-for-3 FG, 3-for-4 FT, four rebounds (two offensive), four personal fouls, one assist, one turnover and one block in 19 minutes.

Delaware

Devon Saddler, freshman guard, Aberdeen, Winchendon (Mass.) Prep

66-34 win over Howard on Nov. 19: scored two points, 1-for-2 FG, 0-for-2 FT, three rebounds (two defensive), six assists, two turnovers, one block and one steal in 11 minutes.

Eastern Illinois

Levi Noel, freshman guard, Towson Catholic

73-62 loss to Loyola (Chicago) on Nov. 18: 0-for-1 FG, one personal foul and one assist in seven minutes.

57-40 win over Indiana-South Bend on Nov. 20: scored 10 points, 4-for-9 FG, 2-for-3 3P, two rebounds (one offensive), one personal foul in 19 minutes.

63-56 win over Bradley on Wednesday: held scoreless, 0-for-2 FT, two offensive rebounds, one personal foul in eight minutes.

Elon

Ryley Beaumont, freshman forward, Mount St. Joseph

89-70 loss at Wake Forest on Nov. 20: scored four points, 2-for-2 FG, two defensive rebounds and one block in 10 minutes.

76-56 win over Hampden-Sydney on Monday: scored seven points, 3-for-6 FG, 0-for-2 3P, 1-for-3 FT, three rebounds (two defensive), two personal fouls in 11 minutes.

Georgetown

Henry Sims, junior center, Mount St. Joseph

80-61 win over Coastal Carolina on Nov. 18: scored two points, 1-for-1 FG, one defensive rebound, one personal foul, one turnover, one block and one steal in nine minutes.

74-59 win over Wofford on Nov. 19: scored six points, 3-for-3 FG, five defensive rebounds, four personal fouls, one turnover, one block and one steal in 10 minutes.

82-67 win over North Carolina State on Nov. 21: scored four points, 2-for-6 FG, nine rebounds (five defensive), two personal fouls, five assists, two turnovers, one block and one steal in 15 minutes.

Grambling State

Rupert Rose, sophomore guard, Walbrook

75-52 loss at Arkansas on Nov. 18: scored five points, 0-for-2 FG, 5-for-7 FT, four personal fouls, one assist, four turnovers and two steals in 16 minutes.

74-70 loss to Florida Gulf Coast on Nov. 20: scored four points, 1-for-3 FG, 0-for-2 3P, 2-for-5 FT, one defensive rebound, one personal foul, three assist, one turnover and two steals in 13 minutes.

77-76 overtime win over Southeast Missouri State on Monday: scored six points, 1-for-3 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 4-for-4 FT, three rebounds (two offensive), two personal fouls, four assists and three steals in 22 minutes.

92-59 loss to Vanderbilt on Wednesday: scored three points, 1-for-6 FG, 1-for-1 3P, two rebounds, two assists, two steals, one turnover, two personal fouls in 16 minutes.

Holy Cross

Devin Brown, junior guard, City

55-52 loss at New Hampshire on Nov. 20: scored team-high 16 points, 4-for-10 FG, 1-for-4 3P, 7-for-9 FT, two personal fouls, four turnovers and two steals in 23 minutes.

69-54 loss at Boston College on Monday: scored 11 points, 4-for-9 FG, 1-for-4 3P, 2-for-2 FT, two defensive rebounds, one assist, one turnover and one steal in 25 minutes.

La Salle

Steve Weingarten, senior forward, Catonsville

88-74 win over Prairie View A&M on Nov. 18: scored three points, 1-for-4 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 1-for-2 FT, five rebounds (four defensive), two personal fouls and one steal in nine minutes.

79-74 win over Morgan State on Nov. 20: scored two points, 1-for-2 FG, 0-for-1 3P, one defensive rebounds, two personal fouls and one turnover in eight minutes.

84-73 win over Providence on Tuesday: scored two points, 1-for-2 FG, 0-for-1 FT, two rebounds (one offensive), one personal foul in nine minutes.

83-71 loss to Missouri on Wednesday: scored two points, 1-for-1 FG, one rebound, one steal in five minutes.

Loyola

Jamal Barney, senior guard, Southwestern

73-59 win over Dartmouth on Sunday: scored a game-high 18 points, 5-for-9 FG, 1-for-2 3P, 7-for-8 FT, three rebounds (two offensive), one personal foul, four assists, six turnovers and two steals in 30 minutes.

51-48 loss to Vermont on Wednesday: scored nine points, 4-for-16 FG, 0-for-4 3P, 1-for-2 FT, three rebounds (two offensive), two steals, one block, two turnovers, one personal foul in 32 minutes.

Dylon Cormier, freshman point guard, Cardinal Gibbons

73-59 win over Dartmouth on Sunday: scored nine points, 3-for-9 FG, 2-for-5 3P, 1-for-4 FT, eight rebounds (four offensive), three personal fouls, one assist in 27 minutes.

51-48 loss to Vermont on Wednesday: scored eight points, 4-for-9 FG, 0-for-3 3P, two offensive rebounds, three personal fouls in 25 minutes.

Marist

Dejuan Goodwin, junior guard, Mount St. Joseph

58-37 loss at Boston on Nov. 19: scored two points, 1-for-3 FG, 0-for-2 3P, 0-for-2 FT, one defensive rebound, one personal foul, three assists, one turnover and one steal in 21 minutes.

102-74 loss to Belmont on Monday: scored six points, 3-for-7 FG, 0-for-1 3P, two defensive rebounds, two personal fouls, two assists, five turnovers and two steals in 17 minutes.

81-59 loss at Wake Forest on Tuesday: scored four points, 2-for-4 FG, 0-for-1 3P, two defensive rebounds, four personal fouls, three assists and two steals in 25 minutes.

Marshall

Johnny Higgins, junior guard, Randallstown, Frank Phillips Junior College (Texas)

69-68 loss to Chattanooga on Nov. 20: scored six points, 1-for-4 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 4-for-5 FT, two defensive rebounds, one personal foul, four assists, two turnovers in 18 minutes.

66-60 win over Jackson State on Monday: scored two points, 0-for-1 FG, 2-for-2 FT, one defensive rebound, one personal foul, one turnover in 14 minutes.

Maryland

Dino Gregory, senior forward, Mount St. Joseph

79-70 loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 18: scored seven points, 3-for-7 FG, 1-for-2 FT, two rebounds (one offensive), five personal fouls and four blocks in 35 minutes.

80-76 loss to Illinois on Nov. 19: scored 10 points, 4-for-8 FG, 2-for-2 FT, 10 rebounds (six offensive), four personal fouls, one turnover, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes.

72-54 win over Delaware State on Tuesday: scored 14 points, 7-for-10 FG, eight rebounds (six defensive), two personal fouls, three assists, three steals, one turnover and one block in 28 minutes.

Sean Mosley, junior shooting guard, St. Frances

79-70 loss to Pittsburgh on Nov. 18: scored seven points, 3-for-9 FG, 0-for-3 3P, 1-for-3 FT, six rebounds (five defensive), four personal fouls, three assists, one block and one steal in 32 minutes.

80-76 loss to Illinois on Nov. 19: scored 14 points, 5-for-13, 0-for-2 3P, 4-for-5 FT, two rebounds (one offensive), five personal fouls, five assists, three turnovers and one steal in 34 minutes.

72-54 win over Delaware State on Tuesday: scored six points, 2-for-6 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 2-for-2 FT, four rebounds (two offensive), one assist and six turnovers in 26 minutes.

Massachusetts

Terrell Vinson, sophomore forward, St. Frances

71-57 win over New Mexico State on Nov. 20: scored 10 points, 5-for-8 FG, 0-for-1 3P, six rebounds (five defensive), one personal foul, two assists, two turnovers and one steal in 23 minutes.

67-48 win over Texas Christian on Monday: scored nine points, 4-for-6 FG, 1-for-1 3P, 0-for-3 FT, three personal fouls, two assists, one turnover and one steal in 21 minutes.

83-56 win over American International on Wednesday: scored one point, 0-for-2 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 1-for-2 FT, five rebounds (three offensive), two steals, two turnovers, five personal fouls in 10 minutes.

Memphis

Antonio Barton, freshman guard, Lake Clifton, Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)

71-60 win over LSU on Sunday: scored two points, 1-for-1 FG, one defensive rebound, one personal foul and one turnover in 11 minutes.

102-80 win over Tennessee-Martin on Tuesday: scored five points, 2-for-5 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 1-for-2 FT, one defensive rebounds, two personal fouls, two assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

Will Barton, freshman guard, Lake Clifton, Brewster (N.H.) Academy

71-60 win over LSU on Sunday: scored eight points, 3-for-5 FG, 1-for-2 3P, 1-for-1 FT, three defensive rebounds, four personal fouls, one assist, three turnovers and three steals in 23 minutes.

102-80 win over Tennessee-Martin on Tuesday: scored 20 points, 8-for-16 FG, 4-for-9 3P, 0-for-3 FT, five rebounds (three offensive) two personal fouls and six assists in 25 minutes.

Missouri

Kim English, junior guard, Randallstown, Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)

66-61 win over Western Illinois on Nov. 18: scored eight points, 3-for-10 FG, 0-for-3 3P, 2-for-5 FT, six rebounds (three offensive), one personal foul, one assist, two turnovers, one block and three steals in 27 minutes.

96-58 win over North Florida on Nov. 20: scored 13 points, 5-for-7 FG, 2-for-4 3P, 1-for-3 FT, one defensive rebound, four personal fouls, two assists, four turnovers and two steals in 25 minutes.

72-62 win over Wyoming on Tuesday: scored 11 points, 3-for-10 FG, 2-for-7 3P, 3-for-4 FT, seven rebounds (four offensive), five assists, three turnovers and two steals in 28 minutes.

83-71 win over La Salle on Wednesday: held scoreless, 0-for-3 FG, 0-for-2 3P, two personal fouls in eight minutes.

Morgan State

Larry Bastfield, junior point guard, Towson Catholic, Toledo transfer

77-55 loss at Providence on Nov. 18: scored two points, 1-for-6 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 0-for-1 FT, four rebounds (two offensive), two personal fouls, one assist and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

79-74 loss at La Salle on Nov. 20: scored seven points, 3-for-5 FG, 1-for-1 3P, two defensive rebounds, four personal fouls, three assists and two turnovers in 25 minutes.

72-53 win over Western Illinois on Tuesday: scored two points, 1-for-3 FG, 0-for-2 FT, one defensive rebounds, two personal fouls, six assists and one turnover in 33 minutes.

59-52 loss to North Florida on Wednesday: scored six points, 2-for-5 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 2-for-3 FT, three assists, one steal, one block, one turnover and three personal fouls in 27 minutes.

Aric Brooks, junior small forward, St. Frances, Jacksonville transfer

77-55 loss at Providence on Nov. 18: scored 13 points, 4-for-5 FG, 1-for-1 3P, 4-for-5 FT, eight rebounds (six defensive), one personal foul, two assists, three turnovers and one block in 33 minutes.

79-74 loss at La Salle on Nov. 20: scored five points, 2-for-7 FG, 1-for-2 3P, six rebounds (five defensive), four personal fouls, two assists, three turnovers and one steal in 34 minutes.

72-53 win over Western Illinois on Tuesday: scored 17 points, 7-for-11 FG, 2-for-3 3P, 1-for-2 FT, three rebounds (two defensive), two personal fouls and four assists in 35 minutes.

59-52 loss to North Florida on Wednesday: scored seven points, 2-for-12 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 3-for-4 FT, 10 rebounds (six offensive), one assist and two turnovers in 38 minutes.

Justin Jackson, freshman point guard, Digital Harbor

77-55 loss at Providence on Nov. 18: went 0-for-2 from the field and committed one personal foul in five minutes.

79-74 loss at La Salle on Nov. 20: scored one point, 0-for-1 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 1-for-2 FT, one offensive rebounds, one personal foul, one assist and one turnover in 10 minutes.

72-53 win over Western Illinois on Tuesday: scored two points, 1-for-1 FG, one assist, one turnover and one steal in five minutes.

59-52 loss to North Florida on Wednesday: missed only shot attempt in seven minutes of action.

Rodney Stokes, senior forward, Old Mill

77-55 loss at Providence on Nov. 18: went 0-for-1 from the field, one defensive rebound, four personal fouls and one turnover in 10 minutes.

79-74 loss at La Salle on Nov. 20: scored two points, 1-for-4 FG, three rebounds (two offensive), two personal fouls and one turnover in 15 minutes.

72-53 win over Western Illinois on Tuesday: scored 10 points, 4-for-6 FG, 2-for-2 FT, three rebounds (two offensive), four personal fouls and two steals in 14 minutes.

59-52 loss to North Florida on Wednesday: scored nine points, 4-for-6 FG, 1-for-2 FT, four rebounds (two offensive), one block and two turnovers in 16 minutes.

Kevin Thompson, junior center, Walbrook

77-55 loss at Providence on Nov. 18: scored team-high 14 points, 6-for-18 FG, 2-for-2 FT, 10 rebounds (seven defensive), three personal fouls, one assist and four turnovers in 37 minutes.

79-74 loss at La Salle on Nov. 20: scored 25 points, 11-for-19 FG, 3-for-6 FT, 10 rebounds (six offensive), three personal fouls, three assists, two turnovers, three blocks and three steals in 36 minutes.

72-53 win over Western Illinois on Tuesday: scored 12 points, 3-for-6 FG, 6-for-6 FT, eight rebounds (seven defensive), four personal fouls, three assists, two turnovers and one steal in 35 minutes.

59-52 loss to North Florida on Wednesday: scored 10 points, 4-for-6 FG, 2-for-2 FT, 10 rebounds (eight defensive), one block, three turnovers and three personal fouls in 33 minutes.

Mount St. Mary's

Raven Barber, sophomore forward, Paul VI, Edgewood native

68-62 win over Savannah State on Nov. 20: scored eight points, 2-for-3 FG, 4-for-5 FT, five rebounds (four defensive), one assist, one block, one turnover and one personal foul in 23 minutes.

65-63 loss at Niagara on Monday: scored 13 points, 6-for-6 FG, 1-for-2 FT, nine defensive rebounds, three personal fouls, two assists, one turnover and one block in 34 minutes.

Notre Dame

Eric Atkins, freshman point guard, Mount St. Joseph

97-72 win over Maine on Monday: scored three points, 1-for-7 FG, 1-for-3 3P, three defensive rebounds, two personal fouls, five assists and one block in 22 minutes.

