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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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Matt Bracken was a lightly recruited football and tennis prospect out of East Lansing (Mich.) High School in 2001, but spurned all (nonexistent) scholarship offers to attend the University of Michigan. Matt graduated from UM in 2005, earned a master's degree in new media journalism from Northwestern University in 2006, and spent the first 11 months of his career as an online producer / videographer / blogger at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. He has worked at The Baltimore Sun since July 2007, where he currently serves as the deputy sports editor for digital.

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