Oklahoma

Andrew Fitzgerald, sophomore forward, Owings Mills, Brewster (N.H.) Academy

82-52 win over Texas Southern on Nov. 18: scored two points, 1-for-1 FG, five defensive rebounds, four personal fouls, four turnovers in 20 minutes.

76-64 loss to Kentucky on Monday: scored 14 points, 7-for-14 FG, 0-for-3 FT, five rebounds (four defensive), one personal foul, three turnovers, one block and one steal in 39 minutes.

74-56 loss to Virginia on Tuesday: scored nine points, 3-for-4 FG, 3-for-3 FT, three rebounds (two defensive), four personal fouls and two turnovers in 19 minutes.

68-64 loss to Chaminade on Wednesday: scored 11 points, 5-for-8 FG, 1-for-2 FT, three rebounds (two offensive), one turnover, four personal fouls in 24 minutes.

Penn State

Cammeron Wodyard, junior guard, Winters Mill

64-49 win over Fairfield on Nov. 19: scored three points, 1-for-3 FG, 1-for-2 3P, one turnover and one steal in 13 minutes.

77-61 win over CCSU on Monday: shot 0-for-3 from the field, 0-for-2 3P, two defensive rebounds and two turnovers in 15 minutes.

Quinnipiac

Raheem May-Thompson, sophomore forward, Towson Catholic

79-75 loss to Vermont on Nov. 20: went 0-for-1 from the field, three personal fouls and one block in six minutes.

69-52 win over Dartmouth on Nov. 23: scored two points, 1-for-3 FG, two rebounds (one offensive) two personal fouls, two turnovers and one steal in 10 minutes.

Radford

Jeremy Robinson, senior point guard, Northwestern, Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College

85-56 loss to South Carolina on Nov. 19: scored five points, 0-for-3 FG, 5-for-6 FT, five personal fouls, two assists and one steal in 14 minutes.

81-55 loss to George Mason on Wednesday: held scoreless, 0-for-1 FG, two assists, one steal, two turnovers, three personal fouls in 25 minutes.

Syracuse

C.J. Fair, freshman forward, City, Brewster (N.H.) Academy

63-60 win over William & Mary on Sunday: scored two points 0-for-1 FG, 2-for-2 FT, one personal foul and two blocks in nine minutes.

Texas A&M

Naji Hibbert, sophomore guard, DeMatha, Baltimore native

77-46 win over Texas A&M International on Nov. 19: scored 12 points, 3-for-7 FG, 2-for-5 3P, 4-for-4 FT, one defensive rebound, two assists and two turnovers in 22 minutes.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Terence Jones, sophomore guard, Lake Clifton, Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)

83-70 loss at Ohio on Nov. 21: scored 11 points, 3-for-7 FG, 1-for-5 3P, 4-for-6 FT, one defensive rebound, one assist, one turnover and two steals in 32 minutes.

82-41 loss at Kansas on Nov. 23: scored four points, 1-for-6 FG, 1-for-4 3P, 1-for-2 FT, one defensive rebound and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

Towson

Braxton Dupree, junior forward, Calvert Hall

87-76 loss at Buffalo on Nov. 20: scored 14 points, 4-for-10 FG, 6-for-11 FT, 13 rebounds (nine defensive), one block, three turnovers and three personal fouls in 33 minutes.

89-84 loss to Navy on Wednesday: 14 points, 5-for-7 FG, 4-for-9 FT, 10 rebounds (four offensive), one steal, two blocks, two turnovers, four personal fouls in 24 minutes.

Troy Franklin, junior point guard, Mount Carmel

87-76 loss at Buffalo on Nov. 20: scored 10 points, 4-for-10 FG, 2-for-6 3P, two defensive rebounds, five assists, three turnovers and four personal fouls in 37 minutes.

89-84 loss to Navy on Wednesday: scored 18 points, 5-for-17 FG, 3-for-12 3P, 5-for-5 FT, three rebounds (two offensive), six assists, five turnovers, five personal fouls in 36 minutes.

Isaiah Philmore, sophomore forward, John Carroll

87-76 loss at Buffalo on Nov. 20: scored 21 points, 7-for-11 FG, 1-for-2 3P, 6-for-8 FT, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal, three turnovers and one personal foul in 37 minutes.

89-84 loss to Navy on Wednesday: scored seven points, 2-for-4 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 3-for-4 FT, eight rebounds (one offensive), three assists, one steal, two turnovers, four personal fouls in 31 minutes.

Danny Quinn, senior forward, Archbishop Spalding

87-76 loss at Buffalo on Nov. 20: posted one offensive rebound in less than a minute of action.

UMES

Dishawn Bradshaw, junior guard, St. Frances, ASA College (N.Y.)

86-68 win over Kean on Nov. 20: scored a team-high 18 points, 6-for-9 FG, 3-for-5 3P, 3-for-3 FT, four rebounds (two offensive), one assist and on turnover in 31 minutes.

86-80 loss against Northern Illinois on Wednesday: scored a team-high 20 points, 8-for-16 FG, 3-for-8 3P, 1-for-2 FT, three rebounds (two offensive), three personal fouls, four assists, one turnover and one steal in 38 minutes.

R.J. Tucker, senior center, Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold native

86-68 win over Kean on Nov. 20: did not register any statistics in under a minute of action.

UNC-Wilmington

Shane Reybold, freshman forward, Reservoir

81-41 loss at Ohio State on Nov. 20: missed two shots from the field, three rebounds (two offensive), one personal foul and one steal in five minutes.

84-79 loss at North Carolina A&T on Monday: recorded two defensive rebounds, two personal fouls in 13 minutes.

Vermont

Brendan Bald, sophomore shooting guard, Severna Park

79-75 win over Quinnipiac on Nov. 20: scored eight points, 2-for-7 FG, 1-for-2 3P, 3-for-7 FT, two defensive rebounds, four personal fouls, five assists, five turnovers in 28 minutes.

51-48 win over Loyola on Wednesday: scored four points, 2-for-8 FG, two rebounds, one assist, two turnovers, two personal fouls in 22 minutes.

Villanova

Isaiah Armwood, sophomore forward, Montrose Christian, Baltimore native

86-41 win over Lafayette on Nov. 20: scored two points, 1-for-6 FG, nine rebounds (seven defensive), one personal foul, one assist, one turnover and two blocks in 26 minutes.

82-70 win over UCLA on Wednesday: held scoreless, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, two personal fouls in 14 minutes.

Virginia Tech

Malcolm Delaney, senior guard, Towson Catholic

92-70 win over UNC-Greensboro on Sunday: scored a game-high 23 points, 8-for-12 FG, 1-for-4 3P, 6-for-6 FT, three personal fouls, four assists, nine turnovers and four steals in 35 minutes.

Wake Forest

Denmore McDermott, senior forward, St. Paul's

81-59 win over Marist on Tuesday: did not register any statistics in two minutes.

William & Mary

Matt Rum, sophomore guard, Loyola

63-60 loss at Syracuse on Sunday: scored eight points, 3-for-6 FG, 1-for-2 3P, 1-for-3 FT, four rebounds (three defensive), four personal fouls, three assists, two turnovers and one steal in 33 minutes.

Xavier

Jordan Latham, freshman forward, City

67-58 loss to Old Dominion on Monday: missed his only shot attempt, one defensive rebound, two personal fouls in seven minutes.


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 Kevin Thompson by Rick Stewart / March 19, 2010
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November 24, 2010

Prep school DB plans to play for Terps

Just a few months after Rodman Noel finished his senior season at Everett (Mass.) High, the football staffs at Boston College and Maryland recommended him to the coaches at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y.

After finishing his post-grad season with the Falcons this fall, Noel was ready to offer his pledge to one of those ACC programs.

“He just committed to Maryland [last weekend],” said Milford Academy coach Bill Chaplick. “I’ve had a relationship with [Terps defensive backs coach] Kevin Lempa for the last 10 years. He recommended Rodman to us. So we figured he would end up at Maryland when it was all said and done. We were an 11-1 football team and he started and had a great year. I think he should be a great [Football Bowl Subdivision] player. He’s got great size and athleticism and is definitely in the Top-25 caliber. He should fit in right away down there.”

Noel -- whose status as a Maryland recruit is contingent on an improved SAT score -- committed to the Terps during a visit to College Park last weekend for the Florida State game. It wasn’t the first time the 6-foot-4, 206-pound defensive back told Maryland coaches he wanted to play for the Terps. The Boston Herald reported last February that Noel gave UM a "soft commitment" pending SAT results. After his test score came up short of NCAA qualifying standards, Noel packed his bags for Milford.

“He was definitely raw [at first],” Chaplick said. “But coming to Milford and having him play against the college JV schedule was the best thing for him – to be away from home and to get that experience before you have to go to Maryland. He played in 12 college football games. He’s been living away from home, getting his grades up and getting into this regiment of 6:30 workouts, mandatory school, traveling and playing games. The experience makes him a better student-athlete and player for the University of Maryland. There isn’t any way that he goes there as a freshman and other freshmen have as much experience as he does. He’s already experienced college life without losing eligibility.”

In Milford’s 4-2-5 defensive scheme, Noel rotated between cornerback and safety depending on the matchup. If the opposition featured a taller wide receiver, Noel was tasked with man-to-man coverage. He also showed “good upside” as a reliable, play-making safety for the Falcons.

A four-star prospect and Rivals.com’s No. 7 prep school recruit in the country, Noel comes from an athletic family. His older brother Jim plays safety at Boston College, and younger brother Nerlens is a five-star center prospect in the 2013 basketball class.

Chaplick said Noel “should be OK” to enroll at Maryland in January once he finishes this semester at Milford. With a season of top prep school competition under Noel’s belt, Chaplick expects him to have a smooth transition to college.

“Well, I think that he definitely wants to get there,” Chaplick said. “But I also think he wants to go all the way. I think he wants to play on Sundays after he plays on Saturdays. And I think he definitely wants to be a winner. This class we had this year, they all jelled together because they were motivated when they came here. He fit right in. … He’s an athlete. As a defensive coordinator, you put him in there and expect him to make plays. You have it in the back of your mind that he’s not going to get beat. It’s a good feeling to have.”

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November 23, 2010

Season recap: Brandon Ross

Every team that faced the Charter School of Wilmington (Del.) had the same objective before each game: stop Brandon Ross.

The Maryland-bound running back, however, made it exceedingly difficult for opponents to accomplish that feat.

“Our offense started and finished with Brandon,” said Force coach Tyran Rice. “He had a very productive season. He kind of had a target on his back. Definitely coming into this year, teams were game-planning on how to stop him. They’d put as many people into the box to try to stop him, and they’d play man-to-man on the outside to try and contain him. … With that being said, he had a very productive season.”

Ross finished his year with 1,172 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns on 181 carries, plus 19 catches for 287 yards and four touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior guided the Force to a 7-3 record – the best mark in Charter’s 10 years of existence.

The highlight of Ross’ senior year came against A.I. du Pont in the fourth game of Charter’s season. Snap after snap, Ross picked apart the Tigers’ defense.

“He caught a flare pass and took it the distance, I want to say about 80 yards or so,” Rice recalled. “But in the process he made two people miss and he outran another player’s angle. It looked like he was going to catch him, but he just turned it up another gear and outran him to the end zone.”

The final tally for Ross that night was five catches for 181 yards and three touchdowns to go along with 155 yards and another score on 22 carries. There was no rest for Ross against A.I. du Pont – or any other team on Charter’s schedule – when the Force’s defense took the field. The future Terp also started at cornerback.

“Having him play both sides of the ball was definitely taxing on him,” Rice said. “When you carry the ball 20-plus times and are the focal point of someone’s offense, then get out there and play defense as well, it can break you down a little bit. But Brandon did a pretty good job with that. There were a couple games where he had to come out and get a blow and get back on the field. But he’s able to do that. He went through the year and played every game. Not every kid is built for that, but he knew before the season that he was going to have to be in great shape. He’s a very hard worker and did everything he needed to do to get his body ready.”

Coaching leaves Rice without much free time to pay close attention to college football, but he’s well aware of Maryland’s rebound season. While he hasn’t had any recent in-depth discussions with the Terps staff regarding their plans for Ross as a freshman, Rice thinks it will be a relatively smooth transition to college.

“A kid like Brandon can fit into any system,” Rice said. “He has the speed that you just can’t coach. On top of that, he’s a hard worker and he’s going to do whatever the coaches tell him to. I’ve seen his growth in our program. A lot of that is attributed to him doing what he needs to do during the offseason. … He definitely is something special on offense. Now I know ACC football is a big jump from what we’re seeing in Delaware. But I feel like once he gets there, gets in the weight room and learns the system, he’ll be fine.”

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November 22, 2010

The Next Level: Matt Brown solid for Temple

matt-brown-owls.jpg With the homestretch of the college football season upon us, The Next Level charges full-speed into the final few weeks as schools around the country solidify bowl resumes and put the finishing touches on their respective campaigns.

Temple sophomore running back Matt Brown is the latest Next Level Player of the Week after rushing for 72 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown in the Owls’ 31-23 loss to Ohio last Tuesday.

Brown – a Baltimore native from the Peddie School in New Jersey – scored Temple’s first touchdown on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and also caught four passes for 20 yards and returned one kickoff 18 yards to finish with 110 all-purpose yards. Congratulations to Brown on his second Next Level award of the season.

• Maryland freshman defensive back Matt Robinson (Atholton) made one tackle and forced a fumble in the Terrapins’ 30-16 loss to Florida State. Sophomore defensive back Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley) made two tackles, sophomore defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Severn native, Gonzaga graduate) assisted on one tackle and senior receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) made one tackle on special teams. Sophomore tight end Ryan Schlothauer (Eastern Tech) returned one kickoff 15 yards and both freshman linebacker David Mackall (Edmondson) and junior linebacker Nick Peterson (Broadneck) received playing time, but did not record any statistics.

• Wake Forest redshirt freshman Michael Campanaro(River Hill) ran for five yards on two carries and returned three kickoffs for 72 yards in the Demon Deacons’ 30-10 loss to Clemson. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) made four tackles and assisted on one for a loss, and freshman cornerback Kevin Johnson (River Hill) had one tackle.

• Virginia senior tailback Raynard Horne (Overlea) received seven carries and rushed for 31 yards in the Cavaliers’ 17-13 loss at Boston College. Horne also caught one pass for 13 yards, returned two kickoffs for 36 yards and made one tackle on special teams coverage. Junior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins (Good Counsel grad, Westminster native) made two tackles.

• Junior linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) registered two tackles in North Carolina’s 29-25 loss to North Carolina State.

• Virginia Tech freshman cornerback Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) recorded five tackles, one for a loss in the Hokies’ 31-17 victory over Miami. Fuller also forced one fumble and recorded three quarterback hurries.

• Rutgers sophomore Nick DePaola (Hereford) had two tackles in a 69-38 loss at Cincinnati.

• West Virginia sophomore receiver Tavon Austin (Dunbar) caught one pass for 25 yards and ran for two yards on his only carry in the Mountaineers’ 17-10 victory at Louisville. Redshirt sophomore running back Ryan Clarke (Glen Burnie native, DeMatha graduate) rushed for 22 yards on three carries, including a 2-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Sophomore defensive back Terrence Garvin (Loyola) made four tackles, including an 8-yard sack of Louisville quarterback Justin Burke at the end of the first quarter. Redshirt sophomore offensive linemen John Bassler (Francis Scott Key) and Jeff Braun (Winters Mill) played but did not record any statistics.

• Connecticut redshirt sophomore Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley) picked up five tackles, three solo, in the Huskies’ 23-6 victory over Syracuse. Syracuse sophomore receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) hauled in one reception for 12 yards.

• Eastern Michigan sophomore defensive back Antwan Reed had one tackle in the Eagles’ 21-17 win over Buffalo.

• Ohio State senior kicker Devin Barclay (McDonogh) connected on field goals from 18 and 48 yards and made both extra point attempts in the Buckeyes’ 20-17 victory over Iowa.

• Penn State junior John Rohrbaugh (Howard) made one tackle in the Nittany Lions’ 41-24 victory over Indiana.

• Senior linebacker Jerry Hauburger (Eastern Tech) made five tackles in Navy’s 35-19 victory over Arkansas State. Junior defensive back Darron Edwards (Dunbar) received playing time, but did not record any stats for the Red Wolves.

• In Utah’s 38-34 win over San Diego State, senior receiver Shaky Smithson (Douglass) caught one pass for five yards, returned one punt for two yards and returned two kickoffs for 70 yards. Smithson was also credited with a pass attempt late in the first quarter, but could not connect with receiver Eddie Wide.

• New Mexico sophomore defensive back Emmanuel McPhearson (Columbia native, DeMatha graduate) returned four kickoffs for 120 yards in the Lobos’ 40-7 loss at Brigham Young. McPhearson also assisted on one tackle and broke up a pass.

• San Jose State junior cornerback Brandon Driver (Parkville) made three tackles and returned one kickoff 17 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.

US Presswire photo of Matt Brown by Eric Hartline / Nov. 16, 2010

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Weekend wrap – Cierski scores upset win

Tyler Cierski's senior football season will last at least another week.

The Maryland-bound fullback powered Mill Creek to a 49-34 win over South Gwinnett in the Georgia Region 7-AAAAA playoffs.

The Hawks added their final touchdown on the next drive, a seven-yard rumble by Tyler Cierski for his second score of the game. The fullback led all rushers with 145 yards, including three runs of more than 10 yards.

• Maryland linebacker pledge Cole Farrand caught a 34-yard touchdown pass, but his Pope John squad suffered a 34-27 loss to Holy Spirit in the New Jersey Non-Public Group 3 semifinals.

"It really hasn't hit me that it played out that way," Pope John senior tight end and linebacker Cole Farrand said. "I almost feel like I didn't even play the game yet. I feel like we still have a second chance or something.

• UM athlete recruit Jimmy Stewart played an integral role in Island Coast's 28-0 win over Tampa Catholic in a Florida Region 2B-3 semifinal.

Crusaders senior fullback Hunter Joyer - a Florida commit and the No. 1 ranked fullback in the nation - managed just nine yards on six carries against the Gators' formidable front of seniors Aaron Lynch, Jimmy Stewart and brothers Bryan and Scott Bosworth. Tampa Catholic (5-6) had just 11 rushing yards on 27 carries.

• Terps offensive line commitment Andrew Zeller helped Red Lion to a 14-6 win over Dallastown in the Pennsylvania District 3 Class AAAA quarterfinals.

Zeller, who will attend Maryland, had a key fourth-quarter sack on Dallastown's final drive.

• Maryland-bound athlete Delonte Morton's DeMatha squad suffered a 42-3 loss to Good Counsel in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game.

"Good Counsel dominated all aspects of the game," said DeMatha Coach Bill McGregor, whose team finished short of 10 victories for the first time since 2002. "I feel bad for the seniors going out this way."

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November 19, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

Ralph Friedgen will be back in College Park next season and Maryland is still in contention for the ACC championship. According to one recruiting analyst, that stability is helping the Terps on the recruiting trail.

Rivals.com's Mike Farrell was asked this week how the Terps are benefiting from this positive momentum, especially in their efforts to recruit top prospects like Gilman's Darius Jennings.

I expect Maryland to close on a few top guys between now and National Signing Day, mainly Darius Jennings and possibly pull a surprise for Blake Countess, Darian Cooper, Travis Hughes or Brandon Clemons.

• Good Counsel cornerback Blake Countess -- who earlier this week was presented his jersey for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl -- updated Rivals.com with his schedule of college visits.

"I will take an unofficial visit to NC State probably after Thanksgiving," he said. "They recently offered me and I have family in that state. I will take my first official to Michigan on Dec. 3, Georgia Tech on Dec. 10 and Maryland on Dec. 17. I'd like to be able to make a decision after that but there are other schools like Purdue, Louisville and Arkansas that are also high on my list. If I'm not ready to decide, I will take some more officials in January and figure things out then."

• DeMatha kicker Michael Branthover recently picked up two ACC offers, according to The Washington Post.

All-Met kicker Michael Branthover of DeMatha, who recently was offered a scholarship by Maryland, has received his a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech, Stags Coach Bill McGregor said.

Jasper Coleman, an offensive lineman from Midlothian, Va., told Rivals.com this week that he has picked up scholarship offers from Maryland, Marshall, Towson and Bryant.

Maryland of course is the biggest scholarship from the ACC as it came two weeks ago.

“They’re a really big college,” he said. “They are bigger than all the others. I know they also have an animal science program I’m really interested in.

• Terps fullback pledge Tyler Cierski was profiled this week by the Gwinnett (Ga.) Daily Post.

Now here are his numbers. He leads Mill Creek with rushing touchdowns in a game (3), rushing touchdowns in a season (9), rushing touchdowns in a career (19), longest rushing touchdown (80 yards), total points scored in a season (60), total points scored in a career (132), total touchdowns in a season (11) and total touchdowns in a career (21). That is eight school records, yet his coach insists he’s more important.

• Maryland offensive line commitment Andrew Zeller leads Red Lion in a second-round Pennsylvania District 3 playoff game against Dallastown on Friday night.

Nothing quite like rising from the District 3 deck and grabbing that first W, eh, boys? Congrats. Mountainous Maryland-bound Andrew Zeller (77) blocked a conversion to preserve a 14-13 decision over McCaskey.

• Terps pledge Jimmy Stewart's Island Coast (Fla.) squad faces Tampa Catholic on Friday night in a Region 2B-3 semifinal.

[Island Coast coach Joe] Bowen said many college assistants have stopped by to watch Lynch or Pender and have left impressed with other players, such as Maryland commit Jimmy Stewart or Colorado State commit Bryan Bosworth.

• UM recruit Delonte Morton is back in the lineup for DeMatha, which faces Good Counsel on Sunday for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship.

Although he is not full speed after missing most of the season because of a sprained ankle, having 6-foot-3, 251-pound Delonte Morton back in the lineup gives the Stags a more physical option.

• Maryland-bound offensive lineman Stephen Grommer was honored this week for his play last week on Spartanburg (S.C.) High's squad.

Spartanburg offensive lineman Stephen Grommer is the ESPN 1400 AM/97.1 FM Hawg of the Week. The Maryland commitment and Shrine Bowl selection consistently graded out at 90 percent during the season.

Basketball recruiting

• Rivals.com reported this week that Kentucky is now involved with Adjehi Baru. The Terps post target was listed on ESPN.com as one of the best uncommitted 2011 prospects.

Recruiting overview: Not much has changed for Baru over the past 10 days as he continues to consider Maryland, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Charleston. While he wasn't able to make a decision prior to the conclusion of the early signing period, he reportedly might be ready to make a verbal commitment in the relatively near future.

• Maryland point guard signee Sterling Gibbs watched the Terps' 79-70 loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The Panthers featured his older brother Ashton Gibbs.

“I’m not officially at the University of Maryland yet, but I definitely like both teams,” added Sterling, who attended the game with his parents, Temple and Jacqueline. “But I’m really pulling for Ashton Gibbs.”

Sterling, who starred at Seton Hall Prep just like his brother, was recruited by numerous schools, including Pitt, before signing with Maryland last week.

• Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.) wing Jarelle Reischel, who drew some Maryland interest, has committed to Rice.

... Reischel chose Rice over Seton Hall and Penn State. Reischel had been a focus of the Pirates’ recruiting since shortly after Kevin Willard took the job last spring.

• UM women's commitment Chloe Pavlech is mentioned in Cincinnati.com's girls basketball preview.

Pavlech has orally committed to play college basketball at Maryland and averaged 10.7 points and a team best 6.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game last season. Schaefer led the team in scoring at 11.4 points per game and Newbolt averaged 8.1. Hayden said Schaefer and Newbolt especially have stood out in the preseason.

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November 18, 2010

The Next Level: Sooners' Fitzgerald tops hoops list

andrew-fitzgerald-oklahoma.jpg As the college football regular season nears its conclusion, The Next Level is ready to make its annual transition to college basketball. Every week at Recruiting Report, I’ll be updating this space with reports detailing how former local high school basketball players fared over the past week with their respective Division I teams. Deputy Sports Editor Matt Bracken recently compiled a list of 66 players from the Baltimore area now playing basketball at Division I schools, and as I do with the football updates – which will continue to be updated each Monday – I’ll name a player of the week and identify any other interesting news and notes from around the country. Of course, feel free to post updates on former local players now playing for schools in Division II and Division III in the comments section below this post.

This season’s first Next Level Player of the Week is Oklahoma sophomore forward Andrew Fitzgerald, the Sooners’ leading scorer through two games. Fitzgerald, a former Owings Mills standout, posted back-to-back 22-point performances to start the season and ranks third in the Big 12 Conference with 44 points.

Here’s how the rest of the group fared in this season’s first few weeks of action:

Bryant

Raphael Jordan, sophomore guard, John Carroll

74-72 win over Iona on Sunday: scored 14 points, 5-for-11 from the field, 3-for-3 from 3-point range and 1-for-1 from the foul line. Jordan tallied five rebounds (two offensive), three assists, four steals and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

Erick Smith, sophomore guard, John Carroll

71-57 loss at Cleveland State on Nov. 12: played one minute and did not record any statistics.

Buffalo

Auraum Nuiriankh, freshman forward, Arundel

88-46 win over Navy on Nov. 13: scored four points with one defensive rebound in seven minutes.

Charlotte

Jamar Briscoe, sophomore guard Cardinal Gibbons

78-70 loss at Gardner-Webb on Nov. 12: scored 30 points, 9-for-17 FG, 4-for-6 3P, 8-for-9 FT, three assists, two turnovers and three steals in 39 minutes.

90-81 win over South Carolina State on Nov. 13: scored 15 points, 5-for-13 FG, 1-for-5 3P, 4-for-7 FT, eight defensive rebounds, four personal fouls, four assists, six turnovers, four steals in 39 minutes.

Connecticut

Roscoe Smith, freshman forward, Walbrook, Oak Hill (Va.)

79-52 win over Stony Brook on Nov. 12: scored six points, 2-for-5 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 2-for-2 FT, seven rebounds (four offensive), one turnover, two blocks in 22 minutes.

89-73 win over Vermont on Wednesday: scored 15 points, 6-for-10 FG, 3-for-3 3P, three rebounds (one offensive), one steal, two blocks, two turnovers, three personal fouls in 24 minutes.

Coppin State

Ceslovas Kucinskas, senior center, Mount Carmel

89-74 loss at Towson on Tuesday: scored five points, 2-for-3 FG, 1-for-3 FT, five rebounds (three offensive), five personal fouls, one turnover and one steal in 19 minutes.

Delaware

Devon Saddler, freshman guard, Aberdeen, Winchendon (Mass.) Prep

88-69 loss at Ohio on Nov. 13: scored a team-high 19 points, 8-for-13 FG, 1-for-2 3P, 2-for-4 FT, six rebounds (four defensive), three personal fouls, seven assists and six turnovers in 35 minutes.

75-61 loss to Cornell on Wednesday: scored a team-high 15 points, 6-for-10 FG, 3-for-5 FT, six rebounds, three assists, five turnovers, four personal fouls in 36 minutes.

Delaware State

Brandon Baylor, junior guard, Mount Carmel, CCBC-Catonsville

63-56 win over Washington Adventist on 11/13: missed three field goal attempts in three minutes of action.

DePaul

Cleveland Melvin, freshman forward, Lake Clifton, Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)

114-81 win over Chicago State on Sunday: scored 19 points, 9-for-14 FG, 1-for-1 FT, 5 rebounds (three defensive), one assist, two turnovers, two blocks and two steals in 16 minutes.

69-64 loss to Western Carolina on Tuesday: scored five points, 1-for-3 FG, 3-for-3 FT, three rebounds (two defensive), one turnover, one block and two steals in 10 minutes.

Brandon Young, freshman guard, Friendship Collegiate (D.C.), Baltimore native

114-81 win over Chicago State on Sunday: scored 11 points, 5-for-8 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 1-for-3 FT, one offensive rebound, two personal fouls, six assists, three turnovers and two steals in 26 minutes.

69-64 loss to Western Carolina on Tuesday: scored 16 points, 6-for-10 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 4-for-7 FT, two defensive rebounds, three personal fouls, five assists, two turnovers and three steals in 32 minutes.

Eastern Illinois

Levi Noel, freshman guard, Towson Catholic

67-55 loss to South Dakota State on Nov. 12: did not attempt a shot, one defensive rebound, two personal fouls and one turnover in 12 minutes.

77-46 loss at Ball State on Sunday: scored one point, 1-for-2 FT, two rebounds (one offensive), two personal fouls and one turnover in nine minutes.

Elon

Ryley Beaumont, freshman forward, Mount St. Joseph

94-79 loss at South Carolina on 11/12: 0-for-3 FG, three defensive rebounds, three turnovers and one steal in 11 minutes.

99-68 win over College of New Jersey on Monday: scored six points, 3-for-8 FG, 0-for-2 3P, seven defensive rebounds, one personal foul and one assist in 13 minutes.

Georgetown

Henry Sims, junior center, Mount St. Joseph

62-59 win over Old Dominion on Nov. 12: scored two points, 1-for-3 FG, one personal foul and one turnover in seven minutes.

69-53 win over Tulane on Monday: scored two points, 1-for-2 FG, five defensive rebounds, two personal fouls and two assists in 21 minutes.

Grambling State

Rupert Rose, sophomore guard, Walbrook

87-52 loss at Baylor: scored five points, 1-for-3 FG, 1-for-2 3P, 2-for-4 FT, five rebounds (four defensive), four personal fours, four assists, one turnover and one steal in 28 minutes.

86-57 loss at Rice on Sunday: scored one point, 0-for-2 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 1-for-2 FT, two rebounds, four personal fouls, four assists and two turnovers in 22 minutes.

Holy Cross

Devin Brown, junior guard, City

93-84 loss to College of Charleston on Nov. 13: scored 14 points, 3-for-7 FG, 3-for-6 3P, 5-for-6 FT, two personal fouls, two assists, one turnover and one steal in 29 minutes.

72-49 loss to Harvard on Wednesday: scored eight points, 3-for-6 FG, 2-for-3 3P, one rebound, one block, one turnover, one personal foul in 24 minutes.

La Salle

Steve Weingarten, senior forward, Catonsville

82-71 win over Columbia on Nov. 12: scored six points, 2-for-7 FG, 0-for-2 3P, 2-for-3 FT, three rebounds (two defensive), one personal foul, one turnover and three steals in 16 minutes.

74-64 loss at Baylor on Tuesday: scored four points, 1-for-2 FG, 2-for-2 FT, four offensive rebounds, two personal fouls and one steal in 12 minutes.

Loyola

Jamal Barney, senior guard, Southwestern

73-50 win over Shepherd on Nov. 4: scored six points, 3-for-7 FG, 0-for-1 3P, four rebounds (three defensive), four personal fouls, one assist, six turnovers, one block and one steal in 26 minutes.

75-72 loss to Drexel on Nov. 12: scored 21 points, 8-for-25 FG, 3-for-7 3P, 2-for-4 FT, five rebounds (three defensive), three personal fouls, one assist and one turnover in 35 minutes.

83-72 win over UMBC on Wednesday: scored 14 points, 5-for-10 FG, 1-for-3 3P, 3-for-6 FT, 10 rebounds (one offensive), two assists, three turnovers, two personal fouls in 25 minutes.

Dylon Cormier, freshman point guard, Cardinal Gibbons

73-50 win over Shepherd on Nov. 4: scored seven points, 2-for-9 FG, 1-for-3 3P, 2-for-4 FT, three rebounds (two defensive), two assists, three turnovers and two steals in 25 minutes.

75-72 loss to Drexel on Nov. 12: scored nine points, 3-for-8 FG, 1-for-4 3P, 2-for-2 FT, six rebounds (four offensive), four personal fouls and one steal in 25 minutes.

83-72 win over UMBC on Wednesday: scored a team-high 20 points, 5-for-7 FG, 1-for-2 3P, 9-for-10 FT, five rebounds (two offensive), two assists, one steal, two turnovers, three personal fouls in 30 minutes.

Josh Wiegand, sophomore center, John Carroll

73-50 win over Shepherd on Nov. 4: scored two points, 1-for-3 FG, four rebounds (three offensive), one personal foul and one turnover in six minutes.

75-72 loss to Drexel on Nov. 12: scored four points, 1-for-2 FG, 1-for-1 3P, 1-for-2 FT, three rebounds (two offensive) and one personal foul in 18 minutes.

83-72 win over UMBC on Wednesday: held scoreless in one minute.

Marist

Dejuan Goodwin, junior guard, Mount St. Joseph

84-47 loss at Villanova on Tuesday: scored two points, 0-for-4 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 2-for-2 FT, three defensive rebounds, three personal fouls, three assists, one turnover and one steal in 17 minutes.

79-59 loss to George Washington on Wednesday: held scoreless, 0-for-1 FG, 0-for-1 3P, one assist, one steal, one turnover in eight minutes.

Marshall

Johnny Higgins, junior guard, Randallstown, Frank Phillips Junior College (Texas)

92-69 win over West Virginia Tech on 11/12: scored eight points, 2-for-5 FG, 0-for-2 3P, 4-for-5 FT, four defensive rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 22 minutes.

93-48 victory over Glenville State on Monday: scored 10 points, 3-for-5 FG, 1-for-1 3P, 3-for-3 FT, seven rebounds (six defensive), one personal foul, seven assists, three turnovers and five steals in 23 minutes.

Maryland

Sean Mosley, junior shooting guard, St. Frances

105-76 win over Seattle University on Nov. 8: scored 21 points, 6-for-8 FG, 1-for-2 3P, 8-for-10 FT, four defensive rebounds, two personal fouls, four assists, one turnover and one block on 29 minutes.

75-74 win over College of Charleston on Nov. 10: scored three points, 1-for-5 FG, 1-for-2 FT, two defensive rebounds, two personal fouls, four assists, three turnovers, one block and one steal in 29 minutes.

89-59 win over Maine on Nov. 14: missed four shot attempts from the field, 0-for-2 3P, five rebounds (four defensive), five personal fouls and three turnovers in 16 minutes.

Dino Gregory, senior forward, Mount St. Joseph

105-76 win over Seattle University on Nov. 8: scored eight points, 4-for-7, six rebounds (four defensive), three personal fouls, four turnovers, four blocks and two steals in 27 minutes.

75-74 win over College of Charleston on Nov. 10: missed four shot attempts from the field, four rebounds (two offensive), four personal fouls, two turnovers, one block and one steal in 26 minutes.

89-59 win over Maine on Nov. 14: scored six points, 2-for-6 FG, 2-for-2 FT, three defensive rebounds, five personal fouls, two turnovers and one block in 17 minutes.

Massachusetts

Terrell Vinson, sophomore forward, St. Frances

77-67 win over Rider on Nov. 12: scored two points, 1-for-5 FG, two defensive rebounds, two turnovers, two blocks and one steal in 17 minutes.

73-65 win over Sacred Heart on Wednesday: scored four points, 2-for-6 FG, 0-for-1 3P, three rebounds (one offensive), four assists, one steal, one turnover, three personal fouls in 20 minutes.

Memphis

Will Barton, freshman guard, Lake Clifton, Brewster (N.H.) Academy

104-40 win over Centenary on Nov. 12: scored four points, 2-for-7 FG, 0-for-5 3P, three assists and two steals in 15 minutes.

72-68 win over Miami on Monday: scored one points, 0-for-3 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 1-for-2 FT, two rebounds (one offensive), three personal fouls and two turnovers in 11 minutes.

94-79 win over Northwestern State on Wednesday: scored 22 points, 7-for-15 FG, 4-for-7 3P, 4-for-4 FT, eight rebounds (five offensive), three steals, two assists, four turnovers, two personal fouls in 31 minutes.

Antonio Barton, freshman guard, Lake Clifton, Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)

104-40 win over Centenary on Nov. 12: scored a team-high 17 points, 5-for-6 FG, 3-for-3 3P, 4-for-6 FT, three defensive rebounds, one personal foul, four assists, two turnovers, two blocks and five steals in 23 minutes.

72-68 win over Miami on Monday: scored 10 points, 4-for-9 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 2-for-4 FT, four rebounds (three defensive), two personal fouls, one assist and two turnovers in 19 minutes.

94-79 win over Northwestern State on Wednesday: scored six points, 1-for-2 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 4-for-7 FT, one rebound, two assists, one steal, two turnovers, three personal fouls in 16 minutes.

Morgan State

Larry Bastfield, junior point guard, Towson Catholic, Toledo transfer

81-79 win at Loyola Marymount: scored two points, 1-for-5 FG, two rebounds (one offensive), one personal foul, one assist and five turnovers in 15 minutes.

Aric Brooks, junior small forward, St. Frances, Jacksonville transfer

81-79 win at Loyola Marymount: scored six points, 2-for-7 FG, 0-for-2 3P, 2-for-2 FT, eight rebounds (six defensive), three personal fouls, two assists, four turnovers and one steal in 34 minutes.

Justin Jackson, freshman point guard, Digital Harbor

81-79 win at Loyola Marymount: scored two points, 1-for-1 FG, two assists and two steals in 13 minutes.

Rodney Stokes, senior forward, Old Mill

81-79 win at Loyola Marymount: scored four points, 2-for-2 FG, two personal fouls, one assist and two blocks in 11 minutes.

Kevin Thompson, junior center, Walbrook

81-79 win at Loyola Marymount: scored 17 points, 7-for-16 FG, 3-for-5 FT, 11 rebounds (eight defensive), three personal fouls, four assists and two turnovers in 34 minutes.

Mount St. Mary’s

Raven Barber, sophomore forward, Paul VI, Edgewood native

67-52 loss at Dayton on Nov. 13: scored two points, 0-for-3 FG, 2-for-6 FT and two personal fouls in 23 minutes.

69-59 loss at Cincinnati on Monday: scored nine points, 3-for-6 FG, 3-for-4 FT, three defensive rebounds, one personal foul, one turnover, one block and one steal in 26 minutes.

Notre Dame

Eric Atkins, freshman point guard, Mount St. Joseph

98-61 win over Georgia Southern on Nov. 12: scored nine points, 4-for-4 FG, 1-for-1 3P, three defensive rebounds, one personal foul, three assists and two turnovers in 22 minutes.

72-51 win over Liberty on Sunday: scored 10 points, 4-for-7 FG, 2-for-3 3P, one defensive rebound, four assists and one turnover in 22 minutes.

102-62 win over Chicago State on Wednesday: scored 12 points, 4-for-7 FG, 2-for-4 3P, 2-for-2 FT, three rebounds (one offensive), five assists, one turnover, three personal fouls in 32 minutes.

Oklahoma

Andrew Fitzgerald, sophomore forward, Owings Mills, Brewster (N.H.) Academy

77-57 win over Coppin State on Nov. 12: scored 22 points, 8-for-13 FG, 6-for-8 FT, six rebounds (three offensive), one personal foul, two turnovers and one steal in 33 minutes.

71-63 win over North Carolina Central on Monday: scored 22 points, 8-for-17 FG, 6-for-6 FT, nine rebounds (six offensive), four personal fouls, one turnover, one block and five steals in 22 minutes.

Penn State

Jonathan Graham, freshman forward, Calvert Hall

70-56 win over Lehigh: logged one minute, but zero statistics.

Cammeron Woodyard, junior guard, Winters Mill

70-56 win over Lehigh: logged one minute, but zero statistics.

66-57 win over St Josephs on Tuesday: scored five points, 0-for-7 FG, 0-for-2 3P, 5-for-6 FT, five rebounds (three offensive), five personal fouls and three steals in 19 minutes.

Pittsburgh

Aron Nwankwo, freshman forward, City

97-54 win over Illinois-Chicago on Nov. 10: missed his only shot attempt from the field in two minutes of action.

95-49 win over North Florida on Nov. 13: picked up one assist, 0-for-1 FG and one personal foul in two minutes.

Quinnipiac

Raheem May-Thompson, sophomore forward, Towson Catholic

84-75 win over Yale: scored five points, 2-for-2 FG, 1-for-2 FT, three rebounds (two defensive) four personal fouls, one assist, one turnover and one block in 14 minutes.

66-64 win over Hartford on 11/16: scored four points, 2-for-6 FG, two offensive rebounds, two personal foul, two assists, one turnover and one steal in 22 minutes.

Radford

Jeremy Robinson, senior point guard, Northwestern, Tallahassee (Fla.) Community College

57-54 win over Emory & Henry on Nov. 13: scored six points, 2-for-5 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 2-for-2 FT, one assist, one turnover and one steal in 13 minutes.

83-74 win over Methodist on Sunday: scored 13 points, 3-for-6 FG, 1-for-2 3P, 6-for-10 FT, three defensive rebounds, two personal fouls, seven assists, two turnovers and two steals in 28 minutes.

Southern

John Tatum, freshman guard, Howard

117-72 loss at Gonzaga on Nov. 12: scored four points, 0-for-1 FT, 4-for-5 FT, two defensive rebounds, one personal foul, one assist and two turnovers in 11 minutes.

86-47 loss at Washington State on Nov. 13: 0-for-1 FG, 0-for-1 3P and one turnover in 14 minutes.

Syracuse

C.J. Fair, freshman forward, City, Brewster (N.H.) Academy

68-46 win over Northern Iowa on Nov. 12: scored six points, 3-for-3 FG, three defensive rebounds, two personal fouls, one block and one steal in eight minutes.

86-67 win over Canisius on Sunday: scored 11 points, 3-for-5 FG, 5-for-7 FT, four rebounds (three defensive) and one turnover in 18 minutes.

66-55 win over Detroit on Tuesday: scored four points, 2-for-4 FG and three rebounds (two offensive) in eight minutes.

Texas A&M

Naji Hibbert, sophomore guard, DeMatha, Baltimore native

88-56 win over Alcorn State on Nov. 12: scored 10 points, 3-for-7, 2-for-5, 2-for-4, three defensive rebounds, three personal fouls, one assist and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

86-65 win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Monday: scored 12 points, 5-for-7 FG, 2-for-4 3P, 0-for-1 FT, two personal fouls and one turnover in 17 minutes.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi

Terence Jones, sophomore guard, Lake Clifton, Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)

81-74 win over Northeastern State on Nov. 13: scored five points, 1-for-7 FG, 1-for-5 3P, 2-for-2 FT, six defensive rebounds, one personal foul, three assists, four turnovers and three steals in 28 minutes.

86-65 loss to Texas A&M on Monday: scored 16 points, 4-for-7 FG, 1-for-2 3P, 7-for-7 FT, one defensive rebound, three personal fouls, one assist, three turnovers and one steal in 30 minutes.

68-58 loss at Oklahoma State on Wednesday: scored a team-high 18 points, 6-for-13 FG, 5-for-11 3P, 1-for-2 FT, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, four turnovers, three personal fouls, in 36 minutes.

Towson

Braxton Dupree, junior forward, Calvert Hall

60-57 loss at Miami of Ohio: scored 11 points, 3-for-7 FG, 5-for-6 FT, four rebounds (three defensive) and four personal fouls in 32 minutes.

89-74 win over Coppin State on Tuesday: scored six points, 2-for-3, 2-for-4, 14 rebounds (10 defensive), three personal fouls, one assist, four turnovers and one block in 31 minutes.

Troy Franklin, junior point guard, Mount Carmel

60-57 loss at Miami of Ohio: scored seven points, 1-for-9 FG, 0-for-6 3P, 5-for-5 FT, three rebounds, two defensive, two assists, four turnovers and three steals in 29 minutes.

89-74 win over Coppin State on Tuesday: scored 16 points, 5-for-14 FG, 4-for-8 3P, 2-for-2 FT, two defensive rebounds, two personal fouls, three assists, two turnovers and four steals in 35 minutes.

Isaiah Philmore, sophomore forward, John Carroll

60-57 loss at Miami of Ohio: scored 12 points, 3-for-10 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 6-for-10 FT, nine rebounds (five offensive), three personal fouls, one turnover and two steals in 27 minutes.

89-74 win over Coppin State on Tuesday: scored 21 points, 8-for-10 FG, 5-for-7 FT, eight rebounds (four offensive), two personal fouls, two assists, six turnovers, one block and two steals in 35 minutes.

UMES

Dishawn Bradshaw, junior guard, St. Frances, ASA College (N.Y.)

91-62 loss to Tulane on Nov. 12: scored 11 points, 4-for-10 FG, 3-for-7 3P, three rebounds (two offensive), three personal fouls, four turnovers and one steal in 29 minutes.

108-74 loss at Columbia on Monday: scored 11 points, 5-for-9 FG, 1-for-3 3P, 0-for-1 FT, one defensive rebounds, two personal fouls, two assists and one turnover in 32 minutes.

65-58 loss at American on Wednesday: scored nine points, 2-for-7 FG, 1-for-4 3P, 4-for-4 FT, three rebounds, two assists, one personal foul in 39 minutes.

UNC-Wilmington

Shane Reybold, freshman forward, Resevoir

77-60 loss at Florida on Nov. 12: one offensive rebound, one personal foul and one turnover in one minute of action.

Vermont

Brendan Bald, sophomore shooting guard, Severna Park

80-76 win over Siena on Nov. 13: scored two points, 0-for-4 FG, 0-for-1 3P, 2-for-2 FT, two personal fouls, five turnovers and one steal in 19 minutes.

89-73 loss to UConn on Wednesday: scored four points, 2-for-5 FG, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one turnover, one personal foul in 22 minutes.

Villanova

Isaiah Armwood, sophomore forward, Montrose Christian, Baltimore native

84-47 win over Bucknell on Nov. 12: scored two points, 1-for-1 FG, three rebounds (two defensive) and one turnover in 10 minutes.

84-47 win over Marist on Tuesday: scored two points, 1-for-3, two defensive rebounds, three personal fouls, two turnovers and three blocks in 19 minutes.

82-66 win over Boston University on Wednesday: score four points, 2-for-2, two rebounds, one personal foul, one turnover in 13 minutes.

Virginia Tech

Malcolm Delaney, senior guard, Towson Catholic

70-60 win over Campbell on Nov. 12: scored 20 points, 3-for-9 FG, 3-for-8 3P, 11-for-11 FT, four rebounds (three defensive), two personal fouls, two assists and three turnovers in 39 minutes.

73-57 loss at Kansas State on Tuesday: scored 22 points, 6-for-18 FG, 2-for-6 3P, 8-for-9 FT, six rebounds (five defensive), three personal fouls, five assists, nine turnovers and three steals in 39 minutes.

William & Mary

Matt Rum, sophomore guard, Loyola

76-52 loss at Virginia on Nov. 12: scored one point, 0-for-4 FG, 0-for-2 3P, 1-for-2 FT, one defensive rebound, one personal foul, two assists, two turnovers and two steals in 30 minutes.

73-49 loss at Richmond on Monday: missed five shot attempts from the field, 0-for-3 3P, three rebounds (two offensive), one personal foul, two assists, and one turnover in 28 minutes.

Xavier

Jordan Latham, freshman forward, City

68-65 win over Western Michigan on Nov. 12: one defensive rebound, two personal fouls and one turnover in 13 minutes.


Mike Miller is an intern at The Baltimore Sun. He can be reached at xcxmmiller@baltsun.com.

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November 17, 2010

Local players starting for Princeton Day team

delmore-howard.jpg After a year spent on the road, Chris Chaney is back in his home state with a new basketball venture.

Chaney, a Southern High graduate who led two prep powerhouses (Patterson and Laurinburg) in North Carolina, has teamed with Rich Marcucci to start a post-grad basketball program at Princeton Day Academy. The Lanham school already features a nationally renowned high school program coached by Baltimore native Van Whitfield. Chaney has big plans for his squad as well.

“It’s not really a prep school – it’s more of a training academy,” Chaney said. “There are really only three in the U.S. – IMG [in Florida], Impact Academy in Las Vegas and us. Our competition, especially in the D.C., Maryland, Virginia area, is really nobody.”

While Princeton Day’s post-grad team focuses on individual skill development, strength and conditioning and film study, there are also plenty of opportunities for game competition. This weekend Chaney will take his team to New Haven, Conn., for the National Prep Showcase. The Storm will feature three Maryland players in their rotation: former Annapolis forward Delmore Howard, former Towson Catholic point guard Kareem Storey, and former Surrattsville guard Richard Harris -- the nephew of Terps legend Len Bias.

Howard, a second-team Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection last season, is transitioning from the power forward spot he played at Annapolis to the wing – a position he’ll likely play in college. Chaney said the 6-foot-4½ Howard is being recruited by several mid-major schools, including Iona and Northeastern.

“He’s a kid that’s improving on a daily basis, he wants to work hard and he’s got athletic ability,” Chaney said. “His shot has gotten a lot better. I think he’ll have some good options playing this year. He does all the little things. With him being an inside player at Annapolis, I think that’s a plus. He’s already a good rebounder and he comes from a great program. … But he’s a really good kid off the court with good grades. On the court, he’s becoming a really tough, hard-nosed player that plays every possession like it’s his last.”

Storey, a 6-foot point guard, spent his senior year at KIMA – a Washington-based charter school – after Towson Catholic closed its doors over the summer of 2009. A mid- to high-major prospect with interest from Central Florida and Nebraska, Storey has been tasked with running the show for the Storm.

“Kareem’s been our point guard. He’s led by example,” Chaney said. “He’s a really good kid off the court and a tough kid on the court. I think he’s got a big upside. He’s developing into a true point guard and learning a lot this year. … If he keeps doing what he’s doing, improves what he’s doing, I think he’s going to have a lot of options.”

Harris, who Chaney said looks “just like” his famous uncle, is getting looks from low-major Division I schools and several DII programs. He was the Hornets’ leading scorer a year ago.

“He’s another one who’s kind of like Delmore. He’s 6-3 and played inside in high school,” Chaney said. “He’s coming off the bench for us and doing a good job. … He’s the best shooter out of the three. He’s got a good feel for the game, and obviously great bloodlines. I think he’s going to have some good options at the end of the year. Our kids know it’s not how high you go; it’s about finding the right situation for you.”

It’s early in the season, but Chaney said he’s enjoying working with his inaugural post-grad group at Princeton Day. The 17-man roster includes players from seven different countries.

“It’s been great because we’ve been fortunate enough to bring in a lot of international players to the school,” Chaney said. “And the kids are doing what they need to do on the court and off the court. They’re very respectful kids. … It’s a situation where I think a lot of good things could happen.”

Baltimore Sun photo of Delmore Howard by Lloyd Fox / Feb. 13, 2010

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November 16, 2010

Season recap: Marcus Leak

It's understandably difficult for Nelson Rowell to paint a sunny picture when discussing Parkwood High’s disastrous 2010 football season.

“Well, we had the season from hell,” admitted Rowell, who has served as coach for four years at the Monroe, N.C., school. “We lost 22 players on varsity to injury this year – season-ending injuries. It was tough. So we finished up 1-10. It was pretty bad.”

If there was a silver lining to the Rebels’ season, the performance of Marcus Leak would qualify as such. The Maryland-bound wide receiver suffered a bit of bad luck as well, missing four games with a high-ankle sprain. But when healthy, Leak provided Rowell with whatever he needed.

“He just came to me one day and said, ‘Coach, don’t worry about anything. Whatever you need me to do, I’ll do,’” Rowell recalled. “So he did everything but drive the team bus. Until he hurt his ankle, he was our kick returner, punt returner, he was our punter, a receiver, he played quarterback some, and he was a free safety. He was doing it all.”

Leak’s statistics – while down a bit because of his injury – reflected the diversity of his game this season. The 6-foot, 205-pound senior finished with 305 rushing yards and two touchdowns, 200 yards receiving and another score, plus 30 tackles defensively. Despite missing a chunk of Parkwood’s season, Leak was picked to play in the 74th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas All-Star game.

“He was a team leader for us this year,” Rowell said, “and we’re excited that he made the Shrine Bowl. We’re looking forward to a lot of good things. The ankle that’s been bothering him – the Shrine Bowl is on the 18th – so the ankle will be fully healed by then. … I just look forward to seeing what he is in two or three more years. I think he’s going to be ready for the big show. But I’m excited to see him up there in a Terps uniform next year.”

Rowell said the Maryland coaching staff wants Leak ready to play as a true freshman. Terps wide receivers coach Lee Hull has compared Leak’s game to that of former Maryland standout and current Oakland Raider Darrius Heyward-Bey. Rowell said Leak reminds him of New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks.

“He’s a big receiver, but he can flat-out go,” Rowell said. “And he can run over you. He can run around you. Some of the catches he’s made, it’s just unreal. … He’s just a difference-maker. He changes the whole complexion of the ball game. That’s something that’s going to be exciting to see next year, watching him play up there in the system that Maryland has. And they’re having a great year this year. They’re pretty young. So I’m excited to see what’s going to happen up there.”

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November 15, 2010

Nick Faust signs letter of intent to Maryland

nick-faust-city-1.jpg In theory, the recruitment of Nick Faust should have ended Oct. 28 when the four-star shooting guard committed to Maryland during a live broadcast on ESPNU.

In reality, that very-public commitment didn’t stop several schools from continuing to pursue the City senior.

“Nothing really has changed [since the commitment],” Faust said. “I don’t get less calls. They still call me all the time, check up on me and see how I’m doing, things like that.”

After Monday, attention from other colleges will finally cease. Before a crowd of friends, family, teammates, coaches, local politicians and members of the media at City’s library, Faust signed his national letter of intent to attend Maryland.

“You know, it’s a great feeling,” Faust said. “I feel like I’ve accomplished something over my whole life. It just paid off. … I’ve just been wanting to get it over with and get it done and finally be an official Terp.”

Among those in attendance Monday were state senator Joan Carter Conway and Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young, both family friends of the Fausts. Young said he knows Faust is “going pro,” but academics should be a top priority for the 3.5 student in College Park.

“… You have the work ethic and you have the desire to excel,” Young said. “… So go down there, do the right thing. Don’t party too much, make sure you stay in study hall and study and just do well. I’m so happy for you.”

Faust’s top priority for his senior season is guiding the Knights to their third straight Class 2A state championship, but he’s also paying close attention to his future Terps teammates. Faust was at Comcast Center for Maryland’s buzzer-beating win over College of Charleston last week. It’s easy for Faust to envision how he’ll contribute next year.

“I think I can fit in very good,” Faust said. “They need a scorer slash shooter. I’m also good on defense, I can get to the rim, dish the ball off to my teammates, things like that. That’s what they’re missing, I think.” nick-faust-city-2.jpg

Monday’s signing ceremony brought relief to Anthony Faust, Nick’s father. He completely supported his son’s decision to spend the next four years in College Park, and was happy to see him put pen to paper and make everything official.

“Calls were still coming in slowly but surely, but it’s a done deal with Maryland,” Anthony Faust said. “I think Gary Williams is going to be a great coach for his college career. He’s got a great staff down there in Keith Booth and Bino [Ranson]. And I think he’ll help them get to the next level. He’s an athlete. He’s got the grades. I’m not worried about that part. I know he’s going to do well in the classes. And I trust Gary Williams.”

Photo caption: After signing his letter of intent to Maryland, Nick Faust poses for pictures with (clockwise from left) his uncle, Martin Young, Bernard C. "Jack" Young, his father, Anthony Faust, and his mother, Lisa Faust.

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The Next Level: W.Va.'s Austin strikes again

tavon-austin-wva-11.jpg It’s hard to believe that Week 11 of the college football season is already in the books, but The Next Level is back with another action-packed edition of recaps on how former area high school football standouts fared around the country.

We’ll start in Morgantown, W.Va., where sophomore receiver Tavon Austin (Dunbar) had a big day for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Austin caught two touchdown passes in the first quarter and rushed for 19 yards on two carries to lead the home team to a 37-10 victory over Cincinnati. Austin’s performance makes him the first player to repeat as The Next Level Player of the Week this season.

Also for the Mountaineers, redshirt sophomore fullback Ryan Clarke (Glen Burnie native, DeMatha graduate) ran for 29 yards on seven carries and sophomore defensive back Terence Garvin (Loyola) picked up five tackles, including two solo stops. Offensive lineman John Bassler (Francis Scott Key) and Jeff Braun (Winters Mill) also received playing time for West Virginia.

• Sophomore defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Severn native, Gonzaga graduate) made three tackles in Maryland’s 42-23 victory over Virginia. Sophomore defensive back Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley) intercepted a pass from Virginia quarterback Marc Verica in the fourth quarter and returned it 31 yards. Freshman defensive back Matt Robinson (Atholton) registered two tackles and senior receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) hauled in a 26-yard reception from quarterback Danny O’Brien for his only catch of the day. David Mackall (Edmondson), Nick Peterson (Broadneck) and Ryan Schlothauer (Eastern Tech) all received playing time, but did not record any statistics.

Raynard Horne (Overlea) notched 83 all-purpose yards for the Cavaliers, rushing for 14 yards on two carries, catching three passes for 25 yards and returning two kickoffs for 44 yards. Nick Jenkins (Westminster native, Good Counsel grad) made four tackles, one for a loss.

• River Hill graduate Michael Campanaro received the bulk of the carries in Wake Forest’s 38-3 loss at North Carolina State. The redshirt freshman rushed for 67 yards on 19 carries and caught one pass for an 18-yard gain. Campanaro also returned three kickoffs for 81 yards, including a 41-yard burst in the first quarter. Freshman cornerback Kevin Johnson (River Hill) made four tackles and redshirt sophomore linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) had three stops for the Demon Deacons.

• North Carolina junior linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) assisted on two tackles in a 26-10 loss to Virginia Tech. Freshman corner Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) played, but did not record any stats for the Hokies.

• Connecticut safety Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley) intercepted his third pass of the season and returned it 17 yards in the Huskies’ 30-28 victory over Pittsburgh. Junior, a redshirt sophomore, also made eight tackles, four solo. Freshman Leon Kinnard (Loyola) returned two punts for negative three yards and redshirt sophomore wide receiver Gerrard Sheppard (McDonogh) played, but recorded no stats.

• Freshman defensive lineman Derrel Johnson (Cardinal Gibbons) had two tackles, including a 5-yard sack in East Carolina’s 54-42 victory over Alabama-Birmingham.

• Army senior Jacob Bohn (Mount St. Joseph) registered one solo tackle in the Black Knights’ 45-28 win over Kent State.

• Navy senior linebacker Jerry Hauburger (Eastern Tech) had six tackles, four solo in a 38-37 victory over Central Michigan. Redshirt freshman defensive back Leron Eaddy (River Hill) played, but did not record any stats for the Chippewas.

• Sophomore defensive back Antwan Reed (Carver) assisted on one tackle in Eastern Michigan’s 45-30 loss at Western Michigan.

• Arkansas State junior defensive back Darron Edwards (Dunbar) made seven tackles in the Red Wolves’ 36-35 loss to Western Kentucky.

• Ohio State senior kicker Devin Barclay (McDonogh) connected on a 26-yard field goal and all five extra point attempts in the Buckeyes’ 38-14 victory over Penn State.

Shaky Smithson (Douglass) wasn’t a factor in Utah’s surprising 28-3 loss at Notre Dame. The senior picked up 85 all-purpose yards, catching four passes for 44 yards, returning one punt for negative two yards and returning two kickoffs for 43 yards. Smithson returned his second kick of the game 25 yards in the third quarter before Notre Dame wide receiver Austin Collinsworth stripped him of the ball to set up the Irish at the Utah 26.

• Utah State junior wide receiver Xavier Martin (Joppatowne) hauled in a 41-yard reception in the Aggies’ 38-34 victory over San Jose State. Junior cornerback Brandon Driver (Parkville) returned three kickoffs for 39 yards, registered three tackles and made one interception for the Spartans.

• New Mexico sophomore defensive back Emmanuel McPhearson (Columbia native, DeMatha graduate) made two tackles in the Lobos’ 48-23 loss at Air Force.

• Mississippi junior defensive end Wayne Dorsey (Southwestern) had two tackles in a 52-14 loss at Tennessee.

• 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.

AP photo of Tavon Austin vs. Cincinnati by Jeff Gentner / Nov. 13, 2010

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Weekend wrap – Morton back on track

After missing most of his senior season with an ankle injury, Delonte Morton appears to be back to his old self.

In his second week off the injury list, the DeMatha athlete and Maryland commitment rushed for 15 yards and two touchdowns on five carries, propelling the Stags to a 34-20 win over St. John's (D.C.).

“It was a playoff game and every playoff game is hard but with us being as strong as we are, we always play as hard as we can,” Morton said. “We gave it our all and we came out on top.”

DeMatha will take on Good Counsel for the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis on Saturday.

• Terps fullback recruit Tyler Cierski helped power Mill Creek (Ga.) to its first-ever playoff win, a 32-7 triumph over Etowah.

[Devonte] Lewis finished with 69 yards and Tyler Cierski had 66 yards rushing for Mill Creek.

• UM linebacker pledge Cole Farrand came up with a big play on offense to help Pope John register a 21-13 win over Delbarton (N.J.).

Then just before the half, Pope John quarterback Sean Kenney hit Cole Farrand for a 75-yard gain to the Delbarton 5-yard line. On the next play, Kenney completed a 5-yard fade to Ryan Krueger and with a two-point conversion by McGrath; it was all of a sudden 14-10 Pope John at the half.

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November 13, 2010

Local hoops notebook: South Carroll guard goes DI

ryan-mctavish.jpg The list of former Carroll County basketball players at Division I schools is a short one.

On Wednesday, South Carroll wing Ryan McTavish became a member of that exclusive club when he signed a letter of intent to attend Presbyterian College, a DI program located in Clinton, S.C.

“It seemed like I fit in really well down there,” McTavish said. “I really like the coaches and all the players.”

McTavish, a 6-foot-4 senior, averaged 19.8 points and 9.3 rebounds for the Cavaliers. A two-time All-Carroll County selection, McTavish said he was also recruited by Army, Campbell, Lafayette and Navy.

“Ryan has a tremendous work ethic and is what every college coach wants to hear is -- he's a gym rat,” PC coach Gregg Nibert said in a news release. “Ryan has tremendous skills in shooting, passing and a great understanding of the game. He can play both shooting guard and small forward.”

The Blue Hose coaching staff discovered McTavish during the AAU nationals in Orlando last July. McTavish suited up for HCYP Elite, which made a surprise run to the semifinal round.

“It really got everyone recognized,” McTavish said. “College coaches saw us play. We worked really hard just to be noticed and to be seen.”

McTavish said he expects to play the 2 and 3 in college. Presbyterian finished 5-26 last season, including a 2-16 mark in Big South Conference play. McTavish said he looks forward to facing Division I competition, especially in nonconference games against Auburn and Kansas State.

Local DI schools announce signings

Towson signed Kris Walden, a 6-foot guard from Henrico High in Richmond, Va., this week. Walden averaged 16 points, four assists and 2.7 steals as a junior, earning All-Capital District and All-Central Region honors.

"Kris is one of the outstanding guards in one of the great basketball states in our country, Virginia," Tigers coach Pat Kennedy said in a news release. "His work ethic is complemented with a tremendous basketball IQ. Also an outstanding student he will be a tremendous addition to our program."

Mount St. Mary’s announced the signing this week of Taylor Danaher, a 6-foot-10, 200-pound center from Fredericksburg (Va.) Christian School. Danaher averaged 24 points, 14 rebounds and six blocks as a junior playing in the Central Virginia Homeschool Athletic Association.

“We are very excited to have Taylor joining our program,” Mountaineers coach Robert Burke said in a news release. “His size, athleticism and skill set fits very well with our current roster. We have high expectations for Taylor both on and off the court.”

New AAU program starting up

Under Armour is all set to enter the local AAU basketball scene.

The Baltimore-based UA Elite Panthers, led by St. Frances coach Mark Karcher and his cousin, area hoops promoter Dwayne Wise, will field a 17-and-under program starting this spring. Karcher will serve as the program’s president, while Wise has signed on as the vice president and director of basketball operations.

The coaching staff will be led by Princeton Day Academy coach Van Whitfield, former Towson Catholic and Wyoming standout Mike Manns and former Mount Zion Academy coach Michael White, who coached Tracy McGrady at the North Carolina school. Damian Jones will be in charge of academic support and tutoring for the program.

Photo of Ryan McTavish courtesy of HCYP Elite.

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November 12, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

One year ago the Maryland men's basketball program received a post-Signing Day surprise when Montrose Christian guard Terrence Ross decided against inking with the Terps during the fall period.

(Ross eventually ended up at Washington, while the Terps quickly rebounded by landing a commitment from Oak Hill (Va.) point guard Pe'Shon Howard, who was last seen shooting Maryland to a last-second win over College of Charleston.)

The early signing period for the 2011 class brought significantly less drama for the Terps, with Seton Hall Prep (N.J.) point guard Sterling Gibbs officially on the board and City shooting guard Nick Faust scheduled to sign his letter of intent Monday during an 11 a.m. ceremony at his school library.

Scout.com's Evan Daniels ranked Maryland's two-man class the No. 7 group in the ACC. The Terps still have two prime post targets on their wish list: Adjehi Baru of the Steward School in Richmond, Va., and Desmond Hubert of New Egypt High in N.J.

Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News reported that Hubert was down to Maryland, Princeton and Wake Forest. Baru, meanwhile, is still focused on College of Charleston, Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. A timeline for his decision, however, remains unclear.

• The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer's Dan Wiederer answered four questions about basketball recruiting in the ACC, including who he thinks is the conference's top 2011 recruit that's not playing on Tobacco Road.

This is a tough call. But as of now, the edge has to go to [Virginia Tech's Dorian] Finney-Smith over Maryland recruit Nick Faust. There's just too much to love about Finney-Smith's versatility and upside. Faust, however, will also bring a lot to the table for Gary Williams at Maryland. He's a wiry 6-foot-6 wing who plays with great confidence and can be used in many ways.

• Former UM center target Norvel Pelle has committed to St. John's.

“It feels like home and away from home,’’ Pelle said on national TV when he announced his decision. “[Red Storm] coach [Steve] Lavin is a very smart guy. He’s a very smart coach. I just loved the way he approached the situation.’’

Football recruiting

• Maryland linebacker target Travis Hughes has set his decision date for Dec. 18. He will take another unofficial visit to College Park next weekend for the Florida State game.

To date, Hughes has taken four of his five official visits to Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech. The final one is coming up over the Thanksgiving holiday to Clemson on November 27th against South Carolina.

Hughes ended his Kempsville (Va.) High career by breaking a record.

Hughes’ 354 rushing yards Friday against Princess Anne set a district single-game record, topping the previous mark of 340 by Kellam’s Delmus Coley in 2001. Hughes carried 24 times and scored six touchdowns in a 63-32 win.

• UM fullback commitment Tyler Cierski will lead Mill Creek against Etowah in the first round of the Georgia Class AAAAA playoffs.

The Duluth game had a playoff feel as Mill Creek had to overcome a 23-20 deficit in the second half. Maryland commitment Tyler Cierski had two touchdown runs to put the Hawks ahead. The fullback finished with 104 yards rushing. The Hawks’ defense shut out Duluth in the second half led by Kelsey Griffin’s 10-tackle performance.

• Maryland offensive line recruit Stephen Grommer is gearing up for the South Carolina 4A state playoffs with his Spartanburg High squad.

“We’ve seen what can happen when we think we can win and practice as hard as we can,” the Maryland commitment said. “It’s motivation to know you can beat a No. 4 seed.”

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November 11, 2010

Milford Mill's Isaiah McCray signs with Colgate

isaiah-mccray-colgate.jpg When the time came for Isaiah McCray to pick a high school, the talented young combo guard was briefly torn between a local private school and Milford Mill.

While the basketball aspect of both high schools that McCray considered was fine, there was a notable difference that gave the edge to the Millers: advanced placement classes.

“His father took him to the [private] school, let him stay there and ask around,” said Fred McCathorine, McCray’s coach with the Crusader Nation youth basketball program. “And he said, ‘I don’t want to go there because I want to do the advanced placement classes and I want to do the college prep classes. This school just doesn’t have what I need to do.’ He checked into Milford Mill and found out that they did. From the beginning, from the time I met him as a middle school kid, I knew he was a kid that was truly a student first, and then an athlete.”

Over the next three years at Milford Mill, McCray proved his coach correct by starring on the court for the Millers, and earning consistently high marks in the classroom. So when it came time this fall for McCray to pick a college, the 3.7 student once again made academics his top priority. On Wednesday, during a ceremony at Milford Mill, McCray signed a letter of intent to attend Colgate, a Patriot League school located in Hamilton, N.Y.

“What really made the biggest difference was their philosophy of not only looking at the next four years, but looking at the next 40 years of my life. That really meant something to me,” McCray said. “With the resources they have, I just felt like it was a comfortable situation. ... It’s basically like an Ivy League school, but not in the Ivy League. I want a challenging education for myself, and Colgate will provide it.”

The 6-foot-1 McCray, who picked the Raiders over offers from Jacksonville, Loyola, New Hampshire and Wagner, plans to study either accounting or business management in college.

The Colgate staff first expressed interest in McCray after his 10th-grade year. While there were peaks and valleys in the contact over the next couple of years, the Raiders recruited McCray harder than any other program, following him on the spring and summer circuit and making the six-hour drive from Hamilton to Baltimore County for his high school games. McCray returned the favor by taking his lone official visit to Colgate last weekend.

“The main thing that really stuck out to me is that everybody on campus is really together,” he said. “I really enjoyed everybody’s comfort level. Everywhere you went, you really felt like it’s a family, throughout the whole school. The whole school isn’t about basketball. Every sport is attuned to every other sport. And it’s a college town. That’s what really brought it out to me. It’s a home away from home with a great supporting cast. It’s a beautiful campus at night time. It’s just amazing. The people there are positive every single day. It’s not just one thing – it’s every day.”

On the court, McCray – who helped the Millers to the Class 3A state championship last spring – thinks he’ll fit in well with Colgate’s up-tempo system. McCathorine said McCray’s intelligence and athleticism will serve him well with the Raiders.

“As I’ve watched Isaiah, the thing I would say most about him is that you’ll see a very, very focused person who understands what it takes academically, and who understands what it takes physically in terms of getting his body ready,” McCathorine said. “In terms of a basketball player, he understands that it’s more than shooting. It’s about getting to the basket and moving one step further to run this team from the point guard position. He can distribute the ball and run the team. He understands the position and calls the right plays. He’s a very, very smart person basketball-wise and academic-wise. So put the ball in his hands and explain to him what you want him to do with it, and he’ll get that done.”

For McCray, Wednesday was an exciting and moving day for him. McCray’s family, friends, coaches, teachers, school administrators and even members of the Board of Education were on hand to watch him sign his letter of intent.

“I’m not going to lie,” McCray said, “I broke down in the middle of my ceremony, looking at my mother and father. They were emotional. It’s been a really emotional time. I just really enjoyed the whole thing – the whole ride with Coach Mac at Crusader Nation and with Coach Albert Holley at Milford. The journey is not really over for Milford. We still have a lot of things to look forward to. It’s been a really good run. I’ve loved every step of the way. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for myself. It’s been a wonderful experience.”

Baltimore Sun photo of Isaiah McCray by Gene Sweeney Jr. / Jan. 4, 2009

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November 10, 2010

Owings Mills OT Donovan Smith making trips

The high school football career of Owings Mills offensive tackle Donovan Smith is over. Now it’s time for the 6-foot-6, 260-pound senior to focus on his college future.

Smith -- a four-star player, the No. 4 senior prospect in Maryland and the No. 199 player nationally according to Rivals.com -- has made two official visits and has another two on tap.

“With football and school, I put recruiting towards the back. But now that [our season’s] done, I can focus on it now,” said Smith, whose Golden Eagles finished 4-6. “I have Maryland, Michigan State, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Penn State. I’m still iffy about UConn.”

Smith traveled to East Lansing, Mich., on Sept. 17 for his first official visit. At Spartan Stadium, Smith saw Michigan State’s stunning 34-31 overtime win – courtesy of a fake field goal – over Notre Dame.

“[I liked] the atmosphere, how much their fans love football up there, the facilities, [and] how they have their freshmen dorms right across from the football complex. That’s very convenient for them getting to workouts, study hall, stuff like that,” Smith said. “The coaching staff up there [was great]. I got to meet the majority of them, and all of them seem like nice men. That’s what stood out for me. And just the fans, how they really get into it up there.”

Another Big Ten road trip came next for Smith, who traveled to State College, Pa., on Oct. 30 to see Penn State’s 41-31 win over Michigan. Smith said he was blown away by the atmosphere at Beaver Stadium.

“The fact that they have 108,000 seats, that’s kind of like NFL football,” Smith said. “The students and all the alums that they have up there [stood out]. They’re very big on that. The coaching staff [is a positive]. I love the campus. The Michigan game was a good game. Even after [Wolverines quarterback] Denard Robinson broke a big run, the crowd never faded out. They stayed in the game and it was a great experience.”

This weekend Smith is headed to Raleigh, N.C., for an official visit to North Carolina State. Smith, who will see the Wolfpack battle Wake Forest, said he’s looking forward to learning more about N.C. State’s academics and seeing what its game-day atmosphere is all about.

“N.C. State wasn’t really that big [coming into the season], but the Wolfpack is definitely coming together and they’re having a good year,” Smith said. “I believe they’re bowl-eligible now, and [I like that they’re] having a chance to compete and be champions.”

Smith plans to make his fourth official visit in December. He’ll take a trip to UCLA, the alma mater of former Ravens offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden. “That’s a big thing about [UCLA],” Smith said.

A fifth official visit hasn’t been scheduled yet, and Smith’s not sure if he’ll do so. He has made several unofficial trips to College Park.

“Maryland is still in the mix,” Smith said. “Their program is great. Coach [James] Franklin, Coach [Tom] Brattan and Coach [Don] Brown up there, they’re all great guys. They definitely make it worthwhile. They make you feel at home.”

A decision from Smith could come after his UCLA visit. Smith said he might reveal his choice at the inaugural Chesapeake Bowl, an all-star game pitting the top senior football players from Maryland, Washington, Virginia and West Virginia against the best from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. The game is scheduled for Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium.

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November 9, 2010

Overview of Baltimore's 2011 hoops class

Twenty-one basketball players from the Baltimore area begin Division I college careers this month – including 11 at high-major schools – while another five local players in the 2011 class are set to sign national letters of intent either this week or next.

For a closer look at 10 of the city’s freshmen, check out this story from Sun intern Mike Miller. Here’s a list of all 21 players.

NameLocal high schoolCollege
Eric AtkinsMount St. JosephNotre Dame
Antonio BartonLake CliftonMemphis
Will BartonLake CliftonMemphis
Ryley BeaumontMount St. JosephElon
Dylon CormierCardinal GibbonsLoyola
C.J. FairCitySyracuse
Anthony GoodeMilford MillSt. Francis (Pa.)
Jonathan GrahamCalvert HallPenn State
Justin JacksonDigital HarborMorgan State
Jordan LathamCityXavier
Cleveland MelvinLake CliftonDePaul
Levi NoelTowson CatholicEastern Illinois
Auraum NuiriankhArundelBuffalo
Aron NwankwoCityPittsburgh
Shane ReyboldReservoirUNC-Wilmington
Devon SaddlerAberdeenDelaware
Josh SelbyLake CliftonKansas
Roscoe SmithWalbrookConnecticut
Wayne SparrowSt. FrancesRichmond
John TatumHowardSouthern
Brandon YoungFriendship Collegiate (D.C.)DePaul


So how does Baltimore’s 2011 class stack up with the 2010 group? During the fall period, which begins Wednesday, five local players are expected to sign letters of intent. Nick Faust, the No. 37 senior in the country according to ESPN.com, will sign with Maryland on Monday during a ceremony at City. St. Frances’ Greg Lewis, ESPN.com’s 14th-ranked center for the 2011 class, will sign with Rutgers. Former Lake Clifton wing Durand Johnson, a three-star prospect who’s spending a post-grad year at Brewster (N.H.) Academy, is headed to Pittsburgh. As it stands now, those are Baltimore’s only high-major players for the 2011 class.

Other local players expected to sign during the fall are John Carroll point guard Malcolm McMillan (Central Connecticut State) and Milford Mill guard Isaiah McCray, who committed to Colgate over the weekend. McMillan and McCray both starred for Crusader Nation on the spring and summer circuit. Former Calvert Hall forward Donya Jackson, meanwhile, is spending a fifth year at Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvania. He remains committed to Navy and will head to Annapolis for his plebe year this summer.

While those six players have their respective college plans set, there’s plenty of talent in the city that will likely remain on the market until the spring signing period. The city’s group of senior point guards is particularly noteworthy.

Former St. Frances standout Sam Cassell Jr. leads the way as the nation's No. 53 senior point guard, according to ESPN.com’s rankings. Cassell – who played with Nike Baltimore Elite over the summer – is spending his senior year at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., and seems poised to end up at a mid-major-plus program. Checking in at No. 97 in ESPN’s rankings is Digital Harbor’s Kevin Smith, a member of the Baltimore Assault AAU program. Smith was a prolific scorer for his first two years of high school at Baltimore Freedom Academy. He spent his junior season at Huntington (W.Va.) Prep before returning to Baltimore for his senior year. At No. 139 in ESPN’s point guard rankings is St. Frances’ R.J. Williams, another Nike Baltimore Elite player.

At the shooting guard position, ESPN ranks City’s Mike Cheatham at No. 124 and St. Frances’ Eddie Tarver at No. 245. Cheatham, a defensive stopper who helped the Knights to the Class 2A state championship last spring, always drew the toughest assignment for Nike Baltimore Elite on the AAU circuit. Tarver has been a valuable rotation player for the Panthers. He got his first true exposure on the circuit over the summer with Baltimore Assault. Aberdeen’s Gerrae Williams and Old Mill’s Eric Savage also bear watching.

Several local forwards and centers also have potential Division I futures. A hamstring injury sidelined Friends forward Jon Schmidt for most of his summer with Nike Baltimore Elite, but the 6-foot-7 senior seems primed to end up at an Ivy League school. Mount St. Joseph center Trey Clinton reportedly fared well with Crusader Nation on the circuit, while St. Frances’ Josh Forney, who played for Baltimore Assault, has also drawn DI interest. Milford Mill forward Tevin Hanner is an athletic small forward who’s had a good deal of contact with mid-major schools. Oakland Mills forward Greg Whittington might have the highest ceiling of any uncommitted Baltimore-area senior. The 6-foot-8 forward led HCYP Elite to a third-place finish at AAU nationals in Orlando. Clemson, Georgia Tech, Maryland and several others inquired about Whittington after that performance. City's Rashaun Rasheed and Parkville's James Milton are also on the Division I radar.

A host of former area players with Division I potential are spending this year in prep school.

Dante Holmes (St. Frances) committed to Marshall last spring, but the 6-foot-3 wing is currently playing for Oldsmar Christian Academy in Florida.

Damion Lee, a former Towson signee and Calvert Hall standout, is attending St. Thomas More, a post-grad basketball powerhouse in Connecticut. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard spent time with D.C. Assault over the summer.

Keron DeShields, a 6-foot-2 guard who starred for Pallotti after getting his start at Towson Catholic, is playing for Vermont Academy.

Kanu Aja (Cardinal Gibbons) is at The Robinson School in New Jersey. The 6-foot-9, 260-pound center already has Division I offers, including those from UMES, Quinnipiac, Mount St. Mary’s and Morehead State.

Corey Spence, who led Dunbar to the Class 1A state championship last spring, is playing for Bridgton Academy in Maine.

• Power forward Lamont Huggins (Douglass) is at Southern Carolina Prep Academy in North Carolina. Huggins played for Baltimore Assault on the circuit.

• Finally, three Cecil Kirk products are also doing post-grad years. Brent Arrington, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Lansdowne and Jeff Fields, a 6-foot-4 wing from Lake Clifton, are both spending a post-grad year at Mississippi Elite Christian Academy. Montray Clemons, a 6-foot-7 forward from Poly, plays for Mack Academy in Charlotte.

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November 8, 2010

The Next Level: U.Va.'s Jenkins fares well in loss

Week 10 of the college football season was a welcomed respite for a number of schools around the country, but plenty of former Baltimore-area high school football standouts still posted noteworthy efforts.

Over the previous seven weeks of running this season’s edition of The Next Level, we are pleased to report that no player has repeated as the Next Level Player of the Week. Virginia defensive tackle Nick Jenkins (Good Counsel) continued that trend with a strong performance in Saturday’s game despite the Cavaliers’ 55-48 loss at Duke. Jenkins, a Westminster native, recorded four tackles, recovered a fumble by Duke running back Desmond Scott in the fourth quarter and sacked quarterback Sean Renfree on the Blue Devils’ next possession to secure his first Next Level honor of the season.

• Also in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Maryland sophomore defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Severn native, Gonzaga graduate) made three tackles in the Terrapins’ 26-20 loss at Miami. Freshman linebacker David Mackall (Edmondson) registered two tackles for a loss and freshman defensive back Matt Robinson (Atholton) made two stops of his own. Last week’s Player of the Week, senior wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly), assisted on one tackle on special teams coverage and was targeted twice by quarterback Danny O’Brien, but failed to make a catch.

• Wake Forest redshirt sophomore linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) intercepted his first pass of the season and assisted on three tackles in the Demon Deacons’ 23-13 loss to Boston College. Freshman cornerback Kevin Johnson (River Hill) made five tackles, two solo, and redshirt freshman Michael Campanaro (River Hill) returned one kickoff 19 yards for Wake.

• Junior linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake) registered four tackles, including three solo stops in North Carolina’s 37-35 victory over Florida State.

• Virginia Tech freshman cornerback Kyle Fuller (Mount St. Joseph) made five tackles and broke up a pass in Thursday’s 28-21 win against Georgia Tech.

• Syracuse sophomore receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) hauled in five catches for 73 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ryan Nassib in a 28-20 loss to Louisville.

• Senior linebacker Jerry Hauburger (Eastern Tech) recorded six tackles in Navy’s 76-35 rout of East Carolina. Pirates freshman defensive lineman Derrel Johnson (Cardinal Gibbons) assisted on five tackles in the loss.

• Baltimore native Matt Brown rushed for 20 yards on four carries in Temple’s 28-10 victory over Kent State. Brown – a graduate of the Peddie School (N.J.) – also caught one pass for a 1-yard gain. Senior defensive back Kwame Johnson (Parkville) and junior offensive lineman Pat Boyle (Calvert Hall) both received playing time for the Owls, but did not record any statistics.

• Central Michigan freshman defensive back Leron Eaddy (River Hill) assisted on two tackles in a 26-22 win against Western Michigan.

• Junior defensive back Darron Edwards (Dunbar) made one tackle in the Red Wolves’ 51-24 romp of Middle Tennessee State.

• Army senior fullback Jacob Bohn (Mount St. Joseph) rushed for an 18-yard touchdown run on his only carry in Saturday’s 42-22 loss to Air Force.

• Utah senior Shaky Smithson (Douglass) finished with 158 all-purpose yards in the Utes’ 47-7 loss to Texas Christian. Smithson made one 9-yard reception, returned six kickoffs for 139 yards and returned one punt 10 yards.

• New Mexico sophomore defensive back Emmanuel McPhearson (Columbia native, DeMatha graduate) returned five kickoffs for 120 yards in the Lobos’ 34-31 victory over Wyoming.

• 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 form 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.
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Weekend wrap – Cierski powers team to playoffs

One Maryland commitment played a key role in helping his team clinch a state playoff berth Friday night.

Terps fullback commitment Tyler Cierski powered Mill Creek (Ga.) to a 34-23 win over Duluth, earning the 5-5 Hawks the fourth seed in Georgia's Region 7-AAAAA playoffs.

Tyler Cierski had another solid game for the Hawks with 104 yards rushing.

• Pope John (N.J.) moved to 9-0 on the season thanks in part to the defensive play of UM linebacker recruit Cole Farrand.

Tailback Kyle McGrath rushed for 243 yards and three touchdowns and linebackers Quinton Christiano, Michael Curran and Cole Farrand and tackle Anthony Maggio spearheaded a dominating defensive effort as Pope John cruised to a 34-3 victory over Delbarton in Morris Township.

• Maryland defensive back pledge Jeremiah Hendy caught three passes for 28 yards, but his Bowie squad suffered a 7-0 loss to Northwestern, which ended the Bulldogs' season.

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November 5, 2010

Weekly recruiting roundup

The Maryland football program is still in the running for one of its top remaining targets of the 2011 class.

The Baltimore Sun's Katherine Dunn reported Thursday that Gilman quarterback Darius Jennings is now considering six college programs.

Gilman All-Metro quarterback Darius Jennings has narrowed his college list to six schools: Ohio State, UCLA, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

The senior, who had 30 initial offers, dropped Penn State, Pittsburgh, Boston College and Connecticut from his top ten.

• A Terps offensive line recruit has been invited to play in the 74th Annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

Defensive back Ronnie Martin, a University of South Carolina commitment, and offensive lineman Stephen Grommer, a Maryland commitment, were the selections for the Vikings.

• Terps wide receiver pledge Marcus Leak will play on the North Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl.

• UM defensive back target Dondi Kirby, who tore his ACL in July, is still hoping to suit up for his Gateway (Pa.) High squad this season.

That often leads to tough decisions. Kirby, who has more than 30 scholarship offers, has not committed to a college program, though he has Florida, Iowa, Southern Cal, North Carolina and Maryland among his favorites.

• Maryland lost out this week on Bishop McNamara safety Nico Law, who is headed to the Big Ten.

Law attended Iowa's 37-6 thrashing of previously undefeated Michigan State. Soon, he was swayed to become a Hawkeye. During the drive home Monday, somewhere in Indiana, Law phoned Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz to say he had made his choice.

Basketball recruiting

• Adam Zagoria got New Egypt (N.J.) center Desmond Hubert's take on his official visit to Maryland last weekend.

“I had fun at Maryland,” Hubert said by text. “They said the more I develop my offense it would make me very versatile, plus the defensive presence I already have.”

• Oak Hill (Va.) Academy point guard Quinn Cook, a five-star player and former Maryland target, committed to Duke over UCLA on Thursday.

"He had some relatives in California, but it was a really long way from home," [Oak Hill coach Steve] Smith said. "Plus, he is really close to [Duke guard] Nolan Smith, who he [Quinn] calls his brother. Quinn is sort of following in Nolan's footprints; both played for the D.C. Assault [club team], both came to Oak Hill, and both are going to end up at Duke.

• St. Benedict's Prep (N.J.) forward Tyler Harris, who drew some early Maryland interest, committed to North Carolina State on Friday.

The No. 27 small forward in the Class of 2011 according to Rivals, Harris chose N.C. State over Providence and Iowa. He also considered St. John’s earlier in the process.

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November 4, 2010

Catonsville's Tyler Weedon still on the board

tyler-weedon.jpg Every Catonsville football game over the past four seasons has featured Tyler Weedon starting at middle linebacker. A two-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro defensive team selection, the Comets' star player recorded 135 tackles as a junior.

But in college, it looks like Weedon’s future might be on the offensive side of the ball. The 5-foot-10, 230-pound senior is receiving most of his recruiting interest at fullback, according to Catonsville coach Rich Hambor. Schools are apparently shying away from Weedon at linebacker because of his height, but they’ve also been impressed by his bruising running style and ability to deliver punishing blocks.

“He’s doing really well. I think he’s shown this year that he can carry the ball as well as block,” Hambor said. “At fullback, he doesn’t need the height. He’s a barreling kind of guy in there. His foot speed is above average. It’s not track speed, but I think he makes a better fullback because he’s really going straight ahead.”

On the season, Weedon has rushed for 576 yards and 10 touchdowns on 72 carries, in addition to scoring on three 2-point conversions and one fumble return. Weedon, a team captain, has helped Catonsville to a 6-2 record. The Comets face Towson on Saturday and are vying with Poly for a playoff spot in the Class 3A North region.

Defensively, Weedon has probably had less action in previous seasons. Needless to say his reputation in Baltimore County has preceded itself.

“Most teams aren’t really running the ball [against us],” Hambor said. “Eastern Tech was the only team that really ran the ball and did very well against us, but they only had three scoring drives the whole game. He was a big reason for that. Other than that, most teams are trying to stay away from him by sweeping it or throwing the ball.”

Hambor recently sent out senior film on Weedon to several colleges. Right now, Towson is recruiting him the hardest, although the Tigers haven’t yet offered a scholarship. Hambor hopes Weedon’s recruiting interest picks up sooner rather than later. The Comets coach said colleges can expect a blue-collar player in Weedon who will do anything to help his team.

“He never wants to come out of the game, but he also doesn’t make a fuss when we do take him out and put a backup in,” Hambor said. “He’s a captain, but he totally leads by example. And I mean that in the best way. He’s very workmanlike. He does exactly what it takes. The fullback in our offense blocks 80 percent of the time. He’s making contact like a lineman. I really don’t even think I’ve heard him say ‘I’ in four years.”

Baltimore Sun photo of Tyler Weedon by Gene Sweeney Jr. / Aug. 27, 2010

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November 3, 2010

Decision soon for Terps target Desmond Hubert?

In the words of New Egypt (N.J.) boys basketball coach Jay Corby, "it's down to crunch time" for Warriors center Desmond Hubert.

The 6-foot-9, 200-pound senior – who Corby said is considering offers from Georgia Tech, Maryland, Princeton, Villanova and Wake Forest – could make his college choice soon. Hubert made an official visit to College Park last weekend, getting a chance to hang out with Terps commitments Nick Faust and Sterling Gibbs during his time on campus.

“He enjoyed that. It was good to see some of the kids who were going there, and I think he had a pretty good time,” Corby said. “He went to a practice, went to the football game, got to hang out in the dorms for a little bit. I think they went out to eat. Normal stuff. I just know he really thought it was fun to hang out with some of the kids in his grade.”

Hubert, a three-star prospect and the No. 15 center nationally according to Rivals.com, made an official visit to Wake Forest earlier this month, and has been on the Princeton and Villanova campuses several times over the past few years. He has not, however, set up an official visit to Georgia Tech. All five schools bring something unique to the table.

“Princeton’s on a little bit of a different platform right now,” said Corby, who noted that Hubert needs to improve his ACT score to attend the Ivy League school. “That’s a different choice, going fully toward academics and kind of sacrificing a little bit of the basketball fame you could get playing in the ACC, I think, on a nightly basis. But with schools like Maryland, the education and the basketball is obviously very high. Wake Forest is the same. Georgia Tech, he does like it, but he hasn’t gone down there yet. If he does sign early, he’ll have to get a trip down there, or it’ll be hard for [Georgia Tech] to win that battle if he hasn’t seen the campus.”

Hubert had a monster junior season for New Egypt, averaging 16.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 9.1 blocks. Corby said Hubert’s offensive game has improved every year – from seven points per game as a freshman, to 15 as a sophomore and 16.2 as a junior. He has a seven-foot wingspan and about a 33-inch vertical. But the hallmark of Hubert’s game remains his defense.

“His strength, no doubt about it, is that he’s the best shot-blocker I’ve ever seen play basketball,” Corby said. “Obviously, I’m watching him at the high school level, but I’m excited to see what he does at the college level. But I’ve never seen anything like it. He times up blocking shots while not drawing fouls – left-handed and right-handed. He loves playing defense and he loves blocking shots. Most kids are consumed with putting the ball in the basket, but he comes at it with a defensive approach. As a coach, that’s something I would rather have him focus on – defense – especially in the early stage of college. The offensive game will have its hiccups playing against better athletes. But if he could grab some big rebounds and block some shots, he could really help some program right away.”

With the fall signing period set to begin next week, Hubert’s decision could come soon – although Corby said nothing is set in stone and a timeline for his decision remains “a question mark.” In the meantime, Corby expects Hubert to do much reflecting on his visits to Maryland and Wake Forest.

“The visits definitely made him see them in a new light,” Corby said. “He had a lot of fun meeting the teams. They’re both a lot alike. They’re both in the ACC, both are kind of in that same distinction in that they’re trying to build back to be a powerhouse in the ACC. I think they both have some playing time initially. He fits into the mix at both schools. With the coaching staff, there’s two different things going on – a coach who’s been there and done everything at Maryland, and a brand-new coach at Wake. But all in all, yeah, he was excited about both visits.”

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November 2, 2010

Old Mill guard Eric Savage on Div. I radar

eric-savage-old-mill.jpg The basketball resume of Old Mill point guard Eric Savage reads something like this:

Three-year starter. Anne Arundel County champion. Member of the state Class 4A runner-up Patriots. Valuable rotation player for the Baltimore Assault AAU team.

Savage enters his fourth and final varsity season as one of Anne Arundel County’s most accomplished players. Patriots coach Greg Smith has been impressed with Savage’s potential from Day One.

“Well initially we thought, obviously, he was a very talented basketball player,” Smith said. “He started as a freshman on a team that was a pretty good basketball team. We got beat in the regional finals, won a county championship, but coming in you could just tell his jump shot was a more pure jump shot than I’ve seen in many kids, especially at that age. He has unique skills that make him a special basketball player.”

During his early playing days, Savage was one of the biggest players on the court. As an 11-year-old approaching 6 feet, Savage was a post player with a back-to-the-basket game. When it became apparent that Savage was done growing at 6-1, 185 pounds, he changed his style of play.

“My AAU coach told me, ‘You’re going to be a point guard with the size you are now. You’re the size of a DI point guard.’ So it was a big transition, but I had to get through it, so I did,” Savage said.

The transition from post player to guard was a successful one, as Savage led the Patriots to Comcast Center as a junior while averaging about “14 points, five rebounds [and] three assists.” Two summers spent running the point with Baltimore Assault on the AAU circuit have put him on the radar of several Division I and II programs.

“I have nothing set in stone,” Savage said. “But I get letters in the mail every day -- Quinnipiac, Maryland Eastern Shore, Bowie State, Gannon University, that’s a really good DII school. My first official visit was to Widener, a DII school. And Franklin & Marshall, they’ve been recruiting me. That’s a DIII school with a really nice campus.”

Smith said he sees Savage as a Division I player who could “develop into an even better basketball player than he is now” at the next level. Savage, meanwhile, would love to go DI but also “wouldn’t mind” going to a DII school. “I just want an opportunity so that my parents don’t have to pay for college,” he said.

Because Savage likely won’t sign during the fall period, Old Mill will probably host its fair share of interested college coaches throughout the 2010-11 season. Savage said he’s ready to perform in the spotlight.

“It’s always a little pressure, but it’s not like it wears on my game,” Savage said. “You’re just going to do what you do. You never know who’s watching.”

Baltimore Sun photo of Eric Savage shooting over Arundel's Auraum Nuiriankh by Sara Lewkowicz / Jan. 15

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November 1, 2010

The Next Level: LaQuan Williams shines for Terps

laquan-williams-next-level.jpg Maryland wide receiver LaQuan Williams (Poly) headlines the Week 9 edition of The Next Level after an all-around performance in the Terrapins’ 62-14 victory over Wake Forest.

Williams made the most of limited action on offense, hauling in a 24-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter for his only catch of the day. On special teams, Williams made three tackles and blocked a first-quarter punt that led to a Maryland field goal. Williams’ efforts on both sides of the ball makes him this week’s Next Level Player of the Week.

A crew of other Maryland natives also made plays in Saturday’s Terps-Demon Deacons matchup, including sophomore defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Severn native, Gonzaga graduate), who registered four tackles and 1 ½ sacks for a total of 13 yards. Junior linebacker Nick Peterson (Broadneck) assisted on four tackles and blocked a second-quarter punt that led to Maryland’s third touchdown of the afternoon. Freshman linebacker David Mackall (Edmondson) recorded three tackles, while defensive backs Eric Franklin (Archbishop Curley) and Matt Robinson (Atholton) both had one stop.

For Wake Forest, redshirt freshman Michael Campanaro (River Hill) had three receptions for 38 yards and returned three kickoffs 54 yards. Freshman cornerback Kevin Johnson (River Hill) collected three tackles and redshirt sophomore linebacker Joey Ehrmann (Gilman) assisted on two.

• Last week’s Next Level Player of the Week, North Carolina junior linebacker Zach Brown (Wilde Lake), had another standout defensive performance for the Tar Heels. Brown registered five tackles and intercepted his second pass of the season on the final play of the game to seal a 21-17 victory over William & Mary.

• Senior tailback Raynard Horne (Overlea) rushed for 29 yards on two carries in Virginia’s 24-19 win over Miami. Junior defensive tackle Nick Jenkins (Westminster native, Good Counsel grad) recorded three tackles for the Cavaliers.

• In Big East action, Glen Burnie native Ryan Clarke (DeMatha) had a Friday to forget in West Virginia’s 16-13 overtime loss at Connecticut. Clark fumbled twice while running for 42 yards on 10 carries, including a costly overtime drop that was recovered by the Huskies and allowed kicker Dave Teggart to boot the game-winning field goal. Sophomore wide receiver Tavon Austin (Dunbar) caught five passes for 41 yards and rushed for 13 yards on his only carry. Mountaineers sophomore Terence Garvin (Loyola) registered seven tackles, forced one fumble and broke up one pass.
Redshirt sophomore safety Jerome Junior (Archbishop Curley) made seven tackles, including one for a 4-yard loss for the Huskies, while freshman Leon Kinnard (Loyola) returned one kickoff 24 yards.

• Syracuse sophomore wide receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) had two receptions for 27 yards and suffered a 2-yard loss on his only carry in a 31-7 victory over Cincinnati.

• East Carolina freshman defensive lineman Derrel Johnson (Cardinal Gibbons) assisted on one tackle in the Pirates’ 49-35 loss at Central Florida.

• Baltimore native Matt Brown – a sophomore from the Peddie School (N.J.) – rushed for 69 yards on 13 carries in Temple’s 30-0 drubbing of Akron. Brown averaged 5.3 yards per carry and recorded one reception for three yards.

• Redshirt freshman defensive back Leron Eaddy (River Hill) make one tackle in Central Michigan’s 17-14 loss to Bowling Green.

• In Kansas State’s 24-14 loss to Oklahoma State, Wildcats senior offensive lineman Kenneth Mayfield (Randallstown) recovered a fumble by running back Daniel Thomas during his team’s first drive of the game.

• Penn State junior Jon Rohrbaugh (Howard) registered two tackles in the Nittany Lions’ 41-31 victory over Michigan.

• Navy senior linebacker Jerry Hauburger (Eastern Tech) made six tackles, including four solo stops in a 34-31 loss to Duke.

• Junior defensive end Wayne Dorsey (Southwestern) had two tackles, including one for a 13-yard loss in Mississippi’s 51-31 loss to Auburn.

Shaky Smithson (Douglass) was quiet by his standards in Utah’s 28-23 victory over Air Force. The senior wide receiver returned one kickoff for eight yards and made two catches for 20 yards.

• New Mexico defensive back Emmanuel McPhearson (Columbia native, DeMatha graduate) recorded two tackles, including one for a loss in the Aggies’ 56-42 loss at Nevada. McPhearson also returned three kickoffs for a total of 67 yards.

• San Jose State junior cornerback Brandon Driver (Parkville) made nine tackles and forced a fumble in the Spartans’ 29-27 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 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.

Photo: LaQuan Williams (3) celebrates his touchdown reception with Torrey Smith on Saturday / AP photo by Nick Wass / Oct. 30, 2010

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Weekend wrap – Space off the board

One of Maryland's top forward targets for the 2011 class is headed to another ACC school.

Instead of visiting College Park this weekend, Antwan Space offered his commitment to Florida State, according to Rivals.com.

“Florida State is getting a true hybrid forward in Space,” said Damon Sayles of Rivals.com affiliate Texashoops.com. “If you want him to play the perimeter he can do that. If you want him to play the block he can do that too.”

Football recruiting

• Terps tight end pledge Ryan Malleck had a big game defensively for Point Pleasant Boro (N.J.) on Friday night.

Jim DiOrio scored two touchdowns, and Ryan Malleck intercepted two passes as Point Boro kept its playoff hopes alive with a 14-7 victory against Raritan at Al Saner Field.

• UM running back recruit Brandon Ross had touchdown runs of 38, 16 and 63 yards in the Charter School of Wilmington's 41-6 win over Christiana (Del.).

• Maryland defensive back commitment Jeremiah Hendy caught five passes for 18 yards in Bowie's 22-7 loss to Wise.

